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Welcome to  . . .
. . .a unique opportunity for young people of all Christian faith and music backgrounds to come together in a safe and welcoming environment to grow spiritually and musically. The centerpiece of our program is a summer camp that immerses our campers in an intentional experiential process.
hearts, hands and voices . . .
. . . a cooperative venture of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan, seeks to provide children with lifelong tools for creating, appreciating and sharing music, participating in worship, and leading productive lives in society through hands-on experiences.

Registration Open for 2015 summer camp: August 10-13, 2015  at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30650 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI.

The four-day camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for campers (grades 2-7) with a special experience for camp alumni from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (grade 8 and above). Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment.  HHAV REGISTRATION FORM 2015 camper and alumni.pdf


Attention choir directors and music educators: As part of the summer camp experience, Michael Burkhardt offers a three-session evening workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. He uses the time to share the current curriculum as well as techniques developed for hearts, hands and voices. These musicians leave both inspired and equipped to apply the process developed for the campers and extend it into their own context. The sessions have been described by participants as a 'shot in the arm' in advance of the new program year. HHAV REGISTRATION FORM 2015 directors and educators.pdf


News update:

After camp last year, director Michael Burkhardt put the finishing touches on "Read 'n Ring", a teaching resource he wrote to share  techniques developed for hearts, hands and voices. In May 2015, music publisher, J.W. Pepper, selected "Read 'n Ring" for its Editor's Choice Award. They called it a revolutionary approach to teaching music literacy. How fun is that?








Check out the energy in our camp experience and

hear Michael Burkhardt talk about the program philosophy