Edwardsville student attended two-week summer music camp

Collin Yablonsky, a young musician from Edwardsville, recently spent two weeks in Door County, Wisconsin studying at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center.

Yablonsky, a student at Metro-East Lutheran High School, plays guitar and was among 36 other musicians from across the country to attend a Jazz II session at the prestigious academy, whose unique mission is to provide intensive instruction. performance-based to promising students. young musicians by immersing them in a professional mentoring environment.

Birch Creek turns 47e concert season in 2022 and continues to support a student-faculty ratio of approximately 2:1. This provides students with an abundance of personal attention from their mentor teachers, who represent the best music teachers and performers from everywhere in the country.

Students have the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn first-hand all aspects of life as professional musicians. During their two-week residency this summer, the Jazz II session students performed eight concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying spectators.

Jeff Campbell is the program manager for the Jazz I and II programs. Campbell is Professor and Director of Jazz and Contemporary Media Studies 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 with Harold Danko and appeared on McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. Campbell is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s bass section and has numerous CDs to his credit. This year marks Campbell’s 34th birthdaye year at Birch Creek and its 26e year as director of the jazz program.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor is a residential summer music academy for advanced young musicians. With an emphasis on performance, students are taught by nationally renowned artists and educators during the day and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Four sessions focus on percussion and steel band, symphony and big band jazz.

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