Pocono Mountains Music Festival

Pocono Mountains Music Festival

Pocono Mountains Music Festival



The Pocono Mountains Music Festival and Performing Arts Camp recognize the  importance of young artists’ involvement in the performing arts, especially in these times of  challenge and separation.  

We know that most of our local Pocono high schools had to cancel their 2020 spring musicals  and may have to do the same thing in 2021. We understand how important those productions  are to high school performers and would like to offer a new musical experience to the students affected by the cancellations. Scott Coulter, the Festival’s Artistic Director and leader of our summer Performing Arts Camp wants to fill the spring-musical void by working with the young  artists of the Poconos to produce the Pocono Mountains High School Musical (A Virtual Extravaganza!) featuring talent from our Pocono area high schools. 

• Students in all high school grades (and 2020 graduates) who are interested or participate  in drama, chorus, band, show choir, and orchestra are invited to submit to the Festival a video showcasing their vocal, acting, dance or instrumental talents. 

• From these submissions, Scott and the artistic team, which may include instructors from  our Performing Arts Camp, will choose a cast of performers including: o 20-24 students to participate as featured soloists,  additional student talent for a large chorus and instrumentalists to perform the musical accompaniment. 

• Scott and the cast will choose the theme of the musical revue. The extravaganza will be  recorded in a theater with a pianist and bass player. High school instrumentalists will record  tracks to be added in post-production. The production will be shared virtually in late  April/early May 2021.  

What is the Pocono Mountains High School Musical? 

o This project is a virtual performance opportunity for Pocono area high school  students that will incorporate song, dance, and instrumentals. 

Is it a competition? 

o No, but in order to participate you must audition by submitting a video  showcasing your talent no later than February 1, 2021.  

How does a student sign up? 

o Students who are interested in participating should go to fill out the form below to complete their application and submit their video. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021. 

What should my audition look like? 

o Please film a video of you singing a FULL song, acapella, with an accompanist or to a pre-recorded track.

o The song can be ANY genre (musical theatre, rock, pop, jazz, etc.) and should showcase both your talent and personality!

How many young artists will be selected? 

o While we expect to have 20 – 24 featured young artists, that number may  increase or decrease. 

How much time should students expect to dedicate to this performance?

o Scott expects to announce the performers by the mid February, 2021. In  mid-February/early March the performers will be invited to an individual in person workshop. Performers will then have the opportunity to virtually work  with Scott and/or a member of the artistic team to perfect their performance  over the subsequent weeks. Once the performances are set, each performer  will be individually filmed at a local theater. 

With COVID restrictions, how will you insure the safety of all participants?

o The Pocono Mountains Music Festival will comply with all CDC, state and  local guidelines in place at the time of this event. The safety of all involved  with this project is a key consideration as to how Scott has designed this  experience.  

o Performers will be coached and filmed individually. There is no plan for the  entire cast to be together in person. 

o Our post-production team will edit together the performances to produce a  cohesive and entertaining concert that highlights the students’ skills. 

 Let’s work together to ensure there is Music in the Mountains this spring. We’re looking  forward to your partnership and participation!

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Artistic Director, Scott Coulter, sat down with Erika Funke from WVIA's ArtScene to discuss in detail how we will be creating Music in the Mountains this summer with THE SILENT SYMPHONY!