Summer Music Academy - Registration Page

Registration for the 2022 Summer Music Academy begins on December 1, 2021.

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.

When creating a new account, please list a “Parent” as the Primary Contact. You would then “add a person” to the account and then add yourself. From there, you can register for any session.

If you already have an account in progress, you may access it by clicking here.

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.

2022 Percussion & Steel Band Application & Instructions

PERCUSSION & STEEL BAND June 19 – July 2, 2022

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

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 such as drumset, steel pan, jazz vibes/marimba, hand drums, piano, or other instruments. Do you sing, tap dance, play bagpipes, or compose your own music? If so, share it with us.

Tuition: $2,200

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now

2022 Symphony Application & Instructions

SYMPHONY July 3 – 16, 2022

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. SUMBIT YOUR AUDITION RECORDINGS (within the Admission Application OR email YouTube links to registrar@birchcreek.org). Be sure to include your name, session and instrument.
    • Two (2) contrasting solos or etudes and two (2) scales, one major and one minor (with multiple octaves, if applicable).
    • Please refer to page 3 for suggested repertoire levels.

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

Tuition: $2,200

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now

2022 Jazz I Application & Instructions

JAZZ I July 17 – 30, 2022

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 many instrument positions fill quickly. If an instrument position 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. SUBMIT your AUDITION RECORDING (within the Admission Application OR email YouTube links to registrar@birchcreek.org).
    • Required for new Drummers only.
    • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition:  $2,200

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now

2022 Jazz II Application & Instructions

JAZZ II July 31 – August 13, 2022

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 many instrument positions fill quickly. If an instrument position 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. SUBMIT your AUDITION RECORDING (within the Admission Application OR email YouTube links to registrar@birchcreek.org).
    • Required for new Drummers only.
    • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition:  $2,200

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Apply Now

Teacher Recommendation

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

Teacher Recommendation Form (printable pdf)

Scholarship Application

For faster processing, please submit the scholarship application online (available January 2022).

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.