Blue Lake International Northern Winds
The 2015 Blue Lake Northern Winds, under the direction of Cynthia Swan-Eagen and Mike Eagen, is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional symphonic wind ensemble, with woodwind, brass and percussion sections. The group's repertoire will range from traditional American symphonic literature to orchestral transcriptions and classic marches.
The Blue Lake Northern Winds will typically visit 7 European communities during their 3 week tour and will usually visit at least one Scandinavian destination. Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on July 24, 2015.
2015 International Northern Winds
Cynthia Swan-Eaganis in her 34th year of teaching, her 32nd as the director of bands for the Manistee Area Public Schools, having graduated from Western Michigan University and VanderCook College of Music with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education. She received national recognition from Chamber Music America in 1992 for Outstanding Chamber Music Teaching, and has been cited by the Manistee Board of Education and the Manistee County Foundation for teaching excellence. She was named the Michigan Band Teacher of the Year for 2000 by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. She received Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music’s Music Education Leadership Award in December of 2006, Vandercook College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, and received Western Michigan University’s 2011 Pioneer Music Educator Award – the first non-faculty member of WMU to do so! She has served three terms as the Michigan President of the American School Band Director’s Association, culminating in being elected National Treasurer and National President of that organization. She has been a conductor with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since 1987, and has also done guest lecturing with Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University, the Michigan Music Conference, the MSBOA Survival Camp, Adjudicator Workshop, and Elementary Music Workshop.
Michael Eagan, currently in his 35th year in education, is a graduate of Georgia State University and in 1985, completed his Masters Degree at VanderCook College in Chicago. Mike began his career in Clayton County, Ga. and has since taught at the elementary, middle school, junior high, senior high and college level. For the past twenty years he has served as the director of bands in Benzie County, Michigan. Mike’s bands have presented invitational performances at the GMEA State Conference, the University of Georgia High School Music Clinic, the Midwestern Conference in Ann Arbor, MI, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. He has conducted honors bands in Michigan, Georgia, New York and Ohio and each summer, he conducts a band at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In 2000, Mike was named the “Outstanding Person in Education” for the Benzie County Schools and in 2007, he was selected as the statewide “Teacher of the Year” for Band in Michigan. In 2012, Mike was the conductor of the Georgia All State Band.