Choirs

Training to sing with heart, soul, mind, and strength for the glory of God.

Mixed Choirs

All full-time students rehearse with a mixed choir twice daily and sing three (3) songs at the final program. Part-time students may also enroll on a first come, first served basis.

Ohio CampAnthony Glick, Jeff Swanson, Daniel Yutzy

Ontario CampNolan Martin

Virginia CampRyan Kimberlin, Ivan Godoy, Jeff Swanson

Mass Choir

All full-time students rehearse daily with the Mass Choir and sing 4 songs at the final program. Local community members may join, per availability at a given camp location.

Ohio CampWendell Glick

Ontario CampWendell Glick

Virginia CampLloyd Kauffman

Treble Children's Choir

This choir rehearses twice daily and participates in the final program. Opportunities vary; look for more information for Children’s Camp at a specific location.

Ohio CampGwendolyn Good

Ontario CampGwendolyn Good

Virginia CampRegina Brubaker

Youth Choir

This choir rehearses twice daily and participates in the final program. Opportunities vary; look for more information for Children’s Camp at a specific location.

Ohio CampDwilyn Beiler

Ontario CampDwilyn Beiler

Virginia CampFranklin Miller

Women's Choir

Optional.  Sign up to sing!
This choir rehearses once a day in the late afternoon or early evening and sings 2-3 songs at the final program.

Ohio CampNot offered in 2024

Ontario CampRosemary Eberly-Lebold

Virginia CampNot offered in 2024

Men's Choir

Optional.  Sign up to sing!
This choir rehearses once a day in the late afternoon or early evening and sings 2-3 songs at the final program.

Ohio CampNot offered in 2024

Ontario CampLloyd Kauffman

Virginia CampNot offered in 2024

  Chamber Choir


Conductor: 
Wendell Nisly

This choir rehearses three times daily, Monday-Friday, using Class Period III for one of the rehearsals. Additional rehearsals are required during the Opening Weekend; see the VA camp page for details.

  • An additional application is required for acceptance into this choir.

  • An audio file is required with the application.

  • Singers receive their music in advance. A schedule of advanced learning and memorization will be provided by the conductor to enable choir members to arrive at camp with pitches, rhythms, and the general character of the music learned.

  • Those who apply are strongly encouraged to receive a minimum of three (3) sessions of vocal coaching before coming to camp.

The application fee ($125) and music costs ($35) for the 2024 Chamber Choir total $160.

When and where is Chamber Choir touring in 2024?

The Chamber Choir will tour the Mid-Atlantic region in 2024. Tour will begin following the VA camp, on Monday, June 10 with a closing program Friday evening, June 14. Program times and addresses will be added as they are confirmed. Tour fees will be dependent on the final itinerary and number of singers. Fees will be due upon arrival at camp.

MONDAY, June 10 @ 7:00PM
Hampden Mennonite Church
1234 W 36th St
Baltimore, MD 21211

TUESDAY, June 11 @ 7:00PM
Albright Center for the Arts
450 Chestnut St
Sunbury, PA 17801

WEDNESDAY, June 12 @ 7:00PM
Shalom Mennonite Church
10789 Beuchat Rd
Guys Mills, PA 16327

THURSDAY, June 13 @ 7:00PM
Melita Fellowship Church
9956 Camp Ohio Rd
Utica, OH 43080

FRIDAY, June 14 @ 7:30PM
Pilgrim Christian Fellowship
240 Twin Hill Rd
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

What is the repertoire for Chamber Choir this year?

The 2024 Chamber Choir repertoire will include the 2023 selections (see list below) as well as some new choral pieces and songs from Into His Presence.

“Hold on to the Rock” – Pepper Choplin

“Pilgrims” – Seth Bergey

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” – Lark Ball

“To Thee, O Lord” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

“Healing River” – arr. Lloyd Kauffman

“When Peace Like a River” – arr. Lloyd Kauffman

“Even So, Lord Jesus, Come” – Mac Lynch

Who can apply for Chamber Choir?

Anyone who is willing to invest in personal and musical growth. Prior experience in music instruction and singing is recommended.

How do I know if I am ready to apply for Chamber Choir?

Participation in Chamber Choir requires  a minimum level of competence in music fundamentals as follows:

  • Sight singing (equivalent of SCMC Sight Singing 2) 

  • Rudiments (equivalent of SCMC Rudiments 3)

  • Voice training (equivalent of SCMC Class Voice or at least three private lessons)

  • Prior choir experience 

Music must be learned independently before arriving at camp. If you are not ready now, is it within reach in the future? Yes! This is one of the purposes of music camp. Several years of camp will help you to strengthen your skills and confidence. Chamber Choir is offered as a culmination of the camper’s choir experience and musical education at SCMC.

How do I prepare my audio file?

Your audio file needs to include:

  • Demonstration of your low vocal range, begin at a comfortable middle range and sing a descending scale on “ah” (as in father) to your lowest range.

  • Demonstration of your high vocal range, begin at a comfortable middle range and sing an ascending scale on “ah” (as in father) to your highest range.

  • Sing a major scale ascending and descending.

  • Sing two verses of Angels Holy, High And Lowly (tune Windermere, #79 in Hymns of the Church, #30 in The Mennonite Hymnal, and #573 in the Church Hymnal) at a comfortable range.

  • Sing a song of your choosing that demonstrates your vocal ability.

Please note that file size is limited to 4MB, and that your Chamber Choir application will not be processed without the audio file. On the Chamber Choir section of the application, you will be given an opportunity to upload your audio file or to choose to email the file to [email protected].

How do I apply and what happens next?
  • Check the “I want to apply for Chamber Choir” box on the application form and complete the required info, including the submission of your audio file.

  • Pay the $160 additional fee for Chamber Choir. (Students not accepted into chamber choir, but attending camp will have this fee applied to their tuition or materials costs. Students not accepted into chamber choir and not attending camp will have this fee, minus a $30 administrative fee, refunded.)

  • Submit your application by February 15, 2024.

  • You will receive a response via email regarding acceptance after February 28. Your enrollment at the camp is not dependent on your acceptance into the Chamber Choir.

  • You will receive the music and some audio files via email at least 2 months prior to camp week.

  • Communication from the conductor regarding learning the music will occur via email.

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