Credo Mission Trips 2019
In 2019, as part of its 20th Anniversary celebration, Credo will present two mission trips:
1. June 3-11 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Credo partners with Church of the Open Door (COD) to offer music and relational ministry to the people of Santo Domingo Este. Over the past decade, COD has taken two dozen trips to partner with a local church there in Santo Domingo Este that will host and guide participants in their work.
Cost: $275 (You are additionally responsible for your airfare to Santo Domingo and breakfasts during the trip.)
2. June 8-16 in Beaumont, Texas
In January of 2018 Credo partnered with John Knox Presbyterian Church, CitiImpact Ministries, and Antioch Baptist Church to offer music and aid in hurricane rebuilding efforts. While Hurricane Harvey is no longer in the news, the people of Beaumont have years of work left to do to recover from the 2017 storm. This June Credo continues the work and relationships we started last fall by returning to Beaumont with these same partner organizations.
Cost: $ 375 (You are additionally responsible for your airfare to Beaumont, TX - Airport code BPT. NOTE - this is a smaller, regional airport, so you’ll want to reserve/book flights as early as possible.)
Credo’s Artistic Director Peter Slowik will be there for the first few days of each trip to guide and coach participants musically, so as to prepare them for both formal and informal opportunities to bring inspiration and comfort with their chamber music alongside the other work they do in these locations.
We will take approximately 15 string players on each trip, which are open to applicants ages 16 to 76.
Application deadline: March 15
Participants will be notified of their acceptance by March 20
For Credo alumni - if you apply before March 15 we can provide notice of your acceptance prior to March 20! We recommend applying as soon as possible - not only will this guarantee your spot, but it will allow you to get the best prices on airfare when booking your flights.
You will need to commit to the trip and submit your full payment by April 1.
There is no application fee for these trips. To apply, simply:
Email Artistic Director Peter Slowik at email@example.com with the following materials:
Musical and service resume
One to two paragraphs narrative explaining why you’d like to join a Credo mission trip this summer. If you need to be selected for a specific trip, please specify why you’d choose that one.
Link(s) to video recordings of 2 contrasting pieces/movements from different composers that best showcase your playing. Piano accompaniment on these recordings is not required, but you may use one if you feel the need.
Complete contact information for someone who can provide a written recommendation on your behalf. (We will contact them directly for the recommendation). This should be someone who can speak to your personal qualities that would make you successful on a mission trip.
Learn more about past trips Credo has taken
Hurricane Relief Mission Trip Report - January 2018, Beaumont, TX & Puerto Rico
by Rebecca Shasberger, Credo Outreach Coordinator and Artist-in-Residence
This January Credo recruited a group of thirteen Oberlin Conservatory students who spent two weeks on campus learning and growing in ways quite familiar: rehearsing chamber music, being coached by members of Oberlin’s faculty, and performing in Kulas Recital Hall. No amount of imagination could have dreamt up the ways these students would continue to learn and grow through unfamiliar means once they took their hard work to Beaumont, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In these communities, ravaged last summer by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the students shared with those in need, not only through music but through physical labor and emotional commitment. I joined the students not only as an organizer, but also as cellist of the Brahms Quintet, one of the chamber groups who traveled to Beaumont. It was a privilege to observe firsthand what took place in and through the Texas team during the week away. ... CONTINUE READING HERE
Special thanks these partners who have made past Credo mission trips possible!
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Oberlin Conservatory (Oberlin, OH)
Praying Pelican Missions
Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
John Knox Presbyterian Church (North Olmsted, OH)
Church of the Open Door (Elyria, OH)
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (Beaumont, TX)
The Midnight Mission (Los Angeles, CA)
Lawndale Christian Health Center (Chicago, IL)
top photo courtesy of The American Red Cross