Broadmoor United Methodist Church
Children's Music & Arts Camp
July 11 – 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. – noon daily
for children entering grades K – 6
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 Heritage Music Festivals, and she was named the Baton Rouge Symphony's Music Teacher of the Year in 2009. 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 26 years and currently is working in the East Baton Rouge Public School System at Park Elementary as a teacher of students identified as talented in the visual arts. Although ceramics is her first love, she enjoys exploring new art mediums whenever she can.
Drama – Lori Lusted
Lori Lusted holds a Master of Music in Musical Theatre degree from Oklahoma City University. She currently lives in New York where she has appeared in Off-Broadway musicals. In addition to performing in many regional theaters, she most recently completed the National Tour of the Buddy Holly Story. She also teaches at a performing arts academy in New Jersey.
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
Rhythm Fun – Deborah Shaler
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.
Deborah Shaler is a product of our music ministry at Broadmoor UMC, having participated in our children’s and youth choirs, as well as handbell choirs, since a young age. She was also a member of the BBRCC Children’s Chorus. She has served for many years as a volunteer, assisting with music for Vacation Bible School and our children’s choirs. For the past 5 years, Ms. Shaler has been the Director of Music for Kidz Praise and WOW (“Worship Our Way”) for children Pre-K through the first grade. As part of the musical experiences she provides for children, she incorporates rhythm activities, use of instruments, and movement into her classes. She is currently a senior at ULL in Lafayette, LA.