Pocono Mountains Music Festival

Pocono Mountains Music Festival

Pocono Mountains Music Festival


Camp Faculty

Every year, the Performing Arts Camp is led by some of the most talented professionals in the performing arts world.

Get to know the faculty of the 2020 camp!

John Boswell (Piano, Music Director)
Highly acclaimed pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Faith Prince and many others. Broadway/Off Broadway credits include: Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, LIZA! Steppin’ Out At Radio City Music Hall, Back To Bacharach, and The Kathy And Mo Show: Parallel Lives. Television: The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis and Kathie Lee, General Hospital and was the piano playing hands of Nancy McKeon on the sitcom The Facts of Life. John has eight CDs of original piano music and a ninth on the way. While a student at UCLA, John received the Frank Sinatra Award for popular instrumentalists.

Klea Blackhurst (Musical Theater/Vocal Coaching)
Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she starred in the celebrated production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. She’s performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Klea’s nightclub engagements include tributes to the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke at the Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, a collaboration with Billy Stritch. TV and radio: Shelby Cross on the IFC Channel comedy series, Onion News Network, Law and Order: SVU, Sesame Street  and A Prairie Home Companion.  Klea’s albums are on the Ghostlight Records label and available at www.ghostlightrecords.com. Klea is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Utah and a member of Trinity Boxing Club NYC.

Chris Blem (Musical Theatre/rVocal Coaching)

Chris has traveled the world singing with some of the most prestigious symphonic orchestras including The Tokyo Philharmonic, Evergreen Orchestra (Taipei), Metropolitan Orchestra (Singapore), Neverland Orchestra (Tokyo), Buffalo Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ocean City Pops and Encore Orchestra (Walt Disney World.)

Theatrical credits include OFF-BROADWAY: A Dog Story, Katzelmacher U.S.A. REGIONAL: Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, HAIR, Matilda, A Christmas Carol and Into The Woods (League of Cincinnati Award.)

Chris can be heard on three “Disney on Classic” recordings and seen across Disney Chanel Japan in the live broadcast of Disney on Classic featuring the Tokyo Philharmonic.

Chris is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Campbell Walker Fields (Home Recording/Musical Theatre) 

Campbell Walker Fields is versatile singer and keyboardist with equal comfort on concert, musical theatre and arena stages. His professional career began when cast at the age of nine as Artful Dodger in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s 2011 production of ‘Oliver!’. Soon after he played JoJo in ‘Seussical the Musical’ at the University of Oklahoma, and Foo (Lost Boy) in the seven week run of the world-premiere Dallas Theatre Center production of the musical ‘FLY’. Other Lyric credits include the role of Slim in ‘Oklahoma!’, and productions of ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Les Miserables’. Favorite student roles have included Tom Collins in ‘RENT’, Joseph in ‘ … the Technicolor Dreamcoat’, Seaweed in ‘HAIRSPRAY’, Jack in ‘Into The Woods’ and Rum Tug Tugger in ‘CATS’.
In the summer of 2016 he was seen competing on Season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, making it to the middle judge cuts round, and he recently returned from GRAMMY Camp Nashville, a music industry program for high school students interested in the music business.  He has performed as soloist with symphony orchestras including Abilene Philharmonic, The Signature Symphony and the OKC Philharmonic where he was featured artist in ‘The Christmas Show’ and its Independence Day concerts ‘Red White & Boom’ and he has performed at Cast Party/Birdland in NYC. Commercial work includes the feature film “Home Run” and TV and print commercials for SandRidge Energy, and he is regularly invited to perform at special events and galas. In the summer of 2018 he was part of the all-star faculty for the Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Camp where he both taught and shared the stage with LIsa Howard, Klea Blackhurst, Nellie McKay and Savion Glover.

Billye KubiakBillye Kubiak (Education Manager)
Billye’s performing credits include Broadway, television, and industrials (Annie Riley- David Merrick’s 42nd Street, Canada Dry, Metropolitan Life…). Currently, she serves as a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Artist, directing and choreographing musicals and show choirs for elementary, junior high and high school students. Billye also conducts musical theatre lectures and motivational workshops for children and educational professionals. Billye has directed and choreographed the Stroudsburg Area School District Musical and Show Choirs for 24 years, and has served as the Festival Education Manager for the past two years.

More teachers and masterclass leaders to be announced.