Student Life

During each two-week session, students live on Birch Creek's 40-acre rural campus in dormitory-style housing, with male and female students living in separate quarters. There are five live-in counselors (many of them musicians themselves) who oversee all student activities. Students, faculty, and counselors share meals in the campus' dining facility, as well as the opportunity to discuss all matters musical. piano practice
During morning and afternoon sessions, students train under the guidance of Birch Creek's faculty of music professionals, receiving individualized instruction, rehearsing in small and large ensembles, and participating in a variety of seminars and specialized classes. Most evenings feature public performances in the 500-seat Dutton Concert Barn, and students also appear in outreach concerts throughout Door County.


While study at Birch Creek is intense, there is free time. Volleyball, ping pong, chess games, and impromptu jam sessions are popular on-campus pursuits. Additionally, there are supervised trips to Door County's beaches, parks, and many unique shops and art galleries. There is also ample time for practice, and private lessons are available.