There’s magic in the music at Birch Creek Music Performance Center! Birch Creek is a summer music academy providing world-class education and performance opportunities for advanced musicians. Birch Creek’s mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.
Birch Creek is a proud supporter of the WSMA Solo and Ensemble competitions that are currently taking place in our local Door and Kewaunee counties. At this time many of our young music students are working hard preparing to perform before judges who are on hand not only to critique the students’ work but to provide invaluable feedback on the their performances.
The purpose of the solo and/or ensemble competition is to improve students’ music performance through assessment, increase students’ understanding of music literature and music concepts, motivate students to continue their study of music, establish standards of excellence in music performance, and to provide opportunities for students to understand the relationship of music experiences to other life experiences.
Solo/Ensemble competitions give all students a chance to shine. One Solo/Ensemble judge states, “Solo and Ensemble contests were designed to give all students performing experience, not just the first-chair or college-bound musicians. And while not every group will earn a Superior, the potential to do so is certainly there. Unlike an audition, Solo and Ensemble judges rate performances according to each entrant's ability level, not in comparison to other groups. A single mistake or wrong note does not immediately eliminate a performer from the contest; in fact, the way students handle these mishaps sometimes impresses judges more than a note-perfect performance that lacks emotion.”
Birch Creek would like to congratulate all the students who performed in yesterday’s WSMA Solo/Ensemble competition in Algoma and we would like to send our best wishes to those Door county students who will be competing at Gibraltar High School on February 23. We would also like to thank all of the music teachers, directors, adjudicators, private teachers and volunteers who work so hard to help make this very special event successful each year.