The Upstage Show Choir has recorded a new original Christmas Song!
CHRISTMAS STATE OF MIND was recorded last December by Vancouver’s Glee Camp Show Choir: Upstage. The solists featured on this recording are Jessica Kabesh (age 16), Taal Bastien, and Shayne Reilly.
Listen for it on local radio! We will keep you updated on participating stations.
Click here to watch the youtube video of Christmas State of Mind!
The Canadian Press features Glee Camp
TV’s hit show Glee is giving our teens something to sing about.
On a Sunday afternoon in a room at Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, a dozen older teens and young adults are stretching to the music of Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body to warm up. It’s a mix of five guys and seven girls for this rehearsal, and soon everyone is oohing, aahing and buzzing their lips in synch with scales played on piano by Sara Zacharias.
Most of the singers in this new (and still unnamed) auditioned show choir know Zacharias from time spent in her recent Glee Camp, musical-instruction sessions launched in the summer of 2010 in reaction to, and inspired by, the TV show. In boot camp style, they rehearse and record choreographed versions of hit songs, giving participants a taste of that Glee life.
Now, Zacharias, a longtime musician who lives in East Van and teaches vocal lessons throughout the region, is taking things a step further with an auditioned show choir — one she hopes will compete and possibly tour one day, with much more emphasis on singing than choreographed moves.
“I’ve found a niche with this, yes,” said Zacharias, totally stoked by the idea of like-minded young people attached by a sort of musical glue. “Kids tell me how much the choir experience has changed their lives, because they never sang at home but always felt they had a voice but were really shy about it. One girl, who is about 22, said how great it was to get into a choir with others who love singing as much as she does, and you can just see the confidence blossom before your very eyes.”
Early into rehearsals at the Roundhouse, Zacharias instructs the group to sing solo and group versions of Cee Lo Green’s Forget You, a lyrically dirty number cleansed for the purposes of this fledgling show choir.
“I love that song – just so much attitude!” raves choir member Stephanie Appels, sporting a Glee-graphic sweatshirt, a sure sign of her fandom. She is, Zacharias tells me, a dancer who loves to sing, especially harmonies, and “practically lives for” singing with the choir and an adult “Gleeks” group Thursday nights at Douglas College in New Westminster.
A door is open with Zacharias’s group, too, though she’s already working with some young people who are vocally blessed — and totally into it.
“It’s so much fun right now, with the camps and the choir,” she said, “and it’s obvious that the kids are loving the experience.”
Yes, they’re positively gleeful.
Read more:Langley Advance
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Glee Camp comes to New Westminster
Teenage amateurs, professionals and Gleeks alike will get the chance to take their singing voices out of Royal City bedrooms and showers and onto the stage when Glee Camp hits New West in early July.
The week-long program, which takes the first part of its name from the breakout musical-comedy television show, is the brainchild of professional vocalist and teacher Sara Zacharias.
According to Zacharias, the idea for the summer camp came to her one night in front of the old idiot box.
“I had been watching the show one night and thought that this was it,” she said.
“It’s perfect for my expertise, having worked with a lot of kids. It’s making singing and musical theatre cool again.”
Glee Camp is designed as a full-time, intensive boot camp for teens between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, regardless of musical experience. Students will learn vocal techniques for both choir and solo singing. All the work throughout the week is geared towards putting on a final show on the Friday night for friends and family at Douglas College.
Along with the vocal training, students will also work with a professional choreographer.
Songlists for the week will be given out in advance, but any suggestions on material are welcome. Each student will also have the opportunity, if they choose, to perform a solo in the final show.
“We really are trying to emulate a professional atmosphere with the program,” added Zacharias.
“But it also gives kids a chance to meet people from other schools with a similar interest.”
After the program’s summer run—it will also hit Vancouver and Delta before the end of August—Zacharias said she is thinking about expanding the idea to include adults for a series of after-work sessions.
Glee Camp runs from July 5 to 9 at the Douglas College Community Music School at 700 Royal Ave. in New Westminster. Classes will start at 10 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. Cost for the week is $295 and includes all course materials. Students are expected to bring a bag lunch and dress comfortably as there will be dancing.