Local student attends summer music academy


Contributed Photo Karelyn Malliet, of Shawano, works with Brian Nozny, a faculty performer, at the percussion and steel band session at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor.

Karelyn Malliet, of Shawano, recently spent two weeks studying at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor.

The Shawano Community High School student was among 20 young musicians from throughout the country to attend the percussion and steel band session at the academy, whose mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Birch Creek features a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 2-1. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand all the aspects of life as a professional musician.

During the two-week residency, Malliet and others attending the percussion and steel band session performed seven concerts alongside their teachers in front of paying concertgoers.

Dan Moore, program director of the percussion and steel band program, is a professor of music and the percussion area head at the University of Iowa. He is an internationally known musician, composer and educator.