GWSM Fine Arts Camp

GWSM Fine Arts Camp Training young musicians since 1992 to train band and orchestra students of all ages on all traditional wind, string and percussion instruments to be more

A unique camp experience providing instrumental music instruction and other training to young people that will equip them to be more effective in their local churches and schools.

Mission: To train band and orchestra students of all ages on all traditional wind, string and percussion instruments to be more effective musicians in their local churches and schools.

Operating as usual

The brass instrument players from camp 2019!
07/21/2020

The brass instrument players from camp 2019!

07/13/2020

A true "dinosaur", Rachel Craig was a staff kid, a camper, and now a staff member! Find out what motivates her to keep coming back! 📯🏐🦕

Band Camp 2019 staff on concert day 🎶
07/11/2020

Band Camp 2019 staff on concert day 🎶

Does anybody remember this year? Maybe 2003? This was at the original camp location: Beech Grove Independent Nazarene Ch...
07/10/2020

Does anybody remember this year? Maybe 2003? This was at the original camp location: Beech Grove Independent Nazarene Church and Nazarene Christian School!

07/10/2020
Camper Alumnus Interview with Ruth Anthony

We call campers who have been around for a long time “dinosaurs”. Here’s a little socially distanced “interview” with a previous camp concertmaster! 🦕 🎻 🎶
Ruth Anthony

#throwbackthursday to GWSM Camp 2017 and 2018! Tag yourself!
07/10/2020

#throwbackthursday to GWSM Camp 2017 and 2018! Tag yourself!

07/09/2020
Mr. Ryder: Camp Devotional

Our board member and cadet band director brings us a devotional: "When my spirit is overwhelmed" (Psalm 142)

07/08/2020

Thoughts from a camper-turned-teacher, our strings instructor Crystal Joy Powers.

07/08/2020
Five Tips for Becoming a Better Clarinetist

Want to become a better clarinetist? Check out this teaching video by Renee Muir, our clarinet instructor! Be sure to watch her performance of G. Finzi, Five Bagatelles, Op. 23, mvt. 1, posted in the comments. 🎵

Five tips for becoming a better clarinetist: 1: Take Private Lessons 2: Practice Regularly 3: Practice Smarter, Not Harder 4: Listen to Professional Clarinet...

07/07/2020

An interview with our beginning band director, Michelle Probst.

1. Choose a Music Mentor WiselyThe process of developing a Bible based Christocentric music philosophy in this century i...
07/07/2020

1. Choose a Music Mentor Wisely
The process of developing a Bible based Christocentric music philosophy in this century is very complex since there have been major changes in church music based on what Christian musicians do as opposed to what has for centuries been the guiding principles that have governed all sacred musicing. For this reason, the Christian musician must only allow himself or herself to be mentored by a musician whose musical praxis is congruent with Bible principles of music and musicing, and whose musical life actions are congruent with the changed life of a Christian. The young Christian musician must remember that what a music mentor does is just as important as what that musician says about music and musicing. When it comes to those whom one trusts, the Christian musician must choose wisely. Musical actions speak much more loudly than words.
A large number of Christian musicians have grown silent about music and musicing because they have been so squeezed into the world’s mold of musicing that this conformation has caused them to order their musicing in the same manner that the world musics. When a Christian performs the same music (with a religious text) in exactly the same manner as the world performs secular music that is designed to appeal to “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (St. John 2:16), without regard for it whether it is appropriate to be a concomitant to Christian worship, that musician is failing to make any difference between the sacred and the profane. This lack of distinction has caused much confusion about the purpose of what should actually happen in public worship.

2. God Created Sound
God created the visible (horatos 3703) and the invisible (auratos 517) part of music (Colossians 1:16). It is still an abstract thought to many Christian musicians that God created sound i.e. the invisible part of music. It is what I call the "music part of music." You cannot touch it, or see it, but it is very much there. The invisible part gives music life and great power. It gives our musicing the ability to function, develop, come "alive", and be efficacious. Therefore, Christian musicians should give very serious consideration to the sounds (aoratos-i.e. the invisible part of music) that we connect to the Logos Christos.

Thought for the Day
If you wish to get out from under the complete Lordship of Christ over music and musicing, you should adamantly deny that sound matters when musicing unto God.

3. Singing under Stress
Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Evidently David prepared this Psalm for the chief Levite musician during the time he was fleeing from King Saul. While under great stress the Psalmist David found it necessary to prepare his heart before he could sing and give praise unto God. This Scripture says that David “fixed his heart.” The Hebrew word kuwn (3559) means that David prepared his heart so that he could sing and rejoice, even though he was under great pressure from King Saul.
Christian musicians who are constantly working with others will from time to time find themselves under great stress. At such times there will be situations that are capable of causing hard feelings and misunderstandings. Dealing with these situations will require much heart preparation. If the Christian musician does not take time to make the necessary heart “fixing”, burnout is sure to happen.

Prayer for the Day
Dear Lord, as I come to you in prayer at this moment, I want to thank You for Your sustaining grace in times of stress. I am asking You to help me to trust that You will never let any stress overtake me. However, I need Your help at this moment. Lord, help me to not lean on my own understanding or strength. I confess to You that when the pressure is on, I do not trust my own inner strength to take me through the time of trouble and stress. Here I am Lord. Please help me just now. This I am praying in Your strong name. Amen.

Hi guys! If you don't know me I'm Katherine Arthur, and at Band Camp I'm usually pretty recognizable as the girl with th...
07/07/2020

Hi guys! If you don't know me I'm Katherine Arthur, and at Band Camp I'm usually pretty recognizable as the girl with the huge instrument! I've gone to band camp for around 6 years (this year would've been my 7th) and I've been playing the double bass since my first year there! At home, I've played in the Newark-Grandville Youth Symphony for the past two years, and now that I've graduated I hope to be able to still play in my free time. And although I am taking my first year of college online, I hope to be in my college's orchestra next year. I also hope to be back at camp next summer!

One of my favorite early memories at camp was when I was 13, and in the beginning strings class we were learning how to use vibrato. What made this so fun for me was that Ms. Wolf (now Mrs. DeStefano) taught us how to do this by having us shake a box of Nerds rubberbanded to our hands! And it worked! The amazing staff and campers have always made the littlest things super fun, from evening rec to classes. I also always loved the evening skits and games, and have loved playing with the advanced strings over the last year or two! And while I am incredibly grateful for the musical skills I learned at Band Camp, it's the memories of the amazing people there that I most deeply cherish. I have met so many incredible people through band camp that I will miss seeing this year!

07/06/2020

Our first post for Band Camp 2020, an interview by Motoo Hamada. Check the comments for an excerpt from Jacques Ibert’s saxophone concerto performed by Motoo! 🎷

07/06/2020

Today was supposed to be the first day of Band Camp 2020 and we are all disappointed that we were unable to have camp this year. In lieu of Band Camp on site, we will be posting a variety of videos, interviews, and pictures throughout the week. Stay tuned to our page for these specials posts!

Name: Derick Xolop Instrument: Baritone Band Level: Cadet Why did you choose your instrument? Because I like musicWhat d...
06/05/2020

Name: Derick Xolop
Instrument: Baritone
Band Level: Cadet
Why did you choose your instrument? Because I like music
What do you like best about playing your instrument? Playing low parts

Name: Jillaina DotsonInstrument: OboeBand Level: AdvancedWhy did you choose your instrument? Because I thought it was un...
05/26/2020

Name: Jillaina Dotson
Instrument: Oboe
Band Level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? Because I thought it was unique and pretty, and would be a good challenge.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? It’s very rewarding when I do my best.

05/19/2020

After prayer and deliberation, the GWSM camp board regrets to announce that GWSM Camp 2020 has been cancelled. Our motivation is not fear, but good stewardship. We are secure in our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and as his sheep we find freedom from fear! Here are a few reasons we've decided to cancel:
Ohio has not given word about the status of summer camps. There is a real possibility it won't be an option.
If Ohio allows summer camps, there will probably be severe distancing restrictions and safety measures we can't adhere to because we are a band camp (ie., we are in small spaces close together, and at least for wind players, we can't wear masks and play:-) ). Trying to have camp with such restrictions would be detrimental to quality and student experience.
We are aware that COVID-19 has affected our families in a variety of ways, and some will need to opt out of attending camp this year, due to finances, scheduling, and safety precaution. This affects the camp budget and quality of each ensemble.
We are looking forward to a great camp in 2021, and are making plans to celebrate the generations of GWSM campers that have enjoyed making music together! Look for updates on our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram throughout the summer! We'll be sharing with you and challenging you to share with us!

Grace and peace,

David Hartkopf
Camp Director

Name: Blake Brugger Instrument: TrumpetBand Level: AdvancedWhy did you choose your instrument? It has the coolest parts....
05/11/2020

Name: Blake Brugger
Instrument: Trumpet
Band Level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? It has the coolest parts.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? Being able to play a variety of parts.

05/08/2020

We’re planning for the future, and are considering the best way to be stewards of our musicianship and wellbeing! Look for information about GWSM Camp 2020 on Monday, May 18. 🎶

Name: Daniel Brown Instrument: Trumpet Band level: Cadet Why did you choose your instrument? My dad played it. What do y...
12/05/2019

Name: Daniel Brown
Instrument: Trumpet
Band level: Cadet
Why did you choose your instrument? My dad played it.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? It’s easy.

Name: Emily Boardman Instrument: Violin Band level: Advanced Why did you choose your instrument? I loved how amazing it ...
12/05/2019

Name: Emily Boardman
Instrument: Violin
Band level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? I loved how amazing it sounded.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? I like expressing myself through my violin.

Name: Ava Aubrey Instrument: Clarinet Band level: Beginning Why did you choose your instrument? My grandma has one that ...
12/05/2019

Name: Ava Aubrey
Instrument: Clarinet
Band level: Beginning
Why did you choose your instrument? My grandma has one that wasn’t being used.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? When I play the notes right.

Name: Julia Aubrey Instrument: Violin Band level: Advanced Why did you choose your instrument? My grandma had a lot of i...
10/29/2019

Name: Julia Aubrey
Instrument: Violin
Band level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? My grandma had a lot of instruments from her dad and wanted me to play one and I liked the violin the best.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? I like being able to take my instrument with me anywhere I want. I like playing with other people.

Name: Abigail Marshall Instrument: Violin Band level: Advanced Why did you choose your instrument? It was something that...
10/29/2019

Name: Abigail Marshall
Instrument: Violin
Band level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? It was something that I always wanted to play.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? I like being able to make the things I play (like hymns) sound mellow.

Name: Cristal Morales Instrument: Violin Band level: CadetWhy did you choose your instrument? I was inspired by my frien...
10/29/2019

Name: Cristal Morales
Instrument: Violin
Band level: Cadet
Why did you choose your instrument? I was inspired by my friend’s teacher.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? The sound.

Name: Ethan West Instrument: PercussionBand level: Beginning Why did you choose your instrument? I have always liked pla...
09/30/2019

Name: Ethan West
Instrument: Percussion
Band level: Beginning
Why did you choose your instrument? I have always liked playing the snare drum.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? It is fun to play.

Name: Luke Gardner  Instrument: Trombone Band level: Cadet
09/25/2019

Name: Luke Gardner
Instrument: Trombone
Band level: Cadet

Name: Savannah KerrInstrument: FluteBand level: CadetWhy did you choose your instrument? I loved how it sounded. What do...
09/14/2019

Name: Savannah Kerr
Instrument: Flute
Band level: Cadet
Why did you choose your instrument? I loved how it sounded.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? Some instruments are just low or just high, but the flute can play both low and high.

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09/10/2019

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Name: Jeremiah PenticuffInstrument: BaritoneBand level: Cadet Why did you choose your instrument? It chose me. What do y...
09/10/2019

Name: Jeremiah Penticuff
Instrument: Baritone
Band level: Cadet
Why did you choose your instrument? It chose me.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? It’s loud.

Name: Corin FryInstrument: Percussion Band level: Beginning Why did you choose your instrument? Because I already knew h...
09/04/2019

Name: Corin Fry
Instrument: Percussion
Band level: Beginning
Why did you choose your instrument? Because I already knew how to read music.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? It’s easy.

Name: Samuel CramerInstrument: French HornBand Level: Advanced Why did you choose your instrument? I chose the French ho...
08/31/2019

Name: Samuel Cramer
Instrument: French Horn
Band Level: Advanced
Why did you choose your instrument? I chose the French horn because it is an instrument with a unique tone and sound.
What do you like best about playing your instrument? The thing that I like best about playing French horn is when I get to play glissandos.

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Great opportunity for kids to learn music & have fun in a spiritual environment with other Christian young people!
Thank you to all the wonderful staff for another exceptional week of learning and fun! You are making a difference in my kids' lives! Your sacrifices and commitments are not going unnoticed and are greatly appreciated. Praying God's richest blessings for each of you!
I heard a video of bro Garen on youtube singing "Submission" is there any other video of him singing? I really loved that rendition.
As a mom, I was uneasy about switching the location of band camp. After enjoying the week with the students as a volunteer, In my opinion, I am pleased to say that the change was an improvement for all accommodations!
This is our 2nd year coming, I thought I would get an email about when camp was. I'm glad someone at church said something about it or I would of missed it. I'm just sad I missed the Earlybird sign up.