Jazz II Academy Session

July 27 - August 9, 2014

Jazz II concert

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

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.


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: Nic Meyer

Mr. Meyer is Director of Jazz Ensembles at New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill. He previously served for six years as Jazz Program Director at Midwest Young Artists. Mr. Meyer holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from De Paul University, Chicago, and Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He maintains a small studio where he is a dedicated private saxophone instructor of advanced high school jazz saxoponists.

Studio Band Director: Steve Sveum

Mr. Sveum teaches instrumental music at Sun Prairie High School (Wisconsin) where the jazz ensembles under his direction have repeatedly been selected as finalists in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington jazz competitions. Mr. Sveum is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician at festivals throughout the United States.

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.


2013 guitar portion supported in part by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation

Birch Creek Music Performance Center Partners With The Les Paul Foundation