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Birch Creek Reflects Upon Its Rich History


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.

The full-time staff at Birch Creek is busy preparing for its 38th concert season and during this “quiet time on campus” it is comforting to reflect on the strong history behind Birch Creek. By now, many local community members have heard the tagline Birch Creek… a Door County treasure since 1976 – but did you know that in the year 2000, Birch Creek’s 25th concert season, Birch Creek Music Performance Center was named one of Door County Historical Society’s 10 most historic sites?

The Tischler Farm, now Birch Creek Music Performance Center, located 3 miles east of Egg Harbor on Hwy E, was built in 1883 by the Tischler family, who emigrated from Germany to Door County. The present farmhouse and granary are remnants of the Tischler pioneer farmstead.

The current Birch Creek Dutton concert barn is an example of two styles of vernacular architecture. The older section is a New England-style barn, and the newer half of the structure is a gambrel-roof barn.

The Tischler farmstead was purchased by James and Frances Dutton in 1975. The Duttons then turned it into a summer music academy that continues to thrive and operate on the site today.

Birch Creek has evolved into a year-round facility with its addition of the rehearsal center in 2008. But the site continues to portray the charm of yesteryear that has captured the hearts of so many. We welcome you to come visit us, take a tour and experience the hidden gem that is Birch Creek before the summer buzz begins!


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