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Summer Music Camp at UVF Recap

by Melea Fowler - Office of Marketing | Jul 26, 2017

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In 2016, Dr. William DeSanto, chair of the Music department at the University of Valley Forge (UVF), founded a week-long Summer Music Camp for middle and high school students entering grades 7-12. This year, the Summer Music Camp again hosted students who were eager to learn and grown in their music proficiency skills.

Students who attended the camp completed a written music placement exam and audition on the first day of camp in order to determine class and ensemble assignments. Throughout the week, students participated in ensembles as well as individualized lessons in voice, piano, and other instruments. Each student was able to perform in at least one of the ensembles showcased on the last day of the camp. 

According to Dr. DeSanto, the goal of the Summer Music Camp is "to provide students with a Christian camp environment as they develop their musical skills." During camp, the students took classes and studied under UVF's music faculty, received training and advice on preparing to be a music major, and experienced what life would be like on UVF's campus, all while developing their musicianship skills. 

During the day, the students began with a 30-minute session of Christian community worship and devotions, followed by six sessions that included classes and rehearsals. Fun evening recreational activities were held on and off-campus and included games, bowling, a movie night, and other fun activities. 

The camp is still in its early stages, but Dr. DeSanto is looking forward to adding more exciting new classes next year as well as more evening social activities. 

For more information about summer music camp or to register for next year, contact Donna Headlee at djheadlee@valleyforge.edu