When is AOC 2017?

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp will be held Thursday evening, August 17 through Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2017.

What is the schedule for AOC 2017?

  • It is still being planned, but it will probably look something like this:
  • Thursday evening–Registration from 5:00-6:30 P.M. EST, string rehearsal at 7:00, full orchestra rehearsal at 8:15 followed by a snack.
  • Friday and Saturday–Chapel, rehearsals, workshops, sectional and personal practice times.
  • Sunday–Morning worship, group and personal practice time, concert at 2:00 pm (free and open to the public).

How old must I be to attend AOC?

Students must be at least 14 years old. Students between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.  Because of limited dorm space and housing, AOC can only provide housing for one non-participating adult musician per family.  This person needs to register as a non-participating family member.

Do I qualify to come?

AOC is open to anyone who has completed any level of instruction on an orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds, or brass). There is only one piano available, and the pianist position has already been filled for 2017. All instrumentalists will need to be able to read and play the music with reasonable accuracy by camp time.  You can determine for yourself how much you need to practice ahead of time and whether or not you will be able to have the music mostly mastered by camp time. We want to make this a good weekend for you and don’t want you feeling overwhelmed with the music.

Click on the instrument buttons below to see samples of “Jesu Joy,” which represents the average skill level we will be playing that weekend. This is only a representative piece. You do not need to learn this piece for orchestra camp.

Alto Sax   Cello   Flute   Bassoon   Trombone

Trumpet   Viola   Violin I   Violin II


  What is the cost of attending AOC?

Registration (due with online enrollment form)
Early Registration: $20
After May 1: $30
After July 1: $40


Enrollment Fee  (includes tuition, meals, and lodging)


Music is provided at no charge, but must be returned at the end of camp


Non-Participating Family Members Enrollment Fee

$75  (includes meals and lodging)

*Because of limited dorm space and housing, only one non-participating adult may register per family.  See the “May I Bring Visitors?” section below for more information.


 When can I receive the music?

Music will be available for download after you register.  You should receive an email from a section leader within a week letting you know if you have been accepted, which part you have been assigned and giving you information on how to access and download your parts.

How should I prepare for camp?

If you are not regularly playing your instrument, begin getting in musical shape as soon as your application is accepted. Much of the weekend is spent in rehearsal, and you will need physical endurance to last through the rehearsals well as to play your best at the concert. Get your embouchure or bowing arm in shape through lots of practice before the weekend.

Orchestra camp will also be more enjoyable the better you know the music. Please do take the time to practice, write in fingerings, and work on tricky parts before camp.

What supplies should I bring?

Your instrument, music stand, black music folder, pencils and related items for rehearsal and performance. Label everything that you want returned to you if you leave it behind.

Where will I stay?

Lodging will be at the dorms at Elnora Bible Institute. Bring your own bedding, towels, washcloths, concert attire, and other personal effects. If you choose to make your own lodging arrangements off campus, you do not need to pay the camp for lodging, but we encourage you to pay your hosts.

Is there a dress or conduct code?

Yes. Here it is.

At orchestra camp, we value what each of you brings to the table, and we want to create an atmosphere where you can express your creativity and your love for the Lord in a safe, nurturing environment. To that end, we will strive to show respect and gratitude for what God has given each member of the orchestra. Envy and jealousy are out. Love and gratitude are in.

Men should look nice. Don’t wear extreme clothes that draw attention to themselves and away from your playing—too-tight stuff, hip stuff, trendy stuff, and so on. Dress in clothes that look like the sound you want to produce on your instrument. If your clothes were a piece of music, wear something that would be worth hearing like Bach or Mozart. If your clothes look like most of the music on the radio, go change. If your shirt is designed to be tucked in, tuck it in. Wear shoes and socks. We don’t want to see your nasty toenails. For concert attire, wear white dress shirts (no ties) and black dress pants and dress shoes.

Women should look nice. Wear skirts that are long enough to be easily and comfortably modest even while sitting. Don’t wear extreme clothes—too-tight stuff, low necklines, skirts with slits, and so on. Wear modest clothes that make you feel beautiful and make it easier for you to play beautifully. Wear shoes or sandals but not flip-flops. When people look at you, they should see you, not make-up. Wear veils like you would wear them at home. If you don’t wear a veil at home, we ask that you wear one for the concert as part of your uniform since the orchestra represents conservative Anabaptists. For concert attire, wear solid black or dark dresses or comparable same-fabric two-piece outfits, and black or dark dress shoes.

Come ready to participate. Come ready to give freely of yourself for the good of the orchestra, the blessing of each person at camp, and the glory of God.

 How can families participate?

Families are welcome and encouraged to attend camp, especially if there are several participating musicians in the family; however, due to the increased participation the past two years and limited housing, space is very limited.  Please contact Maria at info@orchestracamp.info for more information and details.

May I bring visitors?

Visitors are welcome at AOC; however, we ask that they follow these guidelines including the dress code.

*Rehearsal etiquette requires that all cell phones be turned off and that spectators sit quietly in the bleachers and do not distract the musicians.

*The Saturday evening meal is the only meal that is open to visitors. Orchestra members need to register visitors in advance by August 8, and the cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children.

*There is a grocery store and a Subway about 10 minutes from EBI in Odon, and there are hotels, a Wal-mart, and a variety of restaurants about 20-25 minutes from EBI in Washington.

*There is also a campground adjacent to EBI, but please remember that AOC is not equipped to provide meals for visitors except for Saturday evening.

For more information, please address inquiries as follows:


Stringed instruments or repertoire:
Sarah Sommers

Woodwinds, brass, or repertoire:

Jeff Swanson

Registration, schedule, or program details:
Maria Stutzman

Other general information or inquiries:
Maria Stutzman