Local Musician Attends Prestigious Summer Music Academy in Door County

Calista Kopulos at Symphony Concert July 2021
Calista Kopulos at Symphony Concert July 2021.

Calista Kopulos, a talented young musician from Arlington Heights, IL, spent the past two weeks in Door County, Wisconsin studying at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Kopulos, a student at Rolling Meadows High School, was among 31 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 46th concert season in 2021 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. 2021 marks his 24nd year on faculty at Birch Creek, and 21st 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 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. Four sessions focus on Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony, and Big Band Jazz. 2019 concert and session dates are posted at www.birchcreek.org/tickets

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