Dear Families, Patrons and Supporters:

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

Ticketed Events As of this writing, masks are required for patrons, staff, vendors and volunteers, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional for vaccinated performers. For a ticketed event with food, masks are required at all times unless sitting while eating & drinking. Birch Creek provides distanced seating, sanitizer units and upgraded UV ventilated rooms.

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 with 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 over.) 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.

If any student tests positive for COVID-19 while at Birch Creek, they will be isolated and the family will be contacted to remove the student from the program.

Masking protocols for students, performers and patrons will be addressed by June 1, 2022.

 

Updated January 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 (birchcreek.org/covid-19) 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 birchcreek.org/covid-19.

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.