The audience sat quietly as music began to fill the sunlit chapel. Just as their family and friends pulled out their phones to record, a burst of energy filled the room as members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point entered singing "In the Sanctuary" with heightened enthusiasm! All hands were raised as they each found their place on stage and took the audience through a powerful musical program, showcasing all they had learned through their music courses in S.T.E.A.M Summer Day Camp. As the students sang the last notes of "Into My Heart", the audience erupted in applause, followed by a standing ovation.
“Research has shown that young musicians and artists do better academically,” explains Captain Ingrid Ljungholm, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of High Point. “Music and arts also helps children to expand their ability to focus, and to function in a disciplined environment. It was a joy to be able to provide music and arts opportunities this summer, as our young people grew in so many areas. We are proud of our music and arts programs which will continue throughout the year.”
Throughout the summer, Captain Lars & Ingrid Ljungholm, along with Corps Helpers and Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club staff helped plan, choreograph and execute an inspirational and truly spiritual program. Not only did this event help signify the end of a truly wonderful summer but showcased the true talent of the boys and girls in The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point.
“The addition of music to our S.T.E.A.M Summer Day Camp was such a joy to watch,” explains Amy Hudson, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point. The kids gave it their all and the parents loved it! It was so special to see the culmination of 8 weeks of hard work really bring our 2021 Summer Camp Session to a spectacular close.”
In February of 2021, The Salvation Army of High Point launched a new music program, holding music lessons once per week teaching students’ brass, guitar, or timbrel (rhythm), along with singing lessons and music theory. This program continued into the summer, allowing students to expand their knowledge and skills, especially in choral singing performance as they prepared and practiced for their summer grand finale.
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