Choir singing at a morning worship service


Summer Institute has a choir open to all that rehearses in the afternoon and enhances morning worship.

Children's Choir

We love to get the youngest among us immersed in the music of Summer Institute from a very early age! All children are invited to spend time with the children’s choir daily learning and rehearsing songs that will be performed for the community at our closing ceremony. 

Young children singing on stage.
Adults playing various musical instruments together

Folk Orchestra

folk (fok) n. 1.An ethnic group, as a tribe or nation. orchestra (or ki stra) n. 1. A large group of musicians performing together on various instruments. The SI tribe of instrumental musicians will gather in the afternoon to make ready some sounds supportive of adult vespers services (and maybe a morning worship service as well).

Suggested for tribal participation:

  1. having an instrument
  2. playing of aforementioned instrument
  3. music reading ability about middle school level. Leader (hereafter known as “mediator”) will really, really try to keep music in the F-C-G neighborhood.

Small Ensembles

Connect with one or more others who like to perform the kind of music you enjoy, put a group together, rehearse on your own schedule and perform for the community one evening.  If you need to find others to play with we’ll help you do that and a new SI music group will be born! Music can vary from jazz to folk or classical, or anything in-between. Pieces are generally about 3 minutes long. 

Group of a capella singers standing in a circle

Sacred Song Circle

A cappella singing is a popular activity many afternoons as participants gather together in a acoustically-friendly area to sing  together.

    Contra Dance

    Some years there is a chance to dance to old-time music by David Strickler and friends. No partner or experience necessary. Contra dance is aerobic and social.

    A group of adults surrounding a keyboard singing together

    Hymn Sing

    Some afternoons or evenings those who are interested get together and sing their favorite hymns. It’s a lot of fun, even if some people are a little hoarse at the pub or the next morning at breakfast.