Interlochen fulfils 30-year master plan

Interlochen fulfils 30-year master plan


norman lebrecht

October 07, 2021

Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan today signed off its ambitious three-decade development plan, turning it from a summer school to a year-round facility.

It now has facilities for students aged 8-18 in every arts discipline – creative writing, dance, film & new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts – matching or exceeeding those available at collegiate and professional levels.


  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    *The academic year-round Arts Academy was established in 1962, for upper secondary level learning.

    Although Michigan is one state I’ve never been to, when I fly through Detroit airport I often see Interlochen sweatshirts and decals on bags. It must be a nice place.

    Well, we do have some good news from Michigan today.

  • Pierre says:

    Speaking as a young Belgian cellist whose only main contact with American musiciens is through summer festivals like the Casals Festival in France, Interlochen has a pretty great reputation. If word of mouth reaches our European ears, they’re doing a lot right.

    Hats off to them.

  • Alwyn Wood says:

    Do they still play Howard Hanson’s Interlochen Theme regularly? In the various posts I’ve read online about this I haven’t seen his name mentioned anywhere, which seems very remiss. Surely they must have named something after the great man?!

  • Ernie says:

    Over the years I had five children attend summer camp at Interlochen. It was a wonderful experience for each of them.

  • anon says:

    I’m missing something. The Interlochen Arts Academy has been a high school boarding school since the early ’60s. That’s almost 60 years of being a year-round facility.

    As written, the above article leaves me wondering “What’s new?” Source?? Details??

  • Fred Funk says:

    1. It’s a LONG flush to Lockhaven.

    2. Beanie Weenie Wednesdays still happen.

    3. Giant Snoopy dolls used to hang from the ceiling at Kresge.

    …And now a few words from Coach Lee Cabutti….

    Why would you ever think about going to Blue Lake?

  • Tuition and board is $68,900 per year. New 12th graders will now have to pay $73,500 for the last year of school. Interlochen is a great. My wife attended for 3 full years back when the tuition was more affordable. She has more professional contacts around the world from Interlochen than she does Juilliard. Sadly, the tuition now highlights the stratified nature of the USA’s increasingly classist society that no amount of tokenism can cover up.

    • Rose says:

      My son graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy two years ago. Like most students there we didn’t pay anything close to full tuition. In fact that’s something that sets Interlochen apart from other top private schools – most students receive a lot of financial aid, and I know those efforts are top priority and increasing every year.

    • Neal says:

      Current parent here, and I know that most students Interlochen Arts Academy students receive some sort of financial aid. My student, a composer, certainly would not be there without significant help. That’s the story I hear from parents (and alumni) all the time–along with much gratitude for those who make scholarships possible!

  • Ellen Harcourt says:

    About 80% of the students receive financial aid. Talent and a willingness to work hard are the most prized criteria. Students who are rich in both should not be discouraged from applying.