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Christ Church Music Camp 2016

July 18, 2016 - July 23, 2016


Camp is open to students entering kindergarten (must turn 5 by June 1) through graduated seniors.

Prep Camp – half day for students entering grades K – 4
Junior Camp – all day for students entering grades 5 – 7
Senior Camp – all day for students entering grades 8 – graduated high school seniors

Students need not belong to Christ Church in order to attend.


The theme of the 2016 camp is The Life of Christ.

Classes offered will include vocal training, choir, Biblical study, dance, archery, and other related activities.

For more details and schedule, see the Music Camp registration letter.


REGULAR (June 15-30)

Prep Camp – $60/student
Junior Camp – $90/student
Senior Camp – $90/student
$250 max/family

You may register at the door July 18



All campers need to bring:
– water bottle
– pencil

Additionally, Junior & Senior campers need to bring:
– lunch (cold: no microwave available)
– Bible

Binders and music will be supplied.

music camp 2016 tshirt frontmusic camp 2016 tshirt back

T-shirts come with registration.  Additional t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Students are expected to attend the entirety of the camp (i.e. all five days of classes, the dress rehearsal, and the concert).

Take special note that the Friday schedule is different from the rest of the week. It includes a picnic at the park and a ball. Additional info and a permission slip will be emailed with registration confirmation.


Concert is at 3:30pm in the sanctuary of the Moscow Church of the Nazarene (1400 East 7th Street, on the corner of Mountain View, between 6th and 7th).

Call time for Campers is 1:30 pm and they should have come in concert dress prepared to stay through the duration of the concert, having eaten lunch.


Jim Adams: Archery
Jim Adams is grateful for the appreciation of music that the Christ Church camp has helped to instill in his own six children. He is excited to again add his 30 years of experience as a P.E. teacher and coach along with NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) certified training to complement music camp this year. Archery takes poise, discipline, patience…and yes, a sense of rhythm! All of these qualities help in music as well. Jim thinks helping eager students improve these qualities through archery, a potential lifetime activity, in a competitive way that develops body, mind, and spirit to God’s glory is just plain fun.

Sara Appel: Prep Camp Bible Craft & Administrative Assistant
Sara Appel has worked in music camps for 17 years and really enjoys the opportunity to serve in the combination of music and administration. Having sung in choirs since high school, conducted both children’s and adult choirs, and now experienced summer music camps as a student, administrator, instructor, and parent, she is very enthusiastic about making similar experiences available to others. She is currently serving as youth choir director at Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho, a calling she finds both delightful and inspiring. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts, is the wife of NSA Fellow Joshua Appel, and is the mother of six beautiful children who love to sing.

Sandy Belschner: Dance
Sandy grew up in a home filled with music, especially folk songs and good old-fashioned Gospel music. When she went through her Level One Kodaly training, she was happy to find that many of the songs and dances that were “in her blood” were the very songs that are used to teach music today. The past three years Sandy has taught Schola Cantorum classes for Christ Church, working with the four-year-olds and the six-year-olds. This past year, Sandy also enjoyed teaching music (and dance) to the youngest students at Logos School, the preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders.

David Erb: Founder, Camp Director, & Senior Choir
While David Erb started his formal music study at age eight, his love of music and desire to pursue it vocationally was intensified through summer music clinics during his high school years. These early formative experiences led him to start the first summer music camp eleven years ago while acting as the Chief Musician at Trinity Church in Kirkland, WA. He designed the highly-focused week of study and performance of music intertwined with other disciplines (e.g., Bible, dance, poetry, crafts, archery, fencing, etc.) to stir up the students in their love of God and neighbor through singing together. It is his goal to disciple the students so that they would be filled richly with the Word & Spirit through the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that they be equipped to sing skillfully and with understanding to the Lord, the saints, and the world. Dr. Erb is currently serving as Director of Music at Christ Church and Fellow of Music at New Saint Andrews College, both in Moscow. He received his D.M.A. and B.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.M. from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He is married to Gail and has three daughters: Kayla, Lydia, and Monica.

Todd O’Connor: Prep Choir & Score Analysis
Todd O’Connor has overseen the music and worship ministries at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin for over a decade. He loves choirs of all ages, having previously taught both elementary and secondary music in public and private schools for 9 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois and a Master of Music in music history and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He especially enjoys planning programs and worship services that glorify God and edify His church. As long-time colleagues of Dr. Erb, Mr. O’Connor and his wife Jenee are blessed to serve alongside him in ministry at music camp.

Jenee O’Connor: Junior Choir & Score Analysis
Jenee O’Connor has worked with Dr. Erb in this music camp setting for 13 years. She grew up in Moscow singing in church and school choirs and knew from a young age that she wanted to teach music to others as a career. Jenee earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Lawrence University and taught in the public schools of Wisconsin for 10 years before marrying Todd and then becoming a mother to Katie (age 11). She now works alongside Todd as the Associate Director of Worship Ministries at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. Mrs. O’Connor is thrilled to be using her musical gifts and passions to raise up musical leaders in the church.

Doug Wilson: Bible
Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is a founding board member of Logos School, a Senior Fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College, and he serves as an instructor at Greyfriars Hall, a ministerial training program at Christ Church. He helped to establish the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC), and is the author of numerous books on classical Christian education, the family, the church, and the reformed faith. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the submarine service, he completed a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Idaho. Douglas and his wife Nancy have three children and a bunch of grandkids.

Toby Sumpter: Bible
Toby Sumpter (M.A.T.S., Erskine Theological Seminary) was ordained as a minister in 2007. He previously served as minister of Holy Trinity Church (CREC) in Greenville, SC. He completed his undergraduate studies at New St. Andrews College and pursued ministerial studies at Greyfriars Hall. In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves as adjunct faculty at New Saint Andrew’s College. Toby and his wife Jenny have four children.

Gail Erb: 5-7 grade Bible (girls)
Gail Erb is the wife of David Erb and
the mother of Kayla, Lydia, and Monica Erb. She has a BS in Physical Education from the College of William and Mary and an MA in Physical Education with an emphasis in pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. After teaching PE for five years, she found herself in a classroom teaching 4th grade at an ACCS school. She taught 12 years at several ACCS schools, including teaching teachers and writing curriculum. Now she teaches her three daughters at home, and is the administrator for White Horse Hall, a homeschool co-op in Moscow, ID. She also runs the “bed and breakfast” for the Music Camp staff.

Kent Young: Bible, Choral Assistant, Score Analysis
Kent Young is a choir geek who cut his teeth on hillbilly songs and gospel hymns around the family room with his parents, siblings, a few guitars, and an out-of-tune Wurlitzer spinet. Kent holds a masters degree in choral conducting from Colorado State University, and a BA in vocal performance from Bethany College, Lindsborg KS. He just completed his tenth year teaching music and New Testament at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy and as Chief Musician at Christ Church in Spokane, WA. He loves his busy life with his wife Terri and their two children Corbin and Lindy (ages 15 and 11).



Here is a list of pieces that the students will learn at camp this year!

Psalm 8
Psalm 47
Easter Anthem
True Light
I’m Gonna Sing Till the Spirit Move in My Heart
Keep Your Lamps!
Medieval Carol ‘Gaudete’
O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden- Ich will hier bei di
Good Christian Men, Rejoice


Online registration is closed.  If you still wish to sign up please contact Alex Black at office@christkirk.com.


Contact the Christ Church office with any questions you might have.

Christ Church
205 East 5th Street / PO Box 8741, Moscow, ID 83843
208.882.2034 / f. 208.892.8724


July 18, 2016
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