Dear Families, Patrons and Supporters:

Please visit this page for news and updates related to health and safety practices at Birch Creek in 2021.

At this time, we are operating with a modified 2021 summer season, based on guidelines from the CDC, the American Camp Association and communication with our local public health department.

A modified season includes half capacity enrollment in the Academy sessions and outdoor concerts with socially distanced benches for the audience.

We have implemented protocols for mask wearing and hand washing, daily monitoring of camper and staff health, increased ventilation for camper dorms and rehearsal and performance spaces and more, based on guidelines at the time of programming.

Because it is our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, we strongly urge concert attendees to wear a mask while on the grounds until seated. For those who are unvaccinated, we require that a mask be worn until seated.

Updates regarding any changes to these plans will be communicated on an ongoing basis throughout the spring and summer.

We appreciate your commitment to Birch Creek and your patience as we navigate through the 2021 season. We are excited to have students, faculty, staff, concertgoers and patrons returning to the campus this summer.

Music Academy News

Summer Academy Sessions 2021 (June 13 – August 7)

Registration for the 2021 Summer Music Academy is now open!

Please note: Birch Creek will be following CDC and local public health guidelines at the time of programming. Programs are subject to change. This website will provide current updates so please check back for the latest news.

2021 Summer Music Academy

Concert News

Concert Tickets are now available to purchase for June 17 – August 7.
See concert titles, dates and times and links to purchase tickets at birchcreek.org/tickets.

This summer, Birch Creek will present nearly 30 concerts in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony and Big Band Jazz in the open air with our world-class musicians staged outside of the historic Dutton Concert Barn. Public seating will consist of sturdy wooden benches socially distanced around the outdoor concert stage and the Jackie and Steve Kane Gazebo. New concert time: 7:00 PM, with pre-concert student music at 6:30 PM. Because it is our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, we strongly urge you to wear a mask while on the grounds until you are seated. If you are unvaccinated, we require you to wear a mask until you are seated.

Tickets are available as follows:

PERCUSSION & STEEL BAND and BIG BAND JAZZ CONCERTS

Premium Bench Seating for 1-3 people (guaranteed in-barn seating in case of rain) – $50
Bench Seating
 for 1-3 people – $45
BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) – $15

SYMPHONY SESSION CONCERTS

Premium Bench Seating is not available for Symphony Concerts
Bench Seating for 1-3 people – $45
BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) – $15

Weather Cancellation Policy

Every effort will be made to complete the full performance outside. In the event of rain, lightning or severe weather, a determination of whether or not the concert can take place outside will be made one hour before the concert start time. Check our website and social media platforms for updates. Ticket buyers who purchased their tickets in advance of the concert date will receive an email notification by 6:00 PM for evening concerts or 2:00 PM for matinee concerts.

Symphony Session concerts will be cancelled if the determination is that an outdoor concert is not possible. Rain checks will be offered for concerts that have been cancelled one hour before concert start time, as well as for concerts that are cancelled during the initial 45 minutes.

Percussion & Steel Band and Big Band Jazz concerts will be moved into the barn, with limited seating, if an outdoor concert is not possible. Patrons who purchased a $50 premium bench will have guaranteed seating in the barn. (At this writing the limit is 80 tickets, which is 25% capacity.) Rain checks will be issued for non-premium seating if a concert is cancelled.

Options for cancelled concert tickets:

Donate your ticket to Birch Creek

Receive a rain check for another concert in 2021 OR a gift certificate that can be used for any concert within 5 years

Request a refund by September 1, 2021

Concert Tickets

Adult Programs News

For Adult Band Camp (August 12-15) in 2021, modifications to the typical schedule of band warm-ups, rehearsals, sectionals and masterclasses and ensembles will be made with your health and safety in mind. There will be equal focus on small and large ensembles. Other modifications will include the use of outdoor and larger well-ventilated rehearsal spaces, shorter and more frequent rehearsals and practice sessions, social and performance distancing, masks/face coverings and potentially the use of performance masks and bell covers. Continue to watch this page (birchcreek.org/covid-19) for news and updates.

For the Chamber Music Retreat (August 18-21) in 2021, modifications to the schedule will be made with your health and safety in mind. Modifications will include the use of outdoor and/or larger well-ventilated rehearsal spaces, shorter rehearsals with frequent breaks, social and performance distancing, and as of now, masks/face coverings and potentially the use of performance masks and bell covers. Stay tuned to the COVID page at birchcreek.org/covid-19.

Registrations are being accepted now for both Adult Programs at Birch Creek! Learn more at these links.

Adult Band Camp

Chamber Music Retreat

Volunteer News

Because it is our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, we strongly urge you to wear a mask while on the grounds until you are seated. If you are unvaccinated, we require you to wear a mask until you are seated.