Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for now, the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus has suspended all rehearsals and concerts. Closing our doors since March 2020 has been very difficult. We miss you and we miss making music. We look forward to the time when we can safely reconvene, reconnect and start rehearsing again.
In the meantime, beginning Friday, October 2, Doug Yetter will be hosting an Open Mic night from 7-8p.m. The hour will be geared more toward Broadway and standards and broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube. The recording will remain on both platforms for viewing at any time.
The Chorus is in the process of compiling a collection of their most memorable performances over the past 11 years, and plan to make it available to the public in lieu of their February concert. Doug Yetter narrates between numbers, and will introduce a few teasers from their next concert - Out For the Summer. A grant has been submitted through CAMP with the hopes of acquiring the necessary equipment to produce virtual choral experiences. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thank you for your continued support of the Chorus. Please follow us on social media and on our website for updates on when we will start full concerts again.
Who We Are
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus is a diverse 100-member community chorus open to all and committed to presenting major, high quality entertainment for audiences throughout the region. It also includes a smaller Ensemble of select singers that perform in smaller venues not able to accommodate the full Chorus. Free outreach concerts are made available throughout the year at senior centers, assisted living and retirement communities and other venues including, the annual World AIDS Day service at All Saints Episcopal Church, the Rehoboth Farmers Market, the Rehoboth Art League annual open house, and Senator Carper’s Annual Holiday Toys for Tots fundraiser. Like CAMP Rehoboth, we are an inclusive community with a diverse and enthusiastic mix of LGBTQ, straight, young, older, single and married singers from all walks of life and levels of musical training and experience.
As a program of CAMP Rehoboth, the Chorus, founded in 2009, reflects CAMP’s vision to “Create a More Positive Rehoboth” by reaching out to all, celebrating LGBTQ diversity, and bringing the community together through the power of song. The Chorus strives to provide the highest quality vocal music and entertainment to help promote cooperation, understanding, and inclusivity within the Chorus and throughout the community, regardless of race, gender, religion, age, physical abilities, or sexual orientation. Because music touches hearts in ways words alone never will, the chorus supports “Music and Memory,” a charity that enriches the lives of elderly and infirm people by providing each of them with an MP3 player that contains musical playlist based on their personal history and musical preferences.
Doug Yetter – Musical & Artistic Director
DOUG has enjoyed a lifetime in the arts as a conductor, arranger, composer, actor, director, and producer. He has nine published works for the musical theater (two having been produced off-Broadway), and an opera to his credit. In addition to his work with CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, he is the Director of Music Ministries for Epworth United Methodist, as well as co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theatre Company. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Arts in composition. He received and his Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Doug is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the American Federation of Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).
David Zipse – Collaborative Artist & Accompanist
DAVE has an extensive and varied musical background as a solo performer, accompanist, conductor, and producer. He graduated summa cum laude from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Composition. He is renowned for his vast repertoire over 1000 memorized songs and prides himself on being able to play most any request. He has accompanied and acted with Opera Delaware in several productions, including the starring (and title) role of Gershwin, By George! at Wilmington’s Chase Center on the Riverfront, where he was acclaimed a “virtuoso” by critics. DAVE is a popular performer in area restaurants and clubs and at the Rehoboth Jazz Festival. He continues to work as music director and accompanist for musicals and shows.
Neil Frock – Assistant Director
NEIL steps in when Doug is unavailable and also holds rehearsals with each musical section of the Chorus. Music has always been an integral part of Neil’s life. At home in Maryland, Neil began playing piano at age nine, and completed his graduate and undergraduate work in music education at McDaniel College in Westminster. Thus began a 33-year career in Carrol County schools teaching elementary vocal music and conducted musicals and honors choruses.
David Kemper – Sectional and Outreach Accompanist
DAVE grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he discovered his musical talents at an early age. He began piano lessons at age eight and quickly found himself accompanying (and singing in) area choirs and choruses. After 30 years in public education, in 2012 he retired to Rehoboth Beach and currently serves as the director of music at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach and is on the board of the American Guild of Organists. Dave continues to provide accompaniment and musical direction for local theater productions. His true claim to fame is being the fourth-grade teacher of two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff.
Larry Rosen & Barry Bugg – Production Managers
LARRY and BARRY serve as Production Managers for the Chorus after 20 years of serving the same role for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. Barry also worked and volunteered in theater and choral production for nearly 10 years prior to his work with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. They coordinate with Doug about stage performance, prepare concert venues for performances, coordinate any necessary costuming, direct staging, and manage the sound and lighting.
The Chorus is fortunate to have such a talented and experienced team leading it.
*Photos by Murray Archibald
Organization and Management
The overall policy and direction of the Chorus is governed by a Leadership Committee consisting of seven (7) Chorus members who are elected by the membership, receive no compensation, and are dedicated to the community enrichment and outreach purposes for which the Chorus was founded. The Committee may delegate operational responsibility to Committees.
The Leadership Committee consists of:
Chair: Dave Scuccimarra email@example.com
Vice Chair : Neil Frock firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Judy Olsen email@example.com
Secretary: Sandra Skidmore firstname.lastname@example.org
Outreach: Dianna Johnston email@example.com
Grant Coordinator: Bill Fuchs firstname.lastname@example.org
Contracts: Kim Shallop email@example.com
Music Committee: Vacant
Publicity: Dianna Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality: Dan Foskey email@example.com
Program Liaison: Linda Defeo firstname.lastname@example.org
Music & Memory: Beverly Peltz email@example.com
Section Leaders: Section leaders promote artistic excellence by providing the critical communication link between chorus members and musical and other leadership. For example, they assure that their section members are kept apprised of program expectations and information, track attendance, and arrange sectional rehearsals. They also coordinate with other section leaders to assure consistency throughout the organization.
Alto: Linda Porto firstname.lastname@example.org
Bass: Dan Fosky email@example.com
Soprano: Gail Hecky firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenor: Sheila Maden email@example.com
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. Additional support comes from donors and advertisers. For more information, call 302-227-5620.