High Notes of Summer: The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival

Since 2010, The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival has added to the artistic landscape of the Pocono Mountains with days of first-class artistry in Monroe County. The sixth season is no exception. Kicking off on July 31, 2015 with “A Cole Porter Celebration Concert” at Pocono Mountain East High School, this year’s festival welcomes Artistic Director Joey Chancey leading a stellar line-up of performances celebrating American music. Encompassing many genres in the American musical canon, festival goers will enjoy jazz, pop, musical theatre, chamber music, and even an open mic session with a concerted focus on engaging students in our area, providing mentors and professional performance opportunities to these young musicians.

Both the Festival’s Young Scholars Program and the Student Chorus are open to area students in grades 6-12. The Young Scholars program is a highly-anticipated three week long immersion program. The pedagogy culminates with the “Young Scholars Broadway Revue.” Past participants marvel at the experience. “It was sort of surreal, standing there one-on-one with these huge opera and Broadway stars. They pushed me to the next level of my song and then the next and the next,” recalls Nirvana Ortiz, a senior at Pocono Mountain West High School. Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School sophomore Mackenzie Maula details, “The program is a great experience for high school students that have a passion in music to learn and grow as performers while having fun, meeting new people, and having a great experience.” The Student Chorus rehearses with choral professionals during the Festival and performs with the Young Scholars in “A Cole Porter Celebration Concert” and “American Songbook.”

Before it wraps on August 9, the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival will bring some of the world’s greatest talent to our local stages. Directors, choreographers, instrumentalists, singers, and dancers that grace the most prestigious performance spaces worldwide will spend ten days deepening the cultural makeup of NEPA. Audiences are sure to be dazzled by the Cole Porter tribute and a jaunt through pop music history with “American Songbook,” being swept up by everything from Gershwin to Buble. Highly acclaimed Broadway star Jarrod Spector will enthrall as he vocally maps the success of some of the most popular male performers of modern times. Many of the performances feature post-show discussions and each highlights a top-notch performance venue in the Pocono Mountains.

A full schedule of events and shows is available online or by calling the Box Office. Tickets are available for all performances. A Full-Festival Early-Bird pass is still available for $210. Tickets to individual shows begin at $10 (child)/$20 (adult) and can be obtained online or by calling the box office. NOTE: Many events sell out; get your tickets now!

For info:

Buck Hill Falls Tennis Tea
Skytop Lodge
Pocono Mountain East High School
East Stroudsburg University
Notre Dame High School

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