The Upper Division at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival is for middle, high school, and college-age performers. Each student is given a customized performance experience based on their skill level. Our team of show writers and arrangers identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual musicians and work to both compliment and challenge the unique talents of each performer.
Music Week is a performance intensive that culminates in a massive show featuring chamber symphony, a professional backup band, and multiple soloists and small groups in a wide variety of genres from Americana to classical to pop rock. Each performer receives two featured moments in the variety show in either a solo or small group capacity depending on their skill level. During the show, they also perform in a large group ensemble such as orchestra or choir.
Each day of Music Week is divided between large group rehearsals, coaching sessions for the performer’s features, and stage blocking. Toward the end of the week, we transition to stage dress rehearsals where tech, lighting, and other components are included.
The purpose of Music Week is to give each student the experience of professional performance, going from “0 to 60 mph” in just 1 week from learning music to performing for a live audience. Students learn what it means to “stand and deliver” and come to appreciate their hidden potential for extraordinary excellence given the proper material, coaching, and context.
What Music Week does for live artist performance, Broadway Week does for musical theater. Over the course of 10 days, performers participate in a series of shows that feature them in a dramatic and musical capacity. The experience is 360° with student opportunities for musical theater composition, arranging, stage tech, and on-stage performance.
Broadway Week is not for everyone: it requires stamina, memorization, long rehearsal hours, and the ability to master complex performance material in just a few days. However, the results are tremendously rewarding as you experience the thrill of artistry with your fellow actors and musicians.
Broadway Week is by-audition only - students are cast in roles appropriate to their skill level and experience. To be considered for Broadway Week, it’s important that you submit your audition material promptly, as spots are limited.
The Woodshed is a seasonal intensive for strings, harp, guitar, mandolin, voice, and piano. Each day students participate in classes such as chamber orchestra, genre-specific ensembles (pop/rock band, bluegrass group, jazz trio, etc...), music theory, songwriting, and extensive performance coaching. You'll hone classical technique, fiddle chops, melody and lyric writing, and stagecraft.
The program is open to all skill levels. It's ideal for students looking to jump to a new level of technical fluency, musicality, and performance experience. The Woodshed is limited to 50 students.