Music Stars Summer Camps 2018


Campers will create THREE new musical theater pieces by taking works from the standard & pop repertoire and giving them a hilarious makeover.

Open to all instrumentalists, singers, and would-be scriptwriters & compsers ages 9-17!

TRANSFORM YOUR ENSEMBLE, REHEARSAL, AND PERFORMANCE SKILLS! Take your writing, acting, singing, and/or composing skills to a higher level.


Faculty: Rick Ferguson, Jennifer McCabe, Evan Armacost





JUNE 25-29



Mozart: The Little Known Teen Years.

Mozart was a "Music School Dropout." Witness the birth of the rivalry between Salieri and Mozart.

It all started with a faster carriage ("Grease-d Lightning"...those wagon wheels can be tricky! ) and an unprecedented and unfair access to Marzipan. "A Little Night Music" at the prom where they were "Born to Allemande". No leather jackets for these rebels! Damask and a good wig ruled the day. 



JULY 9-13 




All aboard the U.S.S. Unemployment, the ocean liner transporting out-of-luck artists to Siberia. Unless Reno, Hope, Seb, and Mia can think up a way to save their careers, they'll be stuck washing dishes for the rest of their days where "Anything Goes"! Sailors and starlets collide on the water in this "City of Stars" madcap adventure." 


JULY 16-20 and 23-27





Just a Spoonful of Sugar makes the GMO's go down! A nanny with a heart of gold or a demon-ized baker from Fleet Street? The truth will out!

Sweeney leads a rebel baking group called the Underground. "Feed the Birds"...only artisan seeds! Bert and his chimneysweep brigade collude with the Poppins Polluters to keep London sooty and to sabotage Sweeney's pies. "The Worst Pies in London"!" 









Rick Ferguson A native of Gadsden , Alabama , Roderick Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Birmingham-Southern College (magna cum laude). Mr. Ferguson later earned a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston where he studied with world-renowned concert artist Abbey Simon. His studies have also taken him to the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and Northwestern University , where he undertook post-graduate study.

A two-time winner of the Alys R. Stephens Piano Competition (Alabama), winner of an Obelisk Award for excellence in the performing arts (Alabama) and the inaugural winner of the Brazos Valley Young Artists Competition (Texas), Mr. Ferguson has a wide range of musical interests, from the standard repertoire to new music.

Mr. Ferguson’s performing credits include solo, chamber and orchestral engagements, both in the U.S. and Europe . Concerto performances include Mozart’s K. 450, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and the Grieg Concerto. As a senior fellow for the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) and as a freelance artist, Mr. Ferguson has been a frequent guest at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago’s WFMT radio station’s live broadcasts and in other venues around Chicagoland and beyond Mr. Ferguson has taught on the faculties of the Houston Conservatory of Music and the Musikschule Kassel in Kassel , Germany.


Jennifer McCabe's specialty is working with young performers to develop a deeper understanding of their craft through outstanding musicianship, intensive scene work and guided research.  She creates an environment where students can experience the freedom to take chances, explore and grow. As a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and music director, she has worked with notable organizations such as the Music Institute of Chicago, Merit School of Music, ChiArts, Northwestern and DePaul Universities, local opera companies, choral programs and piano bars over the last 18 years. She has performed for Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Ehrman and with violinist Nisanne Howell of the CSO and Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.  She regularly works with singers from the CSO, Lyric Opera and Grant Park Choruses and area universities.

Jennifer is an inspired private piano teacher and adjudicator in the Chicago area who loves teaching and bringing music to a new generation. A 1995 graduate of NIU in piano, she has also studied voice, non-profit management and composition.


Evan Armacost, an Evanston native and a senior at Boston University earning a BA/MA in Classical Studies in May 2018, has been a proud part of The Musical Offering since 2011. He studied piano under Rick Ferguson, co-directed and performed in the 2012-2013 student show The Village of Vincenza, and co-directed, composed, and performed in the 2013-2014 student show Antoine and Marguerite: Three Days in New Orleans. He also assistant-directed eight shows during his time at Evanston Township High School, performing in many more. He currently performs on Bay State, the longest-running college soap opera in the country. Scriptwriter and dramatic director at Music Stars since its 2014 inception, Evan has written twelve shows and directed nine. He looks forward to writing and directing another three for Music Stars 2018.