Birch Creek Jazz I Program

Birch Creek’s Jazz program offers students a unique learning experience at levels of jazz performance not found in most other jazz programs in America. Our program gives students an effective combination of experiences to help them master the fundamentals of jazz while establishing professional attitudes by playing side-by-side with some of today’s top performers and educators. The only differences between the Jazz I and Jazz II sessions are the dates and the faculty. The curriculum and performance opportunities are the same, and both sessions are under the guidance of Program Director Jeff Campbell.

Jazz I Academy Session

July 14 – 27, 2019  |  Tuition: $2,100

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

There are openings in the following sections: Trombone, Piano and Bass

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Detailed admissions information, including AUDITION RECORDING REQUIREMENTS can be found in the Application Instructions document on the Apply Now page. NOTE: Returning students are not required to send in an audition unless applying for a scholarship. $100 Application Fee due upon registration, applied to tuition.

2019 Jazz guitar instruction is supported in part by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation.

Areas of Study

Instrumental Technique
Classes are given by master teachers three times per week and cover the fundamentals of effective playing skills and efficient practice.

Jazz Combo
Classes cover improvisation skills from basic to advanced. Performance opportunities are provided.

Jazz Performance Workshops
Workshops incorporate music theory and improvisation into the Combo rehearsals and use repertoire from the Combo as curricular material for study.

Large Ensembles
Directed by outstanding professional educators. Ensembles rehearse daily and perform regularly during the evening concerts. Audition required.

Advanced Student Combo
Made up of advanced students and serves as Birch Creek’s ambassador to the community. This combo performs widely throughout Door County and is featured at numerous Birch Creek concerts. Audition required.

Seminars & Business Workshops
Provide role-playing experiences in different aspects of the music business.

For detailed admissions information, including AUDITION RECORDING REQUIREMENTS, go to the Apply Now page:

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Birch Creek Jazz – Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy, Birch Creek Jazz Ambassador, speaks on his experience with the Academy.

Faculty

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Jeff Campbell
Program Director & Academy Jazz Orchestra Director | Bass

Rochester, NY

2019 marks Jeff Campbell’s 31st year at Birch Creek and his 22nd as Jazz Program Director. Mr. Campbell is an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Campbell has carved out an impressive career as a bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Campbell has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu jazz festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. Additionally, he is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. Campbell has numerous CDs to his credit.

Website: Jeff Campbell

Larry Brown
Guitar

DeKalb, IL

Larry Brown Jr. is a guitarist who holds degrees from Southern Illinois University in Jazz Performance and from Northern Illinois University, with a Master’s in Jazz Studies. A Kennedy Center Jazz Ahead Alumni, Brown has toured nationally and internationally as a composer/arranger as well as a band leader. Brown has released two records of original compositions (There Can Only Be One –  2011; The Music & The Moment –  2015). He is a contributing writer to the book Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz – Volume 2.

Scott Burns
Alto Saxophone

Chicago, IL

Scott Burns is currently a faculty member at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, where his collective duties include jazz ensemble director, applied saxophone instructor, jazz combo coach, jazz history lecturer, and woodwind coordinator.  A native of Dayton, OH, Mr. Burns holds degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and DePaul University (M.M.).  As a leader of his own groups or as an in-demand sideman with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and many other projects, he is frequently heard performing in greater Chicago’s leading jazz venues. Scott has performed alongside several international jazz artists, including McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, David Hazeltine, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, and Harry Connick Jr.  His latest recording, Passages (Origin Records), features his original compositions and received critical acclaim across the nation.

Website: scottburnsjazz.com

Bob Chmel
Drums

Las Vegas, NV

Mr. Chmel graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in education and a M.A. in performance. Mr. Chmel was awarded Alumni of the Year by Kent State in 2003. He is currently performing with Frank Sinatra Jr., Jerry Lewis and Nevada Pops.  This is Mr. Chmel’s 28th year at Birch Creek.

José Encarnación
Jazz I Advanced Combo (Ambassadors) Director

Appleton, WI

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, José Encarnación currently is a faculty member at the Lawrence Conservatory of music where he coordinates the jazz performance program, leads jazz improvisation classes, jazz combos and teaches jazz saxophone. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Eastman School of Music where he served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone. Among many others, José has performed with Tito Puente, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Danilo Perez.

Website: José Encarnacion

Katie Ernst
Vocalist

Katie Ernst, Vocal Faculty, is a bassist, vocalist, and educator from Naperville, IL. She holds degrees in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied double bass under Jeff Campbell and James VanDemark. Ernst has performed at jazz festivals throughout the country, and has received critical acclaim for her latest recording project, Little Words. Ernst serves as director of the Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble in Wheaton, IL.

 

Lennie Foy
Trumpet

Lennie Foy, Trumpet Faculty a native of Winston-Salem, NC, is Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music and completed extensive post-graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Music. His trumpet teachers include Charles Gorham, Barbara Butler, Vincent DiMartino, Louis Davidson, and Stanley Friedman. His jazz instructors include David Baker and Rayburn Wright.

Tom Garling
Trombone

Chicago, IL

Tom Garling’s writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur, Michael Feinstein, Frank Mantooth, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Yestet, to name a few. He has been in high demand for the past 30 years as a performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity. Garling attended the Berklee School of Music and received his Master’s degree from the University of Miami, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging with an emphasis in studio jazz writing. He teaches both privately and in numerous institutions around the Chicago area (Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University) in the fields of jazz composition and arranging, jazz trombone, jazz theory and jazz improvisation. Garling performs with numerous jazz groups including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Chicago Yestet. 2019 is his 20th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.tomgarling.com

Audrey Morrison
Trombone

Chicago, IL

Audrey Morrison is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Music Institute of Chicago. She performs and teaches with the Ravinia Jazz Mentors, and plays with the jazz sextet, SHE, Ars Viva, and the Lake Forest Symphony. She teaches at Columbia College and North Park University. Morrison is a clinician for Conn-Selmer.

Website: Audrey Morrison

Jim Stombres
Jazz I Studio Band Director

St Charles, IL

2019 is Jim Strombres’ 31st season with Birch Creek. Stombres retired in 2015 after more than 30 years as director of bands in three suburban Chicago high schools, finishing his career at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois. He holds a diploma in sacred music from the Moody Bible Institute, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University, and a Master of Music Education degree from Northwestern University. He is active in the Illinois Music Educators Association and the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators. Under Stombres’ direction, the Naperville North Wind Ensemble performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and received the DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Wind Ensemble. Stombres is also a co-director of Birch Creek’s Adult Band Camp.

Doug Stone
Tenor Saxophone

Baton Rouge, LA

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, IL. Stone is a published arranger and composer and has a double master’s degree in jazz performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University.

Michael Stryker
Piano

Macomb, IL

Dr. Stryker is Associate Professor of Jazz Piano in the School of Music at Western Illinois University. Dr. Stryker’s doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music were completed fall of 2009 with the degree awarded spring of 2010. . Past degrees include a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 1985 and both the B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Performance from DePaul University in 1996. Previous teaching positions include Eastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Website: Michael Stryker

Joey Tartell
Trumpet

Bloomington, IN

Joey Tartell is Associate Professor of Music at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He is currently performing with Tromba Mundi, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. This is Tartell’s 22nd year at Birch Creek.

Website: joeytartell.com/

Gil Wukitsch
Jazz I Lab Band Director | Trombone

St Charles, IL

Gil Wukitsch has been teaching at St. Charles East High School since 1997, where he teaches Jazz Band, Wind Symphony and AP Music Theory. Along with his teaching duties, Gil serves as the Lead Teacher for Fine Arts, overseeing the Drama, Music and Visual Arts departments. Wukitsch has a degree in music education from DePaul University, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. While at DePaul, he was a member of the nationally recognized Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, and studied trumpet with Ross Beacraft and Bob Lark. Gil began attending Birch Creek as a student in 1989 and since then has been a member of the Academy Big Band as both a teaching assistant and faculty member, as well as serving as the Lab Band and Studio Band Director.

Jeff Campbell
Program Director & Academy Jazz Orchestra Director | Bass
Larry Brown
Guitar
Scott Burns
Alto Saxophone
Bob Chmel
Drums
José Encarnación
Jazz I Advanced Combo (Ambassadors) Director
Katie Ernst
Vocalist
Lennie Foy
Trumpet
Tom Garling
Trombone
Audrey Morrison
Trombone
Jim Stombres
Jazz I Studio Band Director
Doug Stone
Tenor Saxophone
Michael Stryker
Piano
Joey Tartell
Trumpet
Gil Wukitsch
Jazz I Lab Band Director | Trombone

Faculty subject to change.

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