Today I set out on the first of my summer adventures. I departed from my beloved Brooklyn to venture into the far-off Mennonite world of Harrisonburg, Virginia for a week-long stint at Shenandoah Christian Music Camp. I caught a bus to State College, Pennsylvania to meet up with a friend and will be journeying on from here to Virginia early tomorrow morning.
I am anticipating a week of music, study, learning, (hopefully a bit of fun), and some good opportunity for cultural and anthropological research. Lets just say there is going to be a LOT of Mennonites there, which should make for a unique cultural experience which I am hoping to share with all of you!
To give a little bit of background…Anabaptists have a strong tradition of four-part choral singing, and in the more conservative churches hymns are usually sung. It would not be unusual to find something like this in the back of a church pew…
Shenandoah Christian Music Camp https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahchristianmusiccamp/ is located in Virginia with the intent to educate and foster this type of music in the lives of Anabaptists. This is the first year that I have been able to attend, so I’m not quite sure what to expect! I’m hoping to chronical my adventure here on the blog, so check back soon for pictures and updates!
I leave you here with a video from a previous year.