The Fine Arts Summer Academy 2011 gathered over 250 students, teachers, and parents from as far as Canada and Jamaica to Music City, USA for our best year yet. 2011's Upper Division theme, Raising Ebenezer, took its name from the rock Samuel raised in the Old Testament as a "rock of remembrance" to the salvation of God while in the Lower Division, our young students celebrated the animals of the Bible in the hilarious and poignant Bible Lessons from a Barnyard. For the Upper Division, Raising Ebenezer took us on a journey from nostalgic memories of home and hearth through decisive moments in American history such as World War II and the last stand of the Alamo, finally culminating in a breathtaking finale centered on the ebenezer of the grave and the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. From the songs Boondocks and Reminiscing to the classics Were You There When They Crucified My Lord and the Finale from The Firebird Suite, Raising Ebenezer raised the bar yet again for F.A.S.A. Gala performances.
Camp Kirkland, a veteran conductor and composer in Christian music, brought an amazing energy and leadership to this year's final show. We can't wait to re-team with Mr. Kirkland for our January trip to Carnegie Hall and the Big Apple. This year also introduced a new spiritual focus. Core Groups enabled students from different tracks to form friendships and dig deeper in their spiritual walk with God. With such a great summer behind us, we couldn't be more excited about the future of the Fine Arts Summer Academy.