At Rider, high school students receive star-studded summer pre-college experience

Summer camps included sports media, musical theatre and more

This summer, Rider University was filled with talented high school students hoping to get ahead in their education. Students looking to pursue a career in sports or interested in performing arts were introduced to an engaging pre-college experience and immersed in the Rider campus community.

BRONCast Sport Media Camp

Students in the new five-day sports media camp developed their interview, writing, videography and broadcast skills. “The kids attending this session not only got to do actual sports media work, they worked and learned side by side from many accomplished professionals,” says program director Dr. A.J Moore.

Guest speakers included two-time Stanley Cup Champion and current hockey analyst for ESPN Bill Clement, the Voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Merrill Reese, Scott Graham, narrator for NFL Films and host for Westwood One, among others as well as a number of Rider alumni working in the sports industry. Students also went behind the scenes touring the Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia for an in-depth look into professional television broadcasting.

During the week, Rider athletes were available for BRONCasters to practice their own broadcasting skills. Students fine-tuned their interviewing skills in addition to capturing audio and video of sideline reporting to prepare a final sports package. The biggest take away for the students, says Video Technologies Coordinator Scott Alboum, was the production of the Rider Sports Desk television show.

"Students took on various production roles from producers to anchors and they completed a full television production in a week,” he says. This final project showcased all the content the students compiled throughout the week.

The Contemporary Vocal

Young singers from across the country mastered their skills as vocal musicians and performers in the new Contemporary Vocal Institute, directed by Dr. Tim Brent. Rider's week-long camp allowed students to expand their choral experience to include jazz and popular music repertoire. The campers developed their abilities by learning improvisation techniques (scat singing), practicing contemporary vocal techniques (melismas, phrasing, tone production), singing in an ensemble, and solo performances. The group was honored to showcase their talents by premiering an arrangement of the National Anthem at the Staten Island Yankees that Dr. Brent wrote for the group.

A Master Class featured auditioning tips from Emmy-Award winner Michelle McNulty, the supervising casting director for NBC The Voice. Season 12 contestant, Mark Isaiah made a special guest appearance, providing a different perspective on the audition experience and a sneak peek performance of his upcoming single, “Wanna Go.” “It was an incredible opportunity for students to be in an artistic environment in which they can grow and develop individually, as well as make music with others who share their passion,” Dr. Brent says.

Musical Theatre Institute

High school students in the Musical Theatre Institute refined their skills in singing, acting and dancing to thrive as a triple threat performers. These young artists discover the expectations of multiple theatrical disciplines, from stagecraft to performance.

“It's a great way for students to be immersed in a subject that they love. They get the opportunity to see what it's like to study their passion at Rider,” says Trent Blanton, Director.

Students received professional theatre training by working with and learning from Rider’s renowned, distinguished faculty and award-winning guest artists, including Larry O’Keefe, composer of Legally Blonde, The Musical.

These aspiring performers traveled to New York City to see Miss Saigon featuring recent Rider graduate Colby Dezelick '16 as Chris. After the show, select members of the cast met with the students for a private talk back session. As a special surprise, Dezelick returned to campus for a Dance Master Class and Q&A forum. The two-week program concluded with performances of a Broadway Showcase and an adapted version of Legally Blonde, The Musical.

High school students who successfully complete a Rider University summer program and enroll at Rider for their undergraduate studies automatically qualify for a $2,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions at 609-896-5042 or [email protected]. For more information about Rider's summer programs, contact College of Continuing Studies at 609-896-5033 or visit