Orchestra and Band - present challenging repertoire in approximately eight concerts each year and frequently collaborate with guest artists and conductors. Wind and percussion students are placed into either Orchestra or Band based on audition at the beginning of the semester.
Choir - performs around eight concerts during the year with repertoire that includes works from a diverse range of styles, time periods and composers. Academy Choir is a requirement for all voice majors. It is also open to all students with the permission of the instructor.
Chamber Singers* - The Chamber Singers perform a wide variety of choral repertoire requiring advanced understanding of complex rhythm and melody.
Interlochen Opera Theater* is a performance ensemble of singing actors specializing in classical vocal repertoire. Opera Theater courses support the Voice Major curriculum of study, and are designed for young singing actors who are dedicated to developing their craft and artistry. Students are engaged in comprehensive singing actor training through which they develop fundamental singing acting techniques, physical and vocal characterization skills, and a basic working knowledge of related theatrical terminology and technical concepts necessary for successful singing acting performances. Students have multiple performance opportunities throughout the academic year based on skill level and experience.
Jazz Ensemble* - The jazz ensemble performs concerts throughout the year. Repertoire is a combination of old and new music, teaching students how to perform in a variety of styles. Membership is determined through auditions that are held immediately before the semester begins.
Jazz Combo* - The jazz combo is a select group of five to eight of the most experienced improvisers in the jazz program. The combo performs on-campus five or six times each year and is occasionally invited to off-campus performances as well. Students learn to apply their skills as improvisers and experience the chamber music quality of jazz. Wind players in the group also play in the jazz ensemble. Membership in this group is determined through auditions.
Percussion Ensemble* - The ensemble performs music from the baroque period through the twentieth century. Melodic and non-melodic instruments are stressed equally.
Brass Ensemble* - The ensemble performs music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Emphasis is on tone production and style concepts, as well as section playing.
Chamber Music* - Emphasis is on the basics of fine ensemble playing, intonation, phrasing and balance through regular rehearsals and frequent performances.
- Woodwind and horn players will be formed into small ensembles such as wind quintet, clarinet quartet or flute quartet.
- Brass players will be formed into a horn ensemble or brass quintets.
- String majors will be formed in quartets and string trios, and are coached by string faculty through intensified reading, study, rehearsal and performance of chamber music with emphasis on the string quartet.
- Pianists are selected by invitation only. Participation is determined by audition, sight-reading skills, overall musicianship, and the availability of other instrumentalists to form piano-based ensembles.
Blues Combo - Blues Combo is a performance class in which students will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire in order to learn the standard blues forms, including slow, medium, and fast blues, minor blues, and 8-, 12-, and 16-bar blues, as well as blues-based rock. Students will develop their listening, improvisation, and band leadership skills. Out of class, students will transcribe, arrange, and compose in the various blues styles, as well as listen to the classic recordings by artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Albert King, Bo Diddley, and many others. In addition, the Blues Combo will serve as a “house band” for new compositions by the singer-songwriters.
*Requires additional auditions or instructor approval