Campus & Facilities
Blue Lake’s Campus
Blue Lake is located north of Muskegon, Michigan, in the Manistee National Forest and on the shore of Little Blue Lake. The campus is situated in the middle of 1,600 acres of preserved forest containing large white and red pine, oak, and maple trees. Camp Niblock is the camp area for Adult Programming.
All Adult Camps will use the newly renovated Camp Niblock adult camp rehearsal and teaching buildings. The main building is spacious and air conditioned—used for classes during the day and available for adult camp activities in the evening.
Most programs begin with check-in at 3:00pm, followed by orientation, the first class session, and a social gathering. Regular classes begin first thing in the morning and continue through the afternoon, with appropriate breaks for meals, recreation, rest, and evening activities. Camp concludes with a final performance or exhibit. Participants may depart by approximately 2:00pm on the final day, or choose to stay for the camp’s performance of the evening.
On the Air
Blue Lake Public Radio, WBLV 90.3 in Muskegon & WBLU 88.9 in Grand Rapids, is located on the campus of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Campers often have the opportunity to attend live broadcasts at William Stewart Memorial Music Shell.
Blue Lake’s Antique Instrument Museum
Blue Lake’s Musical Instrument Museum stands just a few yards away from Stewart Shell. The Museum offers support to the camp’s curriculum by introducing campers to the developmental history of wind, string, and percussion instruments, as well as examples of instruments from around the world. The Museum was founded in 1966 by Gilbert Stansell, father of Blue Lake President Fritz Stansell, whose extensive personal instrument collection provided the basis for the Museum’s holdings. The Museum now houses more than 400 items and includes representatives of all the standard band and orchestral families, as well as a large collection of folk and ethnic instruments. In 2013, Blue Lake completed a large expansion of the Museum for a keyboard display. The centerpiece of this room is a rare Henry Willis Scudamore organ, built in 1860. The exhibit includes reed and pipe organs, modern grand pianos, a nineteenth century square piano, a celeste, and a harpsichord.