L E T â€™S TAL K AB O U T INTERLOCHEN A R T S AC A D E M Y
Let’s Talk About Interlochen Arts Academy Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier boarding arts high school. Students pursue pre-professional training in their chosen artistic discipline alongside a robust academic curriculum, preparing them to excel in the arts and beyond.
B OA R D I N G A N D DAY S C H O O L The boarding experience at Interlochen Arts Academy fosters a tight-knit, multicultural community that prepares students for communal living in college. Roughly 90% of our Academy students board and day students commute from the greater Traverse City area.
G R A D E S 9-1 2 A N D P O STG R A D UAT E O F F E R I N G S Interlochen Arts Academy operates as a traditional four-year high school with a postgraduate gap year option. Although students may enroll at any grade level, entering as a freshman offers the full advantage of the Interlochen experience. 2
A H O L I ST I C E D U C AT I O N At Interlochen Arts Academy, our academic curriculum merges seamlessly with our rigorous artistic training. Academic instructors encourage students to discover the connections between creativity and intellect by incorporating the arts into their lessons. Faculty in all fields collaborate to help students maintain a healthy balance. Our new social-emotional learning program, The Interlochen 5, builds on Interlochen’s co-curricular model to emphasize character development. Through regular Residence Life and advisory programming, students will consciously develop five key capacities: • • • • •
Mindfulness, Wellness, and Resilience Creative Capacity Global and Cultural Perspective Interdisciplinary Perspective and Collaboration Community and Citizen Artistry
Let’s Talk About Values Our student body is composed of unique, talented, and empathetic young artists. Together with their faculty and staff, our students uphold a community that is:
INSPIRING NURTURING T R A N S F O R M AT I V E ENLIGHTENING RESILIENT Through intensive arts training, inspiring academics, and integrated social-emotional learning, Academy students hone their talent, expand their creative capacity, and forge unbreakable bonds. They emerge with refined skills, global perspectives, a collaborative spirit, and the confidence to fully pursue their aspirations. At Interlochen, you’ll discover how to transform passion and potential into purpose as an empathetic citizen artist.
S U STA I N A B I L I T Y We are committed to protecting and preserving our natural resources. Our sustainable community features a campus-wide composting facility; water-saving appliances; a botanical laboratory and community garden; and more. In 2019, Interlochen Arts Academy was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
C O M M I T M E N T TO D I V E R S I T Y, E Q U I T Y, A N D I N C LU S I O N Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the Interlochen experience. We are committed to ensuring that young people from all backgrounds feel welcome in our supportive community. Our founding principle, to promote “world friendship through the universal language of the arts,” both inspires and informs our values.
Letâ€™s Talk About Arts Majors Interlochen Arts Academy students major in one of seven arts disciplines:
C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G DA N C E FILM & NEW MEDIA I N T E R D I S C I P L I N A RY A R T S MUSIC T H E AT R E V I S UA L A R T S
All majors allow students to customize their course load to suit their talents, interests, and professional goals. Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio ensure each student receives 1:1 instruction and mentorship. Our faculty and counselors meet regularly with students to discuss their goals and develop an individualized curricular plan to prepare them for their next chapter. Opportunities for multi-disciplinary study and collaboration abound. Academy students are encouraged to explore elective classes, enroll in interdisciplinary coursework, and collaborate with fellow studentsâ€”both inside and outside the classroom. Recent interdisciplinary collaborations have premiered at Carnegie Hall and National Sawdust in New York City and the New World Center in Miami.
Creative Writing The Creative Writing major nurtures young writersâ€™ talent, stimulates their imagination, and broadens their command of the writerâ€™s craft. Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction workshops form the core of the program, but students also engage in a variety of electives. Proficiency in a broad range of genres builds versatility and control, preparing students for the rigors of college-level work as well as publication. Through individualized mentorship and intensive workshops, students develop an awareness of their strengths and challenges, while expanding their patience and self-discipline. Students leave the program with a portfolio of carefully revised work in a variety of genres.
ST U D E N T AWA R D S A N D H O N O R S The Creative Writing program boasts 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts and two National Student Poets. Creative writing students frequently place as finalists in the YoungArts competition and receive numerous Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In 2020, creative writers earned eight Gold Medals, nine Silver Medals, and an American Voices Medal in the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
FAC I L I T I E S The Writing House • The only building in the nation dedicated to high school creative writing • Great Room with sound/lighting systems for public readings • Numerous comfortable, quiet writing spaces • Indoor and outdoor fireplaces
ST U D E N T R E A D I N G A N D PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES • Edit and contribute to student publications including the quarterly print journal “The Red Wheelbarrow” and the international online magazine “The Interlochen Review” • Participate in student readings throughout the year
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Marcus Wicker Winner of the National Poetry Series Analicia Sotelo Author and winner of the Jake Adam York Prize Rebecca Makkai Author, The Great Believers Garth Greenwell Author, Cleanness (IAA 94-96) Tessa Fontaine Author, The Electric Woman Tyehimba Jess Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Dance The Dance major offers pre-professional training to instill the discipline and skill necessary to pursue dance at premier higher education programs and as a career. Academy dancers study both classical and contemporary dance. Students spend three to five hours per day in classes such as classical ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, character dance, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop, and other genres. The program places a strong emphasis on rehearsing for public performances. Academy dancers have regular opportunities to audition for college and university programs, professional companies, and summer intensives. The Dance Division consults with academic faculty and support services to provide for the unique educational, emotional, and physical demands that young dancers face. Specialists in nutritional counseling, dance medicine, and related arts fields work closely with dance faculty and students to encourage healthy and safe practices. 10
ST U D E N T AWA R D S A N D H O N O R S Academy dance students have received numerous awards through the National YoungArts Foundation. Dancers are also frequently selected to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix.
FAC I L I T I E S Hildegarde Lewis Dance Building • Light-filled lakeside facility with large picture windows • Several studios of various sizes • Dressing areas • Renovation and expansion to be completed in 2021
ST U D E N T P E R F O R M A N C E S Dance students present two full-length classical ballets annually; recent productions include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty, all of which featured live accompaniment by the Arts Academy Orchestra and professional scenic and costume design. Additionally, students perform two fully produced showcases featuring works by modern masters and original choreography, and participate in touring productions: recent venues include New World Symphony in Miami, and The Joyce Theater and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
R E C E N T G U E ST A RT I ST S Wendy Whelan Associate Artistic Director, New York City Ballet Virginia Johnson Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem Leslie Browne Academy Award nominee, The Turning Point Kenya Clay Commercial choreographer and faculty, Millennium Dance Complex Fana Tesfagiorgis Ensemble, national tour, My Fair Lady (IAA 02-06) Craig Hall Ballet Master, New York City Ballet 11
Film & New Media In the Film & New Media major, students learn the art and craft of storytelling and multi-media production through critical studies and hands-on experience. The curriculum guides students through progressive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative courses in digital video, screenwriting, film history, and related arts. Students also have the opportunity to explore game design, animation, and new media creation. Screenwriting workshops help students develop storytelling skills and learn the narrative structure of a film. Production classes explore the visual and aural aspects of filmmaking, such as cinematography, lighting, music, sound, directing, and editing. Electives from other arts majors expand studentsâ€™ appreciation of the components that make up a film. Students graduate with strong experience in writing, producing, directing, and editing their own projects.
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• Film & New Media showcase • Thesis screenings and capstone presentations • Internships and student-film screenings with the Traverse City Film Festival • Off-campus screenings at regional film festivals
All American High School Film Festival Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Film Festival for Talented Youth Cannes Film Festival Pavilion Panavision New Filmmaker Grant National YoungArts Foundation
FAC I L I T I E S Aaron and Helen L. DeRoy Center for Film Studies • The only facility in the nation dedicated to high school film studies • 178-seat projection space • Four editing suites • Sound stage • Classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology • 24 residential rooms prioritized to film students
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Angie Thomas David Rabinowitz David Lynch Benh Zeitlin Peter Gould Nathan Johnson Meg LeFauve Norman Lear
Author, The Hate U Give Screenwriter, BlacKkKlansman Director, Dune, Eraserhead, “Twin Peaks” Oscar-nominated director of Beasts of the Southern Wild Executive Producer, “Breaking Bad” Composer, Knives Out Screenwriter, Pixar’s Inside Out Television producer, “All in the Family”
Director of Oscar-nominated film The Lighthouse 13
Interdisciplinary Arts The Interdisciplinary Arts major attracts young artists with skills and interests in multiple artistic disciplines. With a curriculum designed to accommodate exploration across arts areas, students participate in a daily studio class as well as core classes in contemporary arts performance and culture, arts leadership/management, and portfolio development. Independent studies, collaborative projects, individual studio time, arts electives, and guest artist instruction are also key components of the Interdisciplinary Arts major. Students may choose to participate in the Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration, a year-long course open to all majors and grade levels that culminates in an original presentation in the spring. Through an innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary arts students pursue their individual artistic interests and develop vital leadership skills while cultivating a uniquely informed passion for the arts.
ST U D E N T AWA R D S A N D H O N O R S • Silver Key and Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards • Ambassador Leadership Summit at Johns Hopkins University selectee
FAC I L I T I E S Interdisciplinary arts students enjoy utilizing a variety of spaces across campus, including: • Mott 6 – Versatile space for core classes and collaboration • Phoenix Theatre – 200-seat black box theatre for performances and master classes • Interdisciplinary Arts Studio – A recently renovated learning and collaboration space featuring state-of-the-art technology
ST U D E N T P E R F O R M A N C E S Academy Cafe Each semester, interdisciplinary arts students produce and host four open-mic sessions known as the Academy Cafe. These performances are open to both interdisciplinary arts students and peers from other arts disciplines. Interdisciplinary performances Interdisciplinary arts students perform at least one interdisciplinary showcase every year. In 2019, they collaborated with peers from other majors to create and present RESOLVE at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust theatre. Interdisciplinary arts students also collaborated on the March 2020 performance of “ONE” in Miami.
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Sydney James Harcourt Grammy Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actor (AS 94, 97, IAA 94-97) Christina Seymour Actor, director, and acting instructor Richard Rischar Collaborative pianist 15
Music: Classical Performance and Composition The classical music program, which offers a choice of performance and composition tracks, prepares students for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level. Advanced music theory classes and weekly private lessons prepare students to put their skills into practice in a variety of ensembles, including orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber singers, choir, jazz ensemble, brass choir, and more. These exceptional ensembles have a global reputation for excellence, and enable performance students to develop concert experience, sight-reading skills, and knowledge of a diverse and challenging repertoire. They also serve as reading ensembles for composition students.
ST U D E N T AWA R D S A N D H O N O R S • National Merit Finalists • Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Junior Division Silver Medalists • Bolz Young Artist Competition First Prize • ASCAP Young Composer Award 16
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Music Center State-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot facility opened in 2019 that includes: • Two large rehearsal spaces • Nine small ensemble rehearsal rooms • Convertible performance/classroom spaces • Recording and sound production studios • Instrument storage and repair facilities Corson Auditorium • 952-seat auditorium • Excellent acoustics and professional sound/lighting system
Classical musicians enjoy abundant and diverse performance opportunities. Large ensemble performances, solo recitals, and chamber concerts are all facets of the rigorous and well-balanced music curriculum. Orchestra students gain experience as pit musicians through theatre and dance productions.
• Full orchestra pit Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall • Intimate, 230-seat venue • 50-rank Reuter pipe organ
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Maximilian Dimoff Principal bassist, Cleveland Orchestra Sir James Galway Internationally renowned flutist Nicholas Goluses Professor of Guitar, Eastman School of Music Lora Schaefer Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (IAC 89, IAA 89-91) Yizhak Schotten Professor of Viola, University of Michigan 17
Music: Contemporary The contemporary music program imparts the skills aspiring musicians need to thrive in the commercial music industry. Students pursue a well-rounded curriculum that provides instruction in both the technical and business aspects of life as a contemporary musician. Students can choose from several tracks, including popular performance, jazz performance, and singer-songwriter.
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The popular performance track attracts ambitious and disciplined students seeking to develop their artistry. Students learn key aspects of performance, including how to communicate with an audience, effective rehearsal techniques, individual practice strategies, constructing lead sheets, and more.
• YoungArts winners • NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge • Gold Key and Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Singer-songwriters foster their personal musical style while developing skills in melody, arranging, lyric-writing, and communicating with an audience. This program provides instruction to further students’ abilities as multi-instrumentalists.
ST U D E N T P E R F O R M A N C E S JA Z Z P E R F O R M A N C E Students in the jazz performance track learn from a world-class faculty and perform alongside other talented young musicians. Within a varied repertoire, they have the opportunity to participate in a big band as well as smaller jazz combos. 18
Contemporary musicians perform regularly both on and off our campus, including local and regional concerts, student-led “coffeehouses,” multi-city tours, and more.
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Carmen Bradford Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Robert Hurst Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist; associate professor of jazz & contemporary improvisation, University of Michigan Lauren Jones Singer-songwriter, University of Southern California (IAC 12, IAA 12-14) Sean Jones Jazz trumpeter, Peabody Institute Quiana Lynell International Jazz Vocal Competition winner OK Go Rock band Lindsey Ray Musician and songwriter Andy Stott The Accidentals
Music producer and singer-songwriter, Royal Northern College of Music Emerging indie band
Music Production & Engineering Music production & engineering students work directly and collaboratively with artists, composers, songwriters, musicians, and other engineers, designers, and producers to create high-quality recording and technology projects in a professional production environment. Students explore current practices and innovations in music technology, electronic musicianship, and music production, and learn key aspects of recording and productionâ€”from recording session set-up and microphone placement to signal flow and mix-down, while mastering professional studio protocol. Additionally, students develop critical listening skills, as well as the aesthetic, communication, and organizational skills vital to successful producers and engineers.
HANDS-ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Music production and engineering students collaborate and apply their skills through partnerships with several campus departments. Students provide support for their classical and contemporary performance peers by working with the Interlochen Presents professional team to produce and record live performances. They also collaborate with student musicians to produce professional-quality recordings for college applications and public dissemination. The program also works closely with Interlochen Public Radio, an NPR affiliate station. In this role, students produce and host an on-air program that features music by current and former Academy students.
Music Center recording studio: • State-of-the-art equipment • Digital and analog workflows • Mechanical isolation • Control room windows for visual access into isolation booths
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Jonathan Perkins Emmy-winning composer, Berklee College of Music Sam Ashworth Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer Ruby Amanfu Songwriter and vocalist Tim Lauer Composer, producer, and songwriter for ABC’s “Nashville” Will Kennedy Music producer and engineer, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Tim Franklin Singer-songwriter
DESIGN & PRODUCTION
The Theatre major challenges students to develop both individually and within an ensemble. Students can focus their studies in acting, musical theatre, or design & production, while gaining exposure in all mediums.
The design & production concentration enables students to perceive, visualize, and realize practical designs for the theatre. The track offers pre-professional training in multiple aspects of technical theatre, including scenic, lighting, costume, and sound design.
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Acting at Interlochen is Stanislavski-based with a focus on inner truth. Students explore a wide range of genres, including classical text, acting for the camera, and contemporary theatre, in addition to audition preparation.
• Presidential Scholar in the Arts • YoungArts competition finalists • Recognition from the Art Schools Network Student Talent Composition Competition • Cited by the August Wilson Monologue Competition
M U S I C A L T H E AT R E The musical theatre track maintains a focus on acting, but offers students the opportunity to specialize in particular skills required of musical theatre performers. Voice lessons and sequential dance training help develop true ‘triple-threats.’
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S Victoria Clark Kit Yan Noah Ricketts Ricky Hinds
Tony Award-winning actress (IAC 77) Poet and playwright Broadway actor, Frozen the Musical (IAA 09-10) Broadway choreographer, Come From Away
(IAC 96-97, IAA 97-00)
VENUES Harvey Theatre Complex • Harvey Theatre • 175-seat, three-quarter thrust performance space • Mallory Costume Shop • On-site professional costume designers • 15,000-piece costume collection • Scene Shop • On-site professional set designers and technical directors Corson Auditorium • 952-seat theatre • Professional lighting/sound system • Full orchestra pit Phoenix Theatre • 200-seat black box theatre
ST U D E N T P E R F O R M A N C E S Each year, the Theatre Division presents seven or more public performances that synthesize classroom work with performance practice. Selections range from classical texts to contemporary musicals to original works devised by the ensemble. 23
Visual Arts The Visual Arts major develops a young artistâ€™s technical and conceptual abilities through an integrated curriculum that fosters connections between disciplines and media. By encouraging creative practices, such as flexible thinking, inquisitiveness, and perseverance, the Academy program lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of arts and innovation. Students develop advanced technical skills in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional forms through daily study and practice of diverse media including painting, sculpting, printmaking, digital arts, and more. Regular critiques refine personal vision within a tight-knit artistic community. Visual artists at Interlochen gain the confidence and empathy to develop as citizen artists and leaders.
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Presidential Scholars in the Arts Multiple Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal Portfolio Numerous YoungArts finalists and honorable mentions Neiman Marcus Award for Fashion
Annual Juried Student Exhibition Senior Thesis Festival Exhibition Visual Arts Student Showcases
R E C E N T G U E ST A R T I ST S FAC I L I T I E S Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts • 36,000 square-foot facility • Professional gallery space • Eight studios for the study of different media John and Joan Herlitz Art Studios • Studio spaces for students
Elaine Gurian Ellen Lupton Cornel Rubino Wayne White Wendy Froud Elisabeth Condon
Museum consultant Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Fine artist Emmy-winning art director, illustrator, and puppeteer Character designer, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Contemporary painter
FILM & NEW MEDIA
Interlochen faculty are accomplished performers, creators, and educators in their respective fields of expertise. They challenge students to develop their skills in the classroom, in the studio, and on stage through an exciting array of performances, presentations, and exhibitions. With years of experience and unparalleled passion for their craft, our faculty serve as vital role models and career advisors for the young artists of Interlochen.
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C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G Joe Sacksteder Division Director Dr. Brittany Cavallaro Mika Perrine Lesley Alicia Tye
DA N C E Joseph Morrissey Division Director Katie Dorn Rachel James Jurijs Safonovs 26
Michael Mittelstaedt Division Director Andrew Hiss Lesley Alicia Tye
Clyde Sheets Division Director
T H E AT R E William Church Division Director Christine Marie Brown Matthew Lindstrom Gulshirin Dubash Andrew McGinn Elizabeth Gray Laura Ames Mittelstaedt Stephen John Melinda Rohn
V I S UA L A R T S Melinda Zacher Ronayne Division Director Conor Fagan Johnson Hunt Russ Orlando Patricia A. Smith
MUSIC C O N D U C TO R S John Bragle Choral Dr. Matthew Cochran House Band Dr. Leslie B. Dunner Orchestra Dr. Matthew Schlomer Wind Symphony William Sears Jazz Big Band and Jazz Combos
ST R I N G S Ara Sarkissian Violin Paul Sonner Violin RenÃ©e Skerik String Chair, Viola Dr. Patrick Owen Cello Derek Weller Double Bass Joan Raeburn Holland Harp Dr. Matthew Cochran Guitar
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Nancy Stagnitta Flute Dane Philipsen Woodwind Chair, Oboe Dr. Bryan Conger Clarinet Dr. Eric Stomberg Bassoon Dr. Matthew Schlomer Saxophone
Jeffery Norris Voice Chair, Voice John Bragle Voice Dr. Laura Osgood Brown Voice
BRASS Ken Larson Trumpet Corbin Wagner Horn Thomas Riccobono Brass Chair, Low Brass
CO N T E M P O R A RY M U S I C Courtney Kaiser-Sandler Contemporary Music Chair, Singer-songwriter William Sears Director, Jazz Kyle Novy Singer-songwriter Joshua Davis Singer-songwriter Brad Novak Drum Set
Keith A. Aleo
MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION
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Dr. Thomas Childs Music Fundamentals Chair, Music Theory
Thomas Bara Piano, Organ, Harp, and Percussion Chair, Organ Dr. Michael Coonrod Piano Dr. Thomas Lymenstull Piano
To learn more about our faculty, visit interlochen.org
Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen Music Composition and Music Theory
MUSIC PRODUCTION & ENGINEERING Marc Lacuesta Director 27
Letâ€™s Talk About Academics In addition to world-class artistic training, Interlochen Arts Academy students engage in an accelerated college-preparatory academic program that readies them for success in any field. Our co-curricular approach emphasizes the connections between art and academics, encouraging students to think critically and creatively about problems in the classroom and beyond. Through the lens of the arts, students gain a deeper appreciation for academic subjects and prepare for the rigors of the worldâ€™s most competitive colleges and universities. Our exceptional faculty have decades of experience working with aspiring artists and understand their unique challenges. Our 13:1 student-faculty ratio enables meaningful connection and one-on-one guidance. Academic faculty work closely with artistic instructors and Residence Life faculty to help students maintain a healthy balance.
I N D I A N A U N I V E R S I T Y PA R T N E R S H I P Arts Academy students can get a head start on college coursework through our partnership with Indiana Universityâ€™s Advance College Project. This unique concurrent enrollment program fulfills high school graduation requirements and provides college credits accepted at most colleges and universities. Classes are taught face-to-face by Interlochen faculty certified by Indiana University.
Let’s Talk About Student Resources
ACAD E M I C AN D COLLEG E COUN SE LI N G
We are committed to helping our students excel—both inside and outside the classroom. Our comprehensive support system equips students with the skills they need to thrive academically,
Counseling department guides
artistically, emotionally, and physically. Academic, artistic and Residence Life faculty work together with support staff across departments to accommodate the unique needs of each student and create a holistic plan for success. Many of our support services are offered at no additional cost to our students and their families.
The Academic and College student academic scheduling and preparation, as well as the college discovery and application process. Counselors are available for appointments throughout the class day.
ACA DE MI C C E N T E R FO R E N R I C H ME N T ( AC E ) The Academic Center for Enrichment is home to Interlochen’s student academic support services. These include advisory, assisted study, peer and professional tutoring, and writing center support.
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Let’s Talk About Student Life What happens inside the classrooms, studios, and rehearsal spaces is just part of the Interlochen Arts Academy experience. Outside academic and artistic commitments, students discover abundant opportunities for fun, friendship, and personal growth.
RESIDENCE LIFE Boarding students live in dual-occupancy rooms in one of our seven residence halls. Rooms are fully equipped with beds, desks, dressers, and closets, as well as a shared or private bathroom. Residence Life instructors provide around-the-clock support and foster community within their hall through regular social events and activities in addition to collaborating closely with advisors to lead the Academy’s Social Emotional Learning program.
R E C R E AT I O N Our recreation team curates a variety of structured and student-led activities. The Dennison Center serves as the hub for many of these activities, such as rock climbing, movie nights, and Super Bowl parties. Annual traditions include an end-of-the-year carnival; Interlochen’s answer to prom, MORP; and much more.
C LU B S A N D O R G A N I Z AT I O N S Clubs and organizations provide an opportunity for students to bond with peers outside their major and explore other areas of interest. Some of our most popular clubs have included the Black Student Union, the Young Feminists Club, The Interlochen Book Club, the Student Sustainability Club, the Traditional Chinese Art Club, Model UN, Stilt Walking, and the Interlochen Podcast Cooperative, among others. Students are also welcome to form their own clubs, groups, or organizations.
Let’s Talk About Northern Michigan Interlochen is situated on an idyllic 1,200-acre campus in northwest lower Michigan. Our peaceful setting features acres of mature hardwood forests and two tranquil lakes. Here, students discover their own Walden Pond—a place where the beauty and harmony of nature inspire them to reflect and create. Our campus is just minutes away from Traverse City, widely recognized as one of the nation’s most beautiful freshwater beach towns. Traverse City is home to award-winning restaurants, world-class hospitals, and a charming downtown shopping district. The fertile region is renowned as one of the nation’s largest producers of tart cherries and boasts a growing wine region. The Cherry Capital Airport provides easy access to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis. 34
Interlochen students have frequent opportunities to explore the area beyond our campus. Senior and postgraduate students enjoy a traditional visit to Mackinac Island, a picturesque car-free community on Lake Huron. Students also participate in trips to Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and other local destinations. Northern Michigan experiences all four seasons, so plan for a full range of weather. Autumns are brisk and beautiful (the area is a noted destination for fall colors). Winters are crisp and snowy. Students enjoy abundant opportunities to participate in winter sports, including ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snow tubing—a perennial student favorite. Interlochen enjoys vibrant, temperate springs.
Let’s Talk About Health and Safety The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Here are just a few of the resources we have in place to ensure the mental and physical health of every member of our community.
P H YS I C A L H E A LT H Our Health Services center is operated by a team of licensed medical professionals. In addition to a full-time staff of registered nurses, a nurse practitioner holds regular office hours. Interlochen is just minutes away from Munson Medical Center, a level II trauma center and referral hospital with over 300 physicians practicing in 35 specialties.
P SYC H O LO G I C A L W E L L N E S S Psychological wellness is a central component of Interlochen’s social-emotional learning program. Through regular advisory meetings, residence life programming, and community meetings, students are taught to prioritize wellness and develop resilience. School counselors are available around-the-clock to provide social, emotional, and academic support.
CAMPUS SAFETY Our Campus Safety team patrols our campus 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Security cameras are positioned in areas across campus and monitored continuously by Campus Safety staff. The Campus Safety team also provides alerts about inclement weather and leads campus-wide emergency preparedness drills. Interlochen’s safety staff collaborates closely with the Green Lake Township Community Police Officer to protect our neighbors both on and off campus. In addition to our Campus Safety team, Residence Life instructors also work to ensure student safety. Members of the Residence Life team monitor the front desk of each residence hall to check in visitors. All students must sign into their residence hall at the conclusion of each day, and residence life instructors confirm that each student is safe and present. Students may not leave campus without express permission from both parents/guardians and residence life instructors.
Let’s Talk About Life After Interlochen After Interlochen, our students lead meaningful lives in the arts and beyond. Students graduate from Interlochen with more than a high school diploma and honed artistic skills: they also carry the values of dedication, resilience, independence, and collaboration as they embark on their next chapter. Graduates join a tight-knit network of more than 90,000 exceptional alumni working and learning in a
Some of our notable alumni include:
wide range of fields.
Janet Eilber Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company Doug Stanton New York Times best-selling author, In Harm’s Way Holly Gilbert Director, Heliophysics Science Division, NASA Steve Hayden Former Vice-Chair and Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Worldwide Peter Erskine Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Fred Hiebert Archeologist-in-residence, National Geographic Nathaniel Painter Mary Quinn
N OTA B L E A LU M N I Interlochen alumni hold seats in all of the country’s major orchestras; star regularly in Broadway productions; appear at the top of the New York Times’ best-sellers list; dance in prestigious companies; and collaborate behind the scenes of feature films. They can also be found practicing medicine, defending clients in court, managing NASA’s heliophysics division, and teaching in classrooms across the globe.
Jewel Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Anthony McGill Principal Clarinetist, New York Philharmonic Elaine Douvas Principal Oboist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Let’s Talk About Your Investment We believe that making an investment in a student’s life today will yield dividends tomorrow. After Interlochen, most students choose to continue their studies at some of the world’s most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories. Recent graduates have enrolled at Harvard University, The Juilliard School, Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, and other acclaimed institutions. In 2020, more than 96% of graduates were accepted into one of their top-three choices for college. The Class of 2020 also earned more than $38 million in scholarship funds.
FINANCIAL AID We are committed to making an Interlochen education accessible to each and every talented student with the promise and potential to thrive here. • 74% of students who attend Interlochen Arts Academy receive financial assistance • More than $13 million in scholarships and aid is awarded annually • Merit and need-based aid are available for both domestic and international students For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Committee at email@example.com.
Let’s Talk About Your Application Are you ready to take the next step? Here’s how to apply:
Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid if you have any questions.
1. Fill out the application and submit your portfolio or recorded audition at application.interlochen.org. 2. Complete your FAST Financial Aid application and submit the required documentation.
PHONE 231.276.7472 | 800.681.5912 toll-free EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org INSTAGRAM @interlochenadmission Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) does not discriminate in its employment
practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender.
Visit academy.interlochen.org/virtual-tour for an exclusive video tour and other resources. You can also join the Admission Team on Zoom for information sessions, student panels, Q&A sessions, and more.
ICA also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or
DEADLINES • Early Decision Deadline: Nov. 13 • Regular Decision Deadline: Jan. 14 • Rolling admission based on program availability after Jan. 15
participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. For a complete copy of the policy or for more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). www.interlochen.org/title-ix
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