Regina Dominican Student Attended Prestigious Summer Music Academy
Article from Chicago Tribune July 17, 2017
Gillian King, a talented young musician from Lake Forest, Illinois spent the past two weeks in Door County, Wisconsin, studying at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. King is a student at Regina Dominican High School. She was among 61 other musicians from throughout the country to attend the Symphony 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 Symphony session performed seven concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying concertgoers.
Ricardo Castañeda is the Program Director of the Symphony program. 2017 marks his 20th year on faculty at Birch Creek, and 16th year as Program Director. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music performance from Northwestern University. Castañeda is currently Principal Oboist with the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta, and solo English Horn with The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.
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.