The Magic of Singing
Masterworks Children's Chorus
Summer Camp 2022 at St. Paul UCC, Belleville
July 15, 2022
Children's Chorus Videos
Thoughts from our singers!
"Masterworks Summer Camp is super fun. It’s cool to see new people there. Each summer the activities are different. Even last year with only one day, we still had a great time. I really look forward to it.” - Moriah Underwood, 16
Youth Music Camp
2023 - TBA
For information about next year -
Youth Music Camp 2023, please
email our administrative manager,
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Many thanks to those who joined
this year! Check out the concert
video at the top of this page!
The Magic of Singing
Youth Music Camp
Thank you to those who joined!
See final concert video
at top of page.
July 11-15, 2022
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 1 PM
Friday concert performance
for family and friends!
St. Paul United Church of Christ
115 West “B” Street
Belleville, IL 62220
- Learning to sight-sing
- Singing rounds
- Music games
- Folk dancing
- Playing chimes
- Special guest artists
Plus special guest appearances
by area professional musicians!
For more information or to register
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Staff
“Participating as an instructional assistant for the Masterworks Summer Youth Music Camp was my first exposure to the strong educational philosophy of the children's program as well as a taste of the wonderfully passionate and talented kids this side of the river had to offer. I was immensely impressed with the focus encouraged by the other staff and the dramatic leaps the entire ensemble made in a short time together. But besides all that is the ever-present enthusiasm for making music together. I recall my first year, teaching a simple music game during our breakout sessions one day, only to hear the song bubbling through fits of laughter in the lobby after the camp's culminating concert. The camp isn't just a way to spend time, it's an enriching experience creating memories for years to come.” - Andrea Lair, Associate Instructor
CARY ROBINSON - Associate Instructor
Cary (Nall) Robinson, principal soprano, a native of Festus, Missouri, studied voice at Southeast Missouri State University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Vocal Music. She has been a featured soprano soloist in various works including Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Cary was a winner of the St. Louis District Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1994. She has taught music and chorus at the elementary, middle, and junior high levels at schools in Missouri, Georgia and Japan, and has served as choir leader for numerous community churches. Cary joined the Chorale in 2018, and was an instructor in the 2019 Masterworks Summer Youth Experience.
LISA CRIPE - Associate Instructor
Lisa Cripe is associate instructor of the Masterworks Children’s Chorus, a regular member of the MCC summer program faculty, and a longtime member of Masterworks Chorale. She is an Instructional Aide at Carriel Jr. High in O’Fallon, Illinois, has worked many years as choral accompanist for junior and senior high schools, and maintains a piano and Musikgarten studio, for which she is a Certified and Licensed Early Childhood Music and Movement Instructor. She received degrees of Bachelor of Music (Keyboard Area Performance) from DePauw University; MA in Church Music from Christian Theological Seminary; and continued organ studies with Dr. Douglas Reed at University of Evansville, Indiana. She has served as Organist at Webster Groves Christian Church since 2013. Lisa was previously Director of Music at Hillcrest Christian Church/Crossroads Christian Church near Belleville, for twenty years.
MARGARET MAGER - Accompanist
STEPHEN MAGER, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Stephen Mager holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he also completed his master’s studies. His teachers have included Jan Harrington, Julius Herford, Thomas Binkley, Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Robert Porco, Dale Warland, John Poole, and Carmen-Helena Tellèz. His doctoral recitals included performances of Stravinsky’s Mass; L’Enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz; and Mager’s own Missa Lucis. Dr. Mager was conductor of the Masterworks Children’s Chorus from 1989 until 2000. Other conducting credits include the Arcangeli Chamber Chorus; The Providence Singers, Saint Louis; St. Louis Chamber Chorus; The Baden Chamber Orchestra; Saint Louis University Chorale; and education outreach performances for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Washington National Opera.
An active composer, Stephen Mager has written extensively for chorus and orchestra. His works have been performed by such distinguished ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus; VocalEssence, Minnesota; and the Dallas Symphony Chorus. His opera, Dream of the Pacific, was commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition (2004), and subsequently produced by Opera Omaha (2005), Kansas City Lyric Opera (2005), and Washington National Opera (2006). His choral symphony, Sinfonia Pastorale, received its premiere in 1995 with the Masterworks Chorale under Dr. A. Dennis Sparger. From 2004 until 2021, Dr. Mager was the composer-in-residence for the Bach Society of Saint Louis, which commissioned several major choral works: an Easter choral cycle, The Lamb’s High Feast (2005); I saw eternity (2006); and in 2008, Missa Lucis (“Mass of Light”). His Te Deum for chorus and organ was premiered by the Bach Society in 2012. His publishers include Oxford University Press and MorningStar Music.
ANDREA LAIR - Associate Instructor
Andrea Lair, principal mezzo-soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. She has performed in numerous roles with the UMSL Opera Theatre, in productions of Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, Hansel and Gretl, and Dido and Aeneas. A past second place winner in the NATS competition, she has also performed with the UMSL University Singers and the ensemble Vocal Point. Andrea served as the Assistant Conductor for the Masterworks Children’s Chorus, 2017-20, and has served as Camp Director of the Masterworks Summer Youth Experience. She is a music instructor and choral director at McNair Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District, for whom she has also presented clinics for elementary grade choirs.