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: ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet 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: FRED WARING'S AMERICA: A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES. The Penn State University Archives contain historical memorabilia reflecting Fred Waring’s nearly seventy-year career as a band leader, choral conductor, glee club pioneer, music educator, entrepreneur, and renaissance man. As the guiding force behind his large musical organization, he and his musicians earned accolades from listeners and critics alike throughout a career that spanned much of the 20th century. We’ll view some of the kinescopes of Fred Waring’s weekly musical spectaculars on television, originating the show choir concept.Lodging: Shawnee Inn and Golf ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our program concludes with this final session. We hope you have enjoyed the revival of the Fred Waring Choral Workshop and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Inn check-out is by 11:30am.Lodging: Shawnee Inn and Golf ResortMeals Included: Breakfast