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Editorial Comment - Birch Creek A Resource Worth Experiencing

The 37th season of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center is one of the riches of Door County well worth experiencing.

Birch Creek is different than most summer music programs on several counts.  A student-to-faculty ratio of two-to-one creates unique mentoring opportunities for young musicians.  Two hundred students  perform, forge relationships and experience the affirmation and applause of appreciative audiences during four two-week sessions each summer.

Birch Creek’s value to Door County is economic, cultural and educational.  The 500-seat Dutton concert barn brings tourists and year-round residents to Egg Harbor, to say nothing of the contributions of 300 faculty and students.  The caliber of performances rivals those found in major markets.  And Birch Creek’s educational mission takes music into area schools with impressive programs that engage and enlighten.  The Birch Creek scholarship program impressively makes possible learning a love of music for almost 40% of the student body. 

Door County is blessed with visionaries who created Birch Creek 37 years ago and philanthropists who support it today.

Opportunities to sustain this impressive, rich resource include attending a concert, donating to the scholarship fund, sponsoring a bench on campus and giving to the annual operating fund.

Birch Creek is too rich a resource to be under-appreciated or under-attended.

That’s my opinion. I’d like to hear yours.  I’m Roger Utnehmer.

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