When is AOC 2019?

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp will be held Thursday evening, August 8 through Sunday afternoon, August 11, 2019.

Where is AOC 2019?

Rehearsals will be held at Salem Mennonite Church near Kidron, Ohio, and the concert will be held at Fairlawn Mennonite Church in Apple Creek, Ohio.

What is the schedule for AOC 2019?

  • It is not finalized, yet, but it will probably look something like this:
  • Thursday evening–Registration from 5:00-6:30 P.M. EST, sectional rehearsals at 7:00, and 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 3:30 P.M. (free and open to the public).

How old must I be to attend AOC?

Students must be at least 14 years old. Students 14 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult family member (18 or older) or an adult orchestra member assigned by the parents for this responsibility. An adult family member who accompanies a young player should register as a nonparticipating 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). We do not need a pianist for 2019. All instrumentalists 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


  Viola   Violin I   Violin II

What is the cost of attending AOC?

Registration (due with online enrollment form)
Early Registration: $20
Starting May 15: $30
Starting July 1: $40

Tuition: $75

Meals: $45

Lodging: We are not charging for lodging this year, but we expect all campers to pay their hosts $10 per night per adult (13 and older) and $5 per night per child (3-12). We are telling the hosts to expect this remuneration.

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

Nonparticipating Adult Enrollment Fee: $45
Nonparticipating Child Enrollment Fee: $20
Because of limited space, only one nonparticipating adult may register per family.  See the “May I Bring Visitors?” section below for more information.

When will I receive the music?

Music will be available for download after you register. The confirmation email will contain a link to the repertoire.

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?

If you plan your own lodging, you decide where to stay. If we plan your lodging for you, you will stay in a home within 30 minutes from camp.

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, because of space limitations at our new location this year, only two families will be allowed to sign up to attend all scheduled camp activities. All other families are welcome to come to the dress rehearsal on Saturday evening and the concert on Sunday afternoon. Please contact Maria at [email protected] for more information and details.

May I bring visitors?

Normally we welcome visitors, but because of space limitations this year, we are not allowing visitors other than the nonparticipating adults or preregistered families mentioned above. All nonparticipants are expected to follow proper etiquette which includes silencing all digital devices and sitting quietly during rehearsals.

For more information, please address inquiries as follows:

Stringed instruments or repertoire:
Sarah Sommers

Woodwinds, brass, or repertoire:

Jeff Swanson
[email protected]

Registration, schedule, or program details:
Maria Stutzman

Other general information or inquiries:
Maria Stutzman