The 2020 Residential Summer Music Academy is closed.

Students from around the country will soon have an opportunity to study with Birch Creek faculty through
Birch Creek Online, to be announced by June 1.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a Residential Summer Music Academy on the beautiful Door County peninsula of Wisconsin. Founded in 1976, Birch Creek is a unique academy that provides talented students (ages 13-19) advanced training and mentorship as well as the opportunity to perform publicly alongside top music professionals from the United States and abroad.

Birch Creek offers four 2-week residential summer sessions in Symphony, Percussion & Steel Band, and Jazz (two sessions). The student-faculty ratio of 2-to-1 ensures that students receive hands-on mentoring from top music educators and performers. Additionally, students have numerous public performance opportunities before appreciative audiences who have come to expect only the best from Birch Creek. Please note: Due to the intensive, mentoring-based nature of Birch Creek’s programs, campus residence is required of all students.

Coronavirus message from Birch Creek Executive Director, Mona Christensen

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.