Last week was my favorite week of the year: “Harmony Camp Week”. It’s exhausting and exhilarating and stressful and life changing. It is a passion project of mine and I love it with all of my heart.
Harmony Camp is a week-ish long vocal music camp, well really three camps in one, for High School, Middle School, and College aged students. Our main camp, the High School camp, had about 180 kids in attendance this year. Some years we have had upwards of 300 kids. We had about 27 middle school kids this year and 12 or so kids in our college program. In addition to the main camp, we offer two half days of Quartet Coaching, the Monday/Tuesday of camp week. Our camp is specific to the Barbershop Style of a-cappella singing
We have award winning singers and directors on staff and a bunch of volunteers that help as counselors and coaches. I work on the year-round committee that plans the camp and this year I helped organize the quartet coaching day. I also assist with some of the choreography for the high school girls chorus and the middle school chorus.
It is a week of very late nights and early mornings, lots of walking and putting out fires, lots of singing and laughter and even some tears. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Both of my kids have been campers. My daughter attended 5 years of camp and is now on the counselor staff. My son was at his second camp this year and had a total blast. He sang in a quartet (“Deez Notes”) and they made great strides this year. I was super proud of him.
In addition to multiple rehearsals each day, we have free time and evening activities for the kids each day. We have a
dance one night, and other nights have various activities, ranging from a
scavenger hunt to board games to improv games to Human Foosball. Which is the best invention ever. I love Human Foosball.
I spend the week with 200+ kids who love to sing and an amazing staff of my friends. We have an absolute blast, get zero sleep, eat dorm food, and have ice cream with every very meal. We change lives every year and it never, ever gets old.
In a world full of division and hate and animosity, Harmony Camp is a place of acceptance and love and … well … Harmony. It’s a place where kids who love to sing and may be a jock or a nerd or the smartest person in their school … but all we care about is what part they sing and if they know the same songs as we do, so we can sing
together. It is the most beautiful place and I am honored and privileged to be a part of it. Already counting the days to #HCamp17.