Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Twin Lake, MI

Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp provides families an opportunity to learn and play together in a rustic, wilderness camping environment. Established by Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 1976, the Suzuki Family Camp takes place on Blue Lake’s 1,600 acre campus just north of Muskegon, Michigan. Most classes are taught in rustic cabins and lodges in the woods while recitals and concerts are held in a variety of performance venues, including the 4,000 seat Stewart Shell near the lake.
Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp offers instruction for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano. The three core classes—individualized instruction, technique classes, and a large repertoire group—are augmented by chamber music, orchestras, fiddling, improvisation, and chamber music for pianists. Additional activities center around the outdoors, including swimming pools, wooded trails, and campfires at night. Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp also offers the Art Barn, where students can create all kinds of interesting works of art throughout the day.
Families stay in individual rustic cabins or are welcome use designated camp sites for tents, campers, or recreational vehicles. Lodging is also available 7 miles away within the resort area of White Lake.


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Student Fees

  • Registration Fee $125
  • Pre-instrument Twinkle $65
  • Lessons $245
  • Lessons & Young Reader Orchestra $300
  • Lessons & piano Chamber Music $325
  • Lessons, Chamber Music, & Orchestra $325
  • Beginner Adult Piano lessons $65

Teacher Fees

  • Cello Unit 1 $700
  • Violin Units 2 and above $450


John Kendall Scholarship

For Teachers, Amount: $400.00, Application due: April 1
The John Kendall Scholarship of $400 is available to one violin teacher trainee for Book 1. The applicant must be a resident of Michigan. Applications can be found at Contact the registrar for more information on all scholarships.

Suzuki Camp Scholarships

For Students, Amount: 250, Application due: April 1
Scholarships are available for students of all levels and instruments. A completed application with two letters of support (one from a care giver and one from the private teacher), can be submitted before April 1st for consideration. Application form, additional information about the different scholarships, and directions are available on the camp website: For more information, contact Anne Kearney-Looman, registrar, at [javascript protected email address]

Housing & Meals

Housing: Families camp in rustic cabins and dine together in a cafeteria-style setting.

  • Tent Camping $85/family
  • Trailer Camping $100/family
  • Self-Contained Cabin (Single Family with bathroom) $100 ages 12+, $80 for 1-11 Years old
  • Single Family cabin in camp unit with shared bath facilities $90 ages 12+, $70 for 1-11 years


  • Ages 12+ $100
  • Ages 5-11 $85
  • Ages 0-4 Free


The emphasis is on family at this camp which blends music and outdoor experiences for the whole family. Blue Lake is unique in that many extra activities are centered around the outdoors. An outdoor swimming pool, lakeside sand for children to play, campfires at night, picnic on the shore of Lake Michigan between sessions, and varied recreation activities, keep families busy between and after classes. Parent volunteers share their special interests with other campers by way of extra classes and special activities. The Art Barn has different art projects every hour of the day for students of all ages.

Other Info

The Suzuki Family Camp will celebrate its 46th year as it offers an opportunity for Suzuki students and their families to visit the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp which is located in a beautiful wooded setting at the southern tip of the Manistee National Forest, 15 miles north of Muskegon, MI. The Camp is 4 hours northeast of Chicago, 15 miles east of Lake Michigan. Facilities at the camp are accessible to all.
There are recital opportunities for any student who wishes to perform, with the home teacher’s approval. All students, orchestras and all ensembles will perform at the final concert of each session.

The SAA sets guidelines for Suzuki institutes, festivals and teacher workshops and sanctions separate organizations to manage such events. For specific information on schedules, enrollment, pricing, housing, etc. please contact sponsoring organizations directly. Please see the Event Listing Guide regarding the posting of events.