Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Founded in 1928 as the National High School Orchestra Camp, Interlochen Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s first and finest institutions for school-aged musicians. At Interlochen, student musicians ignite their creativity, build confidence, and find joy and purpose through summer camp and school year programs.

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy is a boarding arts high school that offers grades 9-12, as well as a postgraduate conservatory year. Under the guidance of world-class faculty, Arts Academy musicians hone their skills in their chosen discipline:

  • Classical Performance
  • Composition
  • Jazz Performance
  • Music Production & Engineering
  • Popular Performance
  • Singer-Songwriter

Academy students also study a comprehensive, college-preparatory academic program that prepares them for the rigors of college and conservatory study. Academy students are regularly accepted into the world’s finest institutions, and 96% of graduates are accepted into one of their top-three schools, including:

  • Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
  • Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory of Music
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University
  • The Royal Academy of Music
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
  • Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California


Interlochen Arts Camp

The oldest and most respected summer youth music program in the United States, Interlochen Arts Camp offers one- to six-week programs for musicians in grades 3-12. Led by faculty from the nation’s top ensembles, institutions, and conservatories, Arts Camp students rehearse and perform exciting and challenging repertoire. Program offerings include:

  • Orchestra & Wind Ensemble
  • Advanced String Quartet
  • Composition
  • Harp
  • Jazz Performance & Improvisation
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Music Production & Engineering
  • Popular Music
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Voice & Opera

High school students can also participate in our one-week, instrument-specific intensive programs.


Interlochen Online

Interlochen Online brings the world-class educational experiences of Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy to aspiring artists around the globe. Taught by acclaimed faculty, Interlochen Online’s immersive virtual programs provide exceptional instruction in a variety of music subjects. Spring, summer, fall, and winter courses are available.

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