Camp Electric gives teens a glimpse into the music industry and the University

When Teri Carter came to Camp Electric as a camper, she was excited to spend a week surrounded by fellow musicians.

“I come from a small town that doesn’t have a huge music community,” Carter said. “So, it was new and exciting to meet other people with the same passion for music.”

Trevecca has hosted Camp Electric for a decade, providing a chance for teens interested in Christian music to learn from the artists and musicians they hear on the radio. More than 1,400 students and chaperones took part in two five-day camp sessions this summer, held June 24-28 and July 2-6.

Now a sophomore at Trevecca, Carter has spent the last week performing with Refuge, one of the University’s PR groups, at Camp Electric. A recipient of one of Trevecca’s Camp Electric scholarships, Carter says the weeklong music camp designed to give students a glimpse inside the music industry had a big influence on her decision to choose Trevecca.

“I fell in love with the campus during my time at Camp Electric, before I even got the scholarship,” Carter, who is majoring in music business, said. “As a camper, I remember wanting to be a part of something like Refuge but didn’t believe that I would. Now, I feel this odd combination of accomplishment, nostalgia and surrealism.”

That’s something longtime camper Carter O’Neal understands, too. O’Neal started coming to Camp Electric in 2013 when he was just 12 years old. Now in his sixth and final year as a camper, he’ll be a freshman at Trevecca in the fall.

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“When I first came here, I thought I’d go [to college] somewhere big, a school with a bunch of people,” O’Neal said. “But the first experience of stepping onto campus … in the back of my mind, I was calm. It was as if God was saying ‘You could go here.’”

Campers began each day with worship, led by camp pastor John Nix and the Worship Together band, which this year featured Trevecca alumna Michelle Noel Cantrell (’15). The rest of the day was filled with classes and sessions focused on specific instruments and vocals as well as band dynamics, leading worship, performance and more.

Each night, top Christian artists including TobyMac, Andy Mineo, the New Respects and more treated campers to a concert.

During each week of camp, the University awards five scholarships, giving the recipients $10,000 a year toward their tuition.

For O’Neal, Camp Electric has been a way to immerse himself in the music industry as he explores various career paths. A drummer, O’Neal plans to major in music business at Trevecca and says he’d love to manage an artist or band in the future.

“Everyone here [at Camp Electric] has a common goal and wants to do something in the music industry,” he said. “Plus, it’s fun to learn from different artists you listen to.”

Media contact: Mandy Crow,, 615-248-1695