Top Six Reasons to Bring Your Youth

One of the best things about Music & Worship Arts Week is that it’s a multi-generational event. There are lots of options for adults and children … and teens.

Yep, you heard us. 🙂

Our middle and senior high groups are an extremely important part of each year’s event. Our students not only have opportunities to perform in their graded choral ensembles, but many also participate in dance, the instrumental ensemble, or a handbell choir.

Need more convincing? Here’s our Top Six (yes, we’re still stuck on that Top Six thing) reasons to bring your youth to Lake Junaluska this summer.

Tracy DePue6. Our senior high choral clinician, Tracy DePue.

Tracy is a familiar face within The Fellowship and and we’re very excited that she’ll be sharing her excellent youth choir skills with us this summer! Tracy is the director of music, worship, and the arts at St. James UMC in Little Rock, AR.

James Wells5. Our middle high choral clinician, James Wells.

Your mid-high-ers should recognize our friend James if they’ve attended a past Music & Worship Arts Week, as he served for many years as our DRUM (3rd-6th grade) clinician. He is the director of choral ministries at Brentwood UMC in Brentwood, TN, and is the co-director of the Nashville Children’s Choir.

4. Lots of seminars especially designed for teens.

We have a number of afternoon seminars that are designed to cater to our middle high and senior high participants, including a beginning handbell ensemble, dance and theatre in worship offerings, and crafts.

3. Get out and play!

Yes, a good portion of MWAW 2017 is spent rehearsing with clinicians and attending workshops. But the beautiful setting of Lake Junaluska offers a number of opportunities for your students to stretch their legs, whether that’s paddle boarding or canoeing, swimming at the pool, or taking a walk around the lake. And be sure to take advantage of our youth yoga classes, too!

2. Because music matters for our students.

We’ve all heard it before, but it’s worth reminding ourselves that youth that participate in music while in school score better on the SATs, have increased coordination and emotional development and prove to be a success in society. (Need more reasons? Check out this article by the National Association for Music Education.)

1. The ever-popular Youth Talent Show!

It’s a highlight of every year at MWAW … the Youth Talent Show gives our students an opportunity to showcase their talents through singing, dancing, drama, and everything in between! Performing in the show is an exclusive opportunity for those participating in our middle and senior high ensembles.

You never know what other surprises may happen, too! Like, how about this gem from the 2015 Youth Talent Show? Although we’re fairly certain there are some youth leaders that would prefer to forget this one …


Ready to sign your youth up for MWAW 2017? Here’s the great news … it’s not too late! Register your group now and get ready for an amazing experience at Lake Junaluska this June!


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