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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.
 
Monday nights with Michael Burkhardt starting September 8, 2014
 
All children, grades 2-7, are invited to share in the worship and arts experiences of summer camp on Monday evenings September 8, 2014 through May 4, 2015. Children gather at 6:30 p.m. for a light supper and work with Michael until 8:00 p.m. The work includes singing and instrumental experiences in handbells, African drumming, Orff ensemble and recorder. "Tuition" asks each family to provide one supper per term (Fall and Spring). Simply return a Monday Night Registration Form to sign up. Special events for this year's Monday night participants:
 

December 13, 2014, 7:30 PM:

    Christmas Concert with the Detroit Handbell Ensemble

May 3, 2015, 4:00 PM:

    Spring Worship and Concert

July 15-18, 2015, Timing TBA:

    Worship/Performance as part of the ELCA National Youth Gathering

 

2014 Summer Camp  Experience a Wonderful Success!  

2014 marked our sixth summer camp experience. It was an amazing four-day immersion in music and worship learning designed to teach us all that we are "created, cared for, and called by God." Nearly 90 campers, alumni, faculty and staff came together to create something special that will continue beyond our understanding.
 

Tentative dates for the 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).

 

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.

 


Check out the energy in our 2012 camp experience and

hear Michael Burkhardt talk about the program philosophy