At CAA, we believe that everyone can sing. Whether you’re a trained soloist, a choir member, or a shower rockstar, we welcome you to vocal music. Vocal artists develop their technique, musicianship, and musical imagination as well as learn how to use musical tools such as solfege and notated music. Each singer receives opportunities to grow as both a soloist and ensemble musician through studying diverse repertoire varying in style, genre, and language. Through mastering this music, CAA Vocal Arts majors will cultivate long-term learning strategies, such as sight-reading and aural skills, that will allow them to continue their growth even after they return home from camp. Ability to read music can be helpful, but is NOT required.
Meet the Mentor
Vocal Music Arts Mentor
Ari Sharfstein (he/him) is a vocalist and Jewish musician from South Florida. Ari graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Florida with bachelor’s degrees in both vocal music and philosophy. During his time at the University of Florida, Ari was a member of the University of Florida Singers, a select choir which performed throughout the state of Florida and in choir festivals in Medellin, Colombia. As a soloist, Ari completed a senior voice recital, performing works by such notable composers as Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Gioachino Rossini.
After graduating, Ari was appointed artist in residence with the Progressive Jewish Community of Cape Town, South Africa. He would later assume a similar position with a synagogue in Melbourne, Australia, where he helped direct the synagogue choir and briefly joined the chorus of the Melbourne Opera. He is currently completing his Master’s in Music Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he sings in the University of Colorado Choir and studies under conductors Dr. Gregory Gentry, Dr. Leila Heil, and Dr. Elizabeth Swanson.
My daughter’s voice has improved dramatically the last two summers. She keeps in touch with her friends at camp and looks forward to going back.