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Interlochen Center for the Arts Overview

Interlochen, MI
201 to 500 employees
1960
Nonprofit Organization
Performing Arts
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative ... Read more

Mission: Core Purpose: To ignite lifelong passion for the arts. (Adopted July 24, 2010)

Mission: Interlochen Center for the Arts engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life ... Read more

Company Updates

  • A fantastic article in Forbes about former Board of Trustees member Stanford Thompson! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQsMA

    Why One Millennial Musician Is Working To Save Music Education

    Stanford Thompson is a millennial musician on the move who believes art has the ability to solve society's most compelling problems. Here's who he's working to create musicians that can be a powerful driver of the measurable differences that society and our communities need.

  • String Orchestra returns to Interlochen under the direction of faculty member Ara Sarkissian. A national search is underway for an Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra conductor.
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    Interlochen Music Faculty Ara Sarkissian assumes new roles | Interlochen Center for the Arts

    Interlochen Center for the Arts is happy to announce the return of the Interlochen Arts Academy String Orchestra. Interlochen Instructor of Violin and current Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra Conductor Ara Sarkissian will begin conducting the ensemble at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts – Why Work For Us?


Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing, and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and inspired by the scenic beauty of our campus.

In the mid-1920s, few schools had music programs. To help foster the interest in school music growing across the country, the Music Supervisors National Conference (known as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) from 1934-2012, and now the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)) asked Interlochen founder Joseph E. Maddy to bring together more than 200 high school musicians from across the country to create a national high school honors orchestra. In 1926, '27, and '28 Maddy led student orchestras at conventions of the nation’s music educators and school administrators.  
 
These experiences were so profound that Joseph Maddy and fellow music educator, TP (Thaddeus)  Giddings, became determined to create more regular opportunities for talented musicians to rehearse and perform together. The National High School Orchestra Camp was incorporated on July 6, 1927 and began its first Camp summer in 1928.

Maddy looked across the country for a site and found two adjacent struggling summer camps in Michigan: Camp Penn Loch (for boys) and Camp Interlochen (for girls). On June 24, 1928, 115 students arrived by train, bus and car from across the country. Of the 24 faculty, only one had played in a leading orchestra - most were high school or university teachers. Thousands of area residents packed the bowl to witness a phenomenon that was entirely new to them - a high school orchestra playing like professionals.

Despite rapid growth in its early years, the Camp struggled financially. Large debts and the early years of the Great Depression nearly caused the Camp to fail. Enthusiastic support from musicians, private donors, instrument-makers and music publishers helped the young organization survive.  

Through the 1930s the Camp raised its national profile through performances and broadcasts. Starting in 1930 the Sunday concerts of the orchestra were broadcast over the CBS and NBC radio networks across the country. In 1939, the Interlochen orchestra performed at the New York World’s Fair. By the end of the decade, Interlochen had established itself as the national leader in music education.

In 1962 Interlochen Arts Academy opened its doors as the nation’s first independent boarding school in the arts. In its first year, the school had 135 students and a staff and faculty of 34. It combined rich experiences in the arts with challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics. Over the years, the school and its students have compiled a record of success in arts and academics, with more Presidential Scholars than any other school in the nation, public or private. Academy alumni can be found in leadership positions in the arts and other professional fields.

In 1963, Interlochen launched WIAA, an FM public radio station that broadcast eight hours a day. In 1971, Interlochen joined forces with 37 radio stations across the country to create National Public Radio.

In 1964 the Interlochen Arts Festival was born and brought the Philadelphia Orchestra and Van Cliburn to campus. Van Cliburn had begun playing annual benefit concerts at Interlochen in 1961.

Founded in 2004, Interlochen College of Creative Arts brings adult learners to campus in all of our arts areas.

Take a look at our timeline listed on our website. 

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Interlochen Center for the Arts is a major employer in Northern Michigan.

Interlochen State Park is located directly across from our campus. 

There are many things to do within the beautiful state of Michigan

Interlochen, MI is 20 minutes from Traverse City, MI.

Explore our Northern Michigan towns and sand dunes.

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    Sometimes feels like it's a really big place and communication can be complex and incomplete. But much better than other places I've been.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts Photos

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Interlochen Center for the Arts Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI) in September 2016.

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    I applied online through a job aggregator. Within a week, I was scheduled for a phone interview with the Program Director for the Motion Picture Arts department. 1 week later, was another phone interview with the Program Director along with the Vice President of Education Programs. This interview was more in-depth. 2 weeks later I was schedule to interview on-campus. They had taken care of my travel expenses as well as my housing for the couple of days I was there. This last interview lasted the entire day, which included a tour of the campus and meeting with different faculty member of the MPA department. The day ended with me teaching a sample class. Within 3 days I received my job offer via phone call from the VP

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Interlochen Center for the Arts Awards & Accolades

  • National Medal of Arts, The nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, 2006
  • Jeffrey Lawrence Award to President Jeffrey Kimpton, Arts School Network, 2015
  • Apple Distinguished Program, Apple, 2015
  • 44 Presidential Scholars, 44 Students have earned this award, more than any other high school in the country, 2017
  • 127 Grammy Awards- Alumni, Grammy, 2017
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