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Birch Creek Video Samples & Performances


All Symphony session students at Birch Creek are assigned to a chamber ensemble which rehearses daily and is coached by a faculty member. These ensembles perform for prelude music before evening concerts and at the final afternoon concert of the session.

At Birch Creek, students combine with the faculty to form the 80 member Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra. They perform 6 concerts (4 entirely different programs) during their 2-week residency, plus have numerous opportunities to perform in their chamber ensembles.

Academic Festival Overture (Wisconsin Public Television)

Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Brian Groner
Play Length: 10:59

Nimrod Variation from Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36,

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Brian Groner
Play length: 3:53

La Mer, I - From Dawn till Noon on the Sea (De l'aube á midi sur la mer)

Composer: Claude Debussy
Conductor: Brian Groner
Play length: 9:40


La Mer, II - Play of the Waves (Jeux de vagues)

Composer: Claude Debussy
Conductor: Brian Groner
Play length: 7:02

La Mer, III - Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)

Composer: Claude Debussy
Conductor: Brian Groner
Play length: 8:31

Allegro con fuoco from Quintet in G, Op. 77

Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Performers: Birch Creek Student String Quintet
Play length: 9:18

Symphony 1

Symphony 2

Symphony 3


All students in the Percussion & Steel Band session learn to play the steelpan and are placed in a Birch Creek steel band. Steel bands rehearse daily and perform 8 times during the students’ 2-week residency.


Composer: Pharrell Williams
Arranged by: Yuko Asada
Director: Liam Teague
Play length: 3:08
Performers: Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band Students – 2014

Joy Ride (Wisconsin Public Television)

Composer: Ben Wahlund
Director: Ben Wahlund
Play length: 2:40
Performers: Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band Students – 2014


Composer: Ken “Professor” Philmore
Director: G. Alan O’Connor
Play length: 3:41
Performers: Birch Creek Steel Band with Liam Teague


At Birch Creek, students perform in large groups and small ensembles. They perform in 7 concerts and 2 to 3 combo performances. They also have additional opportunities to perform in other public outreach concerts.

LINER NOTES with David Bixler (Birch Creek Jazz II Faculty, saxophone)

Listen to this insider’s look into the Birch Creek Academy experience as told by Jazz II faculty members in David Bixler’s podcast, released on April 1, 2020.

For the past twenty years I have taught and performed at Birch Creek, a music camp tucked away in a converted dairy farm on the thumb of Wisconsin. In this episode I interview some of the people that make this place happen. I invite you to listen to them as they describe what happens in this barn in the middle of nowhere and the power it has on the lives of those who experience it.  – David Bixler


Four Five Six (Wisconsin Public Television)

Composer: Frank Foster
Director: Nic Meyer
Performers: Birch Creek Studio Band
Play Length: 4:30

On The Trail

Composer: Ferde Grofé
Director: José Encarnación
Performers: Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors
Play length: 12:35

One Bass Hit

Composer: Dizzy Gillespie
Arranged by: Gil Fuller
Director: Phil Crews
Performers: Birch Creek Lab Band
Play length: 3:13

The Chicken

Composer: James Ellis
Arranged by: Kris Berg
Director: Jim Stombres
Performers: Birch Creek Studio Band
Play length: 4:46

It Don't Mean A Thing

Composer: Duke Ellington
Director: Jeff Campbell
Performers: Birch Creek Acadamy Jazz Orchestra
Play length: 6:36

Jazz I: Birch Creek Ambassadors

Jazz II: Blues for Alice

Jazz II: Cubano Chant

Jazz II: Blue Train


Rachel Barton Pine - Master Class 1 of 2

Rachel Barton Pine - Master Class 2 of 2