Birch Creek Adds Vocal Jazz to Curriculum

Janice Borla

The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp is joining Birch Creek’s 2014 concert season. This marks the first time in Birch Creek’s history that a vocal curriculum has been offered to students. Birch Creek Presents the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp will add a ninth week to the schedule that already covers Percussion and Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz sessions.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring another phenomenal music education opportunity to Birch Creek and our students,” says Birch Creek Executive Director Alan Kopischke. “The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp is an outstanding session with world-class faculty, and their music education goals and philosophy align with ours. This is an ideal partnership, providing a complement to our instrumental programs that allows more students to grow and learn at Birch Creek. I think our students and audiences will be delighted.”

Now in its 26th year, the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp provides a unique educational experience for aspiring jazz vocalists in an intensified, one-week course of study and skills development conducted by a faculty of professional performing and recording artists. The camp’s international reputation draws students from all parts of the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Asia.

In addition to Borla and the vocal faculty artists Madeline Eastman and Kate McGarry, instrumental camp staff include trumpeter Art Davis, vibraphonist Brad Stirtz, and the Dan Haerle Trio, composed of pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse.

Four evening public concerts featuring the camp faculty artists will run Aug. 12 – 15, with a fifth concert on Aug. 16, showcasing all camp participants performing with the faculty rhythm section.

The camp is open to participants age 13 through adult. The fee for tuition, housing and meals is $1,000. For more information visit