First blessing of many is the setting is idyllic with hills, lake, plenty of green, great food and camaraderie. I have to say all or nearly all the singers are very experienced and most read at sight very well, which is the second blessing. The literature is outstanding … – never a dull moment. David Hill of England plays, directs, instructs, comments and generally entertains and enlightens the some 70+ singers who come from a wide area centered in New England but extending far beyond. We had youngsters, middle-aged, and the most numerous age group were like me, senior citizens. The choir is well-balanced and sounds terrific.
This is a teaching-learning week and one does not have to worry about performance pressure – there’s no formal concert.
The food is buffet-cafeteria style and is simply great. The fellowship times before supper and at other serendipitous times is super. One can rent, buy or bring scores.
I was already familiar with the camp and its amenities; I was counselor in music, tennis, and childrens’ productions in the Camp’s previous incarnation as Ogontz Girls Camp under Abby Sutherland, over 60 years ago. Many things have changed for the better. The spirit and ambience of the place is as lovely as ever and the new rebirth as a choral camp and special events center (primarily Weddings) is unmatched in beauty, nature, atmosphere of all kinds – air, informality, fellowship, spiritual rejuvenation, and just downright fun.
It’s worth your closer investigation and maybe even being a participant. You won’t be sorry.