We are very excited about the return of Don Sills to Music Camp this year! We missed him in 2018 because he was asked to lead the National Boychoir of Canada (@nationalboychoir) that went on a performance tour last summer. The choir started in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and eventually made their way to Milan, Italy.
Don made his first trip to Lakefield in 2012 and shared his expertise in vocal technique and choral singing. His classes were a gift to every who attended; his ability to inspire, educate, and develop aspiring vocalists left a lasting impression on us all. It’s no surprise that when we decided to start a full stream vocal program at Camp, Don was the first person we thought of. He helped to establish its focus on vocal technique, choral singing, and the mechanics of voice training.
As anyone who has worked with Don knows, he doesn’t just teach, but inspires, draws out, and strengthens those who are under his care and direction. He is a professionally trained tenor singer and graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, he is the Vocal Department Director of the award-winning vocal and choral music program at Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario. For the last 21 years, he has been a proud member of the Amabile Choral Organization. He conducts both the Amabile Treble Concert Choir (TCC) and the Amabile Young Mens Ensemble (YM). He has led and taken numerous choirs to great heights winning awards, distinctions, and a reputation that has many people lining up to work with him. We ourselves collaborated with Don and the Amabile Choirs of London on stage for a special performance back in 2016. It was a musical highlight that we still talk about today. Since then, we have worked with Don on our own choral songs and productions.
For all of the people who sign up for this vocal program at Camp, we’re very happy for you as we already know the amazing and lasting experience you’re going to have. We’re thrilled that Don is coming back to Camp and we can’t wait for you all to meet and work with him!