The King’s Singers Bring ‘Summer School’ to Princeton University

By Afton Wooten

GRAMMY Award-winning a capella ensemble The King’s Singers announced the return of their “Summer School” program. The program will take place at Princeton University June 23-29.

After a five-year hiatus due to the pandemic, “Summer School” returns to the U.S. for a second time, to offers coaching for individual and group singers from The King’s Singers and other guests. Throughout the week participating ensembles and individuals will be assigned a mentor, who will oversee their progress during the course. Each day begins with a communal warm-up and continues with a King’s Singers coaching session. Sessions will be interspersed with special events led by guests throughout the week. Previous King’s Singers Summer School guests have included Eric Whitacre, John Rutter, Wallis Giunta, Bob Chilcott, and Declan Costello.

Ensembles will have the opportunity to sing the service of Compline in the Princeton University Chapel. The week concludes with a celebratory concert at the Richardson Auditorium, showcasing the ensembles’ new skills. A summer party with a lighthearted cabaret competition will follow.

Countertenor Patrick Dunachie said in a press release, “We get to experience the spine-tingling feeling of making sound together in our daily work as King’s Singers, and our Summer School is designed to share some of that magic with people from all over the world. He continued by saying, “During these weeks – alongside the fun and games – we share our knowledge and experience as ensemble singers with people who love to sing, helping them to develop their skills in this craft. We get to see new friendships being forged, new ensembles created, and moments of individual development and transformation for the participants.”

Auditions are now open for individual and group singers. Individual singers will be placed in a mixed-voice ensemble upon arrival at the “Summer School.”