This summer, two talented students from Sturgeon Bay spent two weeks studying at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Nalani Bicoy and Isabella Dippel, both from Sturgeon Bay High School, were among 56 other musicians from throughout the country to attend the Jazz I session at this prestigious academy whose unique mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.
Birch Creek celebrates its 42nd concert season in 2017 and continues to support a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 2:1. This provides students with an abundance of personal attention from their faculty mentors, who represent top music educators and performers from around the country. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand all the aspects of life as a professional musician. During their two-week residency this summer, students attending the Jazz I session performed ten concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying concertgoers.
Jeff Campbell is the program director of the Jazz I & II program. Campbell is Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertonchini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. Campbell is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section, and has numerous CDs to his credit. For more information visit birchcreek.org/tickets.