Join us for a fun-filled week of 


Music & Arts Camp


June 22-26, 2020 


 

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Registration now open!

In late April, it became clear the current health crisis wouldn’t permit an on-site music camp experience, so Hilltop Children’s Music Director Katie Houts quickly switched gears. Working with the composer of last year’s Music & Arts Camp musical (Mark Burrows), the duo created a special at-home camp experience for 2020.


The themes and songs from last year's musical, "In the Image," return this summer with brand-new activities for the whole family!


On Sunday, June 21, all camp registrants will receive

an age-appropriate bucket of supplies on their doorstep.

Everything you need for the whole week will be 
inside this bucket!

Each morning, you’ll open an envelope revealing the day’s theme and activities. Miss Katie will host a short Zoom meeting each morning and participants will open our envelopes together, play the Bible beat, sing, and learn about the day’s theme.


Activities are tailored for kids in preschool through 8th grade,

though all ages are welcome to participate.

Cost is just $15 per participant to cover the cost of supplies.

Scholarships are available.

Registrations due by June 15, but respond early to guarantee your spot.


Parents, one more important thing.

You don't need to be a certified Sunday school teacher, professional musician, or talented artist for this week to be meaningful. You love your kids - and that's all the prerequisite you need.


We'll provide the supplies, the instructions, and the encouragement.


Bring these activities alongside your family's daily rhythm, using creativity and the arts as meaningful ways to grow in faith. Each activity is designed to accompany the flow of your day, and you have the freedom to set your own schedule.

Our brief Zoom meetings will be recorded & available to participants through the summer,

so you can even choose the week that works best for you!


Create art when you feel inspired,

play games when you have energy,

explore nature while you're outside,

and sing all through the day!



 

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Hilltop Children's Music Program

Grades K-5

 

The Hilltop Children’s Music Program (HCMP) offers a unique opportunity for children to grow in their Christian faith through musical expression. This free ministry introduces children to the joy of music and cultivates the lifelong gift of song in each child. We use our hearts, our hands, and our voices in activities that benefit the musical development of children: singing, percussion, movement, Orff, handchimes, and much more. During our Thursday evening rehearsals (September-May), we lay important groundwork for musicianship - ear training, music literacy and readiness, musical expression, and creativity.


The HCMP also serves to inspire the spiritual development of children. We explore foundational Bible stories and move through the seasons of the church year by creating percussion grooves, crafting songtales, and preparing our choral repertoire. Our repertoire is diverse - incorporating global music and folk music in addition to newly-composed sacred anthems for children's voices.


Throughout the school year, the children in HCMP are provided experiences of worship leadership at Hilltop and around the community. In addition to participating in worship services at Hilltop, the children perform at Hilltop's annual concert events: the Fall Festival of Faith, the Hilltop Christmas Concert, and the Music & Arts Fundraising Concert. These events are a wonderful opportunity to share our gift of music with the community.


Together, we imagine and discover how we can shine God's light and love to the world!


Our regular 2019-2020 choir season concluded on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

The 2020-2021 season is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 17, 2020.

 

 


 

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Katie Houts

Children's Music Director,

Staff Accompanist


   Katie's experience includes 25+ years as a collaborative accompanist, performer, vocal & instrumental director, all of which have given her opportunities to study and perform a wealth of diverse music around the world. A native of the midwest, Katie worked primarily in the Minneapolis and Boston metro areas before relocating to Salt Lake City with her family in 2017. 

 

She is the Sacred Choral Editor for Choristers Guild, one of the leading publishers for develping choirs in sacred spaces. Katie oversees the publication of all new sacred anthems, collections, resource books, and musicals.

 

Katie also directs Rise Up, Jr. - the training ensemble for Rise Up Children's Choir, a community children's choir with two locations in the Salt Lake Area. Katie teaches early elementary music and directs the middle school choirs at Wasatch Charter School in Holladay. Especially in her work with children, Katie aims to draw a wide circle of welcome as emerging singers discover their unique voices - both individually and collectively. 

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