If you’ve come out to our campus recently, you can tell that change is in the air! The sun is out and snow is melting as we get ready for spring, and great events and concerts and workshops are popping up every week. Amazing things are coming down the line and we can’t wait to share these exciting developments with everyone in our community.
Unfortunately, while we’re still in these planning stages, we have to briefly pause a few of our existing programs while we figure out the details of how better to serve the people that live here in north central Washington. We want Icicle Creek to be a place where everyone in the NCW – children, students, adults, elders, and artists – feel welcome and can find art experiences that inspire, teach, comfort, or challenge them. But, as we know, growth and transitions take time.
While we are getting some of these details in place, we have decided to pause our summer camp offerings for 2023.
We know that our Summer Symphony, Acting, Musical Theater, and Young Pianist Camps have been a highlight for hundreds of young artists over the years, and this is not a decision that we have made lightly. This pause will give us the opportunity and resources to develop our next iteration of summer camps and programming so that we will be able to come back in 2024 with even more opportunities for students of all backgrounds to have transformational experiences at Icicle Creek.
We are so grateful to all the staff and faculty and students who have shared their time and talent with us over past summers, as well as to students and families who want to participate in the future! If you have a moment, please fill out the survey linked below and let us know what you would like to see at ICCA in 2024 and beyond. And then stay tuned over the next few months as we unveil a new plan for how Icicle Creek will be shaking things up and bringing exciting new opportunities to the Upper Valley and all throughout the NCW.
TL;DR – We’re pausing our camps this summer in anticipation of a new model of summer programming to start in 2024 that will create more opportunities for NCW students to be involved.
Great things are coming! Thank you for joining us for the ride.
All my best,
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
At Eastmont High School, about 70 band, choir and orchestra students assembled in the auditorium to hear Visiting Artist Gretchen Yanover perform and have a Q&A session about her musical career, stylistic choices, inspiration for her compositions and more.
Gretchen played her electric cello, which is narrow and solid-bodied and explained she began with classical acoustic cello training and still performs with an orchestra in Seattle’s Northwest Sinfonietta.
Gretchen uses a looping pedal. In the moment, she records the rhythmic lines and then add layers on top of it, building complexity. Nothing is prerecorded. Some of her music is energetic and lilting, while other songs are emotionally wrought, mellow melodies.
SeaTac airport has a music program that engages renowned performers like Gretchen to perform for travelers. From her airport experiences, she composed a song that imagines three different journeys.
After laying down one layer, Gretchen appeared to hug her cello close, pressing her cheek into the neck. She explained this helps her hear the sound more accurately because an electric cello doesn’t create sound reverberations like a hollow instrument does.
The students were full of questions to chip away at the mystery of a life dedicated to music. Asked about challenges, Gretchen spoke about how there are so many people making content. It helps to be financially savvy because the industry is a blend of musicianship and business.
Her electric cello work distinguishes her from those who only play acoustic cello. She has more options and has found her voice in neoclassical music in addition to the work she does with orchestras.
How did Gretchen know this was her destiny?
The answer: when she found herself practicing for hours every day in high school. She feels lucky that when she started in middle school, she was granted two loaner cellos, one for school and one for home. Her family couldn’t afford to buy them, but with rentals, she could hone her new passion. A teacher who recognized her potential told her parents to start private lessons. They made it happen, and she never looked back.
Written by Marlene Farrell
Learn more about the Icicle Creek Visiting Artist Series here!
Up first in Visiting Artist series this season is Alchemy Tap Project on October 22nd at 7:30PM.
A part of every Alchemy Tap Project performance is a dance called the Shim Sham, something we’d like to share with you. The dance has a long history; originally created by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant to be a closing number that all the performers could join in on. Over the years it’s become a staple that finishes out tap dance performances, and swing dance events. This season we want to teach you the steps so you can join us up on stage with Alchemy Tap. Get your tickets here and learn the Shim Sham below!
*NOTE: this is a version of the swing dance Shim Sham steps, designed to be accessible to audiences be they dancer or friends with two left feet!
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is deeply saddened by the loss of our founding board member, champion, and dear friend, Harriet Bullitt. She brought to this Valley a beautiful vision, one that tied together her passion for the arts and her love of nature. Harriet sought to ensure that our children, all of them, would have the opportunity to be instilled with those same wonders.
We strive to honor her memory by continuing to faithfully build her dream, providing programs and performances that inspire the children, families and communities of North Central Washington to be life-long learners and patrons of the arts. We commit to continued work to build a sustainable future for this organization she so loved, so that it may always be a place that nurtures the human spirit through a confluence of the breathtaking landscapes that Harriet called home and the performing arts that brought her so much joy.
We’re excited to announce all summer camps are back in 2022! Our summer camps are inspiring, intensive, and fun, all in the spectacular mountain setting that is Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Young artists can pick from a host of options all summer long at Icicle Creek – from summer symphony, acting, piano or chamber music (new this year!). Scholarships are available for all summer programs.
Registration and scholarship applications are available now at icicle.org
Summer Symphony – June 19-25
Chamber Music Camp – June 26-July 2
Young Actors Theater Camp – August 7-13
Young Pianists Camp – August 14-20
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts (ICCA) is pleased to announce that it has selected Philip Lacey as Executive Director, following a wide-ranging search in the fall of 2021. Phil began his tenure at the beginning of 2022.
Phil is a well-known member of the regional arts community and a demonstrated proponent of artistic excellence and societal awareness. Phil also has a history of helping arts organizations attain long-term financial stability. Since 2013, he served various roles of increasing responsibility at Leavenworth Summer Theater (LST), including the position of Executive Director, and since 2017, as Managing Artistic Director of Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society. In addition to greatly expanding both programming and support from the community, he inspired welcomed transformational changes in the areas of community partnerships, donor and member outreach, as well as implementing fiscal, administrative and artistic processes and standards. During the pandemic, being keenly aware that art engagement is a source of comfort and strength, Phil helped Gilbert & Sullivan pivot to virtual performances and wisely coordinated actors, directors, and staff to safely bring LST’s “Sound of Music” performances to over 8,000 attendees. Phil has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Non-Profit Administration, and a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing.
Phil could not be more excited to join the team at ICCA. “I first visited the ICCA campus in 2007. Astounded first by its gorgeous location, it was learning of Harriet Bullitt’s mission to create a world-class destination for arts education and performance that was truly impactful,” said Phil. “Since then, I hoped that someday I would have the honor of becoming Executive Director here. ICCA has a reputation of excellence and I look forward to working with the board, staff, and artistic directors to safeguard Harriet’s vision for future generations.”
In making the announcement, ICCA Board President, Ellen Beardsley said, “Among the many candidates, Phil stood out for me as the most qualified candidate for the Executive Director position. Phil’s passion for all art forms, along with his leadership and strategic and financial expertise, placed him at the forefront of the intersection of arts, education and organizational sustainability. After the pandemic disruption of the last two years, Phil is the ideal leader for this exciting new chapter for ICCA.”
As with all live arts organizations, the pandemic has presented a major challenge for ICCA, but it also provided a wonderful opportunity. “When the pandemic hit, ICCA quickly became a leader among performing arts centers, mastering high quality virtual concerts and performance at a time when we all really needed art in our lives,” says Christine Morgan, Executive Director of the Icicle Fund, a partner nonprofit to ICCA. Phil echoes that thought. “Augmenting in-person experiences at the awe-inspiring ICCA campus with live-streaming and virtual performance potential will play a major role in the growth of our arts education and performance efforts, allowing us to connect with students and audiences of all ages across rural Washington and beyond. We have only scratched the surface, and I will be exploring that potential with the local and international artists and visionaries who continue to contribute so much to ICCA.”
“The Center will continue to inspire, support, and challenge the creative spirit of our region as we again are able to gather for concerts, performances, and retreats,” finished Morgan. “I have watched ICCA evolve over the years and, with Mr. Lacey at the helm, it will continue to expand and blossom for the good of our region.”
Located in Leavenworth, Washington, at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, ICCA seeks to inspire and educate artists and to entertain audiences on its 13-acre campus. The arts facility boasts:
Snowy Owl Theater, a LEED-Silver certified multi-use performing arts center,
Canyon Wren Recital Hall,
Meadow Stage, an outdoor performance venue,
Cabins for artists, students and guests,
Rehearsal spaces, and
Notably known as a destination for chamber music, ICCA also plays host to world class arts education programs, summer camps, and numerous collaborations with local artists and performance groups. Dozens of local and international artists work with the organization annually, providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for hundreds of students and attracting thousands of audience members for unforgettable experiences. To learn more about Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and upcoming programs and events, please visit icicle.org.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is proud to present the 27th annual Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival with performances from Canyon Wren Recital Hall and Snowy Owl Theater live-streamed and with limited in-person seating in accordance with state and local guidelines. Tickets are on sale now for all ten concerts happening July 2-24!
In person seating is very limited in Canyon Wren and Snowy Owl venues to allow space for distancing and live-streaming requirements. Please buy your ticket in advance as we expect many or all of these concerts to sell-out. Before and after checking out, please check your ticket order to make sure you have correctly chosen your virtual (livestreamed) or in-person ticket. Tickets are required for virtual (livestream) attendance as well as in-person.
Thanks to additional funding from the Icicle Fund, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is able to provide grants to more artists in Chelan and Grant counties during a very difficult year. The Icicle Fund 2020.21 Relief Fund provided over $100,000 in artist grants in support of the critical needs of working artists in North Central Washington* whose incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. *Please note, grants are intended for working artists residing in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties and Icicle Creek is awarding grants to those residing in Chelan and Grant counties.
Application is open through May 15 or until funding is fully allocated.
Thanks to the Icicle Fund, Methow Arts and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will get to provide 72 artists with critical funding during a very difficult year. The Icicle Fund 2020.21 Relief Fund provides $72,000 in artist grants in support of the critical needs of working artists in North Central Washington* whose incomes have been impacted by COVID-19. *Please note, grants are intended for working artists residing in Okanogan, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.
Artists are the basic building blocks of the Arts Ecosystem – without creating artists, the system does not exist. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCW artists are facing severe loss in income and business. The Icicle Fund recognizes that artists continue to be deeply impacted as events, conferences, art at Farmer’s Markets, and performances across the country continue to cancel. They are impacted by hospitality industry and retail/artist studio closures, school closures, travel restrictions, continued lay-offs and social distancing recommendations.
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will review and artist grants in Chelan and Grant counties and Methow Arts Alliance will review and award artist grants in Okanogan and Douglas counties.