Shekinah Music Camp!

August 18-23, 2019
Shekinah Retreat Centre


"The Soundscape of the Prairies"

Shekinah Music Camp is more than a music lesson - it is inspiring campers to build music into their everyday life.

We combine acoustic instruments with Shekinah’s beautiful river valley to give campers a musical experience that will inspire how they interact with music and nature. Shekinah Music Camp is for young adults ages 12-17 who are looking to either start their musical journey, or continue building their musical skill set.

The campers are divided into two age groups; Senior Teens 15-17 and Junior Teens 12-14. All campers will get a chance to learn acoustic guitar, percussion, and ensemble singing. Instrument rentals are included in fees.

Junior Teens ages 12-14: Our Junior Teens will learn each instrument stream together as a group. We recognize that learning music takes a lot of energy and focus.  To break up the day, campers will have a mix of music skills, music in nature, and just summer camp fun.  The goal is to give Junior Teens the skills, confidence, and comfortability to continue playing after camp is over.

Senior Teens ages 15-17: Our Senior Teens will start the week by trying out the three streams and then will choose one stream and receive private lessons from one of our guest mentors. Senior Teen campers will be educated in musical composition and songwriting and will be given opportunity throughout the week to practice playing music with other campers.




Choir Mentor - Anna Bigland-Pritchard

Anna Bigland-Pritchard is a singer-actor, music minister and educator. Anna has a BMus from Canadian Mennonite University, and a Post-baccelaureate Diploma in Performance from the University of Manitoba.

Anna is presently the Artist in Residence at Bethel Mennonite Church, and also works as a music minister and music educator. She writes music and sings with the children’s indie band Seanster and the Monsters. She is passionate about the intersection of performance, peace-building, theology, ecology, and feminism.

For self-care, Anna enjoys snacks, naps, adventures, yoga, and felting.




Guitar Mentor - Lorne Deighton

Lorne has been involved with the guitar since 1970. At that time, he was just entering high school and was lucky enough to receive mentoring/guidance from music teacher David Sarsfield and musician John Cuddington.  These early experiences set Lorne on a life long path, exploring different styles of music and guitar playing.

Lorne’s forte is acoustic fingerstyle playing, both in solo and combo formats.  He also enjoys teaching guitar. At Camp Shekinah, he will explore some of the basics of fingerstyle guitar playing/arranging, then share some tunes that can be played in this style.





Percussion Mentor - Matt Pederberg

Matt Pederberg has been a part of the Shekinah summer team for seven years now, but in addition to his role as Summer Camp Coordinator, he is very excited to take on the additional role of Percussion Instructor during the Music Camp week.

Many people may not realize, but Matt has been playing the drum set since he was 12, taking lessons and jamming with friends and family. He played the drums all four years of his high school jazz band and played trumpet in the concert band.

Matt convocated from Canadian Mennonite University as a Percussion Major in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Early/Middle Years education where he studied under Brendan Thompson. Throughout his university years, Matt sang in choirs, was part of the school orchestra, and played the drum set in the CMU worship and jazz bands.

In his time in Winnipeg, he was able to play the kit with many fabulous musicians both from school and around Winnipeg. 


This is our first time running a Music Camp, and we are excited! We are looking forward to collaborating with you this summer! While not all details are 100% ironed out, we are confident in offering what we believe will be a transformative experience.






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