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TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, Published July 14 2013

Music camp alums now running the camp

Dunseith, N.D. - One of the highest-profile events at the International Peace Garden is the annual music camp.

The International Music Camp is nestled into a small, wooded corner of the garden and has offered students from grades 5-12, and some adults, weeklong sessions that focus on the fine arts, such as band orchestra and choral music, but also touch on the creative and visual arts, such as photography, dance and theater.

Tim Baumann and his wife, Christine, met nine years ago as counselors at the camp and on July 1 took over as directors of the camp, which they have made their home away from home.

The couple now live in Minot when the camp is not in session.

Tim Baumann says the area is absolutely gorgeous.

“Walking home at night, listening to wind rustle through the trees is one of the most peaceful things,” he said.

Now in its 58th year, the camp draws an average 2,200 students, offering “a chance for kids to unplug and develop who they are,” Baumann said.

Guest artists and conductors from area universities continue to work with students during the camps to help develop the students’ skills.

And, as Tim Baumann points out, the campers can meet like-minded kids focused on the same passion for music.

“It’s a good place for students who love the arts and become better at their craft,” he said, “And they do it alongside friends who care about their craft and teachers who really care about them and the art as well.”