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2020 Music Academy

Coronavirus message from Birch Creek Executive Director, Mona Christensen

The 2020 Residential Summer 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 Online

Though the Birch Creek campus will be quiet this summer, students from around the country will have an opportunity to study with Birch Creek faculty.

Under development; to be announced by June 1.

2020 Percussion Application & Instructions

Admission Procedure

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBRUARY 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.

Percussion Application Instructions & Session Information (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 with the Application OR after you are accepted.

• 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 video audition is required, unless applying for a scholarship.

2020 Symphony Application & Instructions

Admission Procedure

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBRUARY 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.

Symphony Application Instructions & Session Information (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)
    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.

2020 Jazz Application & Instructions

Admission Procedure

Completed applications will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis beginning on FEBRUARY 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.

Jazz Application Instructions & Session Information (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) — required for new Drummers only.

Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

2020 Teacher Recommendation Form

Teacher Recommendation Form (Printable PDF)

Email, mail or fax this form to Birch Creek Registrar: registrar@birchcreek.org • PO Box 230, Egg Harbor, WI 54209 • Fax: (920) 868-1643

2020 Scholarship Application Form

Summer 2020 Scholarship Procedure

Summer 2020 Scholarship Procedure (Printable PDF)

Student/Family’s cost for all 2‐week sessions: $2,100
Student/Family’s cost for Junior Track Percussion Session: $900

Scholarship Assistance

Birch Creek has scholarship assistance available to our students based on financial need and instruments needed in each session. First, the initial student application requirements must be met before a Scholarship Application can be considered. Once accepted, a student may then submit a Scholarship Application (below). Scholarship assistance is awarded on a first‐come, first‐served basis.

Procedure for Admissions Prior to Applying for a Scholarship

Select the Academy Session (2020 Percussion & Steel Band; 2020 Symphony; 2020 Jazz) you wish to attend. Select the Apply Now button. Set up your account and complete the Admissions Application. Birch Creek will review Academy applications for admission beginning on February 1st. Applications continue to be welcomed after February 1st and are reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. A student must be accepted before his or her scholarship application will be considered. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis — apply early!

Procedure for All Scholarship Applicants

  1. Complete the Scholarship Application.
  2. Submit the required audition as described below.

Percussion & Steel Band – Students applying for scholarship assistance are required to submit one video recording on each a snare drum and on a marimba. If you submitted your part placement recordings for your Admissions Application, it will also serve for your Scholarship Application.

Symphony – The Audio Audition Recording (or live audition) you submitted for your Admissions Application will also serve for your Scholarship Application.

Jazz
–  Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.
–  Upload links within online Scholarship Application.
–  Email YouTube link(s) or wav files to registrar@birchcreek.org.
–  If you submitted an audition with your Admission Application, it will also be used for your Scholarship Application.

For faster processing, please submit the scholarship application online.

Mail or fax a printed Scholarship Application to: Birch Creek, Registrar, PO Box 230, Egg Harbor, WI 54209. Fax: (920) 868‐1643. 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.

Scholarship Application (Printable PDF)

Application Review Process & Timeline

Applications to the Birch Creek Summer Music Academy will be reviewed by Program Directors beginning on February 1, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed throughout the spring. Applicants will be notified of their status by email.

Reviews for Scholarship Applications will begin in mid-February. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Before applying for a scholarship, you must have been accepted into the Academy to qualify for scholarship consideration.