Dear Families, Patrons and Supporters:

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

Birch Creek makes the health and safety of our faculty and students, staff, patrons and volunteers a top priority. We will continue to monitor federal, state and local guidelines as well as recommendations from the American Camp Association (ACA).

Masking: At this time, with Door County within the Low/Green Zone, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control, we look forward to a ‘masks optional’ policy for our concertgoers. If the transmissibility rate rises in Door County to a Medium/Yellow or High/Red level, masks will be required.

Vaccination: Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test is not required for entry to a concert. Hand sanitizer units are available for public use in the Dutton Concert Barn entry areas. Birch Creek will be operating at full capacity inside the barn. Doors and windows will be open, along with fans operating, to provide a well-ventilated space. Audiences are asked to dress appropriately for chilly breezes. Pre-concert performances will take place outdoors at the Jackie and Steve Kane Gazebo.

Distancing: In order to protect the health and safety of Birch Creek’s residential environment for our students and faculty, audience members and volunteers must be distanced from the stage area.

All ticket holders will be notified via email should Birch Creek’s policy change. Up-to-date Covid-19 protocol updates will also be posted on Birch Creek’s website.

Academy Students, Adult Program Participants, Summer Staff, Faculty and Teaching Assistants
Because our academy students and summer staff are required to live on campus for a two-week duration or more, full vaccination (as described by the CDC at the time of the program session) is required. A negative test is required for everyone within 48 hours of arrival. Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. Booster shots to stay up to date are highly recommended.

Acceptable vaccines include any approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, including Pfizer (for all students) and Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (for those 18 and older). Students must be fully vaccinated to attend their session, ensuring they have completed their vaccine regimen at least two weeks prior to arrival on campus. Proof of vaccination is required. The definition of “fully vaccinated” as provided by the CDC to include booster shots or additional protocols, will be required as well.

Upon entry to the program with vaccination proof and a negative PCR test, masking is optional for students, faculty or summer staff. Performance masks will be required for rehearsals and performances if someone within the academy tests positive for covid after arrival.

Updated May 2022






Music Academy News

Summer Academy Sessions 2022 (June 19 – August 13)

Registration for the 2022 Summer Music Academy is 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. At this time, all participants must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.

2022 Summer Music Academy

Concert News

Concert Tickets will be available to purchase March 1!

This summer, Birch Creek will present nearly 30 concerts in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony and Big Band Jazz in the historic Dutton Concert Barn. The concert time is 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, masking and distancing protocols will be determined by June 1, 2022.

Concert Tickets

Adult Programs News

For Wind Ensemble Retreat (formerly Adult Band Camp), held August 16-19 in 2022, 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 ( for news and updates.

For the Chamber Music Retreat, August 22-25, 2022, 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

Learn more at these links.

Wind Ensemble Retreat Chamber Music Retreat

Volunteer News

Summer Covid-19 protocols will be determined by June 1. Because it is our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students and faculty who are residing on campus, we will be following pubic health guidelines. At this time, all volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask when inside any of our campus buildings.