Spring 2011
Featured Alumna: Monica Crowe Corbett
St. Charles, IL
Founder and Owner, B-Sharp Music for Children
Blue Lake affiliation: Camper, 1979-1981; International Band, 1981; Suzuki Family Camper
Major: Clarinet

Monica Crowe Corbett’s career trajectory proves that a flexible and open-minded person can find success and fulfillment in the arts in places they couldn’t have imagined.  Having studied keyboard instruments, violin, and clarinet, as well as composition, Monica majored in music and communication at the University of Michigan and began to prepare herself for a career in Arts Management.  After being selected for the prestigious American Symphony Orchestra League’s Management Fellowship Program, Monica worked in the field for several years until the birth of her first child.  Participating in early childhood music classes with her own children got her thinking about running similar classes herself.  In 2003, she was able to put these thoughts into action and B-Sharp Music for Children was the result.

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Performance Ensembles From Throughout Europe Slated To Appear In More Than 70 Michigan Communities

Twenty-one music, theater and dance ensembles from Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Denmark will visit more than 70 Michigan communities under the auspices of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange Program from June 18 - September 19, 2011.

While most tour locations have been confirmed for the visiting European ensembles, a few openings remain and Blue Lake is actively seeking individuals or organizations interested in hosting a group in their community. For more information, please contact Sandy Sheroky at (800) 221-3796, ext. 200, or email international@bluelake.org

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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp announces its inaugural Alumni Day

A special invitation is extended to past Blue Lake campers, staff and faculty for our inaugural Alumni Day. Scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2011, Alumni Day will provide the opportunity to renew old friendships, tour the camp’s new facilities, and show your support for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Preliminary plans include department showcases, open rehearsals, and an alumni reception in the original Marek dining hall. The day will culminate with a presentation of Brahms’ German Requiem at Stewart Shell by the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, International Choir, Staff Choir, and Alumni Choir.

Additional information and a complete schedule of Alumni Day events will be posted at www.bluelake.org/alumniday

Blue Lake Teams with EBay to Raise Funds

Blue Lake is now working with eBay’s Giving Works program to generate financial support for the summer camp scholarships and Blue Lake Public Radio. Giving Works allows Blue Lake supporters to list items for sale on eBay and donate 10 – 100% of the final price to the camp.  For instructions on registering an item for sale on eBay and benefiting Blue Lake, log on to www.bluelake.org/ebay

As a partner in the Giving Works program, we are also able to schedule our own eBay on-line auction.  Blue Lake’s third on-line auction will open on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, and will run until 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 20.  Items available for bidding include furniture, audio equipment, a stay at a Lake Michigan cottage, cameras, jewelry, a Weber grill, fine art, collectables, and first edition books. 

To place a bid, log on to: www.bluelake.org/ebay

For more information, log on to www.bluelake.org/auction or call the Blue Lake Development Office at (231) 894-1966 ext: 210
All proceeds will benefit Blue Lake Public Radio and the Blue Lake Scholarship Program.

Blue Lake Invites Interested Singers to Join 2011 Alumni Choir

It’s not too late to join Blue Lake’s 2011 Alumni Choir!

If you are a past Blue Lake camper, parent, donor or staff member, you are eligible for membership in this group.  The Alumni Choir will join the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra and International Choir under the direction of Dr. Carole Ott in a performance of Johannes Brahms's German Requiem on June 17, 2011, at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and on July 26, 2011, at the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.  In addition, the Alumni Choir, Staff Choir, and International Choir will join the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra for an encore performance of the German Requiem, conducted by Christoph von Kuczewski-Poray, on August 6, 2011, at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a part of our inaugural Alumni Day.

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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp receives scholarship grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Blue Lake has received a $5,000 grant from the Mary I. and David D. Hunting Family Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  The grant is to be used for financial-need scholarships for students from the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the wider Kent County area during the 2011 camp season.

The Hunting Family Fund was created in 2002 by the estate of Mary Ives Hunting to make the benefits of the overnight camping experience more readily available to the underserved children of Kent County.  Blue Lake’s grant comes from the Access Camps program of this fund, which will award grants of up to $5,000 each to camps that have significant numbers of participants from Kent County.

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