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.

Audiences
Masking: Effective August 19, masks are strongly encouraged inside Juniper Hall if the CDC transmission rate is at “red or high.”

Vaccination: Proof of vaccination is not required for entry to a concert. Hand sanitizer units are available for public use in the performance areas. Concert-goers attending performances inside Juniper Hall should be aware that we will be operating at full capacity. Juniper Hall HVAC systems are equipped with UV filters and fans will be operational during concerts. 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.

2023 Academy Students, Adult Program Participants, Summer Staff, Faculty and Teaching Assistants
The health and safety of Birch Creek’s residential community is of utmost importance. At this time, with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 variants at the time of the 2023 season, Birch Creek may require a negative covid test to enter the residential environment.  In addition, it is highly recommended that students enter the program with up to date vaccinations for all childhood diseases.

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Music Academy News

Summer Academy Sessions 2023 (June 18 – August 12)

Registration for the 2023 summer music academy opens December 1, 2022.

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.

2023 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, 2023.

Concert Tickets

Adult Programs News

For Wind Ensemble Retreat, August 15-18, 2023, 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 Chamber Music Retreat, August 21-24, 2023, 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.