Anabaptist Orchestra Camp exists to offer praise to the Lord by giving Anabaptist instrumental musicians the opportunity to play their instruments with other believers, to develop their skill, and to enjoy fellowship with other musicians.

The weekend consists of rehearsals, chapel, workshops, individual and sectional practice time, as well as time for recreation and conversation.

In October 2011, we held the first camp with two dozen musicians, mostly strings, and a grand total of five brass and woodwinds. We played several hymns, staple classical pieces, “He Shall Feed His Flock” and “Come Unto Me” from Messiah, and others. Since then, the camp has grown significantly.

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp is held the second full weekend in August (Thursday-Sunday). This year camp is being held near Kidron, Ohio, at Salem Mennonite Church, and the Sunday afternoon concert is being held at Fairlawn Mennonite Church in Apple Creek, Ohio. The 2019 camp dates are August 8-11.

Camp Organization

Lyle Stutzman, Washington, Indiana
Lyle Stutzman serves as the administrator and co-conductor for AOC. He grad­u­ated from Con­cordia College in Moor­head, Min­nesota with a bachelor’s degree in Music Edu­ca­tion. He teaches music at the Elnora Bible Institute in Elnora, Indiana, and enjoys arranging and composing choral music. He sells his music at www.blueskymusic.net. In addi­tion to his musical inter­ests, he enjoys reading, cooking, learning about kingdom living, playing bas­ket­ball, and spending time with his wife and family.  Lyle and Maria live in Washington, Indiana with their children Scott, Ivana, Megan, and Levi.
Maria Stutzman, Washington, Indiana
Maria Stutzman serves as the secretary for AOC. Before becoming a wife and mother, she graduated from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas with an Associate of Arts degree, majoring in Music Education and English Literature and Composition. She played her alto saxophone Jake in the college’s concert and pep bands. After marrying Lyle, she started their music studio, teaching beginner piano and preschool music classes, as well as teaching general music to grades 1-4 at Pilgrim Grade School. AOC is a dream come true for her–the opportunity to play her instrument with other Christian musicians.
Sarah Sommers, Dalton, Ohio
Coming from a family who loves music, Sarah is a proficient violinist and violin instructor. Besides teaching several dozen students, she also plays in a local orchestra. Sarah formed a string quartet with three of her sisters, and their frequent performances delight and bless those who hear them.
Jeff SwansonTerre Hill, Pennsylvania
Jeff Swanson is the co-conductor for the Anabaptist Orchestra. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas respectively. He also received his certification in Music Education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A professional musician for the first nine years of his career, Jeff played French horn in the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra before he decided to be a full-time educator. He has been a choir director, band director, and teacher since 1999. He is currently the director of music at Terre Hill Mennonite High School and Shalom Mennonite School, both in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania. When he is not conducting at AOC, you can find him playing in the French horn section.
Deana SwansonTerre Hill, Pennsylvania
Deana Swanson has been a member of the Anabaptist Orchestra since 2012, and has been on the executive committee for the last three years.   She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington where she also played in the concert band, and completed her courses in Secondary English Education from the University of Valdosta.  Deana began playing the flute in the 6th grade and has played ever since.  She currently plays with the Anabaptist Orchestra and Lyrica Sacra.  Deana is currently teaching middle school at Shalom Elementary School in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania.