March 15, 2014

Dear Friend of Blue Lake:

With arguably the Midwest’s most severe winter in recent memory, thousands of students are eagerly anticipating summer at Blue Lake. As always, they will be welcomed in an unparalleled environment that nurtures creativity and stimulates personal growth.

With your support, Blue Lake can provide scholarships to thousands of music, art, dance and theater students during the 2014 Season and beyond. We ask that you please consider a gift during our spring enrollment period and help send a student to camp.

It’s worth noting that 100% of every dollar donated to Blue Lake for scholarship support is utilized for that exact purpose. No deduction is made for administration, printing, postage or other expenses. As such – we encourage you to give generously with the confidence that every penny of your contribution is truly making a difference in a young person’s life!

We are saddened to report that two of Blue Lake’s historic structures, Kresge Lodge and the Jazz Bowl, were destroyed when their roofs collapsed in February from excessive snow weight load. Rest assured we are committed to rebuilding these facilities, which play such an important role in the operation of the camp. If you would like to earmark all or a portion of your annual gift to assist with this rebuilding effort, simply make a note on your check or the enclosed donation envelope and we will direct your support accordingly.

The Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival opens on Friday, June 13, with the presentation of a choral and orchestral masterwork, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – The Choral. This debut concert for our 2014 Season will feature the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra and Choir along with the Blue Lake Alumni Choir, under the direction of German conductor Michael Klaue. The evening will also serve as a bon voyage concert for the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra and Choir, as they prepare to embark on a month long European concert tour.

These musical ambassadors, along with our other International Exchange Program students touring with the Blue Lake International Southern Winds, Northern Winds, Ballet Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, are an important extension of our summer camp program. Many began their Blue Lake journey through a summer camp scholarship, and now represent us all on a global stage, advancing peace and understanding through the universal language of the arts. We couldn’t be prouder.

Other Summer Arts Festival highlights include eight presentations of Hansel and Gretel, an opera by 19th century composer Engelbert Humperdinck; the Blue Lake Faculty Recital Series; International Homecoming Concerts; multiple performances by the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and Festival Band; and two special concerts by our faculty jazz big band, the Blue Lake Monster (in support of Blue Lake Public Radio). Notably, we will also present the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Dr. James Niblock, featuring Dr. Walter Verdehr.

Remember that all Blue Lake donors of $100 or more receive 2 complimentary season tickets to the Summer Arts Festival.

Thank you for your past support, and for considering a 2014 gift to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Fritz Stansell, President

Bill McFarlin, Vice President - Development

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