July 17-21, 2017
"TRACKFORM" YOUR SUMMER WITH AN MBU CAMP. If you enjoy challenges in the performing arts and desire to make new connections, join campers from around the United States for an exciting week at Maranatha Music and Drama Camp! The Music Tracks provide optimal musical experiences and challenges for musical and personal growth. The Musical/Drama Track invokes the passion and energy of performing arts, both in front of and behind curtain. In all tracks, workshops and recreational activities are balanced to peak student interest and provide campers with both learning and leisure time.
What Will "Trackform" Your Summer?
AVAILABLE PIANO TRACKS
PIANO CAMPERS WILL...
- Take daily lessons with master teachers
- Have practice time every day during the private lesson time
- Be assigned a duet partner, choose a duet piece, and practice with a duet coach
- Be in an ensemble learning sight reading, playing by ear, and developing a level-specific piece for the concert
- Attend various piano specific workshops; themes vary each year may include technique, performance practices, analysis, arranging, improvisation, and playing by ear
- Sing in the camp choir
- Participate in general music electives (see the "General Music Electives" for options)
- Complete the Online Piano Camp Audition Form
- For questions regarding the piano track, email Janet Tschida.
BS, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
MA, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
Janet Tschida has had experience as music instructor since 1998. She has been involved in music at Maranatha since 2001 where she is currently an Associate Professor for the university teaching pedagogy and keyboard courses as well as supervising pedagogy internships. She is also the director of Maranatha Music Prep School, a community music school. She maintains active memberships with the Music Teachers National Association (nationally certified), the American College of Musicians, and the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.
CAMPERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF FOUR BANDS
- Beginning Band | no band experience (a day camp from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM) Directed by Teresa Herbert
- Cadet Band | one year of band experience (typically 6th or 7th grade) Directed by Trisha Herbert
- Intermediate Band | two or more years of band experience (typically junior high) Directed by Will Brown
- Advanced Band | three or more years of band experience (typically senior high) Directed by Dr. David Brown
- Reeds & Percussion | Though not a track, will be directed by Caleb Mundt and Sett Gillespie
- Receive specialized instruction on their instrument: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn in F, Low Brass, or Percussion
- Sing in the camp choir
- Participate in general music electives (see the "General Music Electives" for options)After completing the registration process, band campers will go to their designated band rehearsal rooms. At this time, the band director will confirm whether they are in the correct band for their level and age. Additional adjustments may be made during the first scheduled rehearsal.
After registration is completed and campers are in their designated rehearsal rooms, the band director will confirm whether they are in the correct band for their level and age.
BAND TRACK STAFF
For questions regarding band track, email David Brown.
BA, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
MM, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
DMA, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri
Dr. Brown came to Maranatha to teach in 2003. Before this, he spent two years as the music pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana and fifteen years as the school and church music director at Tri-City Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
STRING PLAYERS WILL...
- Play in an orchestra or string ensemble
- Receive specialized instruction in: Cello, Viola, Violin, and String Bas
- Sing in the camp choir
- Participate in general music electives (see the "General Music Electives" for options).
MUSIC TO PRACTICE BEFORE CAMP
- See our listing of practice music as you prepare
- Listen to all the music via the YouTube links provided, preferably with parts and/or scores in hand
- Print and bring your orchestra parts with you to camp
BA, California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California
MA, California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California
- Lewis Rosove has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at Maranatha since 2010. He began as Main Campus faculty during the fall semester of 2013. His viola experience includes playing in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola from 1986 to 2008. He has also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002 to 2014.
General Music Electives
Each camper will be given the opportunity to choose their own electives for the scheduled elective times. To see a complete list of electives to choose from, click the link below.
While we will attempt to do everything possible to include all intermediate and advanced campers interested in chamber group participation, first preference must be given to high school campers at the advanced level. Additionally, considerations are made based on the literature available for the various instrumentalists hoping to participate. Campers registering after May 10 will not be able to choose a chamber group as formulating groups/finding suitable repertoire takes time, and campers need their music in advance.
List of Electives
General Music Electives
Enjoy all the fun of the stage, without standing in the spotlight. Join us for a week of technical theatre, where you will learn the basics of set construction, painting techniques, lighting, sound, and running a production from behind the scenes. You will help build an entire set in one week and see it "come to life" in the Drama Camp’s production.
Campers (grades 7-12) will be stretching flats, building frames and platforms, and painting scenes. They will learn about tool usage and safety, constructing moveable stages, production organization, stage movements, and lighting design, settings, and controls.
No previous experience is needed, as training will be provided for both beginning and experienced stagehands. Be sure to bring clothes for painting as well as black pants and a long-sleeved black shirt. Remember, in any production, the most important people wear black!
STAGE CREW AUDITIONS
Stage crew campers will not have auditions, but they need to report to the gym stage after completing registration.
For questions regarding the stage crew track, email Isaiah Oetken.
BA, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
As a student, Oetken worked on stage for 5 different productions. In 2013, he was hired as Technical Director where has designed and built sets for 15 productions. Part of his responsibilities as TD include running the audio, visual, and lighting for productions as well.
Come and learn from professionals in the field of video and movie production. With our flexible learning setup, you will learn and grow through the week no matter your previous experience. You will improve your individual skills and learn to work with a creative team through collaborative projects. Areas to be covered through the week include:
- Special Effects
- Team Work
VIDEO TRACK AUDITIONS
For questions regarding the video track, email Luke Mielke
- No audition requirements for the video track.
- Students must have completed at least their Freshman year of high school.
BBA, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
MFA, Academy Art University, San Francisco, California
Luke Mielke began working in the media field in 2002 with his church’s cable ministry. In 2008, he started FuZion Videos which works with ministries and small businesses promote themselves and their causes through video. FuZion Videos also is in the process of creating Sunday School curriculum based on video lessons and social media interaction.
2017 MUSICAL: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. (For those entering 7th grade and above)
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and love. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” will be a summer production not to miss! Production will take place on Friday.
2017 COMEDY (Senior high students)
This track includes special workshops on makeup and acting and features its own performance of a popular and engaging comedy. Roughly fifteen senior high students will be selected during the audition period to be part of this production. The track will rehearse separately from the musical production but will join the camp for all other activities. A Thursday night performance will complete this camp experience. Campers in this track will put their newly-acquired makeup skills to the test by assisting with makeup preparations for Beauty and the Beast Jr.
BS, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
MA, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
Ph.D. in Communications, Regent University (in progress)
BS, Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
MS, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Miller began his teaching career at Emmanuel Baptist Christian Academy in Mechanicsburg, PA, transitioned to Northland International University as a Drama Instructor and eventually Speech Communication Chair (2002-10), and then came to Maranatha in 2010 where he has been serving as Department Chair of the Humanities Department and director of the Speech Program. Christina is the Director of the Academic Success Program in our Education Department and has experience in speech. Miller and Miller made their debut at MBU acting in The Taming of the Shrew and now they regularly direct the college plays.
We are surrounded by other musicians for the whole week, and we have access to many great musical professors and counselors...I look forward to Music Camp for months and count down the days until it begins!
I was encouraged to witness the incredible progress made by my students in one week of camp
Dr. David Townsend
Freedom Christian School
As a parent, my mind was put at ease knowing that the girls were in the hands of exceptionally competent and caring instructors, leaders, and sponsors. We could not have been more pleased with their progress and experience after spending a week at Maranatha Band Camp.
Mother of Camper
You don’t spend all of your time with just drama, or string, or piano people. You get to branch out and broaden your horizons. Plus, the food is really great!
- Registration for 2017 begins February 15, 2017 and closes June 15, 2017.
- All campers must register online.
- Fee of $35 (please see Payment Policies below for further details)
2017 Camper Rates:
- Camp Tuition by April 10: $225
- Camp Tuition after April 10: $295
- Beginning Band Day Camp: $80
(9:30 AM – 4:00 PM and includes lunch)
- Online payments only please.
- A $35 non-refundable registration fee is due upon registration, which will not be processed until the $35 fee is received. The registration fee is applied towards camper tuition.
- Camp payments are due in full on July 1 for the purpose of an expedient camper check-in experience.
- Refunds: Refund requests must be received in written form via email to Katie Potter. The registration fee is non-refundable, and refunds will not be given after July 1.
Camper Check-In Times:
- Sunday night from 9:00-10:00 PM (please see info below on arriving on Sunday Night).
- Monday morning from 8:00-11:00 AM
Immunization and Insurance Waivers:
Campers without insurance or up-to-date immunizations must sign waiver forms and bring them to camper check-in.
Arriving on Sunday Night/Leaving on Saturday:
- Campers arriving on Sunday or leaving on Saturday are assessed a $15 fee per night and must indicate this on their registration form. For camper safety and supervision reasons, students not registered for the extra nights will not be allowed to stay.
- Campers will be provided a continental breakfast on Monday and Saturday mornings.
- Campers cannot arrive earlier than 7:00 PM on Sunday and must leave no later than 8:00 AM on Saturday.
- Campers arriving on Sunday night will be attending an activity while camping staff have a meeting.
- The first meal is lunch on Monday (campers registering for early arrival will be provided a continental breakfast on Monday morning).
- The last meal is supper on Friday.
Transportation to and from the Airport:
- Campers flying in for camp needing transportation should take the Badger Bus to Johnson Creek. Maranatha will provide transportation for campers to and from Johnson Creek, but will not be able transport campers to and from the airports directly.
- Campers needing to be picked up from the Badger Bus stop in Johnson Creek should contact Katie Potter.
- For non-emergencies during the week, please email Katie Potter. Katie will reply asap (within one business day at the longest).
- We ask that parents only call camp in the event of an emergency. Please use the following numbers: 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM 920-285-9316 (Security Cell Phone). 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 800-622-2947 (MBU Admissions Office). We will then have the camper contact their parents as soon as they can be brought to a phone.
- In the event a camper needs to make an emergency phone call, (s)he may do so with the assistance of an camp worker (all camp workers carry a cell phone, and the call can be made right away from their phone).
Cell Phone Policy:
- Cell phones will be collected from campers when they register and will be kept in a secure location. Campers may have their phones back on Thursday evening to take pictures etc. their last day and half of camp. Commuters should not bring their phones. Note: Camp photographers will be taking photos throughout the week, and these photos will be available on Facebook.
- Medical personnel are on site 24-7 and will contact the parent or guardian immediately in the event of a medical emergency.
- Campers must be 12 years old as of January 1, 2017 or older to participate in evening activities and stay in the dorms.
- Campers not 12 as of January 1, 2017 may arrive at breakfast and leave after the evening service or stay with sponsors.
- Beginning Band campers arrive at 9:30 AM and leave at 4:00 PM (lunch included).
- Piano and String campers under the age of 13 must play at an intermediate level or higher.
Camper Dress Code:
Clothing should be appropriate for the specific camp and always modest. Music and Drama campers wear modest shirts and loose-fitting pants/jeans or knee-length shorts/skirts for classes and rehearsals. Please, no tank tops (drama will wear tanks under their costumes).
Music and Drama Camp Friday concert attire is dress pants/shirts and a tie for men and skirts for women. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing for recreational activities. Swimming is co-ed: please prepare to wear shorts/shirt over your swimwear.
What To Bring:
- Proof of Medical Insurance
- Please note, cell phones and tablets will be taken during registration and returned Thursday at supper.
- Personal items such as a towel, soap, sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, Bible (since you won't have your phone), notebook, pencils, and alarm clock. Mark all personal items with camper’s name.
- Bring all prescription (prescriptions must be in the original prescription container) and over-the-counter medicine to the check-in line in a quart-size ziplock bag with camper’s name, times for taking the medication, and dosage instructions written in permanent marker on the bag (non-transparent, quart-sized bags for privacy reasons are fine).
- Indoor and outdoor shoes. Note: Campers using the gyms are required to change into a separate clean pair of non-marking shoes for indoor recreation. Shoes that mark the floors and muddy/dirty shoes are not permitted.
Track-Specific Required Items:
- Piano: Please bring music you would like to work on during the private lesson time with teachers, but also bring a nearly polished piece to be performed in a showcase on Friday. Please also bring a binder, a hymnal, a metronome, a notebook, pencils, and a bag for your materials. We suggest that you label all of your books and materials with your name and phone number.
- Band: Please bring your instrument.
- Strings: Please bring your instrument and assigned orchestra music.
- Vocal Drama: Vocal Drama: GIRLS – please bring closed-toed black shoes (flats, no heels), white tank tops for wearing under costumes (no lettering or symbols, etc.), a LONG and full/A-line black skirt AND/OR a pair of loose-fitting black DRESS pants (no skinny styles). GUYS – please bring black DRESS shoes (no colored soles), dark socks, dark DRESS pants (no skinny styles), and white tank tops or t-shirts for wearing under costumes (no lettering or symbols, etc.). ALL: No flip-flops will be allowed during rehearsal – please wear sandals with a back strap or sneakers/shoes. Also, please bring a pair of socks for use during rehearsal times.
- Stage Crew: Please bring a black shirt and black pants.
- Personal electric fan
What Not To Bring:
- Air conditioners
- Computers/media players
- Weapons such as knives/guns
- Drugs/alcohol/tobacco products of any kind (prescription medications will be collected and distributed by the camp nurse).
ALL adults (18 and older), including all parents, sponsors, staff, and faculty, who are involved in any supervisory or participatory role in the camps and/or are staying overnight in the dorms MUST do the following:
- Step 1: Watch the Children Worker’s Video
- Step 2: Read through the Abuse Prevention Policies
- Step 3: Complete the Adult Application
- Step 4: Fill out Worker Health Form
For the safety of our campers, adults NOT complying with the above requirements will NOT be allowed to supervise/participate in the camp. No exceptions. Adults simply observing and not staying in the dorms do not need to complete the above requirements.
Note to those staying in dorms: Please be careful not to bring anything that might be offensive to campers (computer games, music played, other pictures/paraphernalia, etc.).
- Adults may provide supervision from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am. Sponsors and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in this opportunity. Adults providing evening supervision may also participate with a camp track of their choice during the day if they so desire. (Pay: Room/Board)
- Adults may opt to stay in the dorms, but not assist with camp in any way. Note: If dorm space becomes an issue, adults may have campers from their group in their room. (Cost: $100 for Room/Board)
- Adults may participate in camp. There is no cost to participate. Meal tickets can be purchased in the Dining Complex.
- Adults may be on camp faculty (by invite only). (Pay: Meals and Small Honorarium)
- Maranatha Baptist University students are encouraged to take advantage of a unique opportunity to work directly with Maranatha faculty and alumni while simultaneously earning academic credit. Learn the ins and outs of camp recruiting and camp/track planning before camp begins, and gain hands-on experience working with the campers and faculty during the week of camp. Selected college students will assist an assigned track during the day and provide dorm supervision in the evening (Pay: Room/Board and $150 towards travel expenses). Academic credit options include the following:
-Music Education: No fieldwork is credit available.
-Piano/String Pedagogy: Fulfills 1 semester of fieldwork (for reporting fieldwork, see pedagogy fieldwork requirements). Piano pedagogy students graduating in fewer than 8 semesters may substitute a required semester of prep school student teaching with this option (with additional assignments). Obtain permission from Janet Tschida before applying.
-Any Music Degree Student: Fulfills 1 academic internship credit. No tuition will be assessed for this credit; however, you will need to pay the transcript fee of $25. See music internship course syllabus requirements for additional details. Obtain permission from David Ledgerwood before applying.
-Drama Productions: Internship in directing, stage work, or costuming (see DP Internship Requirements). Fulfills one required or elective course. Obtain permission from Jeff Miller before applying.
If, after reading the website, you have questions about camp, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For questions regarding…
- the band track: email David Brown
- the piano track: email Janet Tschida
- the string track: email Lewis Rosove
- the musical/drama track: email Christina Miller
- the stage crew track: email Isaiah Oetken
- the video track: email Luke Mielke
- registration and payment: email Leah Stevens
- camp policies and procedures: email David Ledgerwood
To see our frequently asked questions, click here