Organ Camp with Elizabeth Waldon

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July 16, 2023 2:00 pm - July 21, 2023 - 3:00 pm

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Organ Camp

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Camp Dates: July 16-21, 2023

Final Performance: Friday, July 21-Time 3:00pm Location TBD

For students completing grades 6-12; Adult Registration as commuter only and with instructor consent.

$725-Residential Tuition

$400-Commuter Tuition

Organ camp is a brand new camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center.  This organ camp is designed for students who have achieved an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. Whether you’ve ever sat on the organ bench or been on only a piano bench this camp is for you! Previous organ study is not required.

During the week, students will focus on daily organ lessons and practice times on a variety of organs, workshops, masterclasses, and a final recital held on a historic organ in Spooner. Other activities will include recitals by accomplished organists and field trips. Topics to be covered will include efficient practice techniques, hymn playing, organ registration, and organ building.  One of the field trips will be a chance to explore the inside of a pipe organ!

What to bring
Notebook of music staff paper and pencils
Any music you wish to play

Organ shoes-If you don’t know about organ shoes, organ shoes are like dress shoes with a smooth sole and low, wide heel.  Flip flops, tennis shoes, and flat soled shoes make mastery of the pedals difficult.  Although not required, here is a site that sells organ shoes.


Screening Conversation-When students arrive to camp on Sunday, they will meet with our Master Teacher, Betsy Waldon so that she can get to know them and learn about their abilities.  Students should prepare a list of the songs they have been practicing during the past year.  They should be prepared to play a selection of less than 5 minutes on the piano or organ that they have recently been working on.  This is low pressure and intended only for Betsy to get to know you!

Daily Schedule
7:15 Wake Up
8:00 Breakfast
9:00  Private lessons/practice time
11:00  Workshop Session 1 (introduction to the organ, practicing, technique, registration and hymn playing)
12:00 Lunch
1:00  Workshop Session 2 (introduction to the organ, practicing, technique, registration and hymn playing)
2:00  Practice time
4:00 Free Time
5:00 Dinner
7:00  Evening Concerts/Camp Activities
10:30  Lights Out


image.pngBetsy Waldon earned her Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was a magna cum laude graduate of the nationally-recognized program of St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) with a Bachelors of Music degree. She has been a featured soloist with the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, and was the organist last year for the annual benefit concert at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Ms. Waldon is the Director of Music Ministries at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Downers Grove,  Illinois.  Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of Music at Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills, and was previously director of Worship and Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale. She is experienced in both traditional and contemporary music leadership, and is an  experienced director of choirs, instrumental ensembles, and handbells. She has directed the Hinsdale Chorale (a community choir) and teaches private piano lessons.

Ms. Waldon is a member of the Choristers Guild, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists, of which she has served as sub-dean and program chair for the Fox Valley Chapter. She studied Conducting with Anton Armstrong and Robert Scholz, and Organ with Larry Smith, John Ferguson, Douglas Cleveland, and Jane Holstein.


Questions? Feel free to contact us for any additional information.

Accommodations ~ Lodges are available for the duration of the camp session. They are supervised by a professional counseling staff on duty 24 hours each day and meals are prepared under the supervision of a state-approved dietitian.

Commuter students are expected to remain at camp until the day’s activities are completed (Typically 9:am-8pm).

Registrations ~ Online registrations are accepted until the camp is full. Students may be placed on a waiting list if desired. A camp registration form is sent after payment is received. All cancellations must be made in writing and received 3 weeks in advance of the start of camp for a full refund. A $75.00 fee will be deducted from your refund. Refunds less than three weeks before camp will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Residential Tuition~Our student tuition is $725 per student and includes instructional fees, room and board and a camp t shirt which will be worn at the final performance. Please refer to the registration materials found on our registration site at Ultracamp for complete details. A $100 down payment is due at the time of registration.  The remaining balance can be paid at the time of registration or in equal monthly installments.  All Tuition must be paid before arrival at camp.

Commuter Tuition~This option is for campers that want to attend our camps but not stay in our dorms, The $400 tuition covers instructional fees, a camp T-Shirt which will be worn at the final performance, meals, and evening activities. Commuters arrive for their first class by 9AM, and can be picked up any time after evening activities conclude (usually around 8pm).

Scholarships ~Each year, the Arts Center raises funds for the scholarship program. If you are interested in applying for an Arts Center scholarship, please visit our website

Check-in/Check-out~Check in begins at 2pm on Sunday of the week your camp begins.  All medical, dietary, and consent forms must be completed in UltraCamp before arriving at camp.  Additional information will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before camp begins.

Additional Information ~ To request disability accommodations, or other special requests, please contact the Arts Center at least two weeks in advance of camp. More information about camp and all of the opportunities available at the Shell Lake Arts Center can be found on our website.

Participants are admitted without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  The Shell Lake Arts Center is an inclusive organization, and we accept all artists and musicians.