To the Editor:
During the final weekend of July, a delegation of boys and young men from All Saints Church in Dorchester, MA, participated in their second annual choir camp at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex. They practiced diligently each morning and then played just as hard with members of the congregation each afternoon.
The participants of the choir camp are trained musicians ages 11 through 17 who practice twice each week at their home church, learning vocal skills; reading and interpreting choral music and singing in several languages as they prepare music for their Sunday service.
Under the guidance of their talented director and organist, Andrew Sheranian, they may join the choir in elementary school and continue into their adult years. As those who attended church at St. John’s on July 27 will attest, the beauty and inspiration of their music is heavenly.
The education, training and discipline that guide the choir members is evidenced in their lives as well as in their musical expertise. The boys are delightful, cooperative, polite,and eager. Their enthusiasm was evident as they engaged in many Adirondack activities while visiting, from kayaking, motor boating, sailing, and swimming in Lake Champlain to hiking Coon Mountain, rafting through the AuSable Chasm, exploring the Underground Railroad Museum and enjoying the Sunday evening concert of Meadowmount students.
Each evening, members of St. Johns and the choir members shared an evening meal and Compline service at the home of one of the Essex residents and then retired to the homes, where church members hosted the young musicians.
Anyone interested in more information about this event is invited to contact Carole Harsh at 518-962-8642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.