Don’t Take our Word For It

Read what past participants have said
from August 2023

Paula Rockwell’s master classes:

  • I can’t say enough about Paula’s musicianship, her professionalism, and her extraordinary kindness.
  • Paula covers all the bases and issues that are presented in a very professional, fun, and engaging way! She is truly an inspiration, not only in her musical skill but her people skills as well.


  • Thank you for programming the Bach Mass in b minor. I would go anywhere to sing his works with a master teacher such as David Hill.
  • I was wildly excited to sing the B Minor Mass at Ogontz under David Hill—“the greatest piece of music ever written.”
  • One of the great choral masterworks taught by an expert with love, kindness, and humor!


  • Ogontz is a warm and welcoming place and I felt that instantly.
  • David Kent will always go way out of his way to satisfy one’s needs.
  • I feel very welcome and the management is top notch and personable.

What was your favorite part of your week at Ogontz?

  • Singing of course. Paula’s warmups are always great as well as David’s sessions.
  • Singing and singing, swimming, walking in the woods and exploring the grounds.
  • Being together again with old friends. Making new friends. Young people. And of course the music!
  • Singing so much, seeing the participants enjoying the Ogontz experience. – even in the rain. and of course looking at Lake Ogontz.


  • Very grateful for this experience. During covid I thought my voice was failing and that singing was going to be a thing of the past. I feel fed and revived.
  • Thank you ALL for this extraordinary experience. And thank you for being so receptive to all the new folks!
  • Kudos and many thanks to all who made the week such an exceptional experience for us.

Mimi S, 2020

The Choral Camp is a great way to spend time with other singers and a master maestro in a beautiful setting where you can actually see the stars at night. … Ogontz was the location for many of the most wonderful experiences of my life.


Mary S, 2018

Attending the Ogontz Choral Symposium is truly a magical experience. The setting is soothing and uplifting to the spirit, the wonderful company of other singers from diverse backgrounds broadens our learning experience and the music…ah, the music… fills heart and soul. And our faculty are outstanding!

Stephen K, 2017

First blessing of many is the setting is idyllic with hills, lake, plenty of green, great food and camaraderie. I have to say all or nearly all the singers are very experienced and most read at sight very well, which is the second blessing. The literature is outstanding … – never a dull moment. David Hill of England plays, directs, instructs, comments and generally entertains and enlightens the some 70+ singers who come from a wide area centered in New England but extending far beyond. We had youngsters, middle-aged, and the most numerous age group were like me, senior citizens. The choir is well-balanced and sounds terrific.

This is a teaching-learning week and one does not have to worry about performance pressure – there’s no formal concert.

The food is buffet-cafeteria style and is simply great. The fellowship times before supper and at other serendipitous times is super.

I was already familiar with the camp and its amenities; I was counselor in music, tennis, and childrens’ productions in the Camp’s previous incarnation as Ogontz Girls Camp under Abby Sutherland, over 60 years ago. Many things have changed for the better. The spirit and ambience of the place is as lovely as ever and the new rebirth as a choral camp and special events center (primarily Weddings) is unmatched in beauty, nature, atmosphere of all kinds – air, informality, fellowship, spiritual rejuvenation, and just downright fun.

It’s worth your closer investigation and maybe even being a participant. You won’t be sorry.

Jim H, 2016

This is a wonderful choral experience. The music is well chosen. The setting is beautiful. And it is fun! The group readily accepts singers at all levels. I have learned much from the years I have attended through choral week at Ogontz and I recommend it to others.

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Ogontz Arts Foundation
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109 John Scott Lane
North Kingstown, RI 02852