Egg Harbor, Wis. (May 16, 2022) – Birch Creek Music Performance Center, nationally known for its summer music academy for advanced student high school musicians, is again offering programming this summer to include two music programs for adults: Wind Ensemble Retreat (formerly Adult Band Camp) (August 16-19) and Chamber Music Retreat (August 22-25).
“Great facility, terrific instructors, and staff!” said Bob Gellman, 2021 Adult Band Camp student. “Good opportunity to continue playing with an ensemble while we’re up here in Door County,” he added. Now called Wind Ensemble Retreat, the program is being offered for the fifth time this summer and has attracted adult musicians from 8 different states. Past attendees are community band members, band teachers and other active amateur players; all enjoy the love of music-making and the retreat setting at Birch Creek. Co-directors are Charles (Chip) Staley and Birch Creek’s Jazz Band Directors, Jim Stombres and Steve Sveum. Active instrumentalists are encouraged to apply, as there is still availability in most band sections.
The Chamber Music Retreat, offered for the third time at Birch Creek, is accepting applications from adult musicians of intermediate playing ability and higher. Ricardo Castañeda, program director for Birch Creek’s Symphony Session along with assistant coordinator, Elizabeth York, faculty violinist. Designed for wind, string and piano ensembles, adult musicians will study with faculty/performing artists Monday through Thursday.
Onsite dorm housing is available on a first come, first served, basis for both programs. Each program culminates with a free, public concert performance. The Wind Ensemble Retreat concert takes place on Friday, August 19 at 2:00 PM in the Dutton Concert Barn. Chamber Music Retreat musicians will perform in Juniper Hall on Thursday, August 25 at 2:00 PM. Visit BirchCreek.org/Adult-Programs or scan the QR code for in-depth faculty bios, registration information, housing, instruction and more.