The Salvation Army
Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware
Music and 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 youngs people to enjoy several weeks of music and arts tuition at The Salvation Army Camp Ladore. Additional ensemble opportunities are afforded Salvation Army musicians, including a city-wide gospel choir and various brass bands and choirs, including the Pendel Brass and Singers, who have recorded 14 albums and toured Scandinavia, South America, Canada, South Africa, and the US.