Camp Family Resource Center

  • Parents of campers that attend Interlochen Arts Camp share about their Interlochen experience.

Welcome! We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 season of Interlochen Arts Camp. Important information and forms for families are posted here.

Located in northwestern lower Michigan, Interlochen is a part of the Grand Traverse region, which is a popular travel destination. If you plan to accompany your child to or from Interlochen, we hope you have some time to explore our beautiful area. There's a lot to see and do, and we've put together some of our favorite Traverse City events, attractions, restaurants, and online resources.

Arrival/Departure and Travel Information

Completing Forms in Aspen

Nearly all forms, both required and optional, are completed through the Aspen Family Portal. We suggest families new to this system view this tutorial video before beginning this process.  For returning families, the process is the same as last year.  Click the family tab at the top to begin. 

Register for Electives

This process is done through the Aspen Family Portal.  Within 3 business days of paying your deposit, you will receive an email with your Aspen credentials.  Log into Aspen and follow the directions there for requesting electives and private lessons.
Click here to determine if your student's program includes electives. Not all camp programs include electives. We suggest families view this tutorial video before beginning this process.

To request elective classes for your student:

  • ​In Aspen, please click on the Family tab at the top of the page.
  • Check the box next to your student's name. If you have more than one student attending camp, repeat these steps for each child.
  • Click on the Schedule tab on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Follow the instructions to make primary and alternate requests.

Questions regarding electives should be directed to

Student schedules will be available to view in June. All students will receive a paper copy of their schedules upon arrival at camp.


The Student and Family Handbooks and Packing Lists

  • Click here to reach the Camp Student and Family Handbook (for programs June 25-August 8)
  • Click here to reach the Camp Packing List (for programs June 25-August 8)


  • Click here to reach the INSTITUTE Camp Student and Family Handbook (for programs June 18-24)
  • Click here to reach the INSTITUTE Packing List (for programs June 18-24)


Camp Questions

Click here to submit a question.  Please allow 1-3 business days for a response depending on the time of year.  Our busiest times are May and June.  

Institute Draft Schedules

Draft schedules for the one-week Institute programs (June 18-24) will be linked below after March 15.  Final schedules will be distributed to students on campus.

  • Academic - College Counseling and Test Prep Institute
  • Academic - Logan Arts Leadership Institute
  • Creative Writing - Novel Writing Institute
  • Dance - Advanced Ballet Intensive Institute
  • Dance - Advanced Modern Intensive Institute
  • Music - Advanced Bassoon Institute
  • Music - Advanced Oboe Institute
  • Music - Cello Institute
  • Music - Clarinet Institute
  • Music - Double Bass Institute
  • Music - Flute Institute
  • Music - Horn Institute
  • Music - Oboe Institute
  • Music - Percussion Institute
  • Music - Piano Institute
  • Music - Saxophone Institute
  • Music - Trombone and Tuba Institute
  • Music - Trumpet Institute
  • Music - Viola Institute
  • Music - Violin Institute
  • Theatre - Musical Theatre Audition Intensive Institute
  • Theatre - Shakespeare Bootcamp Institute
  • Visual Arts - Digital Fabrication for the Artist Institute
  • Visual Arts - Experimental Drawing and Painting Institute
  • Visual Arts - Life Drawing Institute
  • Visual Arts - Precious Metals Institute
  • Visual Arts - Preparing a Portfolio for College Institute 


The summer 2016 performance schedule will be available after April 15.

Student Ticket Ordering Information

Students have the opportunity to attend performances that are part of the Interlochen Presents performance series for 2016. If you would like your child to attend any of these concerts, tickets must be purchased through the student process and not from the public ticketing site. More information will be available here and in the Spring Packet after April 15.

Ordering Camp Uniforms

Students in the Junior, Intermediate, and High School divisions wear a uniform. Students in one-week Institute programs do not wear uniforms. More information about the uniform can be found in this section of the Camp Student and Family Handbook. There are three ways to order uniform pieces and supplies:

  • Download the printer-friendly order form available here and mail it in.
  • Online at
  • Or call the Interlochen Scholarshop at 800.681.5931 (Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm Eastern Time)

Email questions or comments:

Photos, Student Recordings, and Performance Programs

Throughout the summer, our roving staff photographers will post images to our SmugMug site at The site is free to use. You may view images at no charge; prints and other items may be purchased. 

While we strive to capture photos of as many students as possible, we cannot accept photo requests or guarantee that every student will appear in the gallery.

Audio of many student performances is available online through Interlochen Public Radio:

Performance programs are now located on the Archives website:

Use the search bar near the top of the page. Try to be as specific as possible. Multiple search terms may be comma separated:

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