Friday, May 29, 2009

Lutheridge Music Week...

I will bless the Lord at all times...
A Celebration of Psalms
Lutheridge Music Week

July 12 – 18, 2009
This year, Lutheridge celebrates our 57th year of Music Week. We have put together an amazing list of clinicians. The team of Linda Hasseler and Craig Courtney from Capital University will be leading the adult choir. The composer John Horman will be directing the Elementary Chorus. Wayne Wold, composer of hymns and organ and choral works, will be our Organ Clinician. Read on for a complete list of the clinicians we will have this summer.
We also have exciting and interesting classes and workshops scheduled for The Summer of 2009 Music Week.
Classes: Bible Study, Drumming, Guitar, Contemporary Worship, Reading Sessions, Organ/Keyboard, Clinicians’ workshops and Liturgical Arts.
Ensembles: Adult Choir, Flute Choir, Hymnfest Choir, Liturgical Dance, Advanced Recorder, Orcha/Band,
Daily morning and evening worship is centered on the Psalms.
We invite campers young and old to come join us on the mountain and let the music ring forth. Space is still available, so come and rejoice and "Bless the Lord at all times".
Our Staff for Music Week:

Adult Choral Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, Columbus, OH. Directs the Chapel Choir and Choral Union and teaches choral conducting. Active as guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for choral events and festivals in United States. Bachelors degree, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI…. Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, Michigan State University. Taught elementary, junior high and high school choral music. A mezzo-soprano, performs, tours and records nationally and internationally. Toured France with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus, soloist. Sang with Sir Neville Marriner, AndrĂ© Previn, Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall. Toured with the Oregon Bach Festival choir and shares 2000 Grammy for Best Choral Performance for Penderecki’s Credo. Member ACDA, Ohio MEA, MENC and The Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Nurturing Capital University’s rich choral legacy, Hasseler continues to program the classic and contemporary a cappella sacred and secular choral literature. Dr. Hasseler shares her special talents with us this summer.

CRAIG COURTNEY Adult Accompanist, Workshop Clinician Editor, Beckenhorst Press and composer, choral clinician and accompanist, Columbus, OH. Bachelors and Masters in Piano Performance, studying with Raymond Dudley and Walter Levin at University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Studied piano with Illonka Deckers, Milan, Italy. Served as piano teacher and accompanist on faculty of Mozarteum and music minister at Salzburg International Baptist Church, Salzburg, Austria. In addition to accompanying Dr. Hasseler and the Adult Choir, Mr. Courtney will present two workshops introducing his own works: “The Composer’s Heart” and “Compositions Based on Psalms”.

WAYNE WOLD Organ Clinician Associate Professor of Music and College Organist, Hood College, Frederick, MD. Teaches music theory, composition, private organ and harpsichord lessons. An active church musician, composer, author, performer and clinician with over 200 compositions published for organ, choirs, children’s musicals, recorder suite and hymns for congregational singing. Published poet with many hymn and anthem texts in print. Bachelor of Music, Concordia College…MSM, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH… Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. Served as a clinician for Choristers Guild, AGO, Hymn Society, ALCM, serving as president of ALCM Region One. Served on the editorial board for the Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Dr. Wold will present organ and keyboard workshops daily, prepare the Hymn Fest choir, and lead the Hymn Fest Thursday evening, July 16, at St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville, NC.

JOHN HORMAN Elementary Choral Director of Music and Organist, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, MD, where he writes extensively for the choirs. Retired teacher of 26 years, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County, MD, spending 21 years at the elementary level and 5 years at the secondary level teaching general music and choir. Active choral clinician and consultant; has directed over 50 choir festivals in the last 10 years. Writer and contributor, Silver Burdette and Macmillan Publishing Houses, school music series. Served on Choristers Guild Board of Directors, 3 years as president, and the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Editorial Staff for Abingdon press, Church Music for Children and Church Music Workshop. Many choral anthems in print as well as children’s musicals (By the Sea, Paul and Co., Angel Band). John will work with our singers who have finished 3rd – 5th grade, present a reading session of elementary choir music and a workshop entitled “Searching for Unison: The Ongoing, Neverending Challenge of Helping Children and Adults Match Pitch and Sing in Tune".

MICHAEL ZEMEK High School Choral Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. Conducts the Augustana Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Collegiate Chorale, teaches music methods, conducting and research courses, supervises music education students and advises the collegiate MENC and ACDA chapters. Director, Youth Choir at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA. Serves as guest conductor and clinician. Serves as Program Director for Young Lutherans Sing, a national summer choral experience sponsored by ALCM for middle school singers. Formerly served as Summer Program Director for Lutheran Summer Music Academy and festival. BA in vocal, instrument and classroom Music Education, Gustavus Adlophus College, St. Peter, MN. MM in Choral conducting, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, doctor of Education degree in Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Zemek will conduct the 9th – 12th grade choir in performance at Thursday evening’s Hymn Festival and Friday afternoon’s concert.

DAVID VANDERMEER Handbell Clinician Director of Music Ministries, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA. Conducts the Chancel Choir and three handbell choirs. Plans monthly Taize Prayer Services and oversees the Liturgical Arts Guild, the Movement Choir, and the African Drumming Choir. David is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Served as Minister of Music and Fine Arts, Northwoods Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX for 12 years. Served six years (2002-08) on the National Board of Directors for AGEHR, Inc. Served as the Conference Director for Music Week at Montreat and has been the conference Director twice of Mo-Ranch Worship and Music Conference and for the 2000 Pam West Worship and Music Conference. David is a member of AGO, AGEHR, PAM, NMEA, ACDA, the Hymn Society, Choristers Guild, Christians in the Visual Arts and The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts. David sings with the Atlanta Sacred Choral directed by Eric Nelson. David has helped launch a handchime program for inner-city elementary schools in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Middle School Choral Vocal Music Teacher at Tecumseh Middle School and Tecumseh High School... directs program with 6 high school choirs, 4 middle school choirs, and 570 students involved in program... conducts Tecumseh Community Chorus... BM in Choral/General Music Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro... MM in Choral Conducting, University of Wisconsin - Madison... served as director of music for UW Lutheran Campus Center... accomplished pianist and arranger. Scot returns to lead our 6th – 8th graders.

ED TOMPKINS, Handbell Clinician: Minister of Music, Morning Star Lutheran Church, Matthews, NC…BA in Music and Religion, Duke University…MCM in Organ and Conducting, Scarritt Graduate School… CAGO:Colleague of the American Guild of Organists…served on Area III AGEHR Board of Directors… handbell clinician numerous times at Montreat Conference on Worship and Music and Massanetta Church Music Conference.

PASTOR TIM SMITH, Chaplain: Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Boone, NC, since 1993, including as Lutheran Campus Minister to Appalachian State University from 1993 - 2000…also served St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newton, NC, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA and The American Church in Berlin, West Berlin, Germany…Bachelors degree in Religion, UNC-Chapel Hill, Master of Divinity Degree, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA…Doctor of Ministry Degree, Drew University Theological School, Madison, NJ…traveled extensively overseas and in U.S., including summer 2009 Lilly Grant sabbatical to Tanzania. Pastor Smith’s Bible Study will focus on the Psalms: the various kinds of psalms and how they relate to our everyday lives.
Other clinicians: Handbells:David Platts, Jeanette & Roger Myers, Karen Shuford, Rob & Deb DeGaetano, Teresa Gardner, Nancy Gibbons, Larry Areheart, Karen Areheart, Sandra Lindler, Stephen Allen, Karol Kimmell and Mark Glaeser.

The Music Week schedule…
Hymn Festival ~ Thursday, July 16 ~ 8:00 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
Hendersonville, NC
Friday concerts ~ Friday, July 17 ~ 11:30 AM
First Camp Concert
2:15 PM ~ Children & Youth Choirs
Youth Handbells
Faith Center
Friday worship 7:30 PM ~ Adult Choir & Handbells
Nativity Lutheran Church, Arden, NC

We look forward to seeing you at our 57th Annual 2009 Music Week, here at Lutheridge+Lutherock. Log on to the website and sign-up today! Financial aid is still available for those that need it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer Camp: Our Staff, Part 4...

Summer is upon us, the weather has turned consistently warmer, the leaves are on the trees and flowers are everywhere. At Lutheridge+Lutherock we are geared up and ready for our favorite season. This article is the final installment of our Summer Camp staff. We hope you feel like you have gotten to know a bit about who they are and the passion and expertise they bring to "Summer Camp". They are all here waiting to meet you, the campers of 2009. See you soon.

Hi, I'm Megan and will be the Lutheroad Area Director. I graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in 2007. I was a Spanish and Secondary Education Major. After graduating, I worked full-time for a year in Charleston. I was on summer staff here at Lutheridge in 2005 and in 2008. I also I studied ESL and received my TEFL certificate. For the past year I have been living in Hermosillo, Mexico teaching English. I'm looking forward to this summer because I want to help children grow in their faith in God and show them how important He is in their lives. To me Lutheridge offers a place where can grow in their faith while having fun at a beautiful place apart. I truly feel blessed to be able to take part in this amazing opportunity.

Hi! I am Karen Plonk and I will be KidzCamp Director and Scheduler for the summer of 2009. Currently I am the proud teacher of seventeen incredible first graders in Mount Pleasant, SC. I am looking forward to working at Lutheridge this summer because along my spiritual journey Lutheridge is always a favorite weekend stop. Now I can stay longer. I am so excited to be part of this summer’s team! Lutheridge is friendship, adventure, learning, laughs, songs, and a time away to feel God’s love in everything we do together.

Hello- My name is Elliott Cox and this summer I am pleased to be serving you as one of your General Duty Area Directors. I just recently graduated from Newberry College with a degree in Media Communications. After this summer I will be spending a year doing team ministry through Youth Encounter, traveling throughout the country and also spending four months overseas in Paupa New Guinea. I'm really excited about this opportunity to spread God's word throughout the world. One thing I'm looking forward to this summer is the opportunity to serve Lutheridge in a different capacity other than being a counselor. To me Lutheridge offers an opportunity to experience the real world; a world where sharing God's love with those around you is one of the most important things. This is just one of the many reasons why I love Lutheridge so much and keep coming back summer after summer.

My name is Chris Rivers and this will be my 4th year on the summer staff at Lutherock and I will be changing my role from counselor to be the OAP assistant. I was a camper for so many years at Lutherock and I knew it was a place that I wanted to work and change peoples lives. Over the last 3 summers working at Lutherock has changed my life and brought me closer to God. Seeing each and every one of my campers come to camp and have an amazing week, and see the joy of each of there faces is why I come back every year. Lutherock is truly a place apart and I can think of no other place to spend my summers.

Hi - I'm Liza Anne Ballentine and will be the waterfront director this summer! Currently, I am teaching preschool in Charleston, SC. I'm looking forward to this summer because Lutheridge is the greatest place on earth! I can't wait to spend time with silly children and grow in my own faith through the relationships I develop. To me Lutheridge offers an incredible week to have fun playing in God's creation with new friends while learning about Him and how wonderful He is!

If you have not signed up for camp, log on to our website and pick the program that is just right for you. We have special weeks and programs devoted to Music, Drama and outdoor activities. Don't wait sign-up today.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Apple Festival...

Even though we have barely touched into the "Summer Season" here at Lutheridge+Lutherock we are always planning a few seasons in advance. A favorite event is the annual Apple Festival. This year it will be the first weekend in October, the 2nd-4th.
There is nothing like the crisp days of autumn in the Appalachian Mountains. The air is clear, the sunshine bright

and warm during the day and the views, well, on a clear day I believe you can see forever. Life is short and meant to be lived well. So treat yourself to some autumn and mountain magic, bring the family and make a memory that will be long-lived and filled with joy.
Imagine a spectacular weekend filled with a many activities, including a hike to Cross Rock for a breathtaking view, you can also climb the ropes course, pick apples or make apple cider, feast on autumn meals, and take pleasure in sitting around the campfire and gaze at the star filled mountain sky. We also will be offering a special hayride and many types of crafts for the kids! Cost includes two nights lodging, Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast as well as all program costs. Our leader for this fantastic Autumn weekend will be Van Van Horne, Lutherock Program Director.
So take a moment and log onto our website to review the details. We cannot wait to see you!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Summer Camp Our Staff Part 3...

At Lutheridge+Lutherock Camp and Conference Center we are blessed to have staff that continues to return year after year. It is nice to count on these special folks who make your childrens camp experiences rich and magical.
This is part 3 of our continuing series of articles featuring our "Summer Senior Staff".

Hi, I am Jen Bacher and I will be the Program Assistant at Lutherock. The first time I went to Lutherock as a camper I was homesick all week. Eleven years later, it’s hard for me to imagine a summer where I didn’t spend at least a week on that mountain. I was a camper for seven summers. Now I’m getting ready for my fourth year on staff, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer! As a camper, you learn a lot about yourself, facing challenges and growing in faith. And as a counselor you take all that knowledge and share it with your campers, challenging them, teaching them, and still growing in faith. Being a part of the Lutherock staff has been such an amazing blessing. I consider everyone I’ve worked with to be a part of my family, and I still talk to many of my campers. So much of my relationship with God has come from my experiences serving Him at Lutherock. I’ve come a long way from that first week as a homesick camper. Now I’m a campsick college student.

I am Liz Propst and I am blessed to be the dining hall director at camp this summer. At summer camp I keep an eye out for campers with food allergies and anyone who is missing home at mealtimes. Lutheridge offers campers the opportunity to live without all of their technology toys for a week and to live in a community …where relationships, laughter, and getting along with a variety of new friends is learned and practiced. Every week at camp I am overwhelmed with the joy in Jesus that is so alive at our Friday night closing campfire at the lake. This summer my oldest grandchild at four will be at Lutheridge Day Camp and I know that he will have a week where he is loved as a child of God and will be treated to a week of fun and growing in a safe and age appropriate week of activities under the guidance of well trained and enthusiastic Christ centered counselors.

Hi, I am Micah Miller and I will be at Lutherock this summer as the General Duty Crew Chief. I am a pastor’s kid; I went to church weekly, was part of the youth group and even was part of council to represent our youth. I struggled through high school trying to keep my faith. Nearing my senior year of high school my faith was gone. Seeing the struggles my father had, which eventually came into our home, there was no way I was going to believe in something that created this earth yet tore my family apart. As the year passed, I turned back to my faith life. I made new friends and started to reconnect with my family. During this time I became eligible to apply to as camp staff. It was a hard choice, but I knew I had to do something to regain my faith. I have now been on staff for several years and I can officially say camp has changed my life. It has changed the way I look at things, the way I treat others, and the way I worship God. Being on staff has brought enjoyment and excitement to my life. You build a Christian-based family with the staff. I believe my calling has been to help young teens, struggling with their faith, to stay strong and to never give up on their faith. Camp Lutherock is truly “a place apart.” It is a place were young adults and kids can come and find themselves, and their true faith.

Hi, I am Erin and I will be on Senior Staff at Camp Lutherock. I first attended Camp Lutherock during the summer of '98. Even though camp was a huge challenge for me that year, I fell in love and returned every summer after. My first summer on staff was in 2005. I spent 2 summers as a counselor, before coming back in 2008 as the Outdoor Adventure Program Area Director. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, reading, working out, and spending time with family and friends. The ministry of LLMI and Lutherock have impacted my life greatly. My experiences at Lutherock enabled me to first accept my Christian faith as my own, rather than something that my parents chose for me. Lutherock has challenged me and caused me to grow as a person. I am stronger and more outgoing because of my time at camp.

Hi - I'm Andrea Stover and will be doing Lutheroad this summer. Currently, I am finishing my last semester at Lenoir-Rhyne University. I'm looking forward to this summer because I'll have the chance to learn about a new place and share God's love in different and exciting ways. Though I haven't spent a ton of time there, I can already tell that Lutheridge offers a place where everyone's loved and able to be themselves.

Yikes, summer is almost here have you signed up for our camp programs? This year we are offering, Drama, Music and the great Outdoors. We are looking forward to seeing you, log on to sign-up today.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lutherhostel, November 1-6th...

ALOA is the national Association of Lutheran Older Adults, (50 and older).They are heading up a very special event here at Lutheridge. It is their Lutherhostel program. It will be held November 1-6th. Now is the time to make your reservations. It will be a fun and interesting several days including a trip to the nearby Biltmore Estate, which will be gearing up for the holidays! North Carolina Lutherhostel is a unique educational adventure for the older adult. No particular previous knowledge or study is presupposed, no credit is offered and no
exams or grades are involved. Lutherhostel holds events at various sites through out the year. These events foster opportunities for intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Although worship experiences and presentations are conducted from the Lutheran perspective, non-Lutherans are most welcome.
Lutheridge Conference Center: Picturesquely situated on 160 acres just south of Asheville, NC, this conference center features a variety of conference facilities including high comfort motel-style facilities, a professionally trained chef and catering staff, state of the art meeting facilities, as well as a lake, pottery studio, and high adventure activities.
The Details:
"How Architectural Elements Shape Our Places of Worship and Us"
Kohnjoy Inn: A motel-type facility with 16 individually heated and air-conditioned rooms, two of which are handicapped accessible. Except for the handicap rooms that have a double and a single bed, the others have two double
beds. Each room has a private bath, desk, and chairs.
Thornburg Hall: A two-story center with 35
rooms containing an assortment of double and single beds. Rooms are arranged in suites with connecting baths. Unless otherwise requested, for this retreat, participants will be given a private bathroom (there will not be participants sharing the other side of the suite).
Registration Fee
$515 per person (double occupancy)
$580 per person (single occupancy)

Cost includes honoraria, all sessions, lodging, meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast), transportation to and from off-site tours, as well as a general admission ticket to the Biltmore Estate and lunch on the Estate.
Devotional Leader:
Rev. Tim Canniff-Kuhn
After serving a congregation in Florida, Pastor Tim has been Co-Director of Program at Lutheridge for the last 15 years with his wife, Pastor Mary. Together they oversee the summer youth program as well as numerous adult/family programs. Pastor Tim is a gifted music leader who enjoys connecting faith to everyday life experiences.
Study Leader:
Rev. Dr. Bill Trexler
Former Bishop of the Florida- Bahamas Synod and a native North Carolinian, Pastor Trexler graduated from Duke University and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Following his ordination in 1970, he served parishes in Miami, Florida;
Greenwood, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Norfolk, Virginia. His 1991 doctoral thesis was “Church Architecture as Communicator of Incarnation
Theology”. In retirement, Bill and his wife, Karla, are year-round residents of Lutheridge.
Rev. Mary Canniff-Kuhn
Pastor Mary is Co-Director of Program at Lutheridge with her husband, Pastor Tim. She
is also a potter, painter, and storyteller. Her passion is connecting faith and art
by encouraging creativity as spiritual practice. Pastor Mary has been telling Gospel stories to listeners of all ages for more than 20 years. Together, Pastors Tim and
Mary have raised three boys at Lutheridge and sent them out into the world.
Retreat Study:
Pastor Trexler will lead us in a study of architectural elements that have shaped
worship space over the centuries. We will consider how our theology influences
decisions related to church design. There will be visits to a variety of sites where we will view and reflect on the surroundings as places for worship. We will explore the effects that our worship spaces have on us as we experience them over
What to expect:
Shaping a House for the Church ✞ Lutherhostel at Lutheridge
Daily Sample Schedule
(Variations will occur related to off-site tours)
8:00AM: Breakfast
9:00AM: Worship and Singing
9:35AM: Presentation
10:35AM: Break
10:45AM: Presentation
Noon: Lunch
1:00PM: Activities, tours, free time
6:00PM: Dinner
7:00PM: Program
8:15PM: Worship and Singing
9:00PM: Fellowship and Refreshments
Activities and Tours
Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, all decked out for Christmas. George
Vanderbilt opened his home on Christmas Eve, 1895. You can see the house as it was when the first guests enjoyed it. Our day at the Estate is the same day the horse-drawn wagon delivers the 50 foot Frasier fir that adorns the great hall. Our tour includes the house, gardens, and winery
• The Blue Ridge Parkway during the fall color season
• Tours of a variety of local worship sites
Commuters: North Carolina Lutherhostel is intended as a residential experience. However, local residents may attend as commuters as space is available. Registration fee for commuters is $360 which includes all meals, meeting space, honoraria, materials, expenses, and sessions.
Register online today!