Blue Lake International Youth Orchestra in Aix June 30 – July 4


A group of young, talented musicians will be in Aix from June 30th – July 4th and they need somewhere to stay. They are part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a summer school in Michigan, that will be sending its International Youth Orchestra (88 students) to Aix en Provence.

What is planned:

2 Blue Lake students (ages between 14 and 18) will be housed with each host family. Sightseeing, home-cooked meals and community parties are part of a Blue Laker’s schedule in each host community.

Your role:

  • June 30th – pick up 2 kids around 4 pm in Aix and take them home for dinner. Exact location to be confirmed
  • July 1st – drive the kids to practice in Velaux at 15h and pick them up again at 18h
  • July 2nd – drive the kids to practice at La Cathedrale St. Saveur in Aix at 18h and pick up at 22h
  • July 3rd – drive the kids for a final rehearsal at 18h and be an honorary guest at their rendition of Verdi’s Requiem at the Cathédrale St. Saveur which starts at 21h
  • July 4th – drop kids off at 10h in Aix so that they can catch the Blue Lake bus to the next French town to continue the tour. Exact location to be confirmed.

A full list of hosts will be distributed to host families so that carpooling can be organized.

About the Summer School:

Blue Lake Summer Camp is located on a 1,300 acre campus in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest and offers fine arts education for all ages. Each summer, the principal camp program annually serves more than 5,400 gifted elementary, junior high, and high school students with diverse programs in music, art, dance, and drama while offering more than 175 performances during its Summer Arts Festival. Blue Lake also operates a widely acclaimed International Exchange Program and two public radio stations. (

The opportunity for these gifted young musicians to visit distant lands while living with private host families provides priceless, enriching and educational experiences.

What a great opportunity to reach out to our talented young American friends.


If so, please contact Laurence Bry