Summer Music Academy - Registration Page

Registration for the 2023 summer music academy opens December 1, 2022.

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, entering grade seven through graduating grade 12, 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, Big Band Jazz (two sessions), and Percussion, Steel Pan & World Music: Jazz, Pop & World Percussion. The student-to-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. Next, “Add a Person” to the account and add yourself. From there, you may register for any session. When completing the application sections, clicking “Next” at the end of each section will save the information for that section. Make sure all of the information is correct. Once you’ve moved on to the next session, you will not be able to make changes to the previous one.

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.

Coming Soon: 2023 Percussion, Steel Pan & World Music Application & Instructions

PERCUSSION, STEEL PAN & WORLD MUSIC: Jazz, Pop & World Percussion June 18 – July 1, 2023

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.

Application Instructions – Percussion, Steel Pan & World Music: Jazz, Pop & World Percussion (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 Pan & World Music: Jazz, Pop & World Percussion applicants must submit placement video recordings within the Application OR after acceptance to the Program 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: $2,300 plus application fee

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Coming Soon: 2023 Symphony Application & Instructions

SYMPHONY July 2 – 15, 2023

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 or until sections are filled. 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 in the email.
    • 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 directly with one of our Symphony faculty members in place of submitting an Audition Recording.

Tuition: $2,300 plus application fee

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Coming Soon: 2023 Big Band Jazz I Application & Instructions

BIG BAND JAZZ I July 16 – 29, 2023

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 or until sections are full. 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 saxophonists and drummers only.
    • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition: $2,300 plus application fee

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Coming Soon: 2023 Big Band Jazz II Application & Instructions

BIG BAND JAZZ II July 30 – August 12, 2023

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 or until sections are full. 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 saxophonists and drummers only.
    • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting style.

Tuition: $2,300 plus application fee

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Teacher Recommendation

Required for new students applying to Percussion, Steel Pan & World Music; Big Band Jazz I and Big Band Jazz II.

Teacher Recommendation Form (printable pdf)

Scholarship Application

For faster processing, please submit the scholarship application online. Completed Scholarship Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in March once the student has been accepted into the Program.

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.