Editors Note: This is the fourth post in our new Department Series. The first was on the Dance Department, the second on Rifle, and most recently on Wild World and Ropes. Keep following along as we make our way through all the departments. And for an overview of it all, see our Department Series Introduction.
Hi campers and parents. I hope you’re enjoying my blog series on the activity departments at Camp Alleghany. Most of all I hope you find it helps you learn more about each activity and get a preview of what you (or your camper) might like to take at camp.
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Today I’m writing about the Alleghany Singers, which is pretty self-explanatory — it’s like a camp chorus but with a couple of twists.
The Alleghany Singers is our newest activity (though is also a revival of an activity from the past that Assistant Director Elizabeth Shreckhise wrote about when it was first revived). Since reintroducing it we’re finding that it’s getting more and more popular every year.
But because a big group can make for better songs and musical arrangements, it’s taught just twice a day. Last year the Alleghany Singers was opened for Mini Camp to take for the first time and it was a huge success among our littlest singers.
There’s a pleasant setting for this activity; it meets on the brand new cottage porch.
The camper-singers learn a variety of camp songs, popular songs, and hymns. The girls get the opportunity to perform at both ends of the Term Camp campfires as well as the Mini Camp Show of Shows. During Term Camp the campers sing at our camp church service as well.
Over the past couple summers, gifted counselor Emily Earls has taken this department and totally brought it to life. She has help set the department up with really good guidance going forward.
The campers are not only learning different songs but how to arrange them as a group. They’re learning musical theory, too, like how to read music, and use their voice as a true instrument. And they play musical games that teach them more about music only they’re having so much fun they don’t even realize it’s also a lesson.
The Alleghany Singers have recorded a few songs on our song player that you can listen to and share with your camper before she comes to camp.
We’re still looking for a Head of Alleghany Singers for this summer, but we’re confident that we’ll find the right crooner to keep this group hitting the high notes all summer.
Stay tuned for my next department series blog post this week on Wild World.
— Taylor Fellows, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls