PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session. If you arrive late, please pick up your arrival packet from the front desk at the Inn.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner is buffet style with an eclectic flair, offering a variety of selections including a vegetarian option and other healthy choices with fruits and vegetables from our own garden, as well as coffee, tea, and a delightful dessert.Evening: We will tour the Shawnee property once owned by Fred Waring.Evening: ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet some of the program staff and your fellow participants. We will review the schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
We conclude the evening with an informal walk through the lovely Shawnee Institute campus.
You are about to embark on a musical adventure: reviving the Fred Waring Choral Workshop as you learn and perform some of Fred Waring's greatest hits. Fred Waring taught America how to sing through his glee club, recordings, radio shows broadcast exclusively from the Shawnee Playhouse, and television. Now it's your turn to be a part of Fred Waring's legacy. Road Scholar’s Fred Waring Choral Workshop is open to adults of all ages. While reading music is an advantage, it is not an absolute requirement, as you’ll learn the notes and turn them into music during intensive workshop sessions led by experts. The program culminates in a concert for the community.Meals Included: Dinner
CHORAL WORKSHOP 1: At various points during the program, you’ll work on technical vocalization, posture, and breathing; ensemble considerations such as matching vowels, blending, and listening skills; group and individual musicianship, intonation, and rhythmic integrity, and achieving artistry through phrasing.
Imagine yourself a member of Fred Waring's Glee Club with our first choral workshop session under the expert leadership of Midge McClosky, Executive Director of the Shawnee Playhouse, assisted by an outstanding rehearsal pianist and accompanist. A vocal performance major in college, Midge moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's Integrated Musical Theatre Program and began a professional performing career that has taken her to 49 of the 50 states including recordings, television, film, and commercials. Midge is also Artistic Director of The Worthington Players and the creator of "River's Edge: The Shawnee Story" — an historical play complemented by music and photo footage.Dinner: Enjoy a delightful array of local foods in a buffet featuring seasonal dishes, salads, a vegetarian option and other healthy choices, as well as coffee, tea, and a truly decadent dessert.Evening: A guest Speaker will be on hand to discuss Fred Waring and his influence on Shawnee. You will have the opportunity to meet a friend, family member or former co-worker of Fred Waring's and learn intimate details about the famous musician.Lodging: Shawnee Inn and Golf ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner