A Message from our Academy Director Peter Wessler

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

It’s ZERO WEEK at Lutheran Summer Music – the week when staff members arrive on campus to get everything ready for our students. Staff members are currently setting up offices and preparing orientation materials, schedules and facilities.  Counselors will be gathering tomorrow to begin planning social and recreational activities. Interns and faculty members will be here later this week to make final preparations for our students’ arrival and registration on Sunday. There is a real buzz in the air; the feelings of anticipation and excitement are palpable, and each person, whether a veteran or a “newbie,” has his or her own reasons for feeling that anticipation and excitement for the coming month. 

My own love affair with LSM began about 15 years ago, when my wife and I sent our oldest son, Jonathan, to camp for the first time as a voice and piano student. Within two days, he was “hooked.” He subsequently returned three more times as a student and then twice again as an intern. It was his experience with Lutheran Summer Music that inspired him to begin taking organ lessons. He now holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music and works at St. Paul’s Church | Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Furthermore, a young lady he met as a fellow student during his second summer at LSM eventually became his wife! 

It was Jonathan’s life-changing experience at LSM that inspired me to inquire about a position on the summer staff. As a high school orchestra director, I was available in the summer, and using part of my vacation to give back to a program that had done so much for our family just seemed like the right thing to do. LSM happened to be looking for a summer academy director that year, and I joined the staff. That was in 2003.

I retired from my teaching job two years ago, but I have not retired from Lutheran Summer Music. Frankly, I cannot imagine a summer without LSM. What is it that keeps me coming back? It’s more than the great music and wonderful worship; it’s the people. I get to work with some absolutely amazing people, who do incredible things with some awesome young people – and it’s my job to be behind the scenes, putting the pieces together to help make those things happen. And this year, the added bonus is that Jonathan will be serving with us on the staff as our worship assistant! 

Students, we are getting everything ready for you right now, and we can’t wait for you all to get here! See you soon!