Sharing Music and Art within the Community
This past week 30 students participated in the first all-day Basilica Music and Arts Immersion Camp for 4th-8th graders. The program is a shared ministry between The Basilica of Saint Mary and its sister parish the Church of the Ascension that immerses children of diverse abilities and cultures into choral singing, world music, and the arts. The full day camp is a broadened version of a previous half-day Choir Camp, which ran from 2004-2014. The Camp program is part of The Basilica’s commitment to bringing music and art to the community we serve while sharing the message of Christianity.
Throughout the week the children experienced a variety of activities including sessions learning to play homemade Taiko drums with instructor Tor Johnson. The drums are crafted from tires and packing tape to create an enormous deep sound on which the children enthusiastically pounded out new rhythms. The children also learned musical pieces on Orff instruments (small xylophones) and hand bells. During the week they diligently rehearsed a musical of “David and the Giants” for the two concluding afternoon performances for family and friends Friday, July 29, 2016.
The busy schedule included field trips to the Walker Art Museum, a backstage tour of the State Theater, and a trip to Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts. The week long camp was lead by Basilica staff members Teri Larson, the Director of Music along with Ellen Meier, Walter Tambor, Christopher Stroh, Janet Grove, and Ramond Mitchell along with support from many other staff members and volunteers.