Every July, teenagers gather at Houghton College*, NY from all across the USA and internationally. Whilst the camp schedule has different times for music, spiritual and campus life - all of the Csehy Experience is aimed at nurturing musical disciples in order that every note, measure and phrase as well as every conversation, meal and prayer would be to the glory of our sovereign God.
The program runs for 4-weeks each year. For the optimal experience, we recommend attending for a full 2-week session (weeks 1-2 or weeks 3-4), but many students come for all 4 weeks, and students who attend for only 1 week also have a wonderful experience culminating in the final concert at the end of their selected week.
- * Csehy Summer School of Music” is an independently operated and managed not-for-profit organization. Although Csehy has a contractual arrangement with Houghton College for the use of its facilities each summer, Csehy is not otherwise affiliated with Houghton College.
Through musical ensembles and private lessons, campers engage daily with highly-qualified faculty from colleges and orchestras across the country. Faculty challenge campers to higher levels of performance while nurturing their Christian faith.
- Symphonic Band
- String Ensemble
- Chamber Choir
All students participate in one of these major ensembles (two ensembles where approved by the artistic director). Each ensemble rehearses daily for 75 minutes in preparation for the Saturday afternoon concert which concludes each week. In addition to these major ensembles, every camper rehearses for 40 minutes with the Concert Choir which concludes every concert.
All campers receive two half-hour private lessons per week for their major instrument (or voice). In order to prepare for these lessons, high school campers (grades 9-12) practice two hours per day on their major instrument. Junior high campers (grades 7-8) practice one and one-half hours per day on their major instrument.
Daily theory classes are held after dinner for all levels from beginning note reading to advanced analysis and history seminars. Placement tests are given at the beginning of camp to identify each student's next stage of learning. For those who go on to study music in college, they often test out of several semesters of theory classes as a result of their Csehy experience.
- Saturday Serenade: Every Saturday at 3pm, all students perform in our closing concert.
- Student Recitals: Selected students perform at 10am on the final Saturday of weeks 2 and 4. Two recitals are usually held concurrently to accommodate the many performers.
- Faculty Recitals: Faculty perform for the students on the Thursday of weeks 1 and 3.
- Composer's Recital: Works written by composition students during their time at Csehy are presented at 4pm on the Friday of week 4.
Csehy Summer School of Music nurtures young musicians in order that every note, measure, and phrase, as well as every conversation, meal, and prayer would be to the glory of God. Each day begins in chapel and concludes with an evening hymn-sing.
30-minute chapel messages are grounded in a gospel-centered worldview. Speakers are selected for their ability to engage and challenge our talented teenagers in solid biblical teaching.
Campers meet with their hall mates and counselor for small group devotions every evening.
Consistently quoted as the highlight of the Csehy experience for campers and our staff - the evening hymn-sing and time of testimony is a unique and inspirational experience for our whole community.
Students may volunteer their time and abilities as ministry team goups providing musical contributions at churches (Sunday mornings) or nursing homes (Thursday during free-time).
Campers are lodged in college dormitories with camp counselors. Through musical collaboration, daily devotionals, skit nights, and bonfires, lasting friendships are formed between campers from all over the world.
Students are lodged in Lambein Hall, a 6-floor college dormitory facility. Male and female students are on separate floors with a host counselor taking care of each dormitory wing. We endeavor to group campers in similar age-groups but also accommodate room-mate requests where possible.
During afternoon and evening free time, many campers elect to take advantage of the excellent athletic facilities of Houghton College. The Nielsen Physical Education Center houses an indoor pool, running track and several basketball courts. The “Quad,” a large field in the center of campus, is the perfect setting for Frisbee, baseball, or soccer. The Reinhold Campus Center is also a favorite place to play board games and relax with friends.
All meals are shared together in the Campus Center, catered by Sodexo with options for gluten free, vegetarian and any special dietary needs.
Standard Weekly Schedule
Note - times may vary slightly from week to week.