Children and youth ages 7-18 will honor Our Lord on June 28, raising their voices in song for a noon Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the Feast of the Sacred Heart at St. Lawrence Chapel in Harrisburg. The Mass will be the culmination of the students’ efforts during the annual summer Chant Camp hosted by Mater Dei Latin Mass Community.
Last summer, more than 40 children attended Chant Camp, a weeklong day camp that immerses students in the world of Sacred Music while providing opportunity for Catholic fellowship, sports, games, prayer and lots of laughter. After a week of study and exercises, Chant Campers have a solid foundational knowledge of the purpose and importance of music in the liturgy and a heightened sense of the Good, True, and Beautiful. They also learn many practical skills such as reading chant and music notation, singing and blending in a choral setting, along with learning chants and hymns to sing for the Mass which concludes the camp.
This summer’s camp is June 24-28, under the direction of Mater Dei Chaplain, Father Gregory Eichman F.S.S.P., and Music Director, Patrick Torsell. Other instructors include Father David Franco F.S.S.P., Rick Wheeler, Music Director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Littleton, Col., and Dr. Richard Skirpan, Music Director at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg.
St. Lawrence is located at 110 State Street, Harrisburg. Learn more about Mater Dei’s Chant Camp and music program at MaterDeiPA.com/music.