|The girls, ages 10-16, enjoyed three days of music, fun, and friendship at the first music camp in the state.|
Mason, OH, August 1, 2011 – Twenty young girls learned
to see their musical talent as a way to glorify
God and bring others to his love during a special
summer camp in Ohio.
The girls, ages 10-16, enjoyed three days
of music, fun, and friendship with Christ and each other
at the first music camp held in the state at
Royalmont Academy in Mason from July 11-13, 2011.
The camp was
the initiative of Regnum Christi consecrated woman Jill Swallow.
“Music is my second passion after Jesus Christ,” she said.
“I had this idea in my heart for a long
time, and my dream came true, thanks to the help
and encouragement of many others. I can’t stop thanking God
for these days.”
Every day the girls sang, danced, and participated
in formation activities that taught them how music affects their
souls and their relationship with God. As Natalie Ferraro, age
13, shared: “I just sing for Christ. That’s what’s most
important to me, since singing is praying twice.”
The girls started
with simple melodies, worked their way up to harmonies and
dynamics, and polished up their songs for the concert they
gave to their parents on the last day. They learned
several songs, including “The Melody Within” from the movie Rigoletto,
“Fly” from the consecrated women’s CD, Making All Things
New, and the well-known song “You Raise Me Up.”
|The girls presented their songs at a nursing home and in a concert for their parents.|
the final concert, the girls had a chance to share
the gifts they had discovered at a local nursing home.
Angela Spies, a counselor, said this was the highlight of
the camp. “On our way out, we saw a woman
who was sad because she missed our singing, so we
gave her a private concert. It was worth it even
just for that moment.
“The lesson we learned is obvious,” she
said. “We need to value our personal talents as gifts
from Christ that we want to offer back to him.”