I first began attending Birch Creek concerts about 8 years ago. I never knew how wonderful a symphony could sound played by middle school and high schoolers. The next year I attended a jazz concert and the next a percussion concert. What the faculty does with those young ladies and young men is astounding! I am so proud that our little Door County is the location for such a venue. Keep up the great work Birch Creek!
Perfect place for a youth to find his/her niche in the guidance of career greats. All with a single purpose, to share their gifts. Excellent end of session concerts! Perfect backdrop for a great community.
I've been on the jazz teaching faculty at Birch Creek Music Performance Center for almost 15 years. It is such a positive force in the lives of the young musicians who come there each summer. They are immersed in the art of jazz music, challenged and lovingly supported by the faculty, led by Jazz Program Director Jeff Campbell, and a 100% committed staff, led by Executive Director Mona Christensen. It's a marvelous place to be involved with, and for as long as I'm able, I'll continue to be a part of Birch Creek.
Michael Stryker, D.M.A.
Professor, Jazz Piano
Associate Director, WIU Jazz Program
School of Music
Western Illinois University
Your role, Dr. Stryker, as mentor, educator and performer is essential to the success of every Birch Creek student. Thank you. Kate, Birch Creek Staff
For more than 40 years Birch Creek has been providing young people world class performance music instruction. We have been volunteering in several different capacities for the past 8 season and have found it to be an extraordinary place. What makes it special? The world class faculty of teaching/professional musicians, the ratio of 1 faculty per 2 students, the serene and beautiful campus, the opportunities for students to perform before live, paying audiences several times during their residency and the corps of committed and passionate staff and volunteers.
Birch Creek was without a doubt one of the best times of my life. I learned so much about not only music, but also life. The intensive musical experience was incredible, and getting to work with such amazing faculty was very rewarding. Being surrounded with like minded people made it an incredible time. I made some amazing friends. But above all else, Birch Creek made me a better person. It gave me confidence and taught me some important lessons about hard work and kindness that I will carry with me both in and out of the music world. I wouldn't trade my time at Birch Creek for anything.
...and we wouldn't trade you for anything! Without your intensity, talent and love for music, we couldn't be the successful academy we are today. Thank you! Kate R, Birch Creek Staff
I have never been to a more rewarding music camp.
I not only got top notch education from fantastic instructors, while I was here, I learned a lot about life after high school, and music career opportunities that lead me to the University I am currently attending.
Also, this camp is in my favorite place in the world. I had been going up to Door County long before I was ever playing the violin, and the opportunity to spend two weeks up there doing what I love in a fantastic, welcoming, and educational environment, was absolutely priceless.
...and, all you said in your review embodies our mission. Your love of music and performance contributes to our success. Thank you! Kate R, Birch Creek Staff
I was a Symphony student in 98 and 99. I learned an immeasurable amount of things about music and myself while at Birch Creek. I have now been teaching music for 11 years and come back for a concert every few years. All groups are amazing and I know the organization is doing great things for students and the area every day!
- Beth Mohr (bassoon)
Beth, you must stop and talk to us the next time you come for a concert! Staff members are always strolling the grounds pre-concert and at intermission, or you could leave a note at the box office. Your success is ours! Kate R, Birch Creek Staff
This was one of the best musical experiences that I have had. I attended the Birch Creek Jazz II session and it completely prepared me for what it took to be a serious Jazz musician. All of the teachers there are professional musicians who make their living as performers. Many of them also teach at colleges or have performed in world renown groups such as the Count Basie Band. The camp does a great job at simulating what it is like to be a musician. In the words of the director, "If you learn that you want to be a musician while you are here then we have done you a great service. If you learn that you do not want to be a musician then we have still done you a great service". While you are here you're going to to learn a lot and you will learn what you need to do to become a great jazz musician. You're going to make a lot of connections with both teachers and friends after coming here. I wouldn't trade the experiences I had here for anything. I highly recommend going if you want to become a jazz musician.
My daughter's time spent at Birch Creek helped her find a place to be with like-minded people as passionate about music as she is. We're so thankful for her experience there, and she's thankful for her "Birch Creek fam"!
And, we are thankful for her talent, her remarkable connection with Birch Creek concertgoers, and -- not least of all -- your trust in Birch Creek with your daughter's music growth! Kate, Birch Creek Staff
My son attended the Summer Jazz Camp at Birch Creek for two years. The quality of the instruction is outstanding. Not only do the students get to learn from a talented, professional staff, they also get to see these wonderful musicians perform in entertaining and enjoyable concerts. The relationships that were developed during my son's time at Birch Creek are invaluable.