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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The Anabaptist Orchestra 2017

Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Before the concert on Sunday afternoon, we all got together for a picture. It was a lovely weekend making music together with...

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The Sommers Sisters

Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

These four amazing sisters have been a part of the Anabaptist Orchestra since the very first year. Joanna Sommers Hostetler, violin and concertmaster; Sarah Sommers, violin and AOC committee member; Kristen Sommers, viola; and Kaitlyn Sommers Kuhns, cello...

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