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 transform their passion and potential into purpose through summer camp and school year programs.

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

  • Classical music
    • Composition
    • Performance (brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds)
    • Guitar
    • Organ
    • Piano
    • Voice
  • Contemporary Music
    • Singer-Songwriter
    • Jazz
    • Popular Music
  • Music Production and Engineering 

Academy students also study a comprehensive, college-preparatory academic program that prepares them for the rigors of college and conservatory study. In 2019, 96% of Academy students were accepted into one of their top-three schools, and Academy students are regularly accepted into the world’s finest conservatories, including:

  • The Juilliard School
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • The Royal Academy of Music
  • New England Conservatory of Music

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 conductors from the nation’s top ensembles and conservatories, Arts Camp students rehearse and perform exciting and challenging repertoire. Program offerings include:

  • Orchestra and Wind Symphony
  • Advanced Strings
  • Music Composition
  • Harp
  • Jazz
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Music Production and Engineering
  • Rock/Pop Music
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Classical Voice

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