MADD Days at Westminster
WHAT: MADD Days at Westminster is a Christian music, art, dance and drama day camp for children and youth from the Miami Valley and beyond.
~ Choir, Handbells, Orff Instruments, Dance, Drama
WHEN: July 31 - August 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Westminster Presbyterian Church
125 N. Wilkinson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
WHO: Children and Youth entering grades 3 through 8 (as of fall 2017)
COST: $80 (includes light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and a T-shirt)
MONDAY, July 31
BEGINNING AT 7:45 a.m.
WESTMINSTER FRONT ENTRANCE
WE ARE REQUESTING NO CELL PHONES
OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
DINNER: 5:00 p.m.
(Monetary donations accepted)
CONCERT: 6:00 p.m.
ALL CAMPERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
ARE INVITED TO
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
Campers Rehearse: 9:10 a.m.
Worship: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Interested in volunteering?
Please contact Camp Director Brent Manley
For more information about MADD Days at Westminster, contact Camp Director, Brent Manley (MADDdays@westminsterdayton.org), or call the Church Office (937-223-7285).
MADD Camp Instructors
Shelly Burden has been a member of Westminster for 23 years. She is a professional ceramicist who created the ceramic communion set we use in worship and the miniatures sets the deacons use for home communion. Shelly is also skilled in textile arts. She brings these visual arts skills together with her deep faith and love of children into her ministry to the children of Westminster. Shelly has been the lead teacher for the Come and See Program this past year, and the Coordinator of Creation Station Workshop, which is part of our CrossRoads: Education for the Journey Sunday School program for 1st – 6th grades. Most Sundays you can find her sharing the Good News teaching children in Creation Station. Shelly has also served on the Mission and Fellowship Committees, as a wedding hostess for many years, and as an usher and greeter on Sunday mornings.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Ohio University, and a MM from Wright State University, Kathy Fagan Clark went on to become the Vocal Music Director at Centerville High School for 26 years. While there, Kathy directed 24 musicals and had choirs that received unanimous superior ratings at District OMEA contest. One of Centerville High School’s select vocal groups, The Elktonians, traveled and competed, singing the National Anthem for the Cincinnati Reds, performing at the Grand ‘Ole Opry in Nashville, working with Simon Callaway from The King’s Singers in Chicago, showcasing in Toronto, and sang at the historical Christ Church in Philadelphia. Kathy also developed the first a cappella singing ensemble FORTE at Centerville HS, where she also implemented a piano class/lab as a part of the curriculum. Kathy is currently a choir member, soloist, and composer at Westminster, along with being the Artistic Director of the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus. Kathy is also part of the writing team “Music to Your Years.”
Tamra Francis holds a BA in Communications with a theater emphasis. She sings with the Westminster Choir and the Dayton Music Club. She has performed at both the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus. Tamra has led drama teams at three different churches and directed for several years at schools and community theaters in the area. For 11 years Tamra’s voice has been heard at the Schuster Center in the pre-recorded curtain speech. Tamra performs with the Children’s Traveling Opera, and Opera Guild of Dayton program taking opera into schools. Credits include: Carmen (Carmen) and The Barber of Seville (Rosina). Along with her husband Jerry, Tamra runs Mayhem and Mystery a 15 year old, Ohio based interactive theater company. They write the scripts and perform weekly in shows in Dayton and Columbus.
Beth Hill retired from Centerville City Schools after 35 years of teaching music. Her skill in working with young people is a gift. Growing up in a musical family, Beth graduated with a degree in music from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. She received her masters in Music Education from Wright State University. Beth is a founding member of “Music to Your Years”, a music residency program whose goal is to help students discover the objectives of the various lessons of the classroom through original, custom written songs, scripts and staging. She has won numerous awards for her own musical talents as well as with her students. Beth is lead vocalist for the Rejects, a popular local rock-n-roll band, and is a soloist in the Westminster Choir.
Dan Hill is a retired Social Studies teacher who spent 35 years in the middle schools of Centerville City Schools. Dan is the leader of the rock-n-roll band, the Rejects. (www.facebook.com/kazoorock) Dan is one of the composers for “Music to Your Years” (www.musictoyouryears.org) and has been writing songs for many years. He draws his inspiration from the students he meets and his 5 amazing grandkids. Dan also helps with recording the MTYY music and maintaining their Facebook and web presence. Dan has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since 1993.
Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Naoko Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. She is a violinist in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and conducts the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, one of the Philharmonic’s youth orchestras. Pedagogy being a lifelong interest, her doctoral dissertation analyzed the technical elements in the first of Suzuki’s Violin Method books. She is an active chamber musician throughout the Miami Valley, having performed at Wittenberg University, Earlham College, Miami University, the University of Dayton, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Dayton Art Institute. Betsey is on the faculty of Wittenberg University, where she teaches violin and viola.
Brent Manley, camp director, is a retired public school music educator. During his career, Brent taught music in grades K-12 in Xenia and Hamilton. Brent received a BA degree in Music Education from Anderson University in Indiana, and a MM degree in Music Education from Miami University. Brent has extensive camp experience at Ohio Retreat Center in Marengo, Ohio, and at Kirkmont Center in Zanesfield, Ohio. A member of Westminster since 1992, Brent is an ordained Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. Currently, Brent is a member of the music staff at Westminster where he directs the Carillon Bells (grades 7-9), is accompanist for Knox Choir (grades 7-12), and is a soloist with the Westminster Choir.
John Neely has served as Associate Pastor for Music at Westminster Church since 1981 .He grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has been active in the Presbyterian Church all his life. John is a graduate of Duquesne University , Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has taught in the music departments of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Mt. Union College, Alliance, Ohio. John has been Dean of the Canton and Dayton Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and was National President of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He is active in the Dayton and surrounding areas as an organ recitalist, choral clinician, and is Music Director of the Bach Society of Dayton. John and his wife, Ruth, are parents of two grown sons and four grandchildren, Micah, Zeke, Kennedy, and Miles.
Mawusi Sarah Afua Neonene is currently a sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University, majoring in Dance, Arts Management, and Pre-Physical Therapy with a minor in Biology. She graduated from Stivers School for the Arts in 2015 focusing on Dance and Piano. She has worked with the MADD camp for two years as the Dance assistant to Karen Clute and as a teen volunteer. She is very excited to continue working with the MADD camp while continuing her passion for dance by sharing it with others.
Larry Pugh is a graduate of the Indiana School of Music and received his Masters in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His experiences include 10 years of teaching high school choral music, 5 years as choral/handbell manager of a music store, and 10 years as Director of Music at a large United Methodist Church. He has recently retired as President of the Music Publishing Division of The Lorenz Corporation after 32+ years with the company. He and his wife, Gloria, have two grown children and have been active at Westminster since 1982. Larry is currently serving as a ruling Elder. Larry has been involved with handbells since the mid-1970s in a variety of ways including being a ringer, a director, an arranger, a publisher, and a board member of Handbell Musicians of America. The directing experience includes 12 years as the director of the Junior High Handbells at Westminster, and more recently as handbell director for MADD in 2014. He looks forward to participating in the MADD camp once again this summer!
Brian Sharp currently works full time as a realtor for Irongate Realtors in Dayton. When not working, Brian can be found involved in many theatre and music projects. Brian is currently a member of the Westminster Choir and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Dayton Playhouse. Brian has directed many productions in Dayton – with some of the highlights being, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Gypsy, Oklahoma, Carousel and Les Miserables. Brian is also a freelance writer and has written for Dayton City Paper, The Oakwood Register and Dayton Magazine on the topics of dining, theatre and Dayton history.