Photos left to right:  Charlotte Lukes, who named the Concertmaster Chair, with Renée-Paule Gauthier, 2019 Concertmaster, Symphony; Jackie and Steve Kane at the dedication of the The Jackie & Steve Kane Gazebo; Jane Berg, Legacy Circle member, with Rick Haydon, Jazz II Faculty, guitar; Alan and Virginia Eades, whose gifts named a scholarship in the Birch Creek Endowment, pictured with the 2019 scholarship recipient; Mary Moster, who contributed to Birch Creek as a concert sponsor, with Symphony students on the night of her sponsorship.

When you contribute to Birch Creek, your gift touches and often helps change the lives of promising young musicians. You may be inspired to give because music has personally graced your life and you want to pass the gift along. You may give to celebrate, honor, or memorialize the life of someone you love. You may give an annual gift or through a matching program with your employer. You may want to include a bequest in your will or a deferred gift in your estate planning.


We introduce you to the many ways your gifts can help Birch Creek remain strong.


The support of our donors helps us continue to fulfill our mission: to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

The Play It Forward Annual Fund, previously known as Birchfellows, is the organization’s annual fund used for operational expenses and is the fund that bridges the gap between tuition paid by families and the true cost of program delivery. Did you know that every student automatically receives $2,760 in reduced tuition because of your support to this annual fund?

Actual Cost of a Student’s Education: $4,860

Play It Forward Support: $2,760

Student/Family’s Cost: $2,100

We want to ensure that our tuition fees are affordable to most families by covering the gap between the cost of educating a Birch Creek student and the family’s out-of-pocket costs, while also raising additional tuition assistance dollars to help those for whom even our subsidized tuition is a challenge.


Leadership Circle: $10,000 and above

Director’s Circle: $2,500 to $9,999

Faculty Circle: $1,000 to $2,499

Encore: $250 to $999

Mentor’s Circle: $100 to $249

Bravo: $1 to $99



A Lifetime Of Music Begins With You

 2019 Endowment Report  2018 Endowment Report   2017 Endowment Report

2016 Endowment Report  2015 Endowment Report

The Birch Creek Endowment establishes a firm financial base that ensures the stability of Birch Creek, its educational programs for young musicians and concerts for the community long into the future.

The Endowment, managed by the Door County Community Foundation, consists of four funds:

1  Building for Tomorrow Fund – used for capital expenditures

2  Lifetime for Education Fund – supports essential educational components such as faculty salaries, musical instruments, library acquisitions and guest artist fees

3  Now and Forever Fund – supplements donations for day-to-day operations

4  Scholarships Forever Fund – partially underwrites student tuition through scholarships

A minimum gift of $5,000 is required to establish a sub-fund within one of these four Funds. The donor’s principal is not touched and new gifts may be added to increase its value at any time. Once a sub-fund reaches a principal value of $20,000, lasting naming rights become available and include the naming of faculty chairs, academic programs and buildings. Birch Creek will work with donors to reach a $5,000 minimum over time, and to help their sub-fund grow thereafter to attain naming rights benefits. A few options for giving could include the required minimum distribution from an IRA and gifts of stock. For information on setting up a sub-fund in the Birch Creek Endowment, please call Mona Christensen at Birch Creek: (920) 868-3763.

Smaller gifts in any amount are welcome at any time and are permanently placed in one of four General Funds of the Endowment as designated by the donor.



Support Birch Creek’s Campus

Over the last three years several exciting projects were initiated and completed that updated and stabilized the infrastructure of our campus. This effort required multiple grantors and donors to help us reach our goals. Their support helped us overcome infrastructure inefficiencies while continuing to provide a safe environment for our students and the public.

Projects include:

  • Rebuilding the barn’s North upper wall
  • New theater stage lighting in the concert barn
  • Upgrading electrical service and burying power lines
  • Bringing high speed internet to the property for business operations and instruction
  • Installing a campus master keying system
  • Purchase and installing a new generator
  • Renovate living quarters with a full bathroom in the upper granary
  • Measuring room acoustics and building acoustic bistro tables and window seats to enhance sound absorption in Juniper Hall
  • A new well to provide back up to a 50 year old well
  • Migration of all business operations to the Cloud
  • Redesign of the organization’s website
  • Provide the equipment and technology to Live Stream concert videos to parents

Your support is essential and critical! Become a part of keeping the magic alive in the barn and all over campus. Just choose Infrastructure Projects from the drop-down menu on our Donate page, or note infrastructure on your check. At any time, you may call at (920) 868-3763 for ways to help.

Then … wait for the changes to begin!



Guardians of the Future

  2019 Legacy Circle Program and Membership Book 

The Legacy Circle was created to help guarantee Birch Creek’s financial stability far into the future. A planned gift is a resource upon which Birch Creek can rely for years to come. Large and small, these gifts are vital to the success of Birch Creek’s future. Many donors have found that time spent considering what to give, as well as when and how to structure their contributions, can help them make more meaningful gifts while meeting personal planning goals as well.

“I have placed Birch Creek in my will.”

For more than fifteen years, Door County resident Charlotte Lukes has demonstrated her close involvement with –and commitment to – Birch Creek through estate planning that will continue her support of Birch Creek in the future.

Many Birch Creek donors utilize one or more of the following planning options:

  • Will Bequests
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
  • Retirement Packages
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Gifts of Real Estate

Please call Birch Creek at (920) 868-3763 for more information.



A Fund for Today. Tomorrow. Together.

Birch Creek Strong was the name of our “forward together” campaign to help us recover from unprecedented revenue shortfalls from closing the academy and cancelling concerts for the 2020 summer season. Hundreds of donors helped during these extraordinary times to insure that Birch Creek could make plans for a modified campus reopening in 2021, and continue the Birch Creek model for excellence in music education and performance stronger than ever.

Please click here to see the list of Birch Creek Strong donors from May 1 through December 31, 2020.

Music will again be in the air on the Birch Creek campus in 2021, with sounds that fill the night with musical stars and bring joy and promise for the future. We are forever grateful for your support.