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Music & Arts

The vision of a salvation army was brought to the American shores in Philadelphia more than 130 years ago by a 16 year old girl named Eliza Shirley.

Like the Founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, young Eliza Shirley made converts on street corners in the open air, using music to attract listeners. Her vision of using music to attract attention to the gospel extends to today. More than 600 students across 47 neighborhoods in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware are involved in Salvation Army music programs, offering opportunities for weekly lessons and ensemble experiences.

Instrumental and vocal groups enhance weekly worship services. Summers allow for young people to enjoy several weeks of music and arts instruction at the Salvation Army's Camp Ladore. Ensemble opportunities are afforded Salvation Army youth and adults, including dance and drama teams and various brass bands and choirs.