On June 23, Carolina Bowen, a rising 12th grader and member of College Lutheran, Salem, checked in at Lutheran Summer Music camp at Valparaiso University in Indiana. After transformational experiences the past two summers, this time she brought along a new camper, her younger sister, Courtney, a rising 9th grader. Founded in 1981, Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is a residential training and performance program. Each summer, LSM brings together band, orchestra, choir, composition, organ, and piano students in a supportive, intentional community on a college campus.
Carolina shares, “The community at LSM is very special to me because it combines music and faith in a way that I haven’t been able to experience anywhere else. Being part of such a young faith community is unique. I am challenged to think, ask questions, and look at my faith in new ways. LSM has also given me opportunities to lead worship among friends in a very sacred space.”
While at LSM, Carolina, and Courtney participate in large and small ensembles, private instruction with professional musicians and college faculty, a musicianship class, a musical theater elective, as well as daily prayer and weekly worship. The camp welcomes rising 9th through 12th-grade musicians nationwide. Being Lutheran is not required. There is both a two week and four-week camp option. Financial and merit-based scholarships are available.
Carolina sings in her high school choir and plays the viola in the Roanoke Youth Symphony. Courtney has played flute in her middle school band and looks forward to joining her high school marching band this fall.
You can find Lutheran Summer Music on Facebook, and learn more about opportunities to see concerts and camp worship live-streamed (and previously recorded) from Indiana. This summer’s camp concluded on July 21st. LSM is another way the ELCA and other Lutheran colleges work together to form the faith of our youth and help them develop their God-given talents.