At a music ministry planning session in the winter of 2001, Mr. Greg Campbell planted a seed by suggesting we develop our own music camp. There, however, was an already established string camp in Wisconsin that we encouraged our musicians to attend. In the summer of 2002, while on a missions trip to Quebec, Canada, we received news that this camp was changing their format which would make it no longer conducive for our musicians to attend. It was literally while flying in the air that the initial plans for Sforzando began. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing numerous answers to prayer which has served to bolster our faith during times of trial. We’ve also had the opportunity to forge some very special friendships with our faculty and string camp families. Sforzando is not just another music camp. It is an experience that is frankly, quite difficult to put into words. We give God all the glory for the great things He has done.
The LORD has established the church as the pillar and ground of the truth. No other institution on Earth can lay hold to that claim. Therefore, it is our desire to train the next generation(s) of musicians to minister in their local assemblies. It is recorded in I Chronicles 25:1 “Moreover, David and the commander s of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals;” While we utilize violins, violas and cellos, our goal is still the same. Through approaching music from the LORD’s perspective, these current and future musicians would prophesy God’s Word through song that would uphold the truth and edify the body of Christ.
“Sforzando” is a musical term giving direction, and means to play with sudden emphasis. Therefore, we set aside one week a year and focus on training the musician both mechanically and spiritually.