The 2020 Residential Summer Academy is closed however we have an exciting new opportunity for music students! We invite students to join us in Birch Creek Online, a virtual music and performing experience. Birch Creek faculty have transformed on-campus program rehearsals, masterclasses and lessons into virtual experiences that combine the joy and intensity of the Birch Creek campus setting with an interactive experience of summer music instruction.


Summer Music Academy Programs


2020 special grant support during the COVID-19 pandemic has been provided by The Les Paul Foundation.

Student Life

Birch Creek Basketball During each two-week session, students live on Birch Creek’s 40-acre rural campus in dormitory-style housing, with male and female students living in separate quarters. There are five live-in counselors (many of them musicians themselves) who oversee all student activities. Students, faculty, and counselors share meals in the campus’ dining facility, as well as the opportunity to discuss all matters musical.

During morning and afternoon sessions, students train under the guidance of Birch Creek’s faculty of music professionals, receiving individualized instruction, rehearsing in small and large ensembles, and participating in a variety of seminars and specialized classes. Most evenings feature public performances in the 500-seat Dutton Concert Barn, and students also appear in outreach concerts throughout Door County.

While study at Birch Creek is intense, there is free time. Volleyball, basketball, ping pong, chess games, and impromptu jam sessions are popular on-campus pursuits. Additionally, there are supervised trips to Door County’s beautiful beaches and state parks, and many unique shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Peninsula State Park, pictured right, is a stunning hiking destination and a favorite among Birch Creek students who are new to Door County. There is also ample time for practice, and private lessons are available. Pictured below is Wilson’s, the famous Door County ice cream parlor.