Summer Music Academy - Registration Page

Registration for the 2021 Birch Creek Summer Music Academy is now open!

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 provided 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 hand-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.

If you have an account already in progress, to access your current account please click here:  My Current Account

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 on the COVID-19 page at the top of the home page.

2021 Percussion & Steel Band Application & Instructions

PERCUSSION & STEEL BAND
Junior Track – June 13-19, 2021
A one-week Percussion Experience for Students Ages 13-15
Senior Track – June 13-26, 2021

A two-week Percussion Intensive for Students Ages 14-19

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBURARY 1. Applications will continue to be reviewed through spring and early summer. Scholarships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early, as positions fill quickly. If the Session is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list as cancellations do occur.

Application Instructions – Percussion & Steel Band (printable pdf)

ADMISSION APPLICATION

  1. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION WITH $100 DEPOSIT (refunded if not accepted to the program)
  2. HAVE YOUR TEACHER COMPLETE OUR ONLINE TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM
    (Returning students are exempt.)
  3. SUBMIT YOUR PLACEMENT RECORDING

SENIOR TRACK Percussion & Steel Band applicants must submit placement video recordings within the Application OR after you are accepted by emailing links to registrar@birchcreek.org.

• Videos are for ensemble placement only and not for acceptance into Birch Creek

Snare Drum
Required: One concert snare drum solo from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or a similar collection (all-state or all-region audition music is acceptable).  Optional: One contrasting solo in a rudimental or contemporary style.

Keyboard Percussion
Required: One two-mallet solo or etude such as all-state or all-region audition music or from books such as Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg or Masterpieces for Marimba by Thomas McMillan. Optional: One four-mallet marimba or vibraphone solo of your choice.

You may also include additional videos.

Students are encouraged to include video performances of other percussion interests you have such as drumset, steel pan, jazz vibes/marimba, hand drums, piano, or other instruments. Do you sing, tap dance, play bagpipes, or have you composed your own music? If so, share it with us.

JUNIOR TRACK Percussion & Steel Band Applicants No placement video is required, unless applying for a scholarship.

Tuition:  $2,100 for Senior Track; $900 for Junior Track

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now – Percussion & Steel Band JUNIOR Track

Apply Now – Percussion & Steel Band SENIOR Track

2021 Symphony Application & Instructions

SYMPHONY
June 27-July 10, 2021

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBURARY 1. Applications will continue to be reviewed through spring and early summer. Scholarships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early, as positions fill quickly. If the Session is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list as cancellations do occur.

Application Instructions – Symphony (printable pdf)

ADMISSION APPLICATION

  1. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION WITH $100 DEPOSIT (refunded if not accepted to the program)
  2. UPLOAD YOUR AUDITION RECORDING (within the Admission Application or links can be emailed to registrar@birchcreek.org). 2020 Symphony Online students are exempt.
      Two (2) contrasting solos or etudes and two (2) scales, one major and one minor.

You can also schedule a live audition with one of our Symphony faculty members in place of submitting an Audition Recording.

Tuition:  $2,100
The Birch Creek Symphony Session curriculum is being revised in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. We expect to confirm a final format by March 1, 2021. Tuition cost for the two-week Symphony Session may be adjusted, based on the final program format.

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now – Symphony

2021 Jazz I Application & Instructions

JAZZ I
July 11-24, 2021

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBURARY 1. Applications will continue to be reviewed through spring and early summer. Scholarships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early, as positions fill quickly. If the Session is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list as cancellations do occur.

Application Instructions – Big Band Jazz (printable pdf)

ADMISSION APPLICATION

  1. Submit your ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION with $100 DEPOSIT (Refunded if not accepted to the program.)
  2. Have your teacher complete our TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM (Returning students are exempt.)
  3. Upload your AUDITION RECORDING (within the Admission Application or email links to registrar@birchcreek.org) — required for new Drummers only   • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition:  $2,100

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now – Jazz I

2021 Jazz II Application & Instructions

JAZZ II
July 25-August 7, 2021

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBURARY 1. Applications will continue to be reviewed through spring and early summer. Scholarships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early, as positions fill quickly. If the Session is filled, you will be placed on a waiting list as cancellations do occur.

Application Instructions – Big Band Jazz (printable pdf)

ADMISSION APPLICATION

  1. Submit your ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION with $100 DEPOSIT (Refunded if not accepted to the program.)
  2. Have your teacher complete our TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM (Returning students are exempt.)
  3. Upload your AUDITION RECORDING (within the Admission Application or email links to registrar@birchcreek.org) — required for new Drummers only   • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition:  $2,100

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now – Jazz II

Teacher Recommendation

Required for new students applying to Percussion & Steel Band, Jazz I and Jazz II.

Teacher Recommendation Form – Online

Teacher Recommendation Form (printable pdf)

Scholarship Application

For faster processing, please submit the scholarship application online (available January 4, 2021).

Scholarship – Apply Now

Scholarship Application Form (printable pdf)

Scholarship Procedure (printable pdf)

Mail or fax a printed Scholarship Application to:
Birch Creek
Attn: Registrar
PO Box 230
Egg Harbor WI 54209

Eligibility for financial assistance is based solely on the applicant’s personal qualifications without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.