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Birch Creek Announces 2014 Summer Concert Dates

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Birch Creek Music Performance Center is celebrating their 39th concert season with a few tweaks to their format, and a major announcement.  First, as promised, the announcement (steel drum roll please….):

Birch Creek Music Performance Center has announced that the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp is joining Birch Creek’s 2014 concert season. This marks the first time in Birch Creek’s history that a vocal curriculum has been offered to students.  

Now in its 26th year, the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp provides a unique educational experience for aspiring jazz vocalists in an intensified, one-week course of study and skills development conducted by a faculty of professional performing and recording artists. The camp’s international reputation draws students from all parts of the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Asia.  A recognized pioneer in vocal jazz education, Borla established the vocal jazz program at Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Canada, and is currently director of vocal jazz at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.  

Four evening public concerts featuring the camp faculty artists will run Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 12 – 15, with a fifth concert on Saturday, Aug. 16, showcasing all camp participants performing with the faculty rhythm section.

The camp is open to participants age 13 through adult. For further information regarding Birch Creek Presents the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, visit www.birchcreek.org

For those who have not had the pleasure of attending a concert, Birch Creek’s beautiful campus is located three miles east of Egg Harbor on County Hwy E.  

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If you are completely new to Birch Creek, it is a summer music school where talented young musicians, typically from the ages of 14 to 19, come for two weeks of intensive, performance-based instruction.  The school immerses its students in a professional, mentoring environment with a talented group of professional musicians and educators.  The students then have the opportunity to perform prior to, and alongside their teachers in concerts throughout the summer in four areas of focus. 

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In 2014, the concert sessions will be switched from their historical arrangements. This year, they are arranged with Percussion & Steel Band first, followed by Symphony and Big Band Jazz, and then the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp.
 
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August 12-16.

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While all of the concerts are fantastic, I am personally a huge fan of the percussion shows.  The concerts are much more than drumming and include other instruments such as djembes, congas, shakers, cowbells, marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, chimes, glockenspiels, and piano. Concert-goers can even get a bird’s-eye view of Steel Band Director Liam Teague’s astonishingly fast hands via the “pan cam” when he plays the steel drum.
 
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Ticket prices this year at Birch Creek are $29 Adult, $10 Student, and $6 Child (11 and under). For the first time, they are now are offering reserved seating at $34 each for all seats. Group rates (20-person minimum) are available, as well: $27 Adult, $10 Youth, $6 Child.
 
For a full list of Birch Creek’s Concerts for the 2014 season, click here:
 
 

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