Don’t Take our Word For It

Read what past participants have said
from August 2022

Paula Rockwell’s master classes:

  • Paula is a phenomenal teacher, and she creates a wonderful atmosphere for vocalists to work with her.
  • Paula is a master of listening and understanding what will help — in 15 minutes!


  • My appreciation for Vaughan Williams’ music increased dramatically!
  • Interesting range of works – something for everyone! … A grand variety.
  • Great works by great composers.


  • Wonderful! I was made comfortable and people did all they could to help and make you feel welcomed.
  • Everyone very friendly. Staff cheerful and helpful.

What was your favorite part of your week at Ogontz?

  • Paula’s daily vocal warm-ups, followed by David’s wonderful teaching and artistic leadership.
  • The singing, the lake, the late evening informal gatherings in the dining room.
  • Being together again with old friends. Making new friends. Young people. And of course the music!
  • The enthusiasm of the participants both vets and first-timers. … The scholars especially should be lauded for taking full advantage by their participation in many events and their sociable natures.


  • I wish that I had come many years earlier. Tradition Started!
  • I was so thrilled to be back with old friends, singing in that most beautiful space. … I can’t wait to see you all next year!
  • A good balance of scheduled time and free time.

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
c/o Susan Bosworth, President
109 John Scott Lane
North Kingstown, RI 02852