Winter 2008
Jennifer Reff Las Vegas, NV
Blue Lake affiliation: Camper, 1998; International Choir, 1999
Instrument:  Voice
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Once you get to know a little about Jennifer Reff, it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out what attracted the Las Vegas-based, Michigan-born singer and actress to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  As a trained singer, actor, and dancer, Jennifer could have chosen any one of those disciplines to major in when she attended Blue Lake in 1998.  She chose the Choral Program that year and auditioned for the International Choir during her session.  Her acceptance into that group meant that she toured France, Germany, and Denmark in 1999.  Jennifer’s twin sister, Marie, also a dancer, enrolled in the Dance Program in 1998 and traveled to Europe with the Ballet Ensemble in 1999.

Jennifer’s next big project is her first CD, entitled Portrait of a Lady.  The CD, to be released in the Winter 2008, plays to Jennifer’s strengths as a singer and blends a number of her strongest influences:  the music of Enya, Kate Bush, Evanescence, and Sarah Brightman; anthropology; the Victorian era; and classic literature.

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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Fritz Stansell receives
Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture
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Fritz Stansell, Founder and President of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, was honored with a 2007 Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture at the 22nd annual gala awards ceremony at the Detroit Institute of the Arts on Thursday evening, November 29, 2007.

Stansell’s award came in the Non-profit Arts/Cultural Leader category and recognized his more than 40 years of service to the children of Michigan in his leadership role at Blue Lake, an international center for arts education.

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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Festival Band
to perform at 3rd Annual
Michigan Music Conference
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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Festival Band has been selected to perform at the 3rd Annual Michigan Music Conference.  The conference will be held January 24-26, 2008, in Grand Rapids.  The Festival Band will perform at DeVos Performance Hall on Friday evening, January 25, 2008, at 7:30 pm.

For this performance, the Festival Band will be directed by three of its long-standing conductors:  Kent Krive, Carl Bjerregaard, and Donald Flickinger.

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In other Blue Lake news. . . .
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New Yahoo! Group created for Camper Alumni

Former camper, Jacki Halm (BLFAC 1974), has started a group for camper alumni.  Jacki's description of the group is that it is "[f]or any alumni camper that attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and wants to re-connect with other campers."

Former camper Brian Logan to be featured on NPR’s From the Top

Brian Logan, a euphoniumist from Tallahassee, Florida, will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of National Public Radio’s From the Top. 

Logan attended Blue Lake in 2004 and was a member of the 2005 International Southern Winds, under the direction of Dan Root.

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