The Rosedale Record 2023
Week 1 can be found in the Archive below.
Rosedale’s Choral Camp is an exciting adventure that intertwines learning music with lots of fun recreational activities. The camp is upbeat and positive, reflecting the philosophy that music is God’s gift to the church and is cause for celebration. We focus on the basics of sight reading music and singing in parts, but we also branch out into other programs such as string ensembles and band.
The camp accepts students who have completed grades 2 through 8 and have not yet entered grade 9. Campers vary in their musical skills from the untrained to those who have taken lessons for many years. All students, regardless of their training, have the opportunity to advance their musical skills to a higher level.
We will run two identical camps in 2024:
- Camp One: July 8-12
- Camp Two: July 15-19
|Registration Date||First Child||Second Child||Each Additional Child|
|On or Before April 1||$290||$260||$230|
|After April 1||$320||$290||$260|
Why Should You Send Your Child?
- It’s fun and educational, all at the same time. See video here.
- Classes are based on a comprehensive, sequential, varied curriculum. View curriculum charts.
- Teachers are qualified. See Teacher Bios below (biographies are posted after instructor staffing is confirmed).
- Campers receive spiritual care.
- Worship Opportunities
- Daily chapel
- Campfires with the camp pastor
- Prayer with dorm counselors
- Hymn sing
Ken Miller has a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Science in Mathematics, both from the Ohio State University. He has served on the faculty at Rosedale Bible College for over two decades where he teaches music classes and directs the Rosedale Chorale. Ken also serves as a worship leader at Shiloh Mennonite Church.
Jennifer Miller holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Cedarville University. She taught elementary music for 15 years and is a private piano instructor. Jenny has been part of Choral Camp since its beginning in 1999. She and her husband Ken have four grown children and five grandchildren.
Amber Hartzler has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Houghton University and a Master’s in Special Education from SUNY Postdam. She taught music for grades three – six in her hometown of Lowville, NY for 8 years. Now, she is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with her children. Amber has been part of Choral Camp for over 10 years.
Jared Stutzman has an Associate’s in Biblical Studies with a music emphasis from Rosedale Bible College and an bachelor’s in music education . He currently is the choral director at Eastern Mennonite High School. He has been involved with Choral Camp for 15 years and is a father of 3 children.
Megan Troyer holds a one year certificate in Biblical Studies from RBC and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Cedarville University. She is currently studying to get a certification in the field of neurodevelopment. She has played both the piano and the trumpet for longer than she has not, performed in many ensembles, traveled to four continents, taught children many times in various capacities, and been to Choral Camp as both camper and staff.
10:30 Check In
12:00 Choral Camp Welcome – assembly for campers and their families
12:30 Choral Camp Cookout – lunch for campers and their families
1:20 Goodbyes to campers.
2:00 Recitation – a demonstration of musical activities by campers for their families
3:00 Reception on the lawn for campers and families
Check out immediately following the reception
A zany, two-page newspaper, the Rosedale Record, is published every day of Choral Camp. Campers get them delivered every morning; parents can check this site after 8:00 or 9:00 PM to get the scoop before the campers and maybe even see their children.
As part of the activities, we host a hymn sing each week of camp for anyone who would like to attend. The hymn sing occurs on Thursday evening at 8:00, with an ice cream social following.
- Sheets (for a single bed)
(No short or tight shorts/skirts, spaghetti straps, or low-cut necklines, and no swimsuits without get-wet clothes, please)
- Casual; for class and recreation
- Clothes to get wet in (trunks and rashguards for boys, swimsuits under get wet clothes for girls, dark-colored clothing works best)
Please mark tags with your child’s first and last names.
- One nice outfit for the hymn sing (optional)
- Khaki bottoms (slacks, skirt, or shorts for the recitation). Please pin on the khaki bottoms a large note to your child: “Don’t wear until the recitation.”
- Shoes and/or sandals
- Wacky socks for Wednesday’s Wacky Sock Day
- One pair of socks
- Towels – bring at least 2!
- Fan (boys only; girls’ dorm has AC!) – with your name on it
- Mosquito spray
- Water bottle – with your name on it
- Bag for laundry
- Bible – with your name inside
- 1-inch 3-ring binder with pockets* – with your name on it (Binders larger than 1 inch don’t work well.)
- Stringed instrument* (if signed up for a strings class)
- Band instrument* (if signed up for band)
- 2 cans of shaving cream*
- A large sponge*
- 3 books to lend to the Choral Camp library for the week. (Please mark with camper’s first and last name.)
- A night light
- Goggles (for the shaving cream slide)
- Swimsuits for girls (to be worn under get wet clothing)
- Shower cap (for get wet activities)
- Acoustic instruments for use during discretionary time (no electronically amplified instruments, please)
- Blank book or bound notebook for a journal
- Addressed, stamped envelope to mail a letter home
- Black Sharpies/fabric marker to let friends sign this year’s Choral Camp t-shirt
- You may wish to mark all clothing with camper’s name. Please be sure get wet clothes are marked.
What to Leave At Home
- Phones (if necessary, campers may use hall leaders’ phones; parents may contact their campers via the Choral Camp office)
- Carbonated beverages
- Devices for playing digital and/or analog music
- Video games
- Large sums of money
- Skateboards/scooters/wheeled transportation
- A bad attitude 🙂
* These items could be packed together for
your camper to take to the check-in Monday morning.