Apply to Birch Creek
2020 Music Academy

Registration for the 2020 Summer Music Academy Sessions will open
on December 1, 2019.

Below you will find all of the information you need to apply for a Birch Creek session. Application Instructions will give you specific guidance relating to the session you wish to attend. If after reading the information, you still have questions, please contact us by email: registrar@birchcreek.org or by phone at 920-868-3763. Thanks so much for your interest, and we hope to see you this summer! The Academy is open to students ages 13-19 years old.

Tuition Costs:
$2,100 for 2-week Session $100 Application Fee due upon registration, applied to tuition.
$900 for 1-week Percussion Junior Track Session $100 Application Fee due upon registration, applied to tuition.

Need-based and merit scholarships are available. See Scholarship application form below.

2019 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 (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 AUDITION RECORDING • Email YouTube link(s) or wav files to registrar@birchcreek.org. Be sure to include your name and the Session name.

SENIOR TRACK Percussion & Steel Band applicants must submit a VIDEO AUDITION RECORDING. (Note: Returning students are not required to submit a video audition unless applying for a Scholarship.) The following must be included in your video:

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. Desired but 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 are exempt.

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2019 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 (PDF)

ADMISSION APPLICATION

  1. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE ADMISSION APPLICATION WITH $100 DEPOSIT (refunded if not accepted to the program)
  2. SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION RECORDING • Two (2) contrasting solos or etudes and two (2) scales, one major and one minor.
    • Email YouTube link(s) or wav files to registrar@birchcreek.org.
    • Be sure to include your name and the Session name (Symphony).

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

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2019 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 (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 AUDITION RECORDING • Two (2) pieces with a contrasting tempo. • Email YouTube link(s) or wav files to registrar@birchcreek.org. • Be sure to include your name and the Session name (Jazz I or Jazz II).

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Online Application Troubleshooting

If you are receiving an error when pressing “Next Step” please review your text on the page and ensure there are only letters and numbers present and no symbols such as: ( ) & ^ % @ – $. We recommend a reliable, wired Internet connection to prevent loss of work. If you are unable to maintain a stable connection long enough to fill out the short-answer/essay questions, we suggest writing your answers in a word document, and then copy/pasting them into their respective fields in the online application to save time. Please refrain from copy/pasting your answers from Google programs (Google Docs, etc.) as this may cause issues. The questions are as follows:

  • Describe any youth orchestras or other performing organizations that you perform with outside of school.
  • Describe your musical background.
  • Describe any recent pieces you have played.
  • Describe any recordings that have influenced you.
  • Describe any musicians that have influenced you.

If you have any issues with the application, please contact Michelle at 920-868-3763 or registrar@birchcreek.org for assistance.

2019 Teacher Recommendation Form

Online 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

2019 Scholarship Application Form

Summer 2019 Scholarship Procedure

Summer 2019 Scholarship Procedure PDF

Student/Family’s cost for all 2‐week sessions: $2,100
Student/Family’s cost for Junior Track Percussion Session: $1,100

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 (available on our website). Scholarship assistance is awarded on a first‐come, first‐served basis.

Procedure for Admissions

Review of applications for admission begins on February 1st, for all sessions. 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 firstcome, 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 were required to submit an audition 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 tempo.
  • Email YouTube link(s) or wav files to registrar@birchcreek.org.
  • Be sure to include your name and the Session name (Jazz I or Jazz II). (New Drummers are exempt. The Audition Recording you submitted for the Admission Application will be used.)

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.

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Scholarship Application Printable PDF