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- July 2006 / Brewton-Parker College hosts GBC’s Youth Music
Brewton-Parker College hosts GBC’s Youth
BPC Director of Marketing
Brewton-Parker College recently hosted the
Georgia Baptist Convention’s
Youth Music Camp.
|A student tries her luck at ringing a large handbell during the GBC’s
Youth I Music Camp held June 19-23 on BPC’s main campus in Mount
Young musicians from around the state gathered
from June 19-23 for activities on BPC’s main campus in Mount Vernon.
"The GBC Youth Music Camp is one of the highlight programs that Georgia
Baptists offer to young people in our state,” said Dr. David Smith, president
of Brewton-Parker. “I am grateful that Brewton-Parker College was able
to host this camp, and I know that the campers were able to grow in their knowledge
of music as well as their faith in Jesus Christ."
Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of BPC’s Music Division, was also appreciative
of the opportunity to host the GBC’s Youth Music Camp. According to Dr.
Eernisse, having the chance to bring the camp to Brewton-Parker this year will
ultimately benefit everyone involved.
“Hosting the GBC Youth Music Camp at Brewton-Parker College has great
benefits for all involved,” said Dr. Eernisse. “The facilities
on campus are well suited for the needs of the camp, and the college gains
exposure to scores of prospective students. It is a wonderful example of cooperation
within the Georgia Baptist family.”
Students were divided into two groups for
this year’s Youth Music Camp.
Youth I was for those students who completed the seventh or eighth grade. Youth
II was made up of high school students and those who have completed their freshman
year in college. These Youth II students, who had to successfully complete
a music audition prior to the start of camp, made up the first ever GBC All-State
Chorus and Orchestra and traveled to Washington, D.C. where they performed
at various functions throughout the week.
While at Brewton-Parker, those students in the Youth I Music Camp had the
opportunity to learn more about music and also to improve their musical abilities.
|Students practice the organ in Saliba Chapel at the GBC’s Youth
I Music Camp held June 19-23 on BPC’s main campus in Mount Vernon.
Each student was required to take a test in music theory and was placed in
one of four levels of music theory classes. Students were also expected to
be a member of the choir, with full choir and sectional rehearsals held each
day of the camp.
In addition to music theory and membership in the choir, students were required
to take an instrumental class which was held every morning. Students could
audition for the orchestra or could choose between handbells, guitar, organ,
piano, or orff instruments.
Elective classes were also offered and students
were required to select one to take during the week. Among the choices were
to audition for the performing
handbell group or take a class in conducting, drama, male or female solo voice,
musical signing, or music and computers. There was also an elective entitled “Understanding
You,” which helped students to come to know and understand their individual
personality and the different spiritual gifts God had blessed them with.
Not only did the students have the chance to improve their musical abilities,
they also had the opportunity to grow spiritually during the week.
“This camp literally changes the lives of the students who participate,” said
Kent Jackson, Youth I camp director and one of two consultants within the GBC’s
Music & Worship Ministries team.
Jackson, who has been working with the camp since 2001, said knowing that
some students will use this experience as a springboard for future careers
in ministry is something in which everyone involved with the camp can be proud.
|Students practice piano at the GBC’s Youth I Music Camp held June
19-23 on BPC’s main campus in Mount Vernon.
“Some have become pastors, church musicians, and even missionaries as
a result of being a part of this camp every year,” said Jackson.
Some students will have the opportunity to see a more immediate result from
participating; one that Jackson says is the most important component to every
“It is very important that we take the time to present the Gospel message
to the students during the week,” said Jackson. “We have had students
come to salvation as a result which is very exciting for everyone involved.”
Jackson said the relationships among students
that are started at the camp have played a major role in students returning
every summer. He said he has
seen students return to the camp every year for ten years – beginning
as 4th graders and finishing at the end of their freshman year in college – because
of the desire to maintain the relationships that were begun at a previous camp.
“Boys and girls come back every year because of the relationships that
are built during the camp,” said Jackson. “The bond between the
different students is quite strong. Once they come to one of our Youth Music
Camps, they don’t want to miss another year.”
|The Youth I Music Camp orchestra performs during the final worship concert
in Gilder Recital Hall at the GBC’s Youth I Music Camp held June
19-23 on BPC’s main campus in Mount Vernon.
The Youth Music Camp began more than thirty
years ago as the result of a vision of Dr. Paul McCommon, former Church Music
Secretary of the Georgia Baptist
Convention. It was Dr. McCommon’s wish to begin a summer music camp for
youth of all ages to help them grow musically as well as spiritually. Over
the years the camp has been held at various colleges as well as the Georgia
Baptist Conference Centers in Toccoa and Norman Park.
This was Brewton-Parker’s first year
hosting the Youth Music Camp, and the GBC staff was impressed with the facilities
on campus and the hospitality
shown to them by the BPC family.
“We express our gratitude to the staff of Brewton-Parker College for
the way they received us and for all they’ve done to make the camp the
best experience it could be,” said Jackson.
|The Youth I Music Camp choir
performs during the final worship concert in Gilder Recital Hall at the
GBC’s Youth I Music Camp held June 19-23 on BPC’s main campus
in Mount Vernon.