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Welcome to Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice


"I've got a dream too, but it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. 

   That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with."      

                                                                                                Kermit the Frog


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Do you love to sing? If so, then come join the Academy Choir!

This is a wonderful program for any student from 1st through 12th grade who has the following qualities:

 1.) has a joy for singing;

2.) likes to work hard WHILE having fun; and

 3.) wants to learn more about the vocal arts.


Class description: Academy Choir is a 1.5 hour class held each Tuesday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. throughout the school year. It is open to any student 1st through 12th grade who has a joy for singing and is interested in learning more about the vocal arts. Repertoire will consist of music across all genres. Students will also learn the relevant context for each of the selected pieces, fundamental musical concepts, and proper vocal technique. Choreography will also be included for a portion of the musical selections.


 Class Objective: The objective of Academy Choir is to provide a supportive and learning-centered environment for students to explore vocal music as an opportunity for expression, creativity, and self-discipline. Academy Choir’s


Past Accomplishments: In the three years that the Academy Choir has been a part of the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice, we have provided numerous performances and had many fun opportunities within the Baldwin City community and beyond. This has included being selected to perform at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Union Station’s Holiday Celebration, a collaborative performance with Baker University and Baldwin High School, opening performances for the annual Maple Leaf Festival, the Lumberyard Arts Center’s annual Chocolate Auction, the Maple Leaf and December Lights parades, and community performances for civic groups, churches, and senior citizen residential facilities. In addition to all of this, we also perform as a part of our larger studio-wide productions for winter and spring. For the winter production, we sing and act in a production entitled, “A Maple Leaf Nutcracker,” which is BADV’s special adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet. Each spring, we also have a different theme for our end-of-year productions, which have included “Peter Pan,” “Dancing for Change,” and “The Professor’s Nephew.” Last, but not least, the choir will team up with BADV’s dance and tumbling performance groups to perform in Washington, D.C. on March 9th-12th for this spring of 2017!


Curriculum: The curriculum will consist of repertoire across many genres (from more traditional choral singing to pop, jazz, etc.). The introduction of musical selections will be accompanied by a music appreciation component—an explanation and discussion of the relevant history and context for each of the pieces. In other words, the students will not only learn the songs themselves, but they will understand WHY they are singing them. Other curriculum components will include the explanation of fundamental musical concepts, as well as instruction in vocal technique. It is very important that students learn how to properly care for their still-developing voices, and this aspect of proper singing (and breathing) will be an essential key for instruction. Stage presence will also be taught, a skill-set that can translate to a variety of settings (whether it helps with one’s own sense of self-confidence on stage, giving a presentation in front of one’s class at school, or even a future job interview!) Lastly, choreography will be included for a portion of the selected pieces, and some pieces will be in collaboration with the dance division of the Academy.


Communication: As your director, open and respectful communication is extremely important to me. I will always do all I can to ensure that choir members and families are as informed as possible, and it will be my priority to make sure that questions or concerns are responded to in an efficient and professional manner. I am looking forward to another great year of making music and memories with all the students of the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice! My contact info is; 785-418-4051.


 Performances for 2015-2016: (Please note that we are still waiting upon date confirmations from other parties and will update as soon as possible, along with providing more specific information about each performance distributed at the beginning of the semester). Mandatory performances are starred: FALL SEMESTER Fall performance in Baldwin Possible performance in Ottawa

Baldwin City Lights Parade **Maple Leaf Nutracker Winter Performance Last day of class for semester will be a performance at the Baldwin Care Center in conjunction with a pizza party SPRING SEMESTER Lumberyard Arts Center Annual Chocolate Auction WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP MARCH 9-12, 2017!!!! **Spring Recital/Concert Last day of class performing at Baldwin Vintage Park and class party Private Voice Lessons: Private voice lessons are available to be scheduled based upon scheduling needs of the student and instructor.

Meet Our Vocal Instructor Kelley Bethell-Smith is in her ninth year with the Academy. She is currently the Director of Voice Studies and conductor of the Academy Choir. Prior to this position, she worked for the Academy as the instructor of the Music And Greatness In Children (MAGIC) program, a parent/tot music enrichment curriculum she designed for children from birth through early elementary. Kelley began performing, accompanying herself, and composing original music at the age of four. Along the way, she had many supportive teachers and family members who helped her to balance her interests in music, sports, and academics. Those experiences have resulted in her passion to provide an encouraging and learning-centered environment for students to explore vocal music as an opportunity for expression, creativity, confidence, and self-discipline within a context that also nurtures and supports students’ other interests and busy schedules! A few of her musical highlights have included touring nationally and internationally with various choral groups, being signed to a Nashville recording contract at age 15, and singing the national anthem for the Kansas City Royals at age 16. After graduating summa cum laude from Ottawa University in 1999 with a degree in sociology and additional academic focus devoted towards music studies and cultural anthropology, her notable musical post graduate work has included traveling to Russia to assist in the production of a documentary about the preservation of Russian folk music. Kelley’s work as a vocalist is now primarily directed towards teaching, private bookings, singing in church, and composing. Kelley has also worked as a freelance choreographer, co-owns a telecommunications consulting company, and has her Masters of Science degree in academic advising with administration emphasis from Kansas State University’s College of Education and Department of Counseling and Psychology. In addition, she serves as a board member for both the Friends of BADV and USD 348 school board.