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Music & Arts

The music of The Salvation Army is known throughout the world, with brass bands being the most recognizable form. Introduced to The Salvation Army by Charles Fry and his family in 1878, Salvation Army bands have since been a powerful asset in worship and evangelism. Today, music ministry, along with drama and dance, continue to find purpose in reaching local communities through youth outreach, instruction, and assisting weekly worship services.

The Greater Pittsburgh Music School operates out of the Pittsburgh Temple Corps. Since its inception in 2019, many young participants have gained the knowledge, experience, self-esteem, self-discipline, confidence and joy of music theory, instrumental instruction and song, along with sacred dance choreography and drama. The program aims to bring new hope to children in the Greater Pittsburgh area who are in need of the enrichment and encouragement an arts education brings.

Building on this foundation of musical and artistic excellence, the Sharon Music School will expand the outreach to new areas, seeking to reach students in Sharon, Greenville, and New Castle.

Classes Offered (varies by location): Music Theory, Vocal Training, Band Instruments including Brass, Piano, Drums, Guitar and Timbrels, Sacred Dance Choreography and Drama.

 


STUDENT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Star Search: Divisional and territorial talent recognition events function as friendly competitions to honor music, dance, choral, drama and band students who strive to perfect their craft.
    Divisional Date: April 27, 2024
    Eastern Territorial Date: June 8, 2024
  • Conservatory I (School of Rock): For students ages 10-17 who would like to learn how to lead worship at their church and are interested in learning aspects of the Praise and Worship Team. Classes in Piano, Guitar, Drum Kit, Voice and AV will be offered. If you know of students who would benefit from and/or are interested in attending this session, please reach out to the Divisional Music & Arts Department for approval.
    Dates: June 24 – 28, 2024

  • Conservatory II (Creative Arts): For students ages 10-17 who would like to learn how to incorporate drama and movement in worship. If you know of students who would benefit from and/or are interested in attending this session, please reach out to the Divisional Music & Arts Department for approval. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
    Dates: July 1 – 5, 2024

  • Music Camp: A week-long special session at The Salvation Army’s Camp Allegheny in Ellwood City for students aged 7-17, participants get to meet and practice with other students from all over the WPA Division, making new friends and great memories.
    Dates: July 15 – 20, 2024

  • TAM Conservatory (Territorial Arts Ministries): An influential proponent to Creative Arts ministries in The Salvation Army. A week-long discipleship-focused intensive for ages 14 and up. Young artists gather to engage in training, learn innovative ways of communicating the Gospel, and receive encouragement in their spiritual development, artistic excellence, and leadership in arts ministries. Intended for young artists who serve both at the local and divisional level. For more information: https://arts.saconnects.org/tamc/
    Dates: August 3 – 10, 2024

  • Star Lake Music Camp: A legacy camp for Salvation Army music. Often drawing international participation, young musicians have the opportunity to learn from world class instructors and like-minded youth who seek to enhance their talents in service for the Lord. Intended for young musicians who serve both at the local and divisional level, who are willing to be challenged musically and spiritually, and who demonstrate sufficient audition preparation. Applicants must be 13+. Star Lake is situated in New Jersey and is open to timbrelists, vocalists, and brass musicians across the Salvation Army Eastern Territory.
    Dates: August 10 – 17, 2024

  • DMA (Divisional Music & Arts Activities): Rehearsals for divisional groups; Youth Band, Drama Troupe, Divisional Band, Timbrel Brigade, Dance Troupe, and Gospel Choir. Monthly occurrence at Camp Allegheny. Open to all who attend their local Salvation Army Corps. Placement in groups is dependent upon audition.
    Date: Ongoing
    *24/25 Season begins on September 28, 2024

If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to be involved in the opportunities listed, please reach out to the WPA Music & Arts department.