St. Peter Church “Sound of Children” Summer Program was created to promote Art and Music into our children’s lives and make them appreciate it and welcome it into their lives.
Our children today are deprived from many cultural and important values that Art and Music can establish into their lives. By introducing these important elements from early age will help them be better humans and enlarge their capabilities in life. It will also boost their self-recognition and shape them by creating caring individuals with kinder souls.
We are happy to introduce a “Musical and Armenian Cultural” summer program to all the children from ages 4-14. The program hours are from 8:30AM to 3:30 PM 5 days a week. Extended hours are from 7:30AM – 5:30PM. The program runs for 8 weeks starting on June 17 thru August 9.
We carefully chose this year’s theme to be about identity awareness and cultural knowledge. Like past two years, this year also, each week will be dedicated to one great artist or a theme. That week, our children will learn about that artist’s creative life and can be able to sing or recite their works.
This year, Armenians throughout the world are celebrating the 150th anniversary of great Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan and a great musician/composer and priest Komidas Vardapet. At the end of our summer program, our children will have a musical production dedicated to these great Artists, who have shaped the beautiful Armenian culture and will continue to warm hearts and souls of our people for many more years to come.
Daily Armenian language classes, music, science, and arts and crafts for all participants will be included.
We will have other physical activities as well, such as, sport games, daily exercises, cooking classes, petting zoo, magic shows and other games.
We are very excited about our program and we hope to make it a success.
Your generous donation will secure scholarship opportunities and needs for the students in our cultural program.
Who are we?
Sound of Children, an organization under St. Peter Armenian Church, was formed to serve our children in the San Fernando Valley area and beyond, by allowing them to learn more about their heritage, their identity and their culture. Most of the staff and the faculty of our Sound of Children family have been connected to St. Peter’s Church through the Armenian Saturday School program.
I am the founder and Director of Sound of Children cultural center at St. Peter’s. I am also the music teacher at St. Peter’s Armenian School for almost 30 years. Dzovinar Ghazaryan, the Principal of St. Peter Armenian Saturday School is also the principal and Armenian Educator for our Sound Of Children Summer Camp. All the teachers, staff, substitutes and volunteers, everyone involved, have the same goal in mind: Giving our children a memorable, cultural, musical, safe and fun summer and enrich in their souls and hearts the greatest values our people are known for, thus bringing them closer to their identity.
The location of our summer camp and our after school programs is right here at St. Peter’s church grounds. We have the school with about 10 classrooms, including a nursery and music hall. We have full kitchen, where our amazing Chef Aileen with Lana’s Kitchen will cook daily fresh meals for our children. We have the playgrounds (front area, with safe fenced playground) and sport play area in the back parking lot. This year we will be having a dedicated sport and athletic trainer, David Kirakosian who will organize games and sport activities for all our children. And, most importantly we have Karagozian hall and stage, where our kids play and perform. The stage is where they will play pretend through the arts and broaden their imaginations, while building their self esteems.
What do we do? When do we do it?
Our programs, plans and schedules:
Sound of Children Summer Camp
We have two plans to choose from: Full time - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM and Part time – 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
The daily program consists of musical activities, sports and physical activity, and cultural themes. The days include homecooked meals, music classes, dance classes, Armenian classes, acting, art and chess classes, cooking classes, sport activities, water games, musical and cultural performances, prayer time, and more. Please refer to our templates for more information about our programs and prices.
Sound of Children: After School Cultural Center
Our after school programs are weekly, except Fridays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM and they include: music, vocal classes, piano classes, dance, acting, chess, art classes; we also offer homework club and tutoring, for Math, English, etc. and even Armenian language.
We will continue our classes the first week of September. For more details, please stop by at the Church Office.
St. Peter Armenian Saturday School
For over 30 years, every Saturday, we have Armenian Classes to all children from ages 3 to 18. Our school is known to be one of the best Armenian Saturday Schools in the diaspora with very rich cultural programs, teaching Armenian languages in both Western and Eastern Armenian dialogues. Mrs. Dzovinar Ghazaryan can give you more information or you can also stop by the Church Office. Sign up for Saturday School starts in late August!
Why you would chose St. Peter’s Sound of Children camp this summer for your children?
To answer to this question, we want to introduce to you our “Mission Statement”:
The “The Sound of Children’s" purpose of creation is to spread the good and the beautiful through the voices and actions of our children.
Our mission is to reach out to as many children as we can and give them a chance to love and learn their aesthetics of culture through music and art. Our children today are deprived from the most important gifts that surrounds art and music; skills that are essential to their development and growth.
Our mission is to also bring identity awareness to our young generation, so that as they advance their minds and intellects, they also keep their souls in a peaceful place..
Our mission is NOT to be profitable, but to sing through the voices of our children and spread kindness, knowledge and beauty. By doing so we believe that we are involuntarily going to SAVE our next generation.
Sound of Children
Founder and Director