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TA Camerata Promotes Music, Ministry, Mission

Story by Debra Anderson

Takoma Academy (TA) is known for its spectacular music program. Its select choir, Camerata, enjoys a significant music ministry. Under the directorship of Lulu Mupfumbu, Camerata has developed into a highly recognized choral program. While the group is made up of high school students, the sound that emanates from their mouths sounds more like a group of seasoned professional adults, say conference leaders.

Over the years, Camerata has enjoyed many opportunities to witness to others nationally and abroad. The choral group’s motto is: “Excellence shall be our highest form of praise.”

Mupfumbu says Camerata has a specific mission: “We believe that our job on earth is to serve humanity in whatever capacity we find ourselves. This is why we work to serve with excellence, whether it’s in performance or in various community service projects we engage in on a regular basis. As medical professionals are first responders to the body, we believe we are called to be first responders to the soul.”

The students feel that sharing the love of God through music has strengthened their faith. Traveling and witnessing through song has also helped them to develop a strong work ethic.

Camerata has won several choral competitions, as well as performing for First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, and has also sung with wellknown performers, including CeCe Winans, Take 6, the Washington Chorus and Wintley Phipps.

The Potomac Conference leadership recognizes Camerata and commends them for their dedication and excellence in music ministry. 

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