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Birch Creek Adult Band Camp

15 August, 2019 to 18 August, 2019
Door County's own adult band camp at Birch Creek
Final Concert in the Dutton Performance Barn

August 15 - 18, 2019
Music. Learning. Escape.

Experience the joy of learning and enhancing your music performance skills in the supportive, encouraging, and peaceful environment at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, WI. Known nationally and internationally for its summer music academy for aspiring young musicians, the Adult Band Camp at Birch Creek will branch out to serve the music performance desires of the adult learner. With a full daily schedule of full band warm-ups, rehearsals, sectionals and masterclasses and ensembles, you will refine your music performance skills and still have time to enjoy the allure of quintessential Door County in late afternoon into the evenings. Study and perform music by day, and explore the County by taking in a show, concert or nature by night. Have the time of your life enjoying the best of both worlds at Birch Creek! In addition if you are a member of New Horizons International Music Association you are eligible for a discounted registration.


Adult musicians of intermediate or medium skill level or higher are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted first come, first served. Audition assessments will take place for part rotation assignments. This will include major scales, sight reading, and an optional short prepared selection. This non-competitive program will foster skill-building and performance opportunities for the intermediate/medium level musician. Community band members and band directors are encouraged to apply.

Graduate Credit Option!  If you are a teacher seeking graduate credit, VanderCook College of Music will be offering 3 graduate credits for a blended course entitled "Best Practices from the Podium." Contact if you are interested. See attached Course Description. To maintain the dynamic of the Adult Band Camp, the credit option will be available to only 20 percent of attendees.


Online Applications

Enrollment is limited to maintain a healthy balance in the band. Wait lists will be maintained. Register by clicking the image link below. If not technologically accessible, please download the pdf application and send it in with your deposit/roomfee if applicable. You will receive confirmation materials upon receipt of payment. For general questions or to register, contact Michelle at 920-868-3763 or email


Online ApplicationPrintable PDFVanderCook College of Music - Course Description


Schedule and General Information

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is located in the heart of Door County, about an hour north of Green Bay, WI, in the ‘thumb’ of Wisconsin. The campus is situated on 40 acres of property, where performances will be held in a century-old performance barn. For more information about Birch Creek see our website:

Check-in begins at 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 15, 2019 followed by auditions/interviews, lunch, orientation and the first class session on Thursday afternoon.

Each day begins with 8:00 AM breakfast followed by Warm-Up from 9:00-9:30 AM. Classes continue through the morning and afternoon, with appropriate breaks for meals, rehearsals, etc. Camp concludes with a final performance in the Dutton Performance Barn on Sunday, August 18, 2019. Participants may depart on the final day following the 2:00 PM concert, or choose to stay one more night, if staying onsite. Upon registration, you will be given a complete Daily Schedule for the four days of Adult Band Camp.


$300 (which includes instruction, breakfast and lunch for duration of session). All applications must be accompanied by a $75 non-refundable registration fee, which is applied to the basic fee. Balance of the fee must be paid by July 17, 2019. If written notice to withdraw arrives by August 1, 2019, all payments made, less the $75 deposit, will be considered for refund. Early registration is recommended.


Limited housing is available on campus in hotel-style rooms located in our faculty dorm building and in student dorms (bunk-style). Rates for faculty housing rooms are $80 per night; bunk style beds are available for $30 per night. All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Spouses may stay onsite.

For participants who choose to stay offsite, you are advised to search for rooms/camp sites in Door County. Accommodations for participants are available at We strongly recommend early reservations as Door County is a very popular tourism destination in the summer, especially on the weekends.


Continental breakfasts and lunches are provided in the fee. Participants dine with Birch Creek instructional faculty in the campus dining room. Spouses of camp
particpants may purchase a meal package for a $50 fee. Dinners are on your own, off-site. Door County offers a plethora of dining options, from very affordable to high end culinary experiences, many within a short driving distance from the campus.

Instructional Facilities

Participants will study, perform and learn in a number of campus rooms. Birch Creek offers an array of practice rooms, classrooms, lounges and the Dutton Performance Barn. For more campus information, visit

Camp Policies

Birch Creek is a 501 c(3) with a mission to provide performance-based instruction to promising young musicians. Camp policies are in place to protect the health and well-being of all stakeholders, including adults and the public, and to protect Birch Creek property. Birch Creek is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, drug-free environment. Weapons and pets are not allowed.

Camp Co-Directors

Jim Stombres, Mr. Stombres is recently retired from St. Charles North High school after 37 years. Mr. Stombres holds a diploma in sacred music from the Moody Bible Institute, a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois State University, and Master of Music Education Degree from Northwestern University. He continues to be active in the Illinois Music Educators Association, has served as all-state Jazz Audition Chairman for the last 24 years, and conducted the 1999 All-State Jazz Band. Mr. Stombres has traveled with his high school jazz ensembles to Germany in 1997, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2014 with colleague, John Wojciechowski. Their bands were also selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in 2006 and 2011.jim


Steve Sveum,has been teaching in the Sun Prairie Area School District since 1985. In that time his Wind Ensemble has performed extensively at State and National music conventions as well sharing concerts with University Wind Ensembles. The band has performed a concert of Frank Ticheli’s music with Mr. Ticheli conducting as well as premiering several works of other composers. The Wind Ensemble also hosts a composer in residence program that has included David Maslanka, Jack Stamp, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Michael Markowski, Richard Saucedo and Michael Daugherty among others. Mr. Sveum has been awarded the Madison Area Music Award “Music Teacher of the Year Award” and the Sun Prairie Exchange Club “Outstanding Community Educator” award as well as the Downbeat Magazine Jazz Education “Achievement Award”.steve


Charles "Chip" Staley, recently retired after 35 years of teaching. A National Board Certified Teacher with degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois, Staley continues to be a tireless advocate for music education. Staley founded ARTSpeaks, a grassroots organization dedicated to cementing the role of music as an essential component of a comprehensive education Staley also founded the Music and Memory Program for Metropolitan Family Services in DuPage. Staley is the recipient of the ASBDA Distinguished Band Director Award, the ILMEA Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the CYSO Music Inspiration Award, the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor and the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award