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Music

Local musicians attend summer music academy

Jazz I Session members stand in front of Birch Creek’s century old concert barn in Egg Harbor, Wis. A dozen students from Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, South Elgin and Algonquin attended the Birch Creek Music Performance Center this summer.
Jazz I Session members stand in front of Birch Creek’s century old concert barn in Egg Harbor, Wis. A dozen students from Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, South Elgin and Algonquin attended the Birch Creek Music Performance Center this summer.

This summer, 12 students from Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, South Elgin and Algonquin attended the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wis.

The students were chosen among 189 students from around the country to attend three of the four sessions offered at the academy, whose mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians ages 12 to 19 by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Those who participated in the Symphony Session from July 3 to 16 were Angela Kein, a cellist from Geneva High School, and Ayumu Seiya, a violinist from Wredling Middle School.

Those who participated in Jazz and Big Band Session I from July 17 to 30 were Jimmy Farace on saxophone, who will be attending Indiana University in the fall; Arman Sangalang on saxophone, who will be attending Indiana University in the fall; Jim Atilano on trumpet from St. Charles East High School; Bailey Cates on trumpet from Kaneland High School; Andrew Egizio on trumpet, who will be attending DePaul University in the fall; Jack Feldsien on trumpet from St. Charles North High School; Drew Bryant on trombone from St. Charles East High School; Sam Schatz on trombone from St. Charles East High School; and Jack Macklin on guitar from St. Charles East High School.

Alexander Berkhout, who will be attending Marquette University in the fall, participated in the Jazz and Big Band Session II from July 31 to Aug. 13.

More information about 2016 concert events, the Birch Creek Academy and events this fall can be found at www.birchcreek.org/tickets.

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