Summer 2014

Featured Alumni Banner (062010).JPGFeatured Alumna: Ann Crosset, Artistic Director, Royal Danish Ballet School Company B

Currently Resides: Copenhagen, Denmark 

Blue Lake Affiliation: 1968 Summer Camp and 1969 International Program

An award winning graduate of The Julliard School of Performing Arts, dancer, choreographer, director and educator, Ann Crosset has created more than 100 works for dance, film, theater and opera. Respected worldwide for her contributions to dance education, she currently serves as Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet School's children's company, known as Company B.

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Blue Lake presents world premieres of two works during 2014 Summer Arts Festival

Premieres of two important works will be given during the 2014 Summer Arts Festival.  Dr James Niblock’s Violin Concerto will be given its first performance on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., in Stewart Shell.  Walther Verdehr will be the violin soloist.  The Blue Lake Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Raphael Jiménez.  On Sunday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Myron Welch and the Blue Lake Festival Band will present the premiere of Dr. Timothy Mahr’s by blue lake, listening, dreaming.

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Highlights of Blue Lake’s 2014 Summer Arts Festival

The 2014 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Summer Arts Festival Season will open with the presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Coronation Mass.  The performance will take place in William Stewart Memorial Shell on Friday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m.  The Blue Lake International Choir, Alumni Choir, and International Youth Symphony Orchestra will be led by Michael Klaue.  The soloists will be soprano Sabrina Laney Warren, mezzo Sarah Kennedy, tenor Zachary Vanderburg, and baritone Jared Levin.  A second Blue Lake performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be offered as the culmination of the camp’s fourth Alumni Day, to be held Saturday, August 2, 2014.  The concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Shell, will feature the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and Staff Choir, in addition to the International and Alumni Choirs.  Michael Klaue will again be the conductor for this performance.

Violinist Walter Verdehr will return to Blue Lake during the 2014 season for two recitals at the Rose Theater.  The first will take place on Sunday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Verdehr will be joined by cellists Carl Donakowski and Tanya Ell, as well as Blue Lake faculty members Igor Kalnin, violin, and Roman Kosarev, viola.  The recital will feature Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2.  On Sunday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Verdehr’s collaborators will be violinists Stephan Picard and Fangye Sun, cellist Daniel Tressel, and harpist Chen-Yu Huang.  Works by Archangelo Corelli, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sergei Prokofiev, Franz Schubert, and Pablo de Sarasate will be performed.  At both recitals, selections from the works of William Shakespeare will be recited by Ken Beachler.  In the case of rain, the recitals will be held in Blodgett Recital Hall.

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A New Health Lodge for Blue Lake

Fundraising efforts for the new Blue Lake Health Lodge are continuing, with hopes to break ground within the next three years. Original plans to start construction in the Fall of 2014 have been temporarily delayed due to significant damage this past winter to several of the camps buildings and structures, including Kresge Lodge and the Bob Hull Jazz Bowl.

The long-awaited 4,500 sq. ft. facility will address the significant limitations of our current 40-year-old building and serve the expanding health and first aid needs for more than 6,000 student campers each summer.

With an estimated cost of $1,000,000, more than $150,000 has been raised to-date through the generous support of Blue Lake parents, alumni and donors.  An additional $500,000 has been committed by the Blue Lake Board of Trustees, with a balance of $350,000 needed to complete funding for the project.

How You Can Help

To make a pledge or to learn more about the new Blue Lake Health Lodge, log on to

Naming opportunities are available and all contributions are fully tax deductible. Thank you for considering a gift as we work to complete funding for this critically needed facility.

Experience Blue Lake coming to Ann Arbor July 21-23, 2014

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s sixth annual Experience Blue Lake events will be held at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium July 21-23, 2014.  Experience Blue Lake provides an opportunity for our alumni, supporters, and future campers to hear performances by ensembles in our acclaimed International Exchange Program at Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan.

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Lonel Woods and Susan Ruggiero in the Blue Lake Opera  Department’s 2013 production of Bizet’s Doctor Miracle

Blue Lake’s Opera Department presents Hansel and Gretel     

Lost children, worried parents, a witch, a gingerbread house, and an eerie forest all feature in the Blue Lake Opera Department’s 2014 production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved opera Hansel and Gretel, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.  Under the direction of Dr. James Niblock, two performances of the opera will be given at Blue Lake’s Miller Theater during each of the camp sessions. The Stage Director for the production is David Little, a member of Blue Lake’s Theater faculty.  Ramon Catalan is Assistant Conductor and Pianist.  The opera will be sung in English with projected supertitles. 

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Dr. Howard Niblock

Niblock to premiere oboe works in NYC

On August 8, 2014, long-time Blue Lake faculty member Howard Niblock will present a recital at the International Double Reed Society conference in New York City.  The program’s selections are all published by Brotons & Mercadal  of Barcelona, SPAIN: Howard Niblock’s Trill Ride (for 2 oboes), a movement from the Oboe Sonata by Dr. James Niblock, a movement from the Sonata-Concerto for oboe by Salvador Brotons, and two Catalan traditional melodies arranged for reed trio by Jordi León. Assisting artists will be oboist Andrea Hixon, pianist Allison Shinnick, clarinetist David Bell, and bassoonist Carl Rath.

Blue Lake Press has established a relationship with Brotons & Mercadal Edicions Musicals.  Blue Lake Press will now provide the sale of the works of Dr. James Niblock in America.  The complete B & M catalog can be found at  These works can be ordered through Blue Lake Press.


What happens at Blue Lake in the Winter?

By the time our campers and their families arrive at Blue Lake in the summer, the whole place is full of energy, expectation, and excitement. Counselors have been hired and trained, the faculty has arrived from all over the country, the support staff is all in place, and each building on camp has been prepared. This kind of preparation takes months, if not years, to accomplish.  Nevertheless, year-round administrative staff members are sometimes asked, “Do you have the winter off?  What do you do when camp isn’t in session?” 

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Blue Lake Campers, ca. 1969

Join us for Alumni Day on August 2!

A special invitation is extended to past Blue Lake campers, staff and faculty for our fourth annual Alumni Day. Scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014, 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. Alumni Day attendees are encouraged to register in advance at  or by calling (800) 221-3796. Registration is free and family members are welcome!


1:00 p.m  Registration Opens. Student Arts Center Lobby

Guided Tours. Departing from Student Arts Center lobby with last tour commencing at 5:00 p.m.


2:30 p.m.   Department Tours. Guided visits to camp departments will depart from the Student Arts Center lobby. An opportunity to observe one of our camp departments in action.


5:00 p.m. Goldsworthy Park Band.  A special Alumni Day concert by the Goldsworthy Park Band directed by Dr. Nancy Vogt.  Gilbert Stansell Bandstand


6:00 p.m. Blue Lake Alumni Reception. Marek Hall South


7:30 p.m. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Performed by the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Staff Choir, Alumni Choir and International Choir, under the direction of Michael Klaue.  Broadcast live on Blue Lake Public Radio. Stewart Shell