Broadmoor United Methodist Church
Children's Music & Arts Camp
July 9 – 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. – noon daily
for children entering grades K – 6
cost: $75 (includes a T-shirt & snacks)

Online registration is now closed.  

However, you may contact Dr. Dona Lusted, Camp Director, at or 225-924-6269 to see if there are any slots available.


Note: ALL children will participate in choir, art, drama, and creative movement. In addition, younger children will have classes in rhythm fun and boomwhackers, and children in Grades 2-6 will choose between handbells and boomwhackers.

The camp will conclude with a program on Friday at noon, in which all campers
will participate.


Choir – Emily DeFoe
Emily DeFoe is a graduate of LSU School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master's degree in Choral Conducting. She taught choir at two middle schools in Houston, Texas before becoming the choir director at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School in Baton Rouge, a position that she presently holds. Ms. DeFoe's choirs have garnered superior and gold ratings at many local and out-of-state music competitions, including District and State Choral Festivals and Festival Disney. She was also just chosen as the East Baton Rouge Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2018. Ms. DeFoe got her start as a choir teacher directing the Young Wesleyans choir at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, and is thrilled to be able to work with the talented children at Music and Arts Camp this summer!

Art – Miriam Clifton
Miriam Clifton holds a Master of Arts in art education, as well as certification in elementary education from the Universtiy of South Carolina. She has been teaching for 30 years and currently is working in the East Baton Rouge Public School System full-time at Bernard Terrance Elementary School. She is also the DeBose Fine Arts-Visual Arts Coordinator at Southern University.  Although ceramics is her first love, she enjoys exploring new art mediums whenever she can.

Drama – Neena McLain
Neena McLain has worked professionally in theatre for 20 years. She is an actor, director, and teaching artist. She was the Artistic Director for Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 1994-2010. She also taught talented theatre for several years in the Zachary Community Schools. Neena is a storyteller who also works with the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts in the Prime Time for Reading Program. She received the award for Outstanding Arts Alumni from McMurry University in 2014. Neena is currently a teacher and the Chair of the theatre program for Runnels School.

Creative Movement – Peggy Schober
Peggy Schober received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in dance and movement exploration from Northwestern State University. In addition, she studied contemporary/expressionistic dancing under well known artists such as Martha Graham and the Eric Hawkins Contemporary Dance Company. Ms. Schober has also owned and operated a dance and acrobatics studio in New Orleans for eight years. She has served for seventeen years as a Special Education teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system where she incorporated creative and rhythmic movement therapy to help remediate children with mild to severe motor deficits. Upon moving to Houston in 2007, she continued to serve as a Special Education teacher in the Houston area for seven years. Recently retired, Ms. Schober now spends her time working out five days a week in Zumba classes, taking part in a weekly extensive Bible study, teaching a children's religious education class, and providing private acrobatic instruction to local children.

Boomwhackers (pitched, fun instruments resembling swimming pool “noodles”) – Dr. David Shaler
Dr. Shaler currently serves as Director of Music and Arts Ministries at Broadmoor UMC. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, a master’s degree in music from Georgia State University, and a doctorate in choral music from the University of Iowa. He has served as music director at numerous churches in various states, as well as music instructor at a K-12 Christian school in Stone Mountain, Georgia. In addition, he was a full-time singer for five years with the professional ensemble Chanticleer.

Handbells – Mary Wroten
Although Ms. Wroten chose a career in nutrition, she has a passion for music. She has rung in the BUMC Chancel Ringers for the past 12 years. She has had formal training in piano, voice, and guitar, and sung in various choirs in high school, college, and in churches. Her versatility includes directing neighborhood variety shows as well as performing with the LSU band as a Golden Girl. This is her fourth year teaching handbells at our summer camp.

Rhythm Fun – Ben Morgan
Ben Morgan is a student at LSU, majoring in Music Education. He is a soloist for LSU’s Tiger Glee Club, serving as a council member for that organization. Also at LSU, he will be a member of the chorus for the upcoming production of Le Nozze Di Figaro. He currently serves as the Director for the Worship Our Way at Broadmoor UMC for Grades 2-6 and as a section leader at BUMC for the Worship Choir and Saints Alive Choir. Mr. Morgan is a substitute Cantor and Musical Director at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In addition to teaching private guitar lessons, he is a VIPS (Volunteer in Public Schools) volunteer who has tutored 2nd graders in Reading, English, and Mathematics. 
Last Published: July 3, 2018 4:01 PM