Immanuel’s Music and Arts Camp

Enjoy our 2022 showcase video!

August 7-11, 2023

9 am – 3:15 pm daily

Our 2023 camp registration opens mid-February.

Open to children who have completed kindergarten-8th grade. Please register using the grade the child will have completed by August.

Only $175 for the week ($125 each additional child)! Financial assistance is available. Contact Chris Cherwien to learn more about scholorships.

$50 non-refundable* deposit required at registration. *If we have to cancel camp, 100% of tuition will be refunded.

Immanuel’s Music and Arts Camp is a summer day camp where faith and creativity connect in a God-centered environment. The camp’s mission is to offer children the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of visual and performing arts. Each elective is taught by highly qualified teachers who engage the youth in exciting and fun ways. 

Class Groupings

Primary: Completed K & Grade 1

Lower: Completed Grades 2 & 3

Middle: Completed Grades 4 & 5

Upper: Completed Grades 6, 7 & 8

Core & Elective Classes

Every camper will have 3 core classes each day: Daily Devo (devotions), Choir Time and Art for All.

Campers in Lower, Middle and Upper groups customize their camp experience by selecting the electives they would like.* Each camper in these grades needs to select one elective from each of the pairings.

Primary campers do not sign up individually for electives.

*IMAC reserves the right to change the breakdown of camper groupings as necessary based on registration to ensure an appropriate camper/teacher ratio.

2022 Elective Pairings

Note: For all instrumental classes, no prior experience or musical training is needed to participate.

Campers who have completed K and 1 will not select electives

Choice 1Pick Up Your Mallets & Bells!
Make music as a team using handbells, xylophones and other percussive instruments (Orff). This high-energy elective proves that we each have a part to play – literally!
Additive Sculpture
Sculpture can reflect community – an artist’s neighborhood, tribe, city, congregation. Construct additive sculpture with wood, metal, boxes, transparent containers, recycled materials. Be inspired by Joseph Cornell, George Morrison, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, students and teachers at the Bauhaus Metal Party – and Immanuel Lutheran Church. 
Choice 2Script Writing
Campers will learn the format of script writing and write a short script for video within the medium they are most interested in (film, TV, video games, web). By Friday, campers will have written and created a storyboard of a short film.
Nigerian Dance & Movement
Let’s dance to some great music from the motherland. We will learn some African dance techniques and build a routine using traditional and contemporary West African dance moves. All levels welcome!
Choice 3Indonesian Percussion (Gamelan)
Gamelan returns! This traditional type of music from Indonesia features bronze or iron percussion instruments. Campers will play the unique instruments and learn the role of this tradition in Indonesian culture.
Learn different ways to make music on the uke: strumming, picking and even tapping. Bring your own ukulele or use one of ours.

Meet our 2022 staff

Check back for more bios as we lock in our electives!

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Chris Cherwien, camp director and Choir Time

Chris Cherwien has been a church musician for over 38 years serving congregations in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. In all three cities, Chris founded/co-founded summer music and arts camps for children and youth. She is currently the Director of Worship and Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and has been the alto section leader for the National Lutheran Choir since 2012. Chris and her husband, Paul, have three grown children and four grandchildren. 

Cindy Bullock, Daily Devo

Cindy Bullock has been the pastor at Immanuel for over a decade. She loves it when campers start thinking deeply and asking questions about faith.

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Ellen Ferrari, Additive Sculpture (elective)

Ellen Ferrari has been inspiring the youngest artists for more than thirty years. She received her BA in studio art and education from Carlton College, followed by graduate study at the University of Minnesota. Ellen offers occasional classes at ArtStart/ArtScraps and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA).

Emily Conroy

Emily Conroy, Script Writing (elective)

Emily Conroy is the CEO of St. Paul-based nonprofit World Encounter and owner of Love & Cupcakes LLC. Emily is an experienced educator with 4-H and other organizations. Websites: and

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Korma Aguh-Stuckmayer, Nigerian Dance (elective)

Korma Aguh-Stuckmayer is CEO of Afrocontigbo (African contemporary Igbo dance company; pronunciation: AFRO-con-TEE-boh). Korma is from the Igbo (EEE-boh) tribe in Nigeria. Afrocontigbo mixes traditional and modern West African dances. The company performs and teaches around the Twin Cities. Website:; on Instagram @Afrocontigbo

Lars Christensen, Indonesian Percussion (Gamelan)

Lars Christensen (he/him) has a PhD in music from the University of Music and performs with the Sumunar Indonesian Music & Dance Ensemble.

Ben Abrahamson, Ukulele (elective)

Ben Abrahamson is a fresh, dynamic voice on the acoustic guitar. His compositions evoke the dexterity of flamenco and the harmonic storytelling of jazz. Ben teaches guitar and ukulele at MacPhail Center for Music, Linden Hills House of Music, Mt. Cavalry Academy of Music, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Website:

Emily King, Go-To Person & Fun Monitor

Emily King (she/her) is the director of children & family ministry at Immanuel. She serves on the IMAC planning team and handles many of the day-to-day operations during camp. She loves getting to know the kids over the course of the week and seeing them explore their God-given gifts.

Frequently asked questions

1. Will my kids be with the same group/cohort throughout their day or moving around and interacting with all camp kids? If so, how many kids per group? We will keep age groups together, with a 20-child maximum per age grouping. We all gather in the sanctuary for opening and closing chapels.    

2. Will masks be required?  At this time, masks will not be required.  

3. How will lunch occur? Snacks? Drinking fountain available for use? Children will bring their own lunches and place them in a bin that is designated for each cohort. We provide a morning snack. Children should bring their own water bottles each day and can fill them from the fountains.  

4. Will classes be held outside? Classes will occur inside but teachers have to option to go outside if their class format allows. All campers will go outside for recess, either before or after lunchtime. We encourage you to apply sunscreen to your camper each day.