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12/17/2007 11:15:18 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Patrick Henry College Offers Youth Music Academy

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December 17, 2007

To: All Home School Families in Loudoun County and surrounding areas

From: Dr. Steven McCollum, Director of Music, Patrick Henry College,
Executive Director, PHC-YMA

Re: Patrick Henry College-Youth Music Academy (PHC-YMA)


This letter is to announce the launching of the Patrick Henry College
Youth Music Academy.

Our Purpose:

This new organization's purpose is to provide an opportunity for
homeschool students at the 8th -12th grade levels to participate in
quality musical performance ensembles. These grade levels were chosen
because they seem to have few opportunities to play and sing in
musical ensembles in this region. More often than not, churches in
northern Virginia have youth choirs for children in the primary grades

As such, we are beginning this enterprise with two ensembles; an
instrumental ensemble, open to all instruments represented in the
orchestra, and a mixed choir including voices in the soprano, alto,
tenor, and bass ranges. These ensembles will rehearse once each week
for two hours on the Patrick Henry College campus. Our desired
outcomes for these students are to see them develop musicianship and
poise while learning the skills necessary for sound, artistic

Our Faculty:

We have hired two very fine musicians who reside in northern Virginia
to be our musical leaders. Our choral director is Rod Appleton. Rod
is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton where he
earned a masters degree in choral conducting. He has served as
Director of Music at several large churches on the west coast,
including the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. Rod
currently directs the choir at Purcellville Baptist Church in
Purcellville, VA. The director of our instrumental ensemble is Tom
Gossage. Tom is an instrumental specialist. He personally plays 7-8
different instruments and keeps an active teaching studio which
represents a variety of these instruments. Tom has also served as a
church musician for the past 15 years and currently serves as the
Director of Music and Worship at Blue Ridge Bible Church in
Purcellville, VA. These men are dedicated to their craft and we are
excited that they are offering their talents to the region in this


To schedule an audition, please e-mail or call Dr. Steven McCollum
using the contact information below and online at
Please include all of your contact information and specify in which
ensemble you (or your son or daughter) wish to participate. After
your message has been received, Dr. McCollum will forward it to the
appropriate director who will send a follow up message including an
audition time on Saturday, January 12, 2008, between 10 a.m. and 1
p.m. on the Patrick Henry College campus. The return message will
also contain any needed instructions for the audition. Please note
that these auditions are not meant to intimidate students in any way.
They are a tool which allows the directors to accurately assess the
skills of potential participants.


Weekly rehearsals will be 12:30-2:30 p.m., in Town Hall, on the
Patrick Henry College campus. The instrumental ensemble will meet on
Wednesday and the chorus will meet on Thursday. Please note that PHC
has a "business casual" dress code for all students during business
hours each week. PHC-YMA participants will be asked to abide by this
simple dress code. Simply put, the dress code asks that students do
not wear jeans, tee-shirts, or tennis shoes during business hours.


Patrick Henry College is a faith-based institution and has established
clear mission and world-view statements which all full-time and
adjunct faculty embrace. While participants in the PHC-YMA will not
be asked to sign any statements of faith or world-view, we do ask that
all participants become acquainted with the views of the college and
behave in a way that demonstrates respect for these views. To review
these documents, go the PHC website:


A tuition fee will be charged for each student participating in the
PHC-YMA. The fee for the 2008 spring season is $160. Payment of
tuition is due, in full, on or before Monday, January 28, 2008.
Please make checks payable to Patrick Henry College. Pro-rated fees
will apply to families with more than one student in the same
ensemble. The fee for the 2nd participant will be one-half the full
tuition, 3rd participant will be one-fourth the full tuition.
Families with more than three participants will be considered on a
case by case basis.

Contact Information

Please send all audition requests, questions, and comments to the
contact information below.

Thank you for your interest in this new musical enterprise. We are
excited about the talent and musical potential represented in this
region's home school students. Won't you consider adding your skills
to the group of students and parents who have already expressed their
interest in participating? We are already looking forward to seeing
you at the auditions on January 12!


Dr. Steven McCollum
Director of Music, Patrick Henry College
E-mail: (preferred)
Phone: 540-338-8732

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