Last weekend, middle school students from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska visited Campion Academy for the annual Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival. While at Campion, students had the opportunity to make music with high school students for three days. This year, students were able to participate in various ensembles including a large choir, an orchestra and a handbell choir.
Megan Michalenko, a senior at Campion who has attended this festival for the last nine years, commented, “Music fest has been such a positive experience in my life and has given me the opportunity to grow my love for music.”
From early Thursday morning until Saturday evening, Campion students were encouraged to share their musical talent with the young musicians.
On Friday, Campion’s music department gave a short concert for the guests attending music festival. Pastor Goetz, who shared a worship thought, encouraged everyone to “rejoice always, pray continually, (and) give thanks in all circumstances,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
With Sabbath came performances. The church service began with the Strings of the Rockies, a group of first through third grade students, and was followed by the festival ensembles who shared the beautiful music they had been preparing.
“One of my favorite parts was everyone working together to form such a big sound,” Benjamin Maxson, a student at Campion, remarked, “There’s nothing like hundreds of voices singing in unison to glorify God.”
On Saturday night, each ensemble played the last of their pieces before wrapping up the exciting weekend.
Yves Clouzet, the music department director at Campion Academy who plans this event, shared, “It gives me great joy to see the students improve over the course of the festival rehearsals. It means that all the things that went on behind the scenes to make sure these students could have the musical support they needed to be successful was 100% worth it.”
Madi Jordan, senior, guest contributor