Earthbeat Children’s Music Choir seeking kids for camp |

Earthbeat Children’s Music Choir seeking kids for camp

Katie Hankinson
Special to the Post Independent

The Earthbeat Children’s Music Choir will host a camp in Carbondale at the Carbondale Community School from July 20-25. Any children between the ages of 4-12 are welcome to register for the 20 remaining spots by either walking up or registering online.

Earthbeat is a nonprofit series of summer camps where kids come for a weeklong, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. session, to learn a collection of songs, ranging from classics to goofy tunes and originals, in addition to camp activities, like Crazy Hat Day, and creating art projects. At the end of each camp, the choir performs at one of the local festivals to show off which solos and dance moves they’ve taken the week to master. The Glenwood camp recently performed at Strawberry Days, and the choir will perform again at Mountain Fair on July 26.

“The more kids that sign up, the better the performances are, the better the camp is for everyone, and the more fun we have,” said Cailey Arensman, a longtime Earthbeat camper and staff member since 2000. Arensman will take over for KC Johnson, who directed Earthbeat for 21 years alongside a staff composed of previous Earthbeat campers, which at one time included Arensman. The two will co-direct the Carbondale camp together, and then the torch will be passed off to Arensman next summer.

“Earthbeat to me is a way to bring music to kids outside of the classroom, and that is so valuable to this community,” Arensman said. “It was really valuable to me when I was growing up. I wouldn’t have developed a passion for music without doing Earthbeat as a camper and working there as a teen. It takes music out of the academic atmosphere and uses popular, rock, folk — any kind of music — to translate it into a relevant experience.”

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