All Saints Choir Camp

August 18-22, 2021

Are you looking for a way for your son or daughter to give singing in a choir a try?  Do you need something for them to do one of the last weeks of the summer?  Our choir camp is a fun, educational experience for kids who love music or singing. The camp is open to all children grades 2 & up (unchanged boys voices only, please). All are welcome - no prior singing, musical experience, or church affiliation needed.


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Who comes to choir camp?

Our choir camp is designed to be fun for any child with an interest in music.  Some come to the camp with no musical experience, while others play an instrument or have sung elsewhere. Some sing in one of our choirs at All Saints.  All that is required is a willingness to try new things (and maybe be a little silly) and a desire to learn about singing!


Who runs the camp?

The camp is sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church, which has a long tradition of choirs for children, with a Boys Choir founded in 1899 and a Girls Choir founded in 1962. The camp is led by Scott Hayes, Director of Music at All Saints Church. Scott directs the choirs - which include choirs for boys & girls, adults, and college students, involving more than 50 people on a weekly basis.  You can find out more about Scott here.

This year's camp will be a little different than in the past!  We'll have a "theme of the day", which features special guests who will bring each day' to life.  The themes are:  

- Singing & Vocal Technique: How singing works and what you can do as a singer. Laura Choi Stuart, Head of Vocal Studies at the Washington National Cathedral, will lead this day.  You can find out more about Laura by clicking here.  

- Organ Day! We'll explore the two pipe organs at All Saints, plus a few other instruments at nearby churches. We'll visit two other churches this day with unique instruments - River Road Presbyterian Church, with its mechanical action Kenneth Jones organ, hosted by Landry Duvall, Music Director at River Road Presbyterian; and River Road Church, Baptist, with its recently renovated 4-manual Moller organ, hosted by Bob Gallagher, Minister of Music at River Road Church.

- Music & Art in Church:  Why do we sing in church, and what does it mean?  What does the art work in churches mean?  The Rev. Penny Nash, Interim Rector at All Saints will lead this day on Friday, August 20.  You can read more about Penny on the church staff page, available here.

- Guest Conductor:  After working with Scott Hayes in rehearsals from Wednesday - Friday, we'll have guest conductor the Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts, join us on Saturday who will work with the music we learn in camp and direct the choir for Sunday morning's service.    You can read more about him here.


What COVID safety measures will be in effect?

Since vaccines are not yet available for the age group most involved in our camp, our schedule and the spaces we use will be tailored to follow recommendations for safety while singing during the Pandemic. Rehearsals will take place in a variety of places with good ventilation Masks will likely be required while indoors or on the church bus.  


Does my child need to attend each day?

No, but we encourage multiple day participation so that they get to be a real part of the group and enjoy the full experience!  


What is the Choir Camp Schedule?

Click here for the full schedule draft (Updated 7/30/21)


How Much Does the Camp Cost? 

The suggested donation varies depending on the day, and financial assistance is available:

Wednesday - Friday (8/18-8/20) - $25/day

Saturday (8/21) & Sunday (8/22) - Free (except for King's Dominion trip).  

Sunday King's Dominion Trip (leaving after church):

Family & friends are invited to go too King's Dominion.  If you need tickets, the group ticket price is $38 per person. If you have your own family pass, you are welcome to use it. Food is not included, but there are plenty of options available in the park!    


Can I help with the camp?

Yes, we need adult help during the camp!  We need help with supervision, food, set-up, & some administrative work. If you would like to help, please check the box on your child's registration form, or let us know at shayes@allsaintsrichmond.org.  A "Sign-Up Genius" will be created as we near the date of the camp.  


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