Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Arts Camp

The world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists in grades 3 through 12, Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. Each summer, 2,500 students come to Interlochen to train intensively with renowned instructors, producing more than 400 presentations in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts.

Located on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes in northern Michigan, the campus includes 120 cabins, three dining halls, two waterfronts, dozens of rehearsal and performance venues and a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Each Interlochen summer affirms the power of music to enrich and shape our lives. Inspired by distinguished teachers, renowned conductors and memorable performances, our students reach new heights in understanding their art and themselves.

Interlochen Arts Academy

In the fall of 1962, Interlochen Arts Academy opened as the first fine arts boarding high school in the country. The Academy’s early accomplishments built on more than three decades of incredibly successful summer programs.

Interlochen Arts Academy has a well-deserved reputation for preparing young artists for rewarding careers and fostering academic excellence. Each year 500 students from around the world come to the scenic, wooded Interlochen campus in northern Michigan looking for greater opportunities to learn, create and perform. We offer seven major areas of study: Comparative Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Motion Picture Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.

The Arts Academy curriculum offers challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics that merge seamlessly with an intensive arts experience. For young artists, being surrounding by talented peers and supported by a dedicated faculty provides the motivation, knowledge and tools to bring any goal within reach.

Comprehensive college-preparatory classes prepare students for future success – in any field. Arts and academic instructors collaborate to provide a holistic approach to learning where math, science, history and literature complement a student’s creativity.

“Interlochen Arts Academy has educated more Presidential Scholars than any other school in the nation and has been honored as a Distinguished School in the Arts by the National Foundation for Advancement in Arts.”

“The nation’s colleges and universities recognize the benefits of an Interlochen education. More than ninety percent of Academy students are accepted by their first school of choice.”


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