Jazz II Academy Session: July 30 - August 12



About the Birch Creek Jazz II Program

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 II and Jazz I 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.

Areas of Study

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Instrumental Technique

Classes are given by master teachers three times per week and cover the fundamentals of effective playing skills and efficient practice.

Jazz Combo

Classes cover improvisation skills from basic to advanced. Performance opportunities
are provided.

Jazz Performance Workshops

Workshops incorporate music theory and improvisation into the Combo rehearsals
and use repertoire from the Combo as curricular material for study.

Large Ensembles

Directed by outstanding professional educators. Ensembles rehearse daily and perform regularly during the evening concerts. Audition required.

Advanced Student Combo

Made up of advanced students and serves as Birch Creek's ambassador to the community. It performs widely throughout Door County and is featured at numerous Birch Creek concerts. Audition required.

Seminars & Business Workshops

Provides role-playing experiences in different aspects of the music business.

For detailed admissions information, including AUDITION TAPE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUM AND SAXOPHONE APPLICANTS, go to the Admission Procedure page.

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Program Director and Academy Band Director: Jeffrey Campbell

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, Collegiate Instructor in Jazz Double Bass and Jazz Combo & Improvisation, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.

Lab Band Director: Steve Sveum

Mr. Sveum is the director of bands at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, Wis., where jazz ensembles under his direction have been selected eight times as finalists in the Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Essentially Ellington" national jazz competition, placing third three times. Mr. Sveum has been a faculty member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy and has worked as a clinician at festivals around the United States. He was also a 2014 recipient of the "Downbeat Magazine" Jazz Education Achievement award. This is Sveum's 15th season as a faculty member at Birch Creek.

Studio Band Director: Jim Stombres

Mr. Stombres is Band Director at St. Charles North High School in Illinois, and served as Director of Bands at Naperville North High School. 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 is active in the Illinois Music Educators Association and the Illinois Chapter of International Association of Jazz Educators. Under Mr. Stombres' direction, the Naperville North Wind Ensemble performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and received the DownBeat Award for Outstanding Wind Ensemble. Mr. Stombres returns to Birch Creek for his 28th year in 2016.

Advanced Combo (Ambassadors) Director: Marty Robinson

Dr. Robinson is Associate Professor of Jazz and Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-
Oshkosh, where he directs the jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history in addition to applied trumpet. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music, and Florida State University. Dr. Robinson has 80 published jazz compositions and arrangements to his credit.

View the full 2017 Jazz II faculty (Subject to change)


2017 guitar portion supported in part by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation

Birch Creek Music Performance Center Partners with The Les Paul Foundation