Cairn University is excited to welcome the Csehy Summer School of Music back to its campus this summer. Csehy integrates music with faith, providing opportunities for local and international students to develop their musical gifts and to deepen their faith. Csehy has nurtured musical disciples for over fifty years and will continue that legacy at Cairn.
The Hungarian violinist Wilmos Csehy founded the Csehy Summer School of Music to foster classical music talent in a Christian environment. Wilmos Csehy served as Csehy’s executive director for over twenty years from its founding in 1962 until his death in 1983. He developed Csehy’s rigorous programing and oversaw the school’s move from Cedar Lake to Muncy Terraces.
The Csehy Summer School of Music has gone through several location changes since its founding. In 1995, the school moved from Muncy Terraces to Cairn, where it remained until 2008. Houghton College then hosted Csehy for ten years. Now, the school will continue its legacy at Cairn University beginning in the summer of 2019.
Csehy’s programing includes both musical ensembles and private lessons. The major ensembles are the orchestra, symphonic band, string ensemble, chamber choir, and handbells. Students have private lessons throughout the week and attend daily music theory classes ranging from introductory theory through to analysis and composition. Every day begins with chapel and ends with a hymn-sing and small group devotions in the evening. Each week of the summer culminates in a highly anticipated closing concert where every camper performs in the major ensembles.
Csehy holds a special place in the heart of the Cairn community. Many faculty and students over the years have attended Csehy as students or held positions within the organization. Graeme Burgan, who serves as a professor for the University’s worship and music program, is the executive director of Csehy and Dr. Benjamin Harding, dean of the School of Music, serves on Csehy’s piano and conducting faculty. Other Cairn faculty members serve on the teaching staff at Csehy, including Heidi Wolfskill, Suzanne Schmidt, and Eric Jones. Many Cairn students are Csehy alumni and some have served as counselors as well.
This year, Csehy will host separate weeks for middle school and high school students. The Middle School week is from June 23–28 and the High School session runs from June 30–July 27. For more information or to register for the upcoming summer, visit csehy.org.