Summer 2011
Blue Lake announces its inaugural Alumni Day taking place on  Saturday, August 6
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.

If you are planning to join us, please take a moment to complete and return an Alumni Day pre-registration form. This will assure that we have your name tag and welcome packet ready. For more information or to pre-register, log on to

Read the entire article here

Blue Lake to present performances of James Niblock’s The Last Leaf during 2011 season
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s 2011 Summer Arts Festival will feature performances of Dr. James Niblock’s one-act opera The Last Leaf.  The libretto is by Helen Niblock after a story by O. Henry.  Two performances will be given during each of the camp sessions.  During Sessions 3 and 4 in late July and August, the performances will be open to the public.  The Stage Director for the production is David Little, a member of Blue Lake’s Theater faculty.  Blue Lake’s Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, Andy Dagen, is the Technical Supervisor for the production.  Brian Goodman, a member of the theater staff at Muskegon Community College, is responsible for set design and construction.  The costumer is Eleanor Goudreau. 

Helen Niblock writes:  “This well-known and beloved short story by O. Henry is set in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the early 1900s.  Here William Sydney Porter (the author’s real name) gives us another of his swift, deft glimpses into the tragic-comic lives of ordinary people.”

Read the entire article here

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp announces 2011 Summer Arts Festival highlights
During the 2011 season, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Summer Arts Festival will present more than 175 performances to its public and camper audiences.  Highlights of the upcoming season include performances of a great choral masterwork, major orchestral works and concertos, a wide variety of music for bands, and appearances by accomplished guest artists.

Read the entire article here

Blue Lake Ensembles to travel to Michigan communities in 2011
Each year, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Summer Arts Festival offers a large and diverse slate of performances in a number of the camp’s performing venues.  The Festival Band, Festival Orchestra, and Staff Band present concerts at least once per session.  This year’s Blodgett Recital Series will feature more than a dozen programs by Blue Lake’s talented faculty members.  In addition, evenings of dance and opera, as well as appearances by European groups touring under the auspices of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program will be offered.

What if you can’t make it to West Michigan to see one of these performances at camp?  Good news!  A Blue Lake ensemble may be traveling to your area during the summer months.

Read the entire article here

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.

The initiative reinforces the Blue Lake International Exchange Program’s mission to promote peace, understanding, goodwill and friendship through the arts.

Read the entire article here

Festival Orchestra to present benefit concert for Blue Lake Public Radio on August 3
Blue Lake’s Blodgett Recital Hall will take on a distinctly French character on the evening of Wednesday, August 3, 2011.  At 7:30 p.m., the Festival Orchestra and conductor Jean-Jacques Werner will present a program of French orchestral music.  Members of Blue Lake Public Radio will be on hand for the event, the proceeds of which will benefit the radio station.  The concert will be broadcast live on WBLV and WBLU.

Read the entire article here

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Names Treasurer
Louis Smith has been named Treasurer of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He will be only the second Treasurer in the camp’s history, succeeding the late Fr. Walter Marek, who served as a founding board member and Treasurer of the camp since it opened in 1966.

Smith has been an integral part of Blue Lake’s business operations since 1983, and was the camp’s business manager from 1987 until his retirement in 2007. He continues to work as an advisor and is a member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Finance Committee.

According to Blue Lake President Fritz Stansell, “Lou has been an invaluable member of Blue Lake’s management team for more than 25 years and through his leadership, our business office has maintained the highest possible standard of efficiency. His integrity and commitment to the camp’s mission is unquestioned, and I am very pleased that he has been named by our Board of Trustees to this important post.”

Prior to joining Blue Lake, Smith was purchasing agent for 17 years at Breneman, Inc., Muskegon manufacturer of window shades and blinds. He left Breneman when it moved its offices to Indiana.

A Shelby native, Smith attended Muskegon Community College and Western Michigan University. He has been interested in music for many years and is a member of the choir at Christ Community Congregational Church in North Muskegon. He also serves as Chairman of the White Lake Festival Choir. He and his wife, Carol, reside in North Muskegon.

Third annual Experience Blue Lake coming to
Ann Arbor July 25 - 27
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s third annual Experience Blue Lake event will be held at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium July 25 – 27, 2011. This annual event will feature performances by the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra and International Choir, both having recently returned from three-week goodwill tours of Europe. 

The centerpiece of Experience Blue Lake will be a performance on Tuesday, July 26, of Johannes Brahms’s German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem) by the Blue Lake International Choir, Alumni Choir, and International Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Carole Ott.  The concert will be broadcast live on Blue Lake Public Radio. 

Read the entire article here

Did you know?
Blue Lake’s International Program offers opportunities for adults, art and theater students
Even if you are not a choir, band, or orchestra camper or if you have children or grandchildren who are campers, you can tour with Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program!

In addition to the annual tours of the International Program’s jazz and concert bands, the orchestra, and the choir, Blue Lake also offers opportunities for art and theater campers, as well as adult instrumentalists to have the exciting experience of traveling to Europe.

Read the entire article here

Solid Brass

The story of Leonard Falcone

Falcone Book
Solid Brass is the story of Leonard Falcone, whose journey to America from Italy through Ellis Island at age 16 led to one of the most unlikely and inspirational stories in the history of the American Band Movement. Recognized in his lifetime as the world’s greatest euphonium virtuoso, Falcone was Director of Bands at Michigan State University for 40 years and through his leadership, discipline and musicianship, helped to established a national reputation for the MSU Department of Music and Spartan Marching Band. Following his retirement as Director of Bands in 1966, he served the University for an additional 17 years as Professor of Low Brass.

Drawing from a myriad of sources, Rita Comstock’s insightful biography chronicles Falcone’s remarkable life, including his early years growing up in culturally rich Roseto Valfortore, Italy,  his success as a silent movie theater musician, the music department challenges during the depression and war years, the 2 Rose Bowl trips via private rail car courtesy of Oldsmobile, performing with the Michigan State Band for 4 sitting United States presidents, and his special relationship with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he would spend his final summers conducting and working with young students.

Through it all, Leonard Falcone’s greatest legacy was the example he set as a man of honesty and integrity, who valued his family, his adopted country, and the importance of striving for excellence.

Michigan State University’s original music man, Professor Leonard Falcone, took a military band and transformed it over the years into a trend setting marching machine and a concert band par excellence, and in so doing, he influenced music around the world. The biography of this passionate and consummate Director of Bands at Michigan State University is a must read for anyone who ever watched a Spartan Marching Band halftime show, or listened to one of his unique concert performances.

Tim Skubick – Hall of Fame broadcaster, former voice of the Spartan Marching Band, and MSU Concert Band first clarinet (1963-67)

Order your copy today at