VANDY was one of the founding counselors of Carpe Diem, serving as Choreographer from 2011-2014. She currently works at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as the Coordinator of National Community Partnerships. There she supports the Any Given Child and Partners in Education programs, which help communities throughout the U.S. develop equitable arts education programs in schools, and provide professional learning in the arts for teachers, respectively. Vandy received her bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and her master’s degree in Theater Education from Emerson College, which focused on community engagement through the arts. Professionally, Vandy has taught English in Turkey and Morocco and worked for arts organizations such as WaterFire Providence, ArtsEmerson, and The Santa Fe Opera.
BRADY was one of the founding counselors of Carpe Diem, serving as Music Director from 2011-2014. He is currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Artistic Administration, as the Administrator of the company’s prestigious National Council Auditions. Mr. Walsh judges for the Met throughout the United States and Canada, presents master classes, and hears young artists in screening auditions both at the Met and at various summer festivals across the country. In 2019, he was named a special guest for the finals of the inaugural Nicola Martinucci International Vocal Competition in Lucca, Italy and was a technician at the 2020 NATS National Conference in New York, where he co-presented with Melissa Wegner their workshop “The Self-Assured Singer”, as well as at SUNY Potsdam. A high school graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Brady went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Business and a certificate of Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. With regional and community theaters in the New York City area, he has performed such roles as Tateh (Ragtime), Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf (Into the Woods), Bill Sykes (Oliver!) and others. He is also an avid hiker and writer, with both screen and stage projects in development.
MR. SHAVER is a seventh grade English teacher at the Ballston Spa Middle School where he is also the producer and director of their drama club, Launching Pad Productions. Mr. Shaver worked at a day camp for two years during college and then spent another eight summers in Wisconsin as a counselor at Camp Timberlane for Boys. His love of camping and theatre drove him to create his own production company that would allow both worlds to collide, establishing the Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Kids programs. Mr. Shaver recently produced and directed Frozen Jr. with Launching Pad Productions.
In 1868, Round Lake, NY began as a “camp meeting” town, with as many as 20,000 gathering to hear rousing summer sermons. By the late 1800s, the town evolved into a Chautauqua-styled educational resort, complete with hotels, museums, and lecture halls.
Its literal and figurative center was the Auditorium. From a rough platform in a tree grove, it grew to an open-sided building with canvas flaps, and, in 1912, to the glass-enclosed pavilion we see today. Falling into ruin by the 1950s and nearly bulldozed, the Auditorium is now lovingly restored with modern amenities, creating a cultural venue of rustic architectural beauty.
The Auditorium’s crown jewel is a Gothic Revival-cased Tracker organ. Built in 1847 and moved to Round Lake in 1888, the 1900-pipe organ is the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States, and currently under consideration for National Landmark status.
The Round Lake Auditorium continues its summer tradition with a full range of cultural offerings. Concerts, performances, art shows, and social activities grace the 450-seat space, from June through August. Intimate in ambience but large enough to attract significant programming, the Auditorium is a unique, historic backdrop for any event… and a worthwhile stop on any Capital Region tour.
The above historic information is from the Round Lake Auditorium website which we encourage you to visit. This website will provide you with information about their summer season and allow you to see other performances at this incredible venue.
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