Arrowbear Music Camp’s
75th Reunion Event
Sept. 4, 2016
“75 Years of Friendship, Fun, and Harmony”

As part of the celebration, we took separate photos of the campers and staff from each decade of Arrowbear who attended the Reunion, beginning with the 1940s through the current 2010s. Alumni who attended or worked at Arrowbear in multiple decades were in the photos for each decade they were at camp.

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“75 Years of Friendship, Fun, and Harmony”
75 years of Music, Music, Music, have come and gone. It is with great pleasure that we welcome everyone to the 75th Reunion of Arrowbear Music Camp. This is a day to reminisce and reconnect with old friends and to meet others who were also a part of the Arrowbear experience. We have alumni here from the 1940s to the present. The people, the buildings, the view, and the music all help us remember the time spent in this place. It is a time to continue the old traditions and embrace the new traditions that are created with each new generation. We are a privileged “family” with a common bond: Arrowbear.

“Making harmonious sounds in the beautiful mountain setting was most impressive. You had the opportunity to live, work, and play in an intimate co-operative setting. It is my hope that you have grown musically, socially, and spiritually in the rich setting of a most enjoyable week”

– Fred Ohlendorf (From the very first Note)

There are many alumni here today who didn’t have the opportunity to know Mr. O and experience the joy he had for music. By coming to this reunion, you help to keep his memory alive and help the younger campers understand how important he was to us all. The spirit of Arrowbear continues today under the direction of Dennis Dockstader and his daughter Larke. They work together to provide campers with a magnificent camp experience.

They have a busy summer of camps including an Elementary, Jazz, Choral, Middle, and Advanced sessions. Arrowbear remains one of the most affordable music camps allowing many young musicians to attend. When I visit every summer, there is the still same music making happening, talent shows, singing, dances, campfires, etc. So much has changed over the years; however, it still remains the same Arrowbear we all know and love.

So, enjoy the music, the laughter, the nostalgia and remember how lucky we all are to have been part of this wonderful place.



Clifford Kusaba

Our 75th Reunion Conductors:

Stacy Burcham is a vocalist, musician, and actress based in LA. A product of USC’s Thornton School of Music, she entered USC as a trumpet performance major where she played in the Orchestra and Wind Ensembles, as well as the Trojan Marching Band. She became one of the founding members of the two-time international champion a cappella group, the SoCal VoCals in 1996. Inspired by singing and teaching in the group, she auditioned for, and was accepted into, the “Vocal Arts” (opera) program, where she eventually settled on her major of music education, with a joint vocal and trumpet emphasis. During her tenure with the VoCals, she served as music director and producer on two CARA-nominated SoCal VoCal albums. She has received a “Best Arrangement” award in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella six times – which is every year an arrangement of hers has been entered. She regularly sings in productions at the Hollywood Bowl and is working as a studio trumpet player and vocalist.

In addition to being an actress and musician, Stacy is also an accomplished teacher, having held positions at Lakewood High School, Outdoor Science School, Stephen White Middle School, and Alhambra Middle School. She has spent over 20 summers at Arrowbear Music Camp as a camper, counselor, and most recently, as the Assistant Camp Director and conductor for the Elementary and Intermediate sessions.

Shelly Burger has been the orchestra director for the past four years at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, and has been a string teacher in the Clark County School District for 30 years. Ms. Burger has led award winning school orchestras at Bonanza High School, Advanced Technologies Academy, and Sierra Vista High School. Her orchestras have performed on a variety of stages including performances in Carnegie Hall, and in 1998 her Bonanza High School Orchestra was the first music group in the state of Nevada to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being active within the community and school district, Ms. Burger is active as a private teacher and has also served as a mentor to both college students preparing to enter the music teaching field and to orchestra directors who are new to CCSD.

Val Jamora is a well-established music educator in Southern California, having taught middle and high school music since the mid-1990s. He received a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and music education from CSU San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from CSULA. He studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Verrier, Allan McMurray, and Dr. Luis Gonzales. He also received training in saxophone performance with Jack Fuesler, Charles Richard, and Dr. Jeff Benedict.

Val is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Corona del Mar High School, where he teaches band, orchestra, jazz, as well as music theory. Prior to that, he was the director of bands at Bloomington High School and Ruth O. Harris Middle School in Bloomington, CA. He is also one of the primary conductors with the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra and was recognized as the High School Teacher of the Year for Newport-Mesa Unified School District in 2005.

Val has been a fixture at Arrowbear every summer since he started as a camper in 1982. He credits his decision to become a music educator to his Arrowbear experiences, and humbly acknowledges the men and women - campers, counselors, and conductors who heavily influenced him in his youth.

Carole Parmeter Dyer grew up in Garden Grove, California. She studied music, with an emphasis on choral conducting, at Orange Coast College, CSULB, and St. John’s University, where she became a member of the VoiceCare Network. Carole is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and specializes in worship planning and spiritual formation. She is also a conference presenter, worship consultant, choir director, singer, and song writer. Currently, Carole is the Interim Director of Music and Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Long Beach. She lives in Long Beach with her husband Thomas, soon to be thirteen-year-old son, Aidan, and his dog Bojangles.

Tom Parmeter Dyer grew up in North Long Beach and studied music at the Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, California, and at CSULB. He studied piano with Edith Hirschtal and played with the L.A. Jazz Workshop. Tom has performed as a freelance musician for many years and worked in church music with Carole for over twenty-five years – directing choirs, composing, and accompanying. Currently, he is a music teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District teaching elementary instrumental music, and is sharing the job of Interim Director of Music with Carole.

Together, Carole and Tom have produced six CD recordings with Trinity Lutheran Church in Oakland, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County; and Woven Image, with Alan Cook, a self-titled recording of their band’s music. Woven Image performs several concerts per year which raise money for charities, primarily the Woven Image Sewing Institute in Hyderabad, India.

George Phelivanian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, starting piano and violin lessons at the age of three and six, respectively. In 1975, he emigrated with his family to LA where he would soon study conducting with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, and Ferdinand Leitner. Mr. Pehlivanian is at home in the operatic world as in the symphonic. His operatic debut began in Los Angeles conducting "Carmen" with the Long Beach Opera, and immediately was invited by Valery Gergiev to conduct "La Traviata" at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersbourg, where he remained as one of Gergiev's first assistants in the early 1990s.

He has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, conducted in many important festivals, and collaborates regularly with the world’s most distinguished soloists.

George captured international attention in 1991 when he became the first American to win the Grand Prize at the prestigious Besançon Conducting Competition at aged 27. Since then, he has consolidated his reputation as one of the most compelling conductors of his generation.

Memories of Honorees Shared by Campers

I think Ellen played the piano part of the Mendelssohn violin concerto for me, in 1973-ish? What a great experience to have as a young person.



Virginia Lee

When the moon was bright I would ask Ellen to play the Moonlight Sonata for slumber music. What an experience. She was great. Sarah was my assistant for many years and when she was there I had nothing to do. I would say Sarah, “take care of it,” and it was done.



Joe Burger

 Sarah was the "Rawhide" expert! I have many happy memories of working on "The Note" until the wee hours of the morning! As editor, Sarah, always had the honor of hand-cranking out the printing of "The Note". Many memories of Sarah leading Relay Races at the pool! Fond memories of Sarah's super organization of the carnivals! Ellen & Sarah were great as "Tweedle-Dee" and "Tweedle-Dumb!"



Beckie Roth Celikel

 Sarah spent a year in Scotland. That summer, Mr. O told me that he loved having Sarah work the registration table the first day of each session because she turned on her Scottish accent and the parents LOVED her because of it!!



Stephanie Bell-McCormick

 I am a very real “voice from the past.” I was on the staff for the very first two years of Arrowbear’s conception. I was in the orchestra at Wilson High School when Nicolas Furjanick first started at Wilson. I played string bass in the orchestra in the canvas-sided army barrack bungalow after the Long Beach earthquake, 1st chair French horn in the Long Beach Women’s Symphony under Eva Anderson, string bass in the San Pedro Symphony under Robert Resta, and was piano soloist with both orchestras. Even at age 93, I have never forgotten those summers at Arrowbear Music Camp. The comradery, the fun, and the joy of making real music in such fabulous surroundings. Too bad all city kids can’t experience it. The crime statistics would drop like a rock! I treasure my memories of Arrowbear and pictures pop into my mind at the mention of it. Tell the children they will have a lifetime of wonderful memories.



Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner

A (concise, but interesting) HISTORY OF ARROWBEAR MUSIC CAMP

1928    Emma Schinnerer wins a small lot of land in the mountains by completing a crossword puzzle.  Her husband, F. J., decides to buy a few more small lots of land.

1932    Arrowbear Camp is opened to a group of Lutheran young people who are members of the Walther League.  The “staff cabins” (the only original buildings left in camp) are used.

1933    More land is purchased by F.J. Schinnerer, and the Lutheran church camp continues at Arrowbear from 1932 to 1944.

1939    Fred Ohlendorf meets Edna Schinnerer.

1941    Edna and Fred are engaged in April and married on June 22, 1941.

1942    The Long Beach All-City Junior High School Orchestra comes to Arrowbear for one week in August.  Food and gas stamps are used and food is brought up from Long Beach’s Farmer’s Market.

1944    A one-week Senior High Session is added. (The original junior high school students are now in senior high.)

1945    The two sessions are extended from one week to ten days.

1946    The two sessions are again extended from ten days to two weeks.

1948    A second Junior High Session is added.  All the camp buildings are condemned, but Arrowbear is allowed to use the buildings for the summer sessions.

1949    The Boys’ Dorm and the Orchestra Bowl are constructed.

1950    The Girls’ Dorm and the Dining Hall are constructed and electricity is installed!  Reading Session has its first one-week session.

1951    A Benefit Recital is given in Long Beach prior to camp raising money for camper scholarships. The fireplace is added to the Dining Hall.

1951    Another Benefit Recital is held to raise scholarship money.  The two Girls’ Cabins are constructed and a P.A. system is installed.

1953    The Band Bowl is constructed and the Camp Porch is leveled.  Fran Harding (Sarge) suggests the Ohlendorfs have a logo designed for Arrowbear Music Camp by a man who works for the Long Beach Unified School District.

1954    The Trolley is built by Bob Gibson and Hal Fraser. Twenty campers attend the first one-week Choral Session.  Arrowbear plays a concert for the opening of Highway 30 in Running Springs.

1955    The Bridge and the Dorm Porch are constructed.

1956    A third two-week Junior High Session is added.  The First Aid Building is constructed where the Ohlendorf’s original home sat.  The O’s move to a two-story building (where the Camp Porch is now).

1957    The Maintenance Building (aka Humidifier/Cello Building or Snack Bar) is constructed.

1959    Shuffle Board courts are constructed in front of the First Aid Building.

1960    The “A” Building is constructed with the help of a $1,000 donation from the Musical Arts Club.

1961    Choral Session is extended from one week to nine days.  The first “Second Generation Campers” arrive at Arrowbear.

1963    The first Junior High Session becomes ten days, and the second and third Junior High Sessions become two weeks.  Choral Session is again extended from nine to ten days.

1964    The new Staff Building is constructed.

1965    The 25th Year is celebrated at Arrowbear Music Camp and the “O” Building is constructed.

1966    Lee Smith is the main drive behind the construction of Arrowbear’s swimming pool and the camp gets its first walk-in refrigerator.

1967    Rick Ohlendorf designs the cover for The Note.  (If you look closely you will find an “RO” hidden in the feathers on the arrow).

1969    The “Red Truck” is used to bring campers to camp for the last time.  Heavy snows collapse the Boys’ Porch and it is replaced by the “L”.

1970    A forest fire burns within twenty feet of the Trolley Porch and the Staff Cabins.

1971    The Snack Bar is added to the Maintenance Building.  The retaining wall for the landfill where the ping-pong tables are located is built.

1973    Camp installs a new flagpole on July 4th.

1974    The Girls “L” and bathroom are built.  The Porch is built around Cabin 2.

1975    Choral Session is extended from ten days to twelve days.  The sewer replaces the septic tank.

1977    The “E” building is purchased.

1978    Reading Session is replaced by a one-week Elementary Session.

1981    A 40th Reunion is held at the beginning of August.  Cabin One is moved and expanded.

1985    Arrowbear Music Associates is established to raise funds for music camp scholarships.  The Dockstader family takes over running the camp.

1986    Mr. Ohlendorf passes away.  A 45th Reunion is held and construction begins on the Ohlendorf Bowl on Happy Gap.

1988    Two more one-week Elementary Sessions are added.

1989    The Girls’ Dorm is refurbished.  Happy Gap is purchased.

1990    “Opus” Chamber Music Session is started at Camp by Rosemarie Kravoza.

1991    The 50th Reunion is held. “Fifty Years of Music, Music, Music”

1995    In December, Mrs. Ohlendorf passes away.  A beautiful service with hundreds of guests is held.

1996    The 55th Reunion is held. “Hall of Fame” plaques are dedicated to Joe Burger, Frances “Sarge” Harding, Bob Gibson, and Dr. Michael Pappone. “55 Years of Music, Memories, and Friends”

1996    James Selover encourages 1940s Alumni to attend the 55th Reunion and, along with Jack Crawford and Paul Feller, asks the 40s Alumni to donate toward a memorial plaque from them honoring Fred and Edna Ohlendorf

1997    1940s Alumni attend a special presentation at Camp in June where a beautiful brass plaque dedicated to Fred and Edna Ohlendorf is presented to the Camp.

2001    The 60th Reunion is held. “60 Years of Friends Making Music Together”

2003    In October, a huge fire engulfs the San Bernardino mountains. Arrowbear residents are evacuated, but Camp is spared any danger. Seth Dockstader passes away and a touching memorial service is held at Camp.

2004    The recommended ages for sessions are revised to better meet the musical, social, and emotional needs of the campers.

2005    The Dockstaders buy a Knabe grand piano for recitals in the dining hall.  A Jazz Improv Session is added to the summer program and is quite successful.  The aging Staff Cabins are reinforced.  Close to 100 huge pine trees died and have to be removed from the Camp property due to the Bark Beetle Infestation.

2006    The 65th Reunion is held and 95 alumni and their families attend the Reunion. Dr. Clarence Sawhill and Mr. Phillip Ellithorpe are honored on the Hall of Fame.

            “65 Years of Music and Friendships So Dear”

2007    Camp extends their Advanced Session to three weeks.

2007    Fire again breaks out in the San Bernardino Mountains. 168 structures were destroyed in and around Running Springs. Camp is saved from any damage.

2010    Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader passes away from liver failure. A beautiful memorial service is held at camp.

2011    The 70th Reunion is held and the garden next to the camp porch is dedicated to Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader. “70 Years of Mountain Air Magic”

2012    The middle week of the three-week Advanced Session is dedicated to chamber music. Alumni are invited up to coach for the week

2012    There is a resurgence in enrollment for Choral Session. The ending concert is changed to Tuesday evening in Riverside featuring a big choral work.

2013    The girls’ cabins are declared unsafe and torn down. Camp uses tent awnings with tarps instead which are nicknamed “The Cabana”.

2013    Accommodations for boys and girls sleeping areas are switched when there are too many girls for bunks available.

2016    Elementary session is reduced to four days and is a “strings only” program.

2016    Every musician at camp in Advanced Session sight reads three works together. This is the first time in Arrowbear’s history that all the musicians in camp play together in the Ohlendor Bowl.

2016    The 75th Reunion is held – “75 Years of Friendship, Fun and Harmony”. The focus is on the women who contributed to Arrowbear: Charlotte Brejcha Shaffner, Ellen Shinnerer Deffner, and Sarah Solberg are honored with plaques on the “Hall of Fame”.


A child of five beloved and mild, an Illinois farmer’s son.
His hands were meant for different work, and his heart was known to none.
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way.
And he gave to us a gift I know we never can repay.
His family’s lives were different for they didn’t hear the call.
They stayed in Chicago, and then he left that fall.
And he’s in California, at his mountain music home.
A quiet man of music, denied a simpler fate.
He tried to be a farmer once, but his music wouldn’t wait.
He earned his love through discipline, a thundering velvet hand.
His gentle means of sculpting souls took us years to understand.
We thank you for the music, and your stories of the past.
We thank you for this camp you made, this treasure that will last.
We thank you for your kindness, and the times when you got tough.
And Mr. O, we don’t think we said, “We love you” near enough.

The leader of the band won’t time, and his eyes will not grow old.
But his blood runs through our instruments, and his song is in our souls.
Our lives have been a poor attempt to imitate the man.
We’re just a living legacy to the Arrowbear Music Man.


  Author unknown


Reveilee The Loo Rick yelling, “Get up you lazy bums!”
Taps Yellow jackets Cold showers
The Bell “Inspection!” Hanky-panky patrol
“O Give Thanks” Strolling violins at Lloyds “Knights in White Satin”
Singing in the dining hall “Just for Today” Weekend Fall & Spring Reunions
Singing in the Orchestra Bowl “The Cat Came Back” Swimming relays
Volleyball tournaments The bat in the “A” building The deer flies
The snack bar green building The Note counselor gossip The raccoons
All-Camp clean-up Dances on the volleyball court The “cattle” truck
Table relays Table games Mr. O’s Sunday Inspirational
Carnival Musicals All Camp Choir
Snow Valley swimming The “Ghost of Arrowbear” Husking corn for the barbeque
Slumber music Stunt night The mouse in the dining hall
Sweeping the volleyball courts Talent shows Arrowbear romances
Blowing the fuse The Coconut Bear Word of the Day
The Kitchen Symphony (Sawhill) Hikes to Inspiration Point Hikes to Commando Rock
Lions’ Club Dinners Hikes to Keller Peak Hikes to Seth’s Peak
Boating at Green Valley Lake Hikes to Happy Gap Thunder Storms
Horseback riding at Santa’s Village Junior Kitchen Staff The Dictionary 
Sudsy Bell Laundromat “Hot Lips” LaRue Coffee Time with Ross
Wanda and the camp picture Assigned tables Tie Dye Everything
The “leech lines” Sarge’s “Five minutes, girls!” Frisbee Golf Tournaments
Mr. Burger’s red convertible “Goodnight My Someone” serenade Dennis giving us “The Talk”
Rawhiding Concerts on the barge at Lake Arrowhead Morning Back Rubs
“Journey’s end” Ice-skating at Blue Jay Theory Classes
K.P. Concerts at Big Bear Friendship Bracelets
Campfires “Camper of the Week” Girls doing the boys laundry
“Highway to Heaven” Roller skating at Big Bear Play with “Round Sound”

ARROWBEAR MUSIC ASSOCIATES is sponsoring the 75th Reunion as a fund raiser to provide scholarships for students to attend a summer music camp. Our theme this year is “75 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP, MUSIC, AND HARMONY.” The Reunion is a time for reliving wonderful memories and renewing old friendships while playing in the Reunion Orchestra or singing in the Reunion Choir. We’re very pleased to announce that Stacy Burcham, Shelly Burger, Val Jamora, and Cliff Kusaba will conduct the Reunion Orchestra, and Carole Parmeter Dyer will lead the Reunion Choir. Dust off your instrument, or warm up your voice, and join us for the rehearsal and concert!

The celebration of Arrowbear Music Camp’s 75th Season will be on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Alumni may arrive anytime on Saturday, September 3. You can park in camp on Saturday, but may need to move your car down by the lake on Sunday morning. You will need to eat dinner out of Camp on Saturday evening. We must be out of Camp by Monday, September 5, by 10:00 a.m. You are welcome to “rough it” by staying in the dorms, or you can call one of the hotels listed below.

Visit our Facebook page to get updates and see who else is planning to attend. Please remember that not everyone uses Facebook, so many alums will be attending who won’t post it on the site. Encourage alums you know to visit our web site at for updated Reunion info and a registration form. Please pre-register by August 18. Yes, you can still attend even if you aren’t pre-registered, but it helps us out to know how many people are coming. Contact Laura at 562-634-5158 or by email at if you have any questions.

Reunion Registration: For your donation we will provide a Reunion picture, a Reunion Note, and lunch. Please pre-register by August 18 so we can plan for food, music, shirts, etc. You can attend the Reunion without pre-registration, but it helps us if we know you’re coming. Everyone is welcome! Click here for the registration form.

Reunion Shirts: We are offering a Henley-style shirt for both men and women. A small Reunion logo will be on the upper pocket area. These will be available by pre-order for a small additional donation to cover the cost of the shirts. Limited numbers of additional shirts will be available on the day of the Reunion. Your best bet is to pre-order so you know you’ll get the size you want.

Food: Registration includes lunch in Camp. The camp will provide breakfast and dinner for an appropriate donation, or you can eat out of camp.

Parking: The number of neighbors along the road means it’s trickier to park close to camp. Please avoid blocking driveways and park as close to the edge as you dare. We will probably have everyone park down at the lake and then provide a shuttle to bring you into camp. We’re working on the final plans. You MAY park in camp on Saturday, but will probably need to move it down to the lake on Sunday morning.

Music: Thinking maybe it wouldn’t hurt to practice a little before the big day? Here are links to the different selections on our program. All of the music is available for free on Just click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser. Once you click on your part, the site may take you to a page that asks if you’d like to subscribe. No worries!! Just watch the countdown for 15 seconds and click on “Click here to continue your download.” You can print out your part for free. No need to worry about bringing music to the Reunion. We’ll have copies for you to use during the rehearsals.

Don’t play your instrument anymore? Please join the Reunion Choir. Everyone is welcome to sing. Carole Dyer is still deciding upon the program, but it will be accessible for all to join in and be part of the concert.

Orchestra (links will take you to the music)

Rosamunde by Schubert – Overture (from Die Zauberharfe) 2.2.1
Sheet Music – Parts (13) tab,_D.797_(Schubert,_Franz)
Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Dvorak – finale only 2.2
Sheet Music – Parts (14) tab,_Op.88_(Dvořák, Antonín)
Fugue in G Minor. BWV 578, “Little Fugue” by Bach 2.2.1 (Rondeau)
Sheet Music – Arrangements and Transcriptions (32) tab – For Orchestra (Rondeau)
 - Complete Parts (begins with wind parts, then strings all in the same file),_BWV_578_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)
Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Bizet (2.2)
Sheet Music – Parts (14) tab Just print the Farandole rather than then entire suite.'Arlésienne_Suite_No.2_(Bizet,_Georges)

There will be optional brass choir and chamber music rehearsals in the afternoon. Oliver Seely (55-56) is bringing music and will organize a chamber group. Jack Hollander (69-74/85-92) will be leading a brass choir rehearsal as well. You’re more than welcome to bring your own music and form chamber groups for fun. This is completely optional.

Tentative Schedule

8-10:00 Registration and breakfast
10:00 Reunion Photo taken
10:30 - 12:30 Rehearsal for the Orchestra and Choir
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch, camp singing, and awarding of Hall of Fame plaques
2:30 - 5:00 Free time to visit and optional chamber/brass choir rehearsals
5:00 Concert
6:30 Dinner


You’re welcome to come into camp on Saturday afternoon and sleep overnight. You can stay until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5, if you wish. The accommodations at camp are just as you remember them, but there are a number of motels in the vicinity if you’re not up to staying in camp. We do caution you that it is Labor Day weekend and likely to be busy for the motels.

Giant Oaks Lodge & Motel (Running Springs) $109+, in room spas, cable TV & HBO, wireless Internet, microwave, frig, heated pool, smoke-free rooms 909-867-2231, 800-786-1689 or

Deep Creek Motel (Running Springs) $65+, very basic accommodations, TV, ask for Ross Smith. He will give you a cheaper rate if you mention that you are attending the Reunion. 909-867-2312

Holiday Inn Big Bear Lake (Big Bear) $195+, Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, fitness room, 909-866-3121

Saddleback Inn (Lake Arrowhead) $235+, spa-tub, TV with cable, complimentary breakfast, free parking. 844-524-6004

Arrowhead Tree Top Lodge (Lake Arrowhead) $169+, kitchens, spa, pool, rooms accommodate up to 6 people, pet friendly, 909-337-2311, 800-358-8733 or

Traveling to Arrowbear:


Interstate 10 East (from 215/91fwys) in Redlands, exit 30 to Running Springs. Drive 3.5 miles and Exit 330 to Mtn Resorts.

15 miles from the bottom of the hill, pass Running Springs and continue on the Highway as the 330 turns into the 18 towards Big Bear (NOT Lake Arrowhead).

3 miles later, pass the Arrowbear Fire Station and turn right on the 2nd Arrowbear Dr. (just before Blondie’s Grille & Bar).

Keep to the left of Arrowbear Lake. The road will become Music Camp Road. Follow it .5 miles to the camp.


Questions? - Contact Cliff & Laura Kusaba at 562-634-5158 or by email at

"Arrowbear Hall of Fame"

Charlotte Schaffner (R), Bebe Freidin (L) in 1942.


Arrowbear Hall of Fame Inductees:
We will honor Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner, Ellen Schinnerer Deffner, and Sarah Solberg on our “Hall of Fame” for their contributions to Arrowbear. Please send us a memory you have of one or more of our honorees so we can share it with everyone during the Reunion.


More than 15 years ago, the AMA Board created the Hall of Fame to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers. We’ve added additional names at nearly every Reunion since that first year. The people we have recognized have a bronze plaque with their name and job title permanently affixed to the back of the orchestra bowl – called the Ohlendorf Bowl these days. The current inductees include: Joe Burger, Phil Ellithorpe, Fran Harding, Robert Gibson, Michael Pappone, Clarence Sawhill, Akira Endo, Jim Mitchell, Carl Lindgren, and Allan McMurray.

Charlotte Brejcha Schafner – Charlotte was one of the counselor/staff members at the first session of Arrowbear in 1942. The Note biography from that first summer said about her, “Charlotte Brejcha is a graduate of Redlands University where she majored in music. Charlotte is an excellent pianist, French horn, and string bass player. At camp she worked with the brass section. Besides her splendid help musically, Charlotte’s pleasing personality and social leadership aided greatly in the success of the camp activities.”

Ellen Schinnerer Deffner – Ellen first went to Arrowbear at the age of 10, just to spend part of the summer with her aunt and uncle, the Ohlendorfs, and Rick and Carole, her cousins. She did this for several summers, until at the age of 14 she actually became a camper and began accompanying soloists for the Musicale evenings. That experi-ence was huge fun for her and invaluable for the sight-reading opportunities and getting to know so much repertoire.

Eventually, Ellen became a counselor and then staff member, and not long after, she moved to England and studied accompanying there at the Guildhall School of Music. But as many summers as she could, she came back to be at Arrowbear, one of the richest experiences of her life. There’s nothing like being with wonderful and inspiring friends, family, and campers, and of course, being the camp accompanist. It has been so exciting and such a joy for her to see so many former campers from those years become successful in major orchestras and as important music educators.

The Chamber Music Week of Advanced Session has been a real joy for Ellen, especially to see how the performances get better and better each summer, and to see how hard the campers work. The schedule for her is full to the brim, with both coaching the ensembles and then practicing, rehearsing for and performing on the Musicale evenings. For many young musicians, it is the first time they have worked with a professional coach and accompanist. Ellen is both positive and encouraging to help them have a successful performance. She helps each camper improve the presen-tation of their musical selection and builds their confidence in themselves, so their performance is the best it can be.

Sarah Solberg – Sarah first attended Arrowbear in 1966 on a campership from the Glendale Rotary Club. There were few campers from outside the Long Beach area, but they were made welcome from the first contact with "Mrs. O" on the camp porch to the "good-byes" following campfire. This was Arrowbear's 25th celebration summer. They were fortunate in the outstanding conductors – e.g. "Papa" Pappone, Dr. Clarence Sawhill, Akira Endo, Robert Reynolds -- who helped the campers improve their musicianship and inspired them to more fully understand and appreciate the music they were playing and, perhaps more importantly, the wealth of the gift they had all been given.

Sarah was a camper for three years before applying to be a counselor. She spent many summers in that role with wonderful colleagues at Arrowbear. As a camper/staff member, she helped organize a wide range of activities: swimming relays, "The Note", English dinner, festivals/carnivals, Lions' Club dinner, and The Kitchen Symphony. Fifty years later, many of her friends are from her first few years at Arrowbear. But those from later generations "share with those who care, music and friendship so dear".

Our 75th Reunion fundraiser is just around the corner at the end of the summer. This spring the Reunion Committee has been planning for the event. It’s going to be great fun. You don’t want to miss out. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar now. Contact your Arrowbear friends on social media and make sure they’re planning to come as well. The date is Sunday, September 4, 2016. Our theme is “75 Years of Friendship, Music, and Harmony.” The Reunion Orchestra will have four conductors: Stacy Burcham, Shelly Burger, Val Jamora, and myself. Carole Dyer will direction the Reunion Choir. We will honor Charlotte Brejcha Schaffner, Ellen Schinnerer Deffner, and Sarah Solberg on our “Hall of Fame” for their contributions to Arrowbear. I hope that you can make it to the Reunion. If you can’t, please send us a memory you have of one of the people we are honoring so we can share it with everyone during the Reunion.

The day will be similar to past Reunions. In addition to the Reunion Orchestra, we are planning to have a brass choir and choral selections for our Choral alumni and for those of you who don’t play your instrument anymore.

Tentative Schedule
8:00 - 10:00 Registration and breakfast
10:00 Reunion Photo taken - so it can be printed and returned to us by the afternoon
10:30 - 12:30 Rehearsal for the Orchestra and Choir
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch, camp singing, awarding of Hall of Fame plaques
2:30 - 5:00 Free time to visit – optional chamber groups and brass choir rehearsals
5:00 Concert
6:30 Dinner

You’re welcome to come into camp on Saturday afternoon and sleep overnight. You can stay until 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 5, if you wish. The accommodations at camp are just as you remember them, but there are a number of motels in the vicinity if you’re not up to staying in camp. We do caution you that it is Labor Day weekend and likely to be busy for the motels. We’ll put out a list of contact numbers for lodging on our website.

For your donation we will provide a Reunion picture, a Reunion Note, and lunch. We are going to offer a Henley-style shirt for both men and women. A small Reunion logo will be on the upper pocket area. These will be available by pre-order for a small additional donation to cover the cost of the shirts. Limited numbers of additional shirts will be available on the day of the Reunion. Your best bet is to pre-order so you know you’ll get the size you want. The camp will provide breakfast and dinner for an appropriate donation, or you can eat out of camp. It would be great if you could pre-register as soon as you know your plans for the summer. This will help us order the food and the shirts as well as copies of the music.

We’re trying to set it up on our website ( so you have the option to register for the Reunion online using PayPal. You can still send in your registration by mail as well. The form is included with this Newsletter. We’ll keep updating info about the Reunion on our website and Facebook throughout the summer including motels, a map to Arrowbear, and even a link so you can print out your music and practice before the big day. Please send the addresses of alumni by email to We need help spreading the date of the Reunion so no one is left out who’d like to attend. Talk to your friends and get them to come!

It’ll be here before you know it! Arrowbear Music Associates is sponsoring the celebration for Arrowbear’s 75th summer with a Reunion. It will be the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend next summer. Come join the fun and relive all the wonderful memories from your summers at Arrowbear.

Keep up to date with our plans, the schedule, who’s attending, and much more on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to let all your fellow Arrowbearites know about the Reunion using social media. The more, the merrier!

Registration will begin in the spring with the next newsletter. Your donation will include a chance to participate in the Reunion Orchestra, Reunion Choir, and the Brass Ensemble. Plus, you’ll receive lunch and a Reunion photo. Breakfast will be available for an additional fee, and we’ll have Reunion shirts for pre-order for those who would like one to commemorate the day.

We’re creating a survey of all your favorites at camp: song, food, activity, music, hike, etc. You get to tell US what your favorites were at Arrowbear. Fill out the info below with your suggestions for the survey, or you can email your suggestions to We’ll create the final survey using Survey Monkey and post it on our website and Facebook page. We’ll announce the final results at the Reunion and include as many of your favorites as we can as part of the Reunion activities.

You can find a pdf of the survey here

Part of our focus for the Reunion will be to remember and celebrate the many women who contributed to Arrowbear. We want to honor two women next year as new inductees to our Arrowbear Hall of Fame. Send us your votes and why that particular woman deserves to be recognized for her contributions to Camp.

You can check out images from the 70th reunion below

“70 Years of Mountain Air Magic”

Photos from the 2011 Reunion


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Welcome to the 70th Reunion of Arrowbear Music Camp. The memories we all share of Arrowbear have a special place in our hearts. It’s why we return. The people, the buildings, the view, the music help us reconnect with our memories, friendships, and the life lessons that camp taught us. Time and again, alumni write that the experiences they had at Arrowbear are still treasured even decades later. They credit Mr. Ohlendorf, Nicolas Furjanick, and many other Staff members with inspiring their lives and choices as adults. The magic has remained at Arrowbear for each new generation to experience. We’d like to honor and thank those people who started camp and worked to build it into something truly special. It was their vision, hard work, and the sharing of their art that lay the foundation for a music camp that has touched thousands of lives throughout its 70 years. Their legacy has been passed on throughout the world through three generations of educators who have all felt the same dedication to music that this mountain retreat inspires.

This is a day to reminisce and reconnect with old friends who were a part of our Arrowbear experience. It’s a time to continue the old traditions and embrace the new traditions that are created each and every summer. There are many alumni here today who didn’t have the opportunity to know Mr. O and experience the joy he had for music. By coming to this reunion, you help to keep his memory alive and help the younger campers understand how important he was to us all. The caring and supportive atmosphere and the dedication to striving for the best we could be that we learned from Mr. O and the Arrowbear Staff stayed with us and helped to shape our lives. We are a privileged “family” with a common bond: Arrowbear.

We are honored to acknowledge the campers from the 1940s who are here today. It only proves the power of Arrowbear that campers from 70 years ago think so highly of it that they are willing to come and participate in a celebration of its 70th season.  

We dedicate this Reunion and this edition of the Note to the memory of Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader.

ARROWBEAR MUSIC ASSOCIATES (AMA) is sponsoring this 70th Reunion as a fund-raiser to provide scholarships for students to attend a summer music camp.  AMA is a non-profit organization started in 1985 for the purpose of providing scholarships to needy young musicians for music camps.  Donations from alumni are our main source of scholarship funds.  AMA awarded $24,665 to 42 young musicians this summer.  Thank you for your generous donations the last 26 years!  All proceeds from this weekend will go into our Fred and Edna Ohlendorf Scholarship Fund for next summer’s recipients.  For more information, or to receive our Alumni Newsletter, please visit our website at  All donations are tax deductible.

 Our 70th Reunion Conductors:

Roger Johnson first attended Arrowbear Music Camp for a reading session in 1958 after graduating from Wilson High School in Long Beach.  He was asked to join the staff in 1964 and conducted the Junior High Band each summer from 1964 until 1984.  All three of his children were either campers or hung out at camp from the time they were four or five years old.  It was their favorite place in the world. His most famous moment would have to be talent night when he and his Chinese Pug named Pug, performed to standing ovations.  It was glorious.

Carole Parmeter Dyer attended Arrowbear from 1978-1986 as a choral camper, counselor and staff member.  Carol Ulvilden was her mentor and the reason she attended camp.    Carole studied music, with an emphasis on choral conducting, at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California State University, Long Beach and St. John’s University in Minnesota, where she became a member of the VoiceCare Network.  Carole holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.  Carole and her husband Tom live in Long Beach with their seven-year-old son Aidan and dogs Cecelia (C.C.)  and Bojangles (B.J.). Carole’s current work is Intern Pastor at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Fountain Valley, CA.  Some of her best memories, friends and even her husband are from her time at Arrowbear!

Concert Program




Enigma Variations: Nimrod.....................................................................

Edward Elgar

          Dedicated to Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader

  Fugue in G minor – “Little” Fugue............................................................ J. S. Bach
  Symphony No. 2 in D major: Finale......................................................... Jean Sibelius



   Zion's Walls............................................................................................... Aaron Copeland
  Elijah Rock an African American Spiritual............................................. arr. Jester Hairston
  Simple Gifts Shaker Song....................................................................... arr. Marie Pooler

In Memoriam

Arlyne Milbrad Luper

B.T. “Ted” Mills

Barbara Simmergren

Bill Mitchell

Byron Morihara

Carole Dockstader

Darrell Orwig

Dave Fraser

Jean Cox Selover

Jerry Winter

Jim Mitchell

Kathlyn (Katy) Henderson

Kathy Helvey Donaldson

Larry Blau

Lars Hansen

Marlene Judy

Rob Hooper



Our “Hall of Fame” Plaque Recipients:

Hall of Fame – We are pleased to honor Akira Endo, Jim Mitchell, Carl Lindgren, and Allan McMurray on our Hall of Fame. We started this tradition 15 years ago to recognize the people whose contributions to Arrowbear made the experience of a summer music camp session magical for the campers.

Akira Endo was a camper and conductor at camp during the 60s and 70s and is particularly remembered for leading the Reading Sessions and his skill at playing ping pong.

Jim Mitchell was the Dean of Boys and Mr. O’s assistant during the 1940s and 1950s, a job that would later become Joe Burger’s. 

Carl Lindgren was on the Faculty at the very first session of Arrowbear in 1942. He worked at camp until 1947. 

Allan McMurray was conductor during Senior Session for ten summers. During several of those summers he offered a conducting class at camp for his students from the University of Colorado, Boulder, who came with him to work with the campers.

Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Garden Dedication: We are planning to remember Carole by dedicating the garden next to the camp porch in her name.


Memories of our Honorees Shared by Campers

I was an Arrowbear camper from 1949-1956. My mother, Helene Maier, worked in the kitchen at Camp along side Mrs. Ohlendorf for numerous summers, and always had a wonderful time. During my years there, I fondly remember Carole and Ricky Ohlendorf running and playing around the camp.



 Marianna Maier Hoff

I remember accompanying Akira Endo at a recital of some kind the day before my wedding in June 1967. I was one of the fortunate ones to work with him as an accompanist as well as playing bass in his orchestra while I was at Long Beach City College from 1965 to 1967.



 Bobbette Brock Cameron

I remember thinking at the time how great it would be to be taught by Jim Mitchell as a teacher at junior high school. He was a super teacher, such a likeable guy. I enjoyed learning from him at camp.



 Mike West

Carole and I met at Bancroft Jr. High in Long Beach in 1959 band/orchestra. She was one of those “instant” friends that I couldn’t live without. You know, the bond of puberty, if you will. Growing up required a lot of “phone time” between girlfriends, talking everything from hair styles, music, suntans, music camp, boys, boys, and boys! We talked every day. We shopped for lipstick at Lakewood Center and walked to her house on Heather Road for a lunch of Kraft macaroni & cheese. Her house was always so busy with music, of course. Two pianos in the living room and more sheet music than I had ever seen before. Mr. O bestowed the title of Junior Counselors upon Carole and me. Wow, we were now officially really cool! Even had matching shirts! We even got to make a dorm room in the attic of Mr. & Mrs. O’s house. How absolutely great was that? Carole and I got to run the “candy” store too. We had fun, girl memories I’ll treasure forever.



 Glenda Broughton Jackson

Jim Mitchell was our music director at Franklin Jr. High in Long Beach during the 1940s. The school had just finished the new music room and Mr. Mitchell sent four of us ninth graders to get something out of the room. He said, “Be careful about the room,” because it was brand new. We entered the room and found a new teacher chair on wheels and were pushing each other all over the floor. Mr. Mitchell opened the door and found us and then proceeded to send us to the print shop teacher, Mr. Buchanon, for a swat as punishment. As an aside, he earlier had convinced Gary Wrench and myself to change over from playing trumpet to the French Horn when we were 7th graders. We continued with the horn for the remainder of the school years.



 Marvin Sippel

I first met Mr. Mitchell in 1949, my first year at Arrowbear. He was my first conductor at Jefferson. Mr. Mitchell was very kind to me since I was shy, and when we had dances at the camp, I was the wall flower. He always came and asked me to dance. Being quite tall, I was a bit overbearing, but he took it all quite calmly. One of my memories when I became a counselor was that Mr. Mitchell made the most wonderful enchiladas. Usually on a Wednesday or Thursday night, he took over the kitchen and cooked up his specialty for the staff. As a counselor we were not allowed to join in since we were supposed to be overseeing our charges in the dorms. One year I couldn’t resist and made my way to the kitchen where I cajoled him into making some extra enchiladas for the “lowly” counselors. He did just that and we sat out on the rocks near the girls’ dorm to eat and enjoy.



 Dolores DelComa

When Carl Lindgren returned after World War II from an extended USO tour, there wasn’t a place for him at Jordan High where he’d taught music, so he came to Wilson and was assigned classes in social studies. Not surprisingly, Carl was outstanding as a civics teacher—knowledgeable, funny, demanding, but flexible. He conducted class discussions according to parliamentary procedure, leading to considerable critical thinking. Once he invited a classmate and me to spend the day with him at his apartment on Ocean Blvd. overlooking the beach. Dinner, I’ve never forgotten, was filet mignon sautéed in butter. In 1948, Henry Wallace, former Secretary of Agriculture under FDR, campaigned for President as a fringe and ultimately unsuccessful candidate. Carl took me and another student to Hollywood for a Wallace rally. Carl didn’t care what we thought of Wallace, but he wanted us, his civics students, to get an up-close glimpse of the political process. Whether he held a baton in his hand or a piece of chalk, he was a class act.



 Herb Guthmann

I think he put the words to the Arrowbear song (We love life . . . ) and applied the Boy Scout motto to camp life that Mr. O always used, “Be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and the right attitude.



 Bernice Mitchell Hallam (Carl’s niece)

At the first camp in 1942, “Lindy” was the camp truant officer or “Major-Domo” who handed out the pogo-sticks to those of us who somehow seemed inclined to bend the rules. I don’t know how long this custom existed, but in addition to being treated as a badge of honor they, the pogo-sticks, really helped keep the grounds litter free.
My special memory of Akira was his prowess at ping-pong. I also remember watching him conduct the orchestra when it started to rain gently and some of the students started to cry. They were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Schumann Symphony they were playing with nature’s own accompaniment.



 Alayne Abbott Armstrong

This story happened, I think, during choral session. Carol O. was a beautiful young woman and, in those pre-sunscreen days, very solicitous of her tan. It was her habit to swim and sunbathe up at the pool in the late afternoon. I don't recall the exact schedule, but I believe there was an hour or so reserved for the staff after the campers completed their recreation time.

One afternoon, Carol, a couple of male counselors and I remained at the pool after everybody else had departed to get ready for dinner. I was out of the water and had picked up my towel when Carol arose from her lounge chair and walked to the diving board. She performed a neat dive and swam underwater to the far end of the pool. Unfortunately, her bikini top had parted company with her during the dive. Carol surfaced to shoulder depth, folded her arms across her chest and asked, "Could one of you guys get my top for me?"

Good question. I believe it was Jared Ryker who retrieved the wayward garment from beneath the diving board. It usually was Jared's kharma to end up in possession of that which somebody else most needed or wanted at a given moment. He, a world-class tease, also usually extracted a maximum price of frustration from whoever wanted whatever it was back. He did so on this occasion.

Carol said, "You can toss it to me."
Jared grinned. He was in no hurry.
The expression on Carol's face went from mild embarrassment to exasperation.
Jared continued to grin.
Carol said, "Please."
Jared waggled the bikini top as if testing its potential use as a flag.
Carol, the best natured of human beings, went from being exasperated to being angry. "I've got work to do!"

Once she became angry, something none of us had seen before, even Jared was cowed. He tossed the top to her. She adjourned underwater and put it on. Then, still steaming, she exited the pool.

Carol refrained from diving for at least the rest of that session.



 Bob Walton

I traveled to Arrowbear Music Camp earlier this summer at the conclusion of the Elementary Session to find out what has changed since my last time at the camp, nearly 10 years ago. Not much has changed at the camp since the 1990s when I first became a camper. There have been a few improvement projects around the camp, but I did notice a couple of areas where improvements could still be made.

KC Still, a camper, counselor and staff member from 1970s and present, has set up the Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund is for restoring the camp and to provide Dennis & Larke the ability to hire professionals to make repairs and improvements to plumbing, electricity and buildings.

Reunions are for friends, reconnecting, and reminiscing. While you reconnect with old friends and remember the great times you had while you were at the camp, please take a look around the camp and see what has changed since you were last here. Please consider making a donation to KC’s fund to help Arrowbear make some needed improvements around the camp to benefit future generations of campers.



 Jim Garrecht, Arrowbear Camper 1994 – 2001

The Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund
c/o KC Still
1110 Stannage Ave. #D
Albany, CA 94706

Please make checks payable to: Carole Ohlendorf Dockstader Memorial Fund. Sorry, donations are not tax deductable.

This project is completely separate from Arrowbear Music Associates. None of the funds donated for this project will go toward music camp scholarships



Cliff Kusaba Laura Kusaba
Virginia Lee Frazier Jeff Haberman
David James Ken Olson
Dolores Loera Toth Jean Mahnken Prendergast
Jim Garrecht  Kirk Watilo
Kate Conroy Hernandez  



The Note counselor gossip


Dances on the volleyball court

The Bell

Table games

“O Give Thanks”


Singing in the dining hall

The “Ghost of Arrowbear”

Singing in the Orchestra Bowl

Stunt night

Volleyball tournaments

Talent shows

The snack bar green building

The Coconut Bear

All-Camp clean-up

Hikes to Inspiration Point

Table relays

Hikes to Keller Peak


Hikes to Happy Gap

Snow Valley swimming

Junior Kitchen Staff

Slumber music

“Hot Lips” LaRue

Sweeping the volleyball courts

Assigned tables

Blowing the fuse

Sarge’s “Five minutes, girls!”

The Kitchen Symphony (Sawhill)

“Goodnight My Someone” serenade

Lions’ Club Dinners

Concerts on the barge at Lake Arrowhead

Boating at Green Valley Lake

Ice-skating at Blue Jay

Horseback riding at Santa’s Village

Concerts at Big Bear

Sudsy Bell Laundromat

“Camper of the Week”

Wanda and the camp picture

Roller skating at Big Bear

The “leech lines”

Rick yelling, “Get up you lazy bums!”

Mr. Burger’s red convertible

Cold showers


Hanky-panky patrol

“Journey’s end”

“Knights in White Satin”


Weekend Fall & Spring Reunions


Swimming relays

“Highway to Heaven”

The deer flies

The “Loo”

The raccoons

Yellow jackets

The “cattle” truck


Mr. O’s Sunday Inspirational

Strolling violins at Lloyds

All Camp Choir

“Just for Today”

Husking corn for the barbeque

“The Cat Came Back”

The mouse in the dining hall

The bat in the “A” building

Arrowbear romances


Photos from the 2006 Reunion

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