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P.O. Box 230, Egg Harbor, WI 54209  |920-868-3763

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Birch Creek is a residential summer music academy located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin. Students (ages 13-19) flourish in the natural rural setting of the beautiful 40-acre campus, highlighted by the historic Dutton Concert Barn. 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 I and Jazz II 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, who is the Chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department at the Eastman School of Music.

Faculty (Faculty are subject to change)

Program Director: Jeff Campbell
Band Directors: Gil Wukitsch, Katie Ernst, Phillip Crews, Marty Robinson
Saxophone: Scott Burns, Doug Stone, David Bixler, Todd Williams 
Trumpet: Joey Tartell, Russ Johnson, Tanya Darby, Clay Jenkins
Trombone: Tom Garling, Audrey Morrison, Clarence Hines, Steve Horne
Piano: Michael Stryker, Reggie Thomas
Guitar: Larry Brown, Rick Haydon
Bass: Jeff Campbell
Drums: Bob Chmel, Dennis Mackrel

Scholarships are available


Jazz I: July 17-30, 2022  |  Tuition$2,200
Jazz II: July 31-August 13, 2022 |  Tuition$2,200


June 19 – July 2, 2022 | Tuition $2,200
A two-week percussion intensive for students ages 13-19


June 3 – July 16, 2022 | Tuition $2,200
A two-week symphony intensive for students ages 13-19


Chapin Jazz Studio, 146 Center St, Suite #4, Grayslake, IL 60030                     



Since 2001 students in Northeastern Illinois have been learning to play jazz through the Grayslake Jazz Combo Workshop, or GJCW. Grayslake jazz musicians and educators Bill Chapin and Paul Nielsen began the program to provide instruction and playing opportunities for Grayslake youth and expanded the program in 2010 to include adults and students from all areas of Northeastern IL.


The workshop, open to musicians entering grade 7 through adult, organizes participants into jazz combos, complete with rhythm sections and horn players, where students advance their skills in performing and improvising over jazz tunes. Musicians who can read music and who want to advance their playing and improvisational skills are welcome to register. Past participants have played saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, vibes, guitar, bass, piano, voice, and drums; but one can improvise jazz on any instrument. Each jazz combo works on three jazz standards, including swing, Latin, jazz rock, and other jazz genres, learning how to begin and end, to improvise over chord changes, and to collaborate with other musicians. The workshop culminates when the combos perform at a public concert.

Workshop instructors are experienced jazz improvisers and jazz educators with a passion for sharing their love of this exciting form of American music. Workshop participants come from area middle and high schools, colleges, and “schools of life” (adults). In recent years, as many as 45 students, divided into six combos have comprised the workshop rosters.

Bill Chapin—piano and bass

Tim Barclay—alto and tenor sax

Paul Nielsen—bass, guitar, piano, and alto and tenor sax

Jon Rarick—trumpet and piano

Andre Rivera—trumpet, trombone, and guitar

Each GJCW combo session consists of five 90-minute combo rehearsals and a public concert. Students are also encouraged to schedule lessons with their instructor.

Session 1 ~ Weeks of June 5 and June 12

Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday Combo 7-8:30 pm
Tues June 7, Thur June 9, Sun June 12, Tues June 14, & Thur June 16
Concert: Friday, June 17, 7 pm

Monday-Wednesday-Friday Combo, 7-8:30
Mon June 6, Wed June 8, Fri June 10, Mon June 13, & Wed June 15

Concert: Friday, June 17, 7 pm


Session 2 ~ Weeks of June 19 and June 26

Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday Combo, 7:00-8:30 pm

Sun June 19, Tues June 21, Thurs June  23, Sun June 26, & Tues June 28

Concert: Thursday, June 30, 7 pm


Monday-Wednesday-Friday Combo, 7:00-8:30 pm

Mon June 20, Wed June 22, Fri June 24, Mon June 27, & Wed June 29

Concert: Thursday, June 30, 7 pm

Tuition: $195 if paid by May 20 ($225 after May 20)


878 Lyster Rd, Highwood, IL  |  847-926-9898



Chicago Jazz Workshop: 9:00am - 4:00pm / July 5-9, 2022

MYAC’s Chicago Jazz Workshop is a place for any young musician that loves jazz: beginners and advanced players are welcome!

Students are placed in jazz combos of five to eight students, where the focus is ensemble interaction, accompaniment, and improvisation through the study of jazz standards. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students gain a better understanding of how to control and manipulate the musical environment.

Any student entering 6th grade or above as of Fall 2022 is welcome. This includes advanced high school students and students that may be starting their journey as jazz musicians. The Chicago Jazz Workshop takes place at the picturesque and historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. Faculty include Quentin Coaxum, Drew Hansen, and Brent Griffin.


Evening Jazz Ensembles: 6:00-8:00 pm / June 27 - July 23, 2022

Evening Jazz Ensembles provide a fun, high-quality jazz experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicago area.

This program is a great way for students to keep up their jazz studies throughout the summer, and is perfect for students who are unable to attend a a full-day summer music camp. You can take a summer job, attend summer school, and still learn great repertoire and prepare to play concerts at various well-known venues!

Evening Jazz Ensembles take place at the picturesque and historic MYAC Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL. Faculty include Drew Hansen, Quentin Coaxum, and Brent Griffin.


802 1st Street, PO Box 315, Shell Lake, WI

The Shell Lake Arts Center is home to the longest running jazz camp in the nation! Experience the Northwoods, where you’ll find a sandy beach, many nature trails, a community of friendly neighbors and a flurry of artistic fun at the Shell Lake Arts Center. We provide a welcoming, positive and safe learning environment to nourish your artistry.


Study with the Pros!  You’ll perform jazz ensemble big band and jazz combo music under the guidance of our nationally recognized teaching-artist faculty. All levels of experience are accepted, from beginner to advanced. Students receive a personal private audition upon Sunday arrival, and are matched with others of the same level.  Whether you’re just starting your jazz experience or are an accomplished performer and passionate about continuing your studies, this camp is for you!

Camp rate is $675 with financial aid available.


Features of the camp include:

Daily Master Classes

Jazz Improvisation and Theory

Morning and Afternoon Rehearsals

Listening: Learning from the Masters

Jazz Ensemble and Small Group Performance Opportunities

Evening Faculty Performances

Free time each day: Practice, play games, relax or go to the beach!


Sessions and Dates

Trombone Workshop with Dr. Phil Ostrander
June 12-17, 2022

Adult Big Band
June 17-19, 2022

Jazz Ensemble & Combo

Week I: June 19-24, 2022

Week II: June 26-July 1, 2022

Jazz Improvisation and Combo: 
July 3-8, 2022

Trumpet Workshop with Robert Baca
July 24-29, 2022

Saxophone Workshop Director of Saxophone Jarrard Harris 
July 24-29

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