2021 Virtual Voice SummerSong
Westminster College's main priority during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the health, safety, and wellness of camp participants, student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff. For that reason, the 2021 Voice SummerSong will be virtual.
About Virtual SummerSong
Westminster College brings the fun with its trademark, engaged-learning experience through this summer’s Virtual Voice SummerSong camp—an immersive vocal camp for talented singers. Camp participants meet and interact with exceptional faculty, guest vocal artists, and peers with a common passion for singing. The camp is open to all high school-aged students, including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors.
June 28–July 2, 2021, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. There will be a Virtual Showcase Recital the evening of July 2.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Florence J. Gillmor Foundation, 16 high school students will receive a full scholarship for the camp. The scholarship includes:
- All tuition and fees
- 2 private lessons, daily workshops, and masterclasses with guest artists
- Piano accompanying tracks
- Special care package for daily gift reveals
- Morning meditation and mindfulness
- Student Showcase Recital
- 2 college credits for rising juniors and seniors
A native of Dayton, OH, tenor Christopher Puckett has maintained an active career as both a performer and teacher over the last decade. Dr. Puckett made his professional debut as a member of the prestigious Gerdine Young Artist's Program at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, appearing as Wolfram in The Tales of Hoffmann. Other operatic credits include leading roles in The Turn of the Screw, Così fan tutte, Street Scene, Cendrillon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, La Sonnambula, Don Giovanni, Little Women, The Mikado, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Susannah. Equally at home in concert repertoire as on the operatic stage, Dr. Puckett has also performed roles in a variety of oratorios, including Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, and Haydn's Missa in tempore belli. Dr. Puckett has a particular interest in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and has frequently appeared as a soloist in performances of Bach's church cantatas. In 2016 he made his debut as the evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion as a part of the Southwest Area Choral Directors' Association Regional Conference in Kansas City, MO. A champion of new music, Puckett recently sang the role of Sergeant Edward Younger in the world premiere of Timothy C. Takach's oratorio We, the Unknown with the Heartland Mens Chorus of Kansas City, and also sang the Alabama premiere of Evan Mack's A Little More Perfect, a musical setting of Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion in the ground-breaking SCOTUS marriage equality ruling. In addition to Bach, Dr. Puckett is an ardent interpreter of the music of Benjamin Britten, and also holds a particular interest in both the study and performance of the music of modern LGBTQ composers.
Dr. Puckett is currently assistant professor of Music and head of the voice area at Westminster College. He served as a graduate teaching assistant at both the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He was also an adjunct professor of music at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. In 2017 he completed a residency as visiting artist-teacher of voice at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, where he taught private lessons to both voice and musical theatre majors in addition to presenting a Master Class. Most recently, Dr. Puckett served as assistant professor and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Former students have gone on to performance careers at both the regional and national level, as well as careers in both music and theatre education. Dr. Puckett holds a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a master of music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor of music degree from Wright State University.
Aubrey Adams-McMillan joined the voice faculty of Westminster College in August of 2011. Hailed for her incredibly balanced voice, even tone and sensitive musicianship, Aubrey enjoys an active career singing opera, music theater, chamber music, art song and symphonic works. Her love for music began young and she continues to explore repertoire that challenges her. She discovered her love for twentieth-century music and collaborating with composers during her work with Claudio Abaddo and the New York Philharmonic singing Schoenberg and Debussy. In her home of Salt Lake City, she performs with the Utah Symphony, NOVA and Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, Utah Opera, Utopia Early Music, American Festival Chorus, Cathedral of the Madeleine Concert Series, and Utah Lyric Opera. Among the list of works Aubrey has performed are Sea Pictures, The Barber of Seville, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Man of La Mancha, St. Paulus, Rutter spirituals, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, and Mozart’s C-Minor Mass, Requiem, La Clemenza di Titto, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan Tutte. Aubrey was a recipient of the Marion Anderson Scholarship at Westminster Choir College, the Penrose Scholarship at Central City Opera, and a 2-time district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition, where she also received the encouragement award. Aubrey enjoys working with composers and singing new works. She was involved in the workshop of Ricky Ian Gordan’s Grapes of Wrath and has performed in Little Women by Mark Adamo at Central City and Utah Opera. She debuted the Requiems of Both Alfonso Tenriero, and Jeff Manookian.
Emily Nelson holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah, where she completed her doctorate in vocal performance. Her passion for teaching stems from her deep love of sharing music as a performer. Her love of music of all kinds has led her down diverse paths that include singing opera in Italy and Austria, studying Medieval song in France, learning how to tango dance and, for a short time, finding herself singing backup in a Brazilian pop band. She co-founded Utopia Early Music, a 501(c)(3) organization that gives historically informed performances of medieval, baroque, and renaissance music in Salt Lake City. She is an adjunct professor at Westminster College, where she teaches voice and World Music, and an associate instructor at the University of Utah, where she teaches World Music and Survey of Jazz. She also teaches voice and songwriting at Eva Carlston Academy, a residential therapy high school that uses the arts to empower students.
Hilary is a Utah native who specializes in singing opera, operetta, and musical theatre. She loved the time she spent as a student at Westminster College and is happy to once again be a part of the campus community as a teacher.
Deadline: June 1, 2021
Acceptance Notification: By June 4, 2021
You will need to upload PDF copies of your pieces in your application so that faculty can create accompaniment tracks. For participation in masterclasses, upload video performances of 1–2 solo vocal selections.
Director of Music
Christopher Puckett, D.M.A.
Christopher Puckett, D.M.A.
- Full-Time Faculty
- Assistant Professor
Areas of Expertise
D.M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M.U. University of Northern Colorado
B.M. Wright State University