Camp Sumatanga [July 8 - 13]

Youth Division Clinician

Dan Cater

Dan Cater has been teaching choral music in the state of Alabama for eleven years. After receiving his degree in vocal music education from Auburn University, he taught choir at Drake Middle School for four years. In the fall of 2011, Dan began teaching at Simmons Middle School in Hoover, where he is currently the choral director. At Simmons, Dan teaches 175 students in five different choirs across three grades. In 2014, Dan became the Godspeed youth choir director at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills. This year, Dan also became the Director of Modern Worship at Saint Mark. Dan is a member of the Alabama Vocal Association and is the Coordinator for Repertoire Specific Chairs in the Alabama chapter of the American Choral Director's Association. Dan has been happily married to his wife Laura for six years and they have one son, Thatcher who is almost two years old. Dan is honored to have been asked to be clinician at Music and Arts week. 

Youth Division Info

Youth Division Dean

Marie Hughey

Youth Officers

  • Chairperson: Kathryn Stubblefield
  • 12th Grade Rep: Lara Hejazen
  • 11th Grade Rep: Audrey Colabrese
  • 11th Grade Rep: Peyton Barlow
  • 10th Grade Rep: Anna Grace Willis


Register for the Youth Division at Music & Arts Week if you are entering grades 7-12 or you graduated from high school in 2017. If you are entering the 7th grade, you may opt to register for the Children's Division instead if you so desire.


Guitar, signing, art, instrumentals, handbells, men's ensemble, women's ensemble, drama, photography, newspaper, dance, banners, and possibly others.

Note: Art and Banners require an extra fee of $15

What to bring

Bible, good attitude, comfy clothes and shoes, bug spray, toiletries, towels, sleeping bag (or sheets and blanket), pillow, swim suit, sunscreen, and paper and pencil. You can also bring other items for classes such as a musical instrument or a camera. You need to bring appropriate clothes and shoes if you want to participate in the ropes course, hiking, canoeing, or other outdoor activities during free-time. Youth campers need to bring "Sunday" clothes to wear for the concert. 

Evening Activities

  • Sunday: Small Group Ice Breakers
  • Monday: Game Night
  • Tuesday: Service Project
  • Wednesday: Folk Dancing
  • Thursday: Talent Show
  • Friday: Concert