Local Musician Attends Prestigious Summer Music Academy

  • Alejandro Salazar at Birch Creek Music Performance Center's Jazz I Session.Maggie Voss

    Alejandro Salazar at Birch Creek Music Performance Center's Jazz I Session.Maggie Voss

 
 
Updated 8/15/2017 4:22 PM

Egg Harbor, WI -- Alejandro Salazar, a talented young musician from Addison, Illinois spent two weeks in Door County, Wisconsin, studying at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Salazar is a student at Addison Trail High School. He was among 56 other musicians from throughout the country to attend the Jazz I session at this prestigious academy whose unique mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Birch Creek celebrates its 42nd concert season in 2017 and continues to support a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 2:1. This provides students with an abundance of personal attention from their faculty mentors, who represent top music educators and performers from around the country. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand all the aspects of life as a professional musician. During their two-week residency this summer, students attending the Jazz I session performed ten concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying concertgoers.

 

Jeff Campbell is the Program Director of the Jazz I & II program. Campbell is Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertonchini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland's Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. Campbell is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section, and has numerous CDs to his credit.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI, is a residential summer music academy for advanced young musicians. With a performance emphasis, students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz. 2017 concert and session dates are posted at www.birchcreek.org/tickets.

2017 Fall Concert Series

Talk of the Town: September 2

Ted Yoder-Viral Sensation: September 16

Scott Burns Quintet: September 30

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: October 14

Christmas Around the World: December 2

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