Happy, Harmonious Hoosiers

Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seven instrumentalists from Indiana were represented at the 2017 Anabaptist Orchestra concert.  The music has been chosen for the 2018 season and is in the process of being scanned.  Registration opens soon!  ...

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Happy Holidays from the Anabaptist Orchestra!

Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  This is an arrangement of O Holy Night and Carol of the Bells.  Enjoy!      

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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This weekend The 17 will present a concert of Lyle Stutzman’s compositions and arrangements, conducted by Lyle himself.  The repertoire will consist of songs from the above list.  If there is one you’d really like to hear, please let us know.  For more information visit Blue Sky Music’s website or Facebook page.   Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Calvary Mennonite Fellowship 280 Pleasant Valley Rd. East Earl, PA ...

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The 17 Present a Concert of Lyle Stutzman’s Compositions and Arrangements

Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last summer while Lyle and Maria and their children were staying at our house for a convention and wedding, Jeff and I suggested to them that we get a group together to record his a cappella pieces for his new website, Blue Sky Music.  Human voices are so much better than a midi file!  Lyle said he would come conduct if we got a group together.  The result is “The 17”.   Since we will be recording on Saturday and will all be together anyway, we figured we might as well have a concert Sunday afternoon.  There are also rumors of a Saturday evening flash mob.  Stay posted for more information on that one.  🙂  -Deana and Jeff Swanson The 17 Soprano – Sierra Herr, Lisa Martin, Katherine Mullet, Cari Nolt, Louisa Seapy Alto – Rosalie Beiler, Laura Conley, Deana Swanson, Esther Swartzentruber Tenor – Chuck Burkholder, Dan Miller, Jesse Weaver, Derrick Yoder Bass – Lavelle Beiler, John Strickler, Jeff Swanson, Linden Wadel...

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We do eat well at orchestra camp.  Thus, there are over one hundred dishes, glasses, and numerous forks, knives and spoons which need washing three times a day.  Volunteering for kitchen duty is not just a privilege, it is actually fun.  ...

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Woodwind Art Thingy

Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

During the concert, the winds and brass play a few pieces by themselves while the strings (violins, etc.) take a break; then the strings play a few selections while the winds and brass take a break.   This is what some of the woodwind players decided to do on their break.  Instruments left to right are as follows:  3 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 oboes, an alto saxophone, and another flute....

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Three Clarinets, Two French Horns, One Baritone, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Posted by on September 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While we always see many pictures of the beautiful string instruments, the other one-third of the orchestra is important as well.  From front to back are the oboes, flutes, clarinets, and trumpets.   Here are a bassoon and two trombones. And to the right of them are the baritone and tubas.   The Anabaptist Orchestra also has a tenor saxophone, an alto saxophone, two French horns, and a partridge in a pear tree. Just kidding– and a percussionist standing in the...

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Virginia Instrumentalists Win Most Creative Pose

Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It wasn’t actually a contest, but after we take our group picture at the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp, we encourage small groups to get their pictures taken so that we can share them throughout the year here on the AOC website blog.  This year the Virginia group was most creative, so I unofficially gave them the “Most Creative” award, which they much deserve.  Thank you, Sarah Mills, Rebekah Mills, Grace Mills, Faith Showalter, and Fonda Showalter for your smiles and laughs....

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Blue Sky Music’s New Website

Posted by on August 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Visit Lyle’s new website at for great choir music, and stop by to like it.   Lyle and Maria Stutzman helped to found Anabaptist Orchestra Camp several years ago, and they have been an integral part of it ever since.  Lyle is also the music teacher at Elnora Bible Institute, and he is involved in other aspects of music as well.  The other members of the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp committee are pleased to share Lyle’s latest endeavor– a website where many of his arrangements and original compositions can be listened to and purchased.  Many choir directors have found Lyle’s work ideal for their choirs.   “As a music teacher and choir director, I am always looking for pieces that I can use with the elementary school choir, the junior high choir, the high school choir, or the church youth group choir.  I have found wonderful pieces arranged by Lyle Stutzman to use for all of these choirs.  Not only are Lyle’s arrangements and original compositions of good quality and helpful to me as a director, but my students usually really enjoy singing them and ask to do more.” -Jeff Swanson Jeff has used all of the following pieces which Lyle wrote or arranged:  Give to Our God Immortal Praise Joy Medley What Joy — Within the Courts of God Evening Star For Unto Us Angels We Have Heard on High (commissioned by the Terre Hill High School Chorus)   As for You, My Son Shout for Joy Roll Away Visit Lyle’s new website at for easy listening and purchasing.  Enjoy!...

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A Musicians’ Feast

Posted by on August 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

            Friday evening we enjoyed a relaxed “Bible dinner” seated on rugs and pillows in the chapel.  We feasted upon bread dipped in olive oil and spices, fish, olives, cheese cubes, raisins, grapes, and fig bars.  The mood was jovial and the fellowship was rich.  We are already looking forward to next  year’s gathering.      ...

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