Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen Center for the Arts is a privately owned, 1,200 acre (5 km²) arts education institution in Interlochen, Michigan, roughly 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Traverse City. Interlochen draws young people from around the world to study music, theater, dance, visual art, creative writing, motion picture arts, and comparative arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts is the umbrella organization for Interlochen Arts Camp (formerly the National Music Camp, founded 1928), Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school (founded 1962), Interlochen Public Radio (founded 1963), Interlochen College of Creative Arts (founded 2004), and the "Interlochen Presents" performing arts series.
|Interlochen Center for the Arts|
Dedicated to the Promotion of World Friendship
Through the Universal Language of the Arts
|Interlochen, MI, United States|
|Type||Educational institution, privately owned|
|President||Jeffrey S. Kimpton|
|Enrollment||Camp (summer): 2000
Academy (school year): 475
|Campus||1,200 acres (4.9 km2), wooded, rural, between two lakes, and immediately adjacent Interlochen State Park|
From the State of Michigan historical marker on Interlochen's Osterlin Mall:
Ottawa Indians once lived in the pine forest between lakes Wahbekaness and Wahbekanetta. In the late 1800s white men came and cut the pines, leaving only a small forest between the lakes. This virgin pine was purchased in 1917 by the state and became part of one of the first state parks. When the lumber era ended, the Wylie Cooperage mill occupied the Indian village site, making barrels until the hardwood ran out. Willis Pennington's summer hotel, opened in 1909, was popular with fishermen until automobiles and better roads drew them elsewhere. Then in 1918, Camp Interlochen, one of Michigan's first girls' recreation camps, was opened, followed in 1922 by Camp Penn Loch for boys. In 1928, by arrangement with Willis Pennington, Joseph E. Maddy and Thaddeus P. Giddings established the National High School Orchestra Camp. It grew rapidly in scope, size, and reputation, becoming the National Music Camp in 1931, and affiliating with the University of Michigan in 1942. Interlochen Arts Academy was chartered in 1960 to provide year-round training in the creative arts.
From the book Interlochen, The First 25 Years:
In 1926, Joe Maddy was asked to organize and conduct the First National High School Orchestra for the Music Supervisors' National Conference (now known as the Music Educators National Conference) in Detroit. Its resounding success led to an invitation to duplicate the experience at the Dallas, Texas convention of the National Education Association's Department of Superintendence in 1927. The exuberant young musicians pled for the chance to work and play together longer than the few days the convention appearance afforded. Joe Maddy promised them a music camp! In June, 1928, at Interlochen, Michigan, in the midst of a magnificent stand of virgin pine trees between two lovely lakes, The National High School Orchestra Camp opened its doors. On leased land, with the old Hotel Pennington, several cottages, 29 new camper cabins, a hospital, water and sewer system, the new Interlochen Bowl, and $40,000 debt, this brave experiment was launched.
Interlochen becomes the inspiration for the 1941 Paramount motion picture There's Magic in Music (AKA "The Hard Boiled Canary").
In 1962, Interlochen Arts Academy is founded.
In 1963, WIAA-FM, later to become Interlochen Public Radio, begins broadcasting.
From 2000 to 2007, Interlochen Center for the Arts owned and operated the K-8 Interlochen Pathfinder School in Traverse City, MI. Pathfinder had approached Interlochen about a potential link-up in the late 1990s after Pathfinder encountered financial and operational difficulty. Believing that operational and administrative synergies between Interlochen and Pathfinder might allow Pathfinder to continue operating, Interlochen ran Pathfinder for 7 years before determining that Pathfinder was not a financially viable entity. Pathfinder parents and the local community reacted negatively to the decision to shutter Pathfinder, and Interlochen agreed to turn over the school to a group of parents when several benfactors stepped forward to provide supplemental financial support. Pathfinder has since resumed operation as an independent entity.
Interlochen Arts Camp 
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Interlochen Arts Camp (formerly the National Music Camp) is an annual summer camp for approximately 2,500 students ages 8 to 18. It was founded in 1928 by the late Dr. Joseph E. Maddy as the National High School Orchestra Camp. Today, students participate in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing, or motion picture arts. Camp admission is competitive, and auditions are required in most cases. Programs range in length from one to six weeks, and participants are divided into three divisions: Junior (grades 3-6), Intermediate (grades 6-9), and High School (grades 9-12). As another alternative, students may apply to one-week advanced institute programs that take place the week prior to the typical summer camp season; within the past few years, there have been institutes for oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The Interlochen All-State program, which formerly consisted of two-week band, orchestra, and choir programs for Michigan high school students, was dropped in 2009.
Camp traditions and hallmarks 
Camp uniform 
One of the camp's most distinguishing features is its distinctive performance uniform which traces its origins to the camp's earliest years, and which is worn by all campers, faculty, and staff. Its main components are a light blue shirt (white shirt on Sunday and a choice of a white or blue shirt on Monday), red sweater, and navy blue shorts. Boys must wear a color-coded belt (light blue for Juniors, red for Intermediates, and navy blue for High School). Day students must wear a white belt, regardless of gender. Girls can wear any color belt, as long as it isn't white. Socks must be worn at all times. Girls must wear color-coded socks (navy blue for Juniors, red for Intermediates, and light blue for High School). Girls can choose between knee-highs and ankle socks. Concert attire consists of navy blue corduroy pants with the color-coded belt for boys, and navy blue corduroy knickers with color-coded knee-high socks for the girls. The knickers have to be fastened at the calf. Typically, students must wear the red Interlochen sweater while performing in concerts, but that can be changed in accordance to the weather. In addition, all participants are required to wear a color-coded lanyard with identification based off their division, and orange lanyards for staff members. Interlochen's founder, Joe Maddy, initially proposed Interlochen's uniform to blur class distinctions, free members of the camp community from the distraction of picking out clothes each day, and to foster an environment where individuals could express and distinguish themselves primarily through their art form.
Interlochen Theme 
The Interlochen Theme, an excerpt from Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2, is played at the conclusion of every Interlochen Arts Camp concert. It is conducted by the concertmaster for orchestra performances and by the first chair oboe player for band concerts. In recent years it has been accepted for any member of the band to conduct the theme during the summer camp. At the end of the Interlochen Theme, audience members are requested not to applaud and to depart in quiet reflection.
Camp life 
In addition to participating in artistic endeavors, campers also are able to take part in traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, sailing, camping, crafts, ping pong, billiards, cook-outs, mixers, trips to Lake Michigan, and playing sports such as soccer and softball in organized leagues, as well as tennis and basketball. Campers live in rustic cabins with up to 16 campers and one or two counselors. High School and Intermediate campers begin their day with a bugle call at 6:30 AM,and Junior campers are woken at 6:50. Each division ends their day with "taps," typically played on trumpet, around 9:00 PM.
International community 
Interlochen campers come from all 50 of the United States, Canada, and other countries in North America, there are typically also more than a few campers who come from South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In a typical summer, over 40 countries are represented within the camp community. This geographic diversity within the camp population reinforces the motto painted over the stage in Kresge Auditorium which states simply, "Dedicated to the Promotion of World Friendship Through the Universal Language of the Arts".
The mid-summer collection of performances in which every discipline represented at the camp is displayed. This occurs during the middle of the third week of camp.
Les Preludes 
The final camp performance each summer in which almost all Interlochen High School music campers participate features Les Preludes by Franz Liszt. The concert is always a standing-room-only event and attracts an audience of over 5,000 people.
Interlochen Arts Academy 
The Interlochen Arts Academy was founded in 1962 by Joseph E. Maddy as an independent boarding school dedicated to the arts. As of 2007[update], it has 300 faculty and staff, and roughly 475 students. While more than half the students major in music performance, IAA also offers majors in comparative arts, creative writing, dance, theatre (performance; design and production), motion picture arts, and visual arts. Newer majors include motion picture arts beginning in 2005, comparative arts in 2011, and songwriting in 2012. The vast majority of students at Interlochen Arts Academy are boarding students, including many international students; some day students who live in the vicinity also attend. Interlochen Arts Academy has also been noted for its academic rigor, as IAA expects students to excel in the classroom as well as artistically. Upon graduation, most IAA graduates continue to universities or conservatories for further study in the arts or academics. Conservatories that often admit Interlochen students include Juilliard, Eastman, Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Curtis, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Peabody, and CalArts. Interlochen Arts Academy graduates also matriculate at many other colleges and universities that do not have a primary focus on the arts.
The Interlochen Alumni Organization Board serves as the liaison between Interlochen's global alumni community and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Members are elected from the Camp and Academy alumni population and serve two-year terms. More information about the IAO Board is at http://www.interlochen.org/alumni/.
There are nearly 70,000 alumni of Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy living all over the world. Many of them have achieved fame for their artistic abilities or because of other achievements; some of their names are listed below.
Interlochen Public Radio 
Interlochen Center for the Arts is home to Interlochen Public Radio, a National Public Radio member station with studios on the Interlochen campus and multiple broadcast locations that allow the station's signal to reach most of Northern Michigan as well as parts of eastern Wisconsin.
When it was founded in 1963, WIAA (note the similarity between the station call letters and the "IAA" abbreviation for Interlochen Arts Academy) was envisioned as a logical extension of the long-running "Music From Interlochen" program that had been heard for many years on the NBC radio network, and which helped to spread word about the activities at the then-named National Music Camp and the then-fledgling Interlochen Arts Academy. The station performed so poorly in its early years that there was talk of shutting down the operation. Today, however, Interlochen Public Radio thrives and includes both a music service and a news service.
Despite being one of the smallest NPR members, IPR boasts one of the highest rates of per capita contributions of any public radio station in the United States. The station's classical service is broadcast from 88.7 FM in Interlochen, 88.5 FM in Mackinaw City, and 100.9 FM in East Jordan/Charlevoix. In 2000, it began offering a separate news service on 91.5 FM in Traverse City. Interlochen is currently investigating acquisition of additional licenses so that IPR can reach larger, more geographically-diverse audiences.
Interlochen Presents 
Interlochen Presents has a summer festival running from June through August (schedule announced in April) and a performing arts series from September through May coinciding with the Academy school year (schedule announced in August). It features concerts, plays, art exhibits, readings, film screenings and dance productions presented by students, faculty, and staff, as well as both well-known and obscure guest artists. Interlochen Presents events are held in numerous venues around campus. The list of recent guest artists includes Steely Dan, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Joshua Bell, Jason Mraz, Bonnie Raitt, Olga Kern, Sara Bareilles, Dierks Bentley, Norah Jones, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ra Ra Riot, Bob Dylan, Jewel, Carol Jantsch, Josh Groban, Tiempo Libre, Paula Poundstone, Nathan Gunn, Chris Thile, and Bela Fleck. Interlochen Presents and Interlochen Public Radio serve as the primary channels by which Interlochen Center for the Arts connects with the northern Michigan region.
See current concerts and events at http://presents.interlochen.org
Interlochen College of Creative Arts 
"Interlochen College of Creative Arts" was founded in 2004, and offers non-degree arts programs for adults 18 years and over. Most programs are 3–7 days long, and are housed in the Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership building on Interlochen's campus. The Mallory-Towsley building was completed in summer 2011.
Campus features 
Performance venues 
- Upton-Morley Pavilion (2011) - seasonal, outdoor venue for theatre, music and dance performances
- The Interlochen Bowl - capacity 5,000 on benches and lawn seating, summer only, open air (1927) The Bowl has been recently renovated to include chairs instead of benches.
- Grunow Theatre - capacity 200, seasonal (1927, demolished and reconstructed 2004)
- Kresge Auditorium - capacity 3,929, seasonal, open air covered (1948, expanded and roof added 1964)
- Corson Auditorium (Grand Traverse Performing Arts Center) - capacity 958, year-round (1975)
- Dendrinos Chapel - capacity 230, year-round (1982)
- Charlie's Shack - summer only (1982, moved and reconstructed 2007)
- Harvey Theatre - capacity 173
- Phoenix Theatre
- The Writing House (2002)
- The Shed (also serves as home to Athletic Services)
- DeRoy Center for Film Studies (2006)
- Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts (2008)
- Dance Building
- Fine Arts Building
Other major campus structures 
- Cafeterias - Stone, Lochaven, Pinecrest
- Dormitories - McWhorter, Mozart-Beethoven, Picasso, Hemingway, DeRoy, Thor Johnson
- Instructional buildings - Mott Rotunda, Dow Rotunda, Liberal Arts Rotunda, Frohlich Piano and Percussion Building, Organ Building, DeRoy, The Writing House, Mallory-Towsley, Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts
- Recreation facilities - Marge Hammes Pavilion, Braeside Recreation Building, Lee Cabutti Athletic Field, Ropes Course and Climbing Wall, The Shed
- Maintenance, Housekeeping, and Warehouse complex
- Stone Student Center Hotel (offers lodging as well as cabins for visitors to campus)
- Admissions Office
- Scholarshop, Melody Freeze, and Box Office
- Design & Production Building for theatre and motion picture sets
- Hastings Nature Museum
- Interlochen Public Radio broadcast and recording studios
- Bonisteel Library (2007, originally built in 1962 as the Jessie V. Stone recreation building)
- Dance Building
- Uniform building
- Stage Services and Program Office building
- Main Infirmary, Boys Camp Infirmary, Girls Camp Infirmary
Awards and accolades 
- National Medal of Arts. In 2006, Interlochen Center for the Arts was named recipient of the National Medal of Arts, one of the highest honors bestowed by the President of the United States and National Endowment for the Arts on individuals or institutions that have contributed substantially to the growth and advancement of the arts. Interlochen president Jeff Kimpton received the award on behalf of Interlochen Center for the Arts from President George W. Bush in an Oval Office ceremony.
- Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Interlochen Arts Academy is a perennial front-runner among American high schools in its production of Presidential Scholars in the Arts, having produced more recipients of the award than any other school in the nation.
Related publications 
- There's Magic in Music (1941) at the Internet Movie Database
- Boal, Dean (August 1998). Interlochen: A Home for the Arts. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-10882-4.
- Browning, Norma Lee (1992). Joe Maddy of Interlochen. Contemporary Books. ISBN 0-8092-3907-8.
- Feild, Thom (August 2006). Pine Nuts - Recollections of Summers at Interlochen. Thom Feild Design LLC. ISBN 0-9786677-0-0.
- "Michigan Historical Marker: Interlochen". MichMarkers.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- There's Magic in Music at the Internet Movie Database
- "Interlochen to close Pathfinder School in June". Archives.record-eagle.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- IGN: Helms Deep
- Linda Hunt
- "Jennifer Lynch | Biography, Photos, Movies, TV, Credits". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- Lexington native Lucille Sharp cast in PBS's 'Downton Abbey'
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- "Lifetime Honors: National Medal of Arts". nea.gov. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- "NEA News Room: 2006 National Medal of Arts - INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS". nea.gov. 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- "U.S. Presidential Scholars Program". ed.gov. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- Interlochen's Thanksgiving Week Massacre
- Interlochen Center for the Arts
- A Different Tune Is Being Played at a Venerable Music Camp - NY Times
- Trademark Dispute: Interlochen battles N.H. camp over name
- Pine Nuts book website