Birch Creek

Performance Center, Inc.

P.O. Box 230

Egg Harbor, WI 54209


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Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camp

Birch Creek is a residential summer music academy located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin. Students (ages 13-19) flourish in the natural rural setting of the beautiful 40-acre campus, highlighted by the historic Dutton Concert Barn. 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, who is the Chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department at the Eastman School of Music.

Instructors (Instructors are subject to change)


Program Director: Jeff Campbell
Band Directors: José Encarnación, Nic Meyer, Jim Stombres, Steve Sveum, Gil Wukitsch
Saxophone: David Bixler, Scott Burns, Mike Lee, Todd Williams
Trumpet: Tanya Darby, Lennie Foy, Clay Jenkins, Joey Tartell
Trombone: Tom Garling, Clarence Hines, Steve Horne, Audrey Morrison
Piano: Adaron Jackson, Michael Stryker, Reggie Thomas
Guitar: Larry Brown, Rick Haydon
Bass: Jeff Campbell
Drums: Bob Chmel, Dennis Mackrel


Sessions and Dates:
Jazz I: July 12-25
Jazz II: July 26-August 8

Senior Track | June 14 – 27, 2020
A two-week Percussion Intensive for Students Ages 14-19


Junior Track | June 14 – 20, 2020
A one-week Percussion Experience for Students Ages 13-15


Daily Schedule

Warm up
Big Band rehearsal
Theory class/combo rehearsal

Master classes/Seminars/Technique classes/Sectionals
Lesson/Practice time
Free time

Big Band Rehearsal or Performance Jam Session


Tuition:  $2,100 includes tuition, room and board
Room & Board: Residency required
Scholarships are available.


Room & Board: Residency required



The Chicago Academy

For the Arts

1010 West Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL, 60642


Summer Music Program

June 24-29, 2019

For current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Spend a week with some of Chicago's top music educators!"

Do you know a young musician?


Register for the Chicago Academy for the Arts 2018 Summer Music Program and spend a week with some of the top professional performers and teachers in Chicago!


Each morning you will be immersed in theory and ear training, music history, and composition, where you’ll create your own completely original musical score. In the afternoon, you’ll learn classical and jazz repertoire with your fellow musicians in a group setting, and perform what you’ve rehearsed along the way in our jazz combos and classical chamber ensembles. Singers will participate in our Vocal Performance class, which focuses on both classical and jazz singing, including individual private lessons and instruction on how to sing with/lead a jazz band. At the end of our session you will participate in a professional-level performance showcasing what you’ve learned and accomplished. This is a chance to grow your passion for classical, jazz, and new music!

More about The Chicago Academy for the Arts:

Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Chicago Academy for the Arts is the nation’s premier performing and visual arts high school. Academy students engage in a unique co-curricular program: rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes and professional-level arts training in the context of an unparalleled school culture. The school day consists of six 45-minute periods followed by a three-plus hour immersion in one of six arts disciplines: Dance, Media Arts (filmmaking, animation, and creative writing), Music (classical and jazz performance and composition), Musical Theatre, Theatre and Visual Arts. At The Chicago Academy for the Arts, young artists master the skills necessary for academic success, critical thought, and creative expression.

Quick Facts

• The Academy is among the top-ranked private schools and is the #1 arts high school in Illinois (Niche, 2018).


• The 39 students comprising the Class of 2018 collectively earned over $10 million in college scholarships, and are currently attending the best colleges, universities, and conservatories in the world, including Juilliard, Stanford, and Princeton. 


• Over 70% of our college acceptances in 2010-2018 were institutions ranked in the "Top 300 Colleges and Universities in America" (Forbes).


• Students participate in more than 100 productions throughout the course of the school year, including concerts, plays, readings, screenings, recordings, and exhibitions.


• Academy students routinely outperform their peers in standardized testing. In the 2017-2018 school year, Academy students scored an ACT Composite average of 25.9, 25% higher than the national average.


• Academy students demonstrate high readiness for college (as demonstrated on the ACT exam), eclipsing national “college readiness” averages in every category. In 2017-2018, the percentage of Academy students meeting all four college readiness benchmarks was 104% high than the national average. Read more about academics at The Academy here.


• 50% of Academy students commute from outside of the City of Chicago.


• About 2/3 of Academy graduates go on to careers in the arts, while 1/3 pursue the sciences, the humanities, business, and more.

Midwest Young Artists

Fort Sheridan
878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL.
(847) 926 - 9898


Chicago Jazz Workshop

June 24-28, 2019


MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is open to students entering

6th grade or above as of Fall 2018.

Students should have a solid background in music

and be taking private lessons.

This camp is a great opportunity for beginning jazz students!

2018 Summer Jazz Workshop Live Performance

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory's Chicago Jazz Workshop is designed with the aspiring creative jazz musician in mind. Students are placed in jazz combos of five to eight students, where the focus is ensemble interaction, accompaniment, and improvisation through the study of jazz standards. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students gain a better understanding of how to control and manipulate their musical environment.

This is a great learning opportunity for beginning jazz students!

Evening Jazz Ensemble

July 1 - July 20, 2019 (Monday & Wednesday nights)


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory offers Evening Jazz Ensembles as a fun, high quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicago area. The program is a great way for students to keep up their jazz studies throughout the summer, and it's perfect for students who are too busy during the day for a full-time summer music camp; you can work or go to summer school and still learn great repertoire and prepare to play concerts at various well-known venues!


Chicago Jazz Workshop

June 24 - June 28, 2019


Midwest Young Artists' Chicago Jazz Workshop is designed with the aspiring creative jazz musician in mind. Students are placed in jazz combos of five to eight students, where the focus is ensemble interaction, accompaniment, and improvisation through the study of jazz standards. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students gain a better understanding of how to control and manipulate their musical environment.












































Shell Lake Arts Center

The Shell Lake Arts Center is home to the longest running jazz camp in the nation! Experience the Northwoods, where you’ll find a sandy beach, many nature trails, a community of friendly neighbors and a flurry of artistic fun at the Shell Lake Arts Center. We provide a welcoming, positive and safe learning environment to nourish your artistry.


Study with the Pros!  You’ll perform jazz ensemble big band and jazz combo music under the guidance of our nationally recognized teaching-artist faculty. All levels of experience are accepted, from beginner to advanced. Students receive a personal private audition upon Sunday arrival, and are matched with others of the same level.  Whether you’re just starting your jazz experience or are an accomplished performer and passionate about continuing your studies, this camp is for you!


Features of the camp include:

Daily Master Classes

Jazz Improvisation and Theory

Morning and Afternoon Rehearsals

Listening: Learning from the Masters

Jazz Ensemble and Small Group Performance Opportunities

Evening Faculty Performances

Free time each day: Practice, play games, relax or go to the beach!


Sessions and Dates

Jazz Ensemble & Combo

with Gordon Goodwin Masterclass

Week I: June 21-26

Week II: June 28-July 3


Jazz Improvisation & Combo

July 5 - 10

Tuition: $650—Includes Room & Board

Applications accepted until the class is full.

Shell Lake Arts Center

802 1st Street
PO Box 315
Shell Lake, Wisconsin