LSM is a place for fun!

Lutheran Summer Music and Sounds of Summer Institute students enjoyed so many fun things this week! Our July 4th celebrations started traditionally with large and small ensemble rehearsals, but ended with a whole lot of fun and games. Students gathered for dinner around a barbecue, including a fully-stocked freezer with fudge bars and cherry ice pops. Interns Jason Laine and Audrey Hotard showed their creative side in adorning students' faces with face paint in a miriad of shapes and colors. Then students were surprised with two large bins full of water balloons for LSM's first ever 4th of July Water Balloon Olympics. Games included relays, human knots, races, and other challenges each team had to face! The night ended with a viewing of Valparaiso area fireworks and a showing of Moana. 

This week, we also got to bless our students with a day off-campus of our annual Mystery Trip! This year's adventure was a trip to Michigan City for a day at the beach, a chance to see all the animals at Washington Park Zoo, and the incredible opportunity to play alongside the Michigan City Municipal Band (led by Dr. Jeffrey Doebler). The students were thrilled during every part of the day, particularly their joy in playing the cowbell. It was the epitome of arts education in action and we are so proud of our students for their involvement in the community events near Valparaiso!

This weekend brings a showcasing of our talented SOSI students in their student recital and the Final SOSI Concert, featuring the Festival Band, Choir, and Orchestra in a collaborative finishing piece. You can watch this concert LIVE online via Facebook. Please like and follow us, or join us on campus for all the wonderful musical and worship events we have to offer this weekend and throughout the rest of this month. Click here to see our full calendar of events.

We have SO many more photos to share with you on our Flickr page. To see more photos from our 4th of July, please be sure to click here or visit our Facebook page to catch video clips of students playing in Michigan City.