Singspiel Zeitung 2018: Day 4


Opening Game and Photo Booth

Frau Alli treated us to a game of bingo this morning! Campers were asked to ask each other to perform tasks and share information from our time together at camp; if the camper was able to perform the task, the square was able to be counted as “filled in.” Once they had “Bingo,” the reward was a piece of candy! Campers also spent time together in our Singspiel Photo booth!



Today we had some time to work on our scripts with Frau Henrich. We practiced saying our lines into a ‘Microphone’ and asked questions about how to pronounce things. We also got to play some Theater games to practice different vocal sounds.



Today we had soft pretzels, ham and cheese cubes, and grapes for lunch. Simple, but delicious! Dessert was served after the sharing session and consisted of our Apfelstrüdel and our Lebkuchenmenschen!



We spent one last half hour with Herr Beck and Tanner playing Fußball. We got to put all of the skills we practiced this week to use in a scrimmage.


Sometimes, the heat, the soccer, the fun . . . it all gets to be too much and you just have to take a moment for yourself!



Singspielers reviewed the three German-speaking cities that we visited this week: Berlin, München, and Berlin.  Then, we reviewed some of the history of the Berlin Wall and the historical sites such as the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate.  After that we reviewed the German pronunciation of the Edelweiß song. Singspielers learned so much this year. We are so proud of their progress!


Music and Movement

The campers had a chance to finish up some class work where they finished composing short pieces of music to act as “B sections” for our rhyme “Simple Simon”.  They then added instruments of their choice in small groups and performed for their group-mates. Additionally, the song “We’re Going on a Trip” turned into the game show, “Was ist das?!”  Such fun! Campers chose pieces of clothing from a suitcase and drummed the words using their new German vocabulary. It has been a wonderful 4 days of music and movement and we are so glad that your kids chose to spend their time with us!


Shirt Signing

Singspielers all received T-Shirts today. We signed the backs of these shirts with fabric markers. Iron the backs of the shirts to set the ink, other wise it will all wash out! 


Final Sharing

This afternoon we had a fantastic opportunity to share a lot of what we learned with our families!

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Thank you!

To the many. many people who volunteered their time, and efforts to help make our Sommer Singspiel Camp a success, we are exceedingly grateful!


Singspiel Camp is underwritten by the Lancaster Liederkranz Cultural Grant Fund. Special thanks to Judy Zodet, Grand Fund Chairperson, for her vision and tireless support of this program!

We are proud of the all the participants, our teachers, and our wonderful Lancaster Liederkranz! If you aren’t a member yet, we invite you to consider joining the Liederkranz!

To all of our Singspielers, have a wonderful school year and we look forward to seeing you again next summer!

Please consider filling out this survey to offer feedback to help us hear what you enjoyed about our camp and what ideas you have for helping us to make it better!

Save the Date- Singspiel 2019

Sommer Singspiel Camp will be held Monday, August 5-8, 2019. Put it on your calendars now! 



Singspiel Zeitung 2018: Day 3

Opening Game and Morning Gathering

We started the day with another fun game from Frau Alli and then we got to read through the script that we will be performing tomorrow. Frau Henrich was able to pull together things from all of our classes for the script. We can’t wait for you all to see our sharing session tomorrow afternoon at 2:30!  



Things are heating up (if you can believe there is any more room for increased heat!) on the soccer pitch! Lots of great experiences in character and sportsmanship are being had each day at soccer! Thanks Herr Beck and Tanner!



Singspielers remembered the beautiful sights of Salzburg and München.  We were so impressed with how many German vocabulary words that knew for transportation and things that we need on our trip.  We located and labeled these cities on a map and even painted the German and Austrian flags. Then, we continued our trip to the capital of Germany, Berlin.  Singspielers learned about the history of the Berlin Wall and visited the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, where we met Angela Merkel!


In the Kitchen

Today Singspielers had the opportunity to get to make Apple Strudel with Frau Zodet in the kitchen! She showed the all of the ins and outs of the process for making the famous German pastry! They also got a lesson on the ingredients and background of this tasty dessert from our wonderful German teachers. As usual, we are so thankful to Frau Zodet and the wonderful helpers who appear every day to make sure our campers and teachers are well cared for and fed.


Music and Movement

Sing, say, move, and play!  The campers were engaged in so many rich music activities from drumming, to untuned instruments, to using their German vocabulary while creating new rhythm patterns.  We’re getting excited for our sharing on Thursday. The campers’ ideas will have a large influence in what you hear in our songs and rhymes. It’s always so exciting when students have say in what they learn!  It was a great day, and we’ll see you all tomorrow!


Instrument Building

Today we got to see some string instruments that Herr Luckenbill brought in. Some of them he had made himself out of recycled materials. We then made kazoos out of PVC pipes and some plastic bags. He also shared a lot of fun and interesting other instruments that he has either made of collected!



Today we feasted upon Chicken Schnitzel (tenders), Spätzle (noodles), and tomatoes. We were challenged to eat like Germans do by holding the knife in our dominant hand and the fork in the other the entire meal. We had some fresh watermelon for dessert.

We also had time to try on our camp T-shirts and squeeze in a group picture! We have a lovely group of campers this year, all of the adults have commented how fun it is to work with these energetic, and enthusiastic learners! We know they don’t come out of the box like this, and the lion’s share of the credit goes to amazing people like our Singspiel parents who are committed to raising fine humans! We recognize your efforts and salute you!


Wrapping up the Day

Maibaum Dance and the Fliegerlied ended our camp’s festivities for Day 3. Tomorrow we look forward to one more day together and the opportunity to share some of the wonderful experiences we’ve had this week with our families and supportive members of the Liederkranz.


Lunch tomorrow: Ham and cheese cubes and warm soft pretzels!

Our sharing session will begin at 2:30 p.m; all are welcome!

Bis Morgen!

Singspiel Zeitung 2018: Day 2

Day 2 of Singspiel 2018 is in the books! It was a great day!


Opening Game and Special Guests

We began our day together playing a game of four corners led by our newest Singspiel teacher, Frau Alli! It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about each other. We were treated to a visit from the reigning Kornblumen Königin, Paxton Beck. She explained the scholarship competition that she won and the exciting opportunities this German-American tradition has brought to her and will bring to her over the next year of her reign. Also, Tanner Beck and Autumn Zodet, both highly accomplished Schuplattler dancers, visited with us this morning. It was an opportunity also for them to share their experiences with us as dancers on the local, regional, national and international level. They both traveled to Germany this past summer to compete and share their love of German culture with German natives!



Today in German class students took a virtual visit to the highest mountain peak in Germany, the Zugspitze, which is only an hour away from the city of Munich.  Sometimes clouds can ruin the view for tourists, but our Singspielers were lucky and had a perfect view of the mountain. Then, Singspielers learned about Mad King Ludwig’s castle, Neuschwanstein.  We took a tour of his home and saw how luxurious the rooms were inside. Finally, Singspielers learned the German vocabulary for items that they would need to take on their trip to Germany and Austria.


Musical  Instruments

Today we played with and learned about brass instruments. We also constructed our very own Alphorns out of PVC pipes and water bottles. We practiced playing them outside and calling to one another with the horns.  



A good time was had by all as all three groups headed out for fun in the sun with Herr Beck and Tanner as they guided them to success on the soccer field.


Gingerbread Men

Today we decorated “Lebkucken Menschen” or gingerbread people! Since we are learning clothing vocabulary in German, it was an opportunity for campers to create articles of clothing in icing on gingerbread men.



Today’s lunch consisted of bratwurst, chips, celery, and carrots. Many students asked for seconds! We also had a nice fresh fruit salad for dessert.


Special thanks to the wonderful kitchen volunteers!


Music and Movement

Our campers are so creative!  In music and movement, they created body percussion patterns alone and in small groups, and then performed them as the B section to the rhyme, “Simple Simon.”  They also, practiced some of their new German vocabulary for clothing and transportation to create new rhythm patterns for drumming. What a treat to hear them sing, say, move, and play during class!


Maibaum Tanz Practice

Today we added the ribbons to the Maibaum Tanz! We worked on getting our weaving movements going up and down to create the actual woven pattern of the ribbons around the maypole. Tomorrow we’ll add the music to the dance!


Bis Morgen!

Tomorrow we look forward to another great day together!

Lunch will include chicken schnitzel! Basically, breaded chicken tenders! In the kitchen, we’ll be helping to make apple strudel!

Lots of fun as we move past the half-way point into day 3 of Sommer Singspiel 2018!

Singspiel Zeitung 2018: Day 1

Welcome to Sommer Singspiel!

Here is a report of what happened today at Camp! It was a glorious day with wonderful kids doing amazing things!

Meet and Greet Activity

A fun ice-breaker activity where campers walked in the door learning about Germany by doing a scavenger hunt to find all of the hidden stars with cities of Germany written on them. Since our theme this year is a trip through Germany and Austria, it was a perfect beginning!


Morning Sing!



Despite the heat, Singspiel Campers were all in for friendly competition on the soccer pitch!



Today, we learned many different German words for transportation such as train, airplane, and trolley.  Then, the kids took a virtual trip to Salzburg, Austria. Singspiel Campers learned about the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mirabell Palace Gardens and the Salzburg Salt Mines.  The Singspiel campers learned the German lyrics to the songs Edelweiß and Doe, a deer. Ask your Singspieler about how they want to travel to Europe!


Instrument Making

Today we made some homemade Tambourines out of styrofoam plates, ribbons, staples, and 21 beans. We also discussed how to find rhythm and how we can recycle things.



We ate homemade macaroni and cheese, fresh vegetables, and Spaghettieis for lunch today. The macaroni and cheese was a hit! We all wanted seconds. Spaghettieis is a fun dessert that looks like spaghetti, but is made from vanilla ice cream that is pressed through a potato ricer, covered in red fruit syrup, and sprinkled with white chocolate and chocolate malted milk balls. Spaghettieis was created by Dario Fontanella in the 1960s in the city of Mannheim, Germany as a prank to the local kids.


Our wonderful kitchen helpers who made our delicious lunch!


How the teachers spend their lunch break!

Music and Movement

What a great day in music and movement class!  Campers explored movement ideas including beat, patterns, levels, working with a partner/small group, moving away and coming back together within a specific amount of time.  The kids were engaged, willing to try new things, and innovative with their ideas. In the same class, we used a nursery rhyme and a song to work with rhythms, drumming, patterns, and the beginning of student composition.  We are so excited by the level of enthusiasm that the campers displayed and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish tomorrow!


Maibaum Tanz Practice

At the end of the day we added the first phase of Maibaum dance practice! Tomorrow, we break out the ribbons and the Maypole!



Lunch: Bratwurst, chips and fruit salad!

Also, Decorating Lebkuchen Menschen- Gingerbread people.

Day 2 promises to be equally fun and exciting!


Sommer Singspiel Cultural Day Camp: August 6-9, 2018 – Registration is Open!

What is Sommer Singspiel?

A camp that builds skills in music skills (including singing, playing instruments, creative movement), and German (language, culture, and traditions – including soccer!)

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What are the Camp Goals?

The Lancaster Liederkranz began as a singing club. The Singspiel Program aims to continue to honor the original goals of the Liederkranz by providing opportunities for the younger generation to experience German music, language, and culture.

For Whom?

Students going into grades 3-12.


August 6th – 9th, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM at the Lancaster Liederkranz.

By Whom?

The Sommer Singspiel instructors are all certified local area educators. Check out our staff biographies – click here.


Drue Bullington, 

Michael Luckenbill, 

Lisa Sempsey


Lauren Jannotta 

Stephanie Henrich

Dawn Miller

What is the Tuition?

LLK Members first student: $60;

        Each additional student from same family: $40.

Non LLK Members first student: $95;

      Each additional student from same family: $50


Register Here:

Christkindlmarkt Lantern Making and Parade- You’re invited!

At about 4:30 on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Liederkranz’s second annual Christkindlmarkt, we’re planning another Lantern Parade for kids, their parents and grandparents.

We invite anyone, young or old, to join us!

We’ll need to create our lanterns, which we can do on Friday, December 1, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. during the First Friday of December, and the annual Caroling, Hayride, Soup, Cookies and Gluhwein evening.

On Friday, December 1 in the evening, we’ll make a simple lantern, all supplies will be included. We’ll keep the lanterns at the club so they can be ready for the Christkindlmarkt parade.

On Sunday, December 10 we’ll meet at 4:30 in the Ratskeller to get our lanterns together, and have a procession (with musicians hopefully) through the marketplace and then finally end up at the Christmas Tree lighting at about 5:15 where we’ll sing some Christmas Carols and share some holiday cheer!


If you’d like to sign up to participate– parents are welcome to join as well– please use this link!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon to make our Lanterns and join our fun parade!

Bis bald!

Herr Bullington and the entire Singspiel Staff

Kids from Germany are coming to play music at the Liederkranz! Also, a Highlights Video from Camp.

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From Murnau am Staffelsee in Bavaria, Germany,
The Lancaster Liederkranz is proud to host and present the

Jugend Blasorchester

(Youth Concert Band)

in an evening concert on

September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Food service will be available from 4:30 until 5:45. Service will conclude at the start of the Concert.

This is a group of young musicians who study music in a small town and have traveled abroad to experience our country! Come out and meet them! It would be especially meaningful for them to meet some American kids and for our kids to meet them!

The concert band is touring the United States to participate in the German American Sponsored New York Steuben Parade. During their tour of the area, and as they pass through Lancaster Co., they will stop at our Club to perform a concert before heading to Washington, DC.  Please plan on joining us for this special event.

Come for dinner and then enjoy the music!

For more information about the Jugend Blasorchester

Highlights from Camp 2017 Video

Our fellow Liederkranz member and friend, Jess Kling (Mrs. Kling the music teacher if you are a Farmdale Elementary student!) was kind enough to assemble this amazing video of all of the amazing experiences we were able to share this year at Singspiel Camp. A huge thank you to Jess Kling! She’s amazing! Please check it out and share your thoughts  in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.

Also, please share this video with your families and friends! Help us spread the word about all of the cool things happening at the Liederkranz!