Virginia Camp

The founding location of Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, SCMC Virginia is committed to musical excellence and spiritual vitality. We welcome you to experience the beauty of God and the challenge of building musical skills, all in the picturesque setting of the Shenandoah Valley.

VA PermaCamp 2024: June 1-9

Calvary Mennonite Fellowship
6083 Mt Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

General Registration will open
March 1, 2024 @ 6:00AM EST

Meet the 3 C’s of your learning experience:

Chapel. Class. Choir.

Biblical Challenge. Musical understanding. Choral training.


Opening Weekend

Saturday, June 1, 2024
10:30Instructor Brunch
11:30Instructor Orientation
1:30Chamber Choir Registration
2:00Chamber Choir Rehearsal
2:30General Registration Opens
3:30General Registration Closes
5:00-5:45Student Orientation
6:00-6:55Introductory Classes
Class I: 6:00-6:15
Class II: 6:20-6:35
Class III: 6:40-6:55
Sunday, June 2, 2024
8:00-8:30Continental Breakfast
9:30Worship Service
1:00-2:15Intro to Chapel
2:30-4:00Chamber Choir Rehearsal
7:00Community Hymn Sing
Dayton Mennonite Church

Monday - Friday

9:05Class Period 1
Sight Singing I-IV
Leading Congregational Worship
Secondary Music Ed
Voice Leading
10:15Choir Rehearsal 1
11:40Midday Interlude
1:00Class Period 2
Rudiments I-IV
Chromatic Harmony
Class Voice
2:10Choir Rehearsal 2
3:30Class Period 3
Class Voice
Elementary Ed I
Music History & Appreciation
Chamber Choir Rehearsal
4:30Free Time
6:15Mass Choir

Closing Weekend

Saturday, June 8, 2024
9:45Chapel/Wrap Up
12:30Leave for BCOB
6:30Choirs Meet
7:00Dress Rehearsal
(open to the public)
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
Sunday, June 9, 2024
8:00-8:30Continental Breakfast
9:30Worship Service (Gym)
1:30Leave for BCOB
2:00Choirs Meet
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
5:00Supper/Prayer Time
Bridgewater Church of the Brethren


How old must I be to attend Music Camp?

Virginia Camp adult students must be at least 18 years of age. Children and youth age details can be found on the Children/Youth Camp page.

Should I have music training prior to attending?

No previous instruction is necessary. This camp is for anyone who is interested in taking their musical abilities to the next level. The starting place is less important than the desire to learn and the willingness to be taught. Our goal is simply to help each person attending take “the next step” forward in their pursuit of excellence.

What classes should a first-year student take?

We recommend that students begin their music study with Rudiments and Sight Singing alongside choir participation.

How many classes should I plan to take?

Due to homework assignments and the full schedule, we recommend enrolling in two classes and using the additional class period for study and homework. Due to the additional time required for rehearsal, Chamber Choir students may enroll in one class.

Will I have homework?

Homework is a regular requirement of SCMC classes. Because the schedule is full and study time is minimal, campers should plan to use one class period as a regular study period.

May I change class selections after I’ve enrolled?

Changes to class selections are permitted until April 15 for Virginia Camp, after which a $25 fee will be charged. After May 1, this fee increases to $50. Desired changes should be directed to the registrar via the Contact Us page. Changes requested by instructors during the camp week will incur no charge.

What choir will I sing in?

SCMC campers participate in both a mixed choir and mass mixed choir. Choir members complete a questionnaire (choir rubric) which guides the process of creating balanced choirs. See the Choirs page for more details about the choirs.

How do I join the Chamber Choir?

When you complete the Application Form, check the box indicating that you wish to sign up for Chamber Choir and complete and submit the entire form. By the beginning or middle of March, you will receive a letter of acceptance or refusal. Since the Chamber Choir prepares a full repertoire of music, choir members will receive their music approximately 2 months prior to camp week. Chamber Choir members are expected to invest significant personal practice prior to arrival at camp. The Chamber Choir may tour for one week following camp. Applications must be submitted by February 15. Find out additional information on the Choirs page.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted through May 15 as space is available. However, applications received after April 1 will incur an additional $25 fee to cover additional processing expenses. Applications received after May 1 will incur an additional $50 fee. We do not guarantee the availability of books and music for students applying after May 1.

What are attendance expectations?

Your attendance at chapels, classes, and choir rehearsals maximizes your camp experience. Your absence impacts you and your classmates and fellow choir members. Absences require communication with administration.

What are my options for lodging?

Lodging for the week is available in area homes Saturday – Saturday (8 nights) at the Virginia Camp. Rustic cabins are also available. Lodging before or after these dates may be arranged upon request. If you prefer, you may arrange your own lodging.


Application Fee

Application Fees are nonrefundable, and applications will be processed only after the application fee has been received.

January 15: $100
April 1: $125
May 1: $150
Applications are accepted through May 15. We do not guarantee the availability of books and music for students applying after May 1.

Private Registration Fee$50
Full-time students arriving after normal registration closes on the first day of Music Camp will need to make an appointment for private registration. Students may avoid this fee by arriving on time for registration.

Tuition, Materials, & Lodging

Tuition: $495 (Due May 1)
Lodging: $145 (Due with application)
Textbooks & Music: $50-$100 (Due with application)

Textbooks and materials are available for purchase or, in some cases, rental. Exact cost will depend on the textbooks required for the classes you select and the music required for the choirs you are in. You will be given the option of purchasing or renting your textbooks and purchasing your choir music when you complete the application.

Part-time Students

All fees are due with application.

  • Application Fee: $35
  • Class: $115
  • Mixed Choir: $215 (Includes music and folder)
  • Mass Choir: $140 (Includes music and folder)

Meals are included with tuition for full-time campers.
For part-time campers, individual meals are available for purchase during the week of camp.

Part-time Private Registration Fee$50
Part-time students who are taking classes and plan to arrive after normal registration closes on the first day of Music Camp (Saturday) will need to make an appointment for private registration. Students may avoid this fee by arriving on time for registration.

Registration for Choir-Only Students:
Part-time students taking only a choir are asked to be at registration on Saturday. If this is not feasible, arrangements should be made to arrive early on Monday, allowing enough time to gather music and be prepared for Rehearsal.

Refund Policy

All fees are refundable minus the Application Fee and processing fees through May 1. From May 2-15, a 50% refund will be given. No refund will be given after May 15.

If you are waitlisted, you will not be charged unless you are accepted due to a cancellation.


If you need financial assistance, visit the scholarships page to see if you qualify to apply. Click here or on the Scholarship Info button below.

Make Checks Payable To

SCMC Virginia
1047 Orange Rd.
Pratts, VA 22731



Music Camp isn’t just for adults. It’s for children and youth too! Classes, choir, games, and more are waiting for your children when they attend Music Camp.

Dress Code

The dress code can catch people by surprise, so be sure to take a good look.

The goal of our dress code is to reflect the beauty of Jesus Christ in our personal appearance. We hope to promote biblical modesty and propriety, and to enhance an atmosphere of serious and disciplined study. Please follow your local congregation’s standards wherever they exceed those of Camp.

Men, please:

  • Wear dress pants and full-button shirts with tails tucked in during the camp day. Blue jeans are allowed for recreational activities.

  • Do not wear neckties.

  • Wear shoes.

  • Keep hair neatly trimmed.

Program Attire
  • Solid-colored black dress pants

  • White long-sleeved dress shirt

  • Black belt, socks, and dress shoes

Women, please:

  • Wear dresses or jumpers without slits.

  • Have sleeve lengths be a minimum of near the elbow and skirt length be at least half way between knees and ankles.

  • Ensure necklines are near the base of your neck.

  • Wear shoes or sandals (no flip-flops).

  • Cover your hair with a veiling.

Program Attire
  • Loose-fitting, solid-colored black dress (no pinstripes or pattern)

  • Hosiery and black dress shoes

  • Sleeves at or below the elbow

Chamber Choir:

  • Observe the guidelines as given on this page during the week of tour.

Choral Festival CDs

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Family Package

We have a special setup just for families. Visit our Family Package page for details.

Chamber Choir

You can find details about tour plans and how to sign up for Chamber Choir on our Choirs page.


Several scholarships are available. For qualification and signup details, visit our Scholarships page.


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