The Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music at the University of North Texas is dedicated to a comprehensive philosophy and methodology for teaching vocal music to early-adolescents, with special emphasis placed on the unique qualities of the transitioning male voice and on the development of music literacy skills.
Designed for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, the MS/JH (Middle School/Junior High) Honor Choir Camp is a significant component of the Institute‘s recent relocation to the University of North Texas. Guided by authorities in MS/JH choral music, students (male and female) will experience the best in choral music making. The summer camping experience is designed to offer a quality musical setting, an all-state preparatory experience, in a socially positive environment. It’s an adventure, and it’s all good!
Camp Director/Conductor and Lead Clinician
Dr. Alan C. McClung joined the University of North Texas College of Music faculty in 2002 and is the director of the Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music at UNT. Prior to teaching at the college level, Dr. McClung taught choral music at the middle school and high school level for 19 years at a comprehensive school in Atlanta. Based on his success at the middle-level, he was invited to co-edit a focus issue, “Middle and Junior High Choral Music” in ACDA’s Choral Journal, November, 2006. His articles, “Master Teachers in Middle-Level Choral Music: Pedagogical Insights and Practices” and “Wonders of Choral Music in the Middle-Level Grades: A Bit of Nature and a Whole Lot of Nurture,” received commendations from middle school experts throughout the country. In 2008, the publication of his sight-singing book, Movable Tonic: A Sequenced Sight-Singing Method was released by GIA Publications, Inc. Structured to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, this publication provides special attention to the development of choral music reading skills for the middle-level student.A distinguished conductor and choral music educator, he is frequently invited to present at state, divisional, and national music conferences. Articles by Dr. McClung have appeared in Southeastern Journal of Music Education, ACDA's Choral Journal, MENC's Music Educators Journal, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Research in Music Education. A UNT Honors Professor, Dr. McClung served as the convention director and founder for a collaborative event between the Cambiata Institute of America and the American Choral Directors Association, the country’s first MS.JH National Conference for Choral Music, February 29, 2012.
Treble Choir Conductor and Choral Clinician
Rebecca R. Reames is an Associate Professor of Music in The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam where she teaches courses in music education and conducting, plus conducts two choirs. Under the direction of Dr. Reames, The Crane Touring Choir performed at the 2007 Beijing International Choral Festival, the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference in New York City, and for the Eastern Division Music Educators National Conference (MENC) in Baltimore. Dr. Reames has guest conducted and adjudicated festival ensembles in more than a dozen states and Canada. Recently she conducted in Connecticut, Maine, Montreal, New York, Texas, Toronto, and Virginia. She has also has presented choral interest sessions at regional and national music education and choral conferences (including the 2012 MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music) and has papers published in three major music education journals. A native of Virginia, she taught middle and high school music in Northern Virginia for over fifteen years prior to receiving the Ph.D. in Music Education/Choral Conducting from Florida State University. Dr. Reames is a Past President for New York ACDA and served as the Assistant Program Chair for the Miami National ACDA Conference. She recently spent a semester sabbatical continuing her research interests involving appropriate literature and “singers in motion”. Summer 2012 will be her third summer with the UNT MS/JH Honor Choir Camp.
Assistant Camp Director
Allison Murray currently serves as the assistant director of choirs at Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. She is a 2011 alumna of UNT, where she studied choral music education. Since 2008, Mrs. Murray has served on the staff of the UNT Texas All-State Choir Camp, working as the lead counselor in 2011. Also, for the past two summers, she has been the lead counselor and handbell director for the UNT MS/JH Honor Choir Camp.
Assistant Camp Director
Robert Gibson is a 2012 alumnus of UNT, with a degree in choral music education. In summers 2012 and 2011, he was a counselor and tenor and bass section leader in UNT’s MS/JH Honor Choir Camp. Presently, he serves as the assistant director of choral music at Colleyville Heritage High School.
In addition to Allison Murray and Robert Gibson, twelve highly qualified camp counselors, currently attending UNT and majoring in choral music education are selected a formal interview process. These college-age counselors are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive, safe, and fun camping experience. Every camper is assured their counselors’ undivided attention.
In Addition: Brittni Kelly
In Addition: Sylvia Boniwell
Douglass Gibbs (Camp Registrar)
Hand Bell Choir Conductor
A major component of the campers’ varied music experiences is hand bells. Each summer, campers ring in one of the many choirs conducted by an experienced music educator with substantial hand bell choir experience. The 2010 conductor/teacher was Josh Taylor. The 2011 conductor/teacher was Diana Taylor. The 2012 conductor/teacher was Allison Murray and int 2013 conductor/teacher will be Kara Kasberg.