The Village Summer Music Camp

Join us for AMO’s 2016 Village Summer Music Camp, building a strong, vibrant community through exploration.

Ages 4 – high school. (This summer we will offer a special middle & high school student track entitled Fundamentals Infusion with Dr. Sheila Forester.)

OR email us at to reserve a space & register at the door.

Optional private or group lessons in voice and piano will be available from 11:00 am to 2:00pm for an additional fee payable directly to the teacher.

Optional Pre-camp day care will be offered from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm for $4.00 per hour per child; $10.00 a day per child; or $50 per child for the entire week.
Day care is paid separately, directly to the teacher.

TO REGISTER: Please download one 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form per child and mail to…

AMO Camp
PO Box 359032
Gainesville, FL 32635

OR reserve your spot by emailing and bring your form the first day.

Enclose a check for $75 per student payable to: A Musical Offering, Inc. with AMO Camp on the Memo line or pay using the link to the right, designating the payment as AMO Camp.


“We will be exploring timbre this year: what makes instruments produce their unique colors; how instrumental and vocal color motivate creativity, how these colors work on our imagination as listeners. The musical skill concentration will be around the concept of duration: duration of notes, duration as a structural building block. One of our activities will be making instruments. As always, we are about discovery and creativity rather than performance. Our final presentation is the result of our creative process during the week of classes.”


“we respect all of our villagers from the youngest through the oldest as artists.”

  • Nansi Carroll: AMO founder and Artistic Director Nansi Carroll is a pianist, composer, director, recitalist, and educator who studied at London’s Royal Academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Yale School of Music, where she earned her doctorate.
  • Cristina Logan Truman: Singer, instrumentalist, director, and educator Cristina Logan Truman is deeply active in music education, having taught music and directed musical groups at, amongst other schools, St. Patrick’s Interparish School & St. Francis High School. She currently directs the music ministry at Holy Faith Church of Gainesville. She earned her degrees from Notre Dame University, Loyola, and Sante Fe College.
  • Sheila Forrester: Dr. Sheila Forester (Ph.D. & D.Mus.) is a professor of music theory and fundamentals at Santa Fe College and active composer, whose pieces have been performed at our Jubilus Festival concerts.
  • Patrick Smith: Dr. Patrick Smith is French horn professor & performer, currently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also performs French Horn jazz and has published a book on the topic. A proud Gainesville native, he earned his bachelor’s degree, Ph.D., and Performer’s Certificate at UF.
  • Jacob Lawson: Jacob Lawson, violinist, teacher, composer, and producer. Jacob has performed at numerous Jubilus concerts. He also performs gypsy jazz locally, and has composed movie scores.
  • Alyssa Rodgers Hogan is a mezzo-soprano with a diverse performance career, including many Jubilus concerts. She is a veteran Village camp teacher who has also taken part in Shands’ Arts in Medicine program.


    To see our FaceBook photo album of a previous AMO Summer Music Camp, please click below. (You do not have to be a subscriber to FaceBook to enjoy these photos).

  • 2015 Village Final Presentation
  • 2013 Village Summer Music Camp
  • 2012 Village Summer Camp: Classtime
  • 2012 Village Summer Camp: Final Presentation
  • 2011 Village Summer Music Camp (Our first year!)

    A Special 2011 Thank You!

    AMO would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making our first ever Summer Music Camp such a great success:

    • J. J. Finley Elementary School Principal Kathy Valdes and Music Teacher Jenny Eckenrode for the use of their Orff musical instruments.
    • Fr. David Ruchinsky & St. Augustine Church for the use of Hurley Hall.
    • Holy Faith Church & the others who sponsored this year’s student scholarships.
    • The AMO Music Camp Staff (see below).
    • All our students’ families for their enthusiam and support, and for providing the delicious reception after the final concert.
    • Freddy Rojas for his gracious and tireless help with set-up and clean-up.

    2011 Camp Activities

    The camp ran each weekday evening, 5 – 7 PM, from June 9 – 17 at Hurley Hall (the pink building behind St. Augustine Church, Gainesville ~ 107 NW 17th Street). The fee was $50 per student, which covered all materials and use of instruments. Scholarships were available, and no child was turned away due to financial need.

    Students were divided into four groups based on age and musical experience. Each group chose their own music-related name. Each evening, they rotated through the various classes offered by AMO instructors, experiencing a wide variety of musical activites, including…

    • Singing
    • Ear training
    • Music reading
    • Playing musical instruments (such as xylophone & recorder)
    • Improvisation
    • Creative movement

    2011 Camp Staff

    Cheryl Poe, Music Camp Director
    Nansi Carroll, Music Camp Director
    Cristina Logan, Music Educator
    Alyssa Rodgers, Mezzo-Soprano
    Tara Fahmie, Recorder

    Final Concert

    The camp culminated on Friday, June 17th at 6:00 PM, with a concert of songs and student-created pieces based on The Creation story of Genesis. A reception followed.


    The 2011 AMO Summer Music Camp was hosted by St. Augustine Church and sponsored by A Musical Offering

    If you wish to support AMO’s Musical Outreach efforts or sponsor scholarships for local children at future AMO activities, please write your check out to Gainesville Community Foundation  with “AMO” on the memo line and mail it to…

    Gainesville Community Foundation,
    5214 SW 91st Drive, Suite A
    Gainesville, FL 32608

    Or if you prefer to donate on-line, be sure to write “AMO” in the Gainesville Community Foundation website’s designation box.   Click here for more information on tax-deductable donations to AMO.

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