High-performing alumni

Interlochen alumni go on to prestigious and satisfying careers in the arts, cultural, service and business sectors. Many have made significant contributions to their fields and achieved exceptional success. Here is a sampling of Interlochen alumni and their achievements.

Alumni accomplishments

  • 43 Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest award for outstanding achievement in the arts by high school students, more than any other high school in the country
  • Interlochen alumni typically account for 17 percent of the musicians in the nation’s major orchestras
  • 11 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients
  • 124 Grammy Awards received by Interlochen alumni, not including the countless Interlochen alumni that have participated in Grammy Award recipient orchestras and ensembles
  • 26 Tony Awards received by Interlochen alumni

A few of our distinguished alumni

(Pictured: Aaron Dworkin, Felicity Huffman and Josh Groban)


Mike Wallace, former correspondent, 60 Minutes
Daniel Zwerdling, senior political correspondent, NPR


Aaron Dworkin, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; Dean, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stephen Hayden, advertising executive
Larry Page, founder, Google Inc.


Victoria Clark, Tony winner, Light in the Piazza
Anthony Rapp, lead in Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Sarah Ruhl, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Tony-nominated playwright


Tom Hulce, Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actor and producer, Amadeus
Linda Hunt, Oscar-winning actress, The Year of Living Dangerously
Ed Helms, actor, The Hangover


Vince Gilligan, Emmy-winning executive producer, Breaking Bad
Felicity Huffman, Emmy-winning actress, Desperate Housewives, Transamerica
Our Lady J (formerly Justin Speidel), Emmy-winning writer, Transparent


Janet Eilber, artistic director, Martha Graham Dance Company
Liz Lerman, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange


Roger Thomas, Executive VP of Design, Wynn Design & Development

Popular Music

Norah Jones, Grammy-winning singer
Josh Groban, Grammy-nominated singer
Damian Kulash, lead singer, OK Go
Peter Yarrow, member, Peter, Paul, & Mary


Regina Carter, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; violinist
Peter Erskine, Grammy-winning drummer
Bob Mintzer, Grammy-winning saxophonist
Byron Stripling, former lead trumpet, Count Basie Jazz Orchestra

Classical Music

Nancy Allen, principal harpist, New York Philharmonic
Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flutist, New York Philharmonic
Whitney Crockett, bassoon Los Angeles Philharmonic
Elaine Douvas, principal oboist, MET Orchestra
Rafael Figueroa, principal cellist, MET Orchestra
Mark Gould, former principal trumpet, MET Orchestra; professor, Juilliard
Carol Jantsch, principal tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra
Kim Kashkashian, Grammy-winning violist
Rob Knopper, principal percussionist, MET Orchestra
Aaron LaVere, principal trombone, Baltimore Symphony
Lorin Maazel, former conductor, New York Philharmonic
Timothy McAllister, Grammy-winning saxophone soloist and soprano chair of PRISM Quartet
Jessye Norman, Grammy-winning soprano
William Preucil, concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
Harold Robinson, principal bassist, Philadelphia Orchestra
Gerard Schwartz, former conductor, Seattle Symphony
David Shifrin, Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinet soloist and chamber musician
William Ver Meulen, principal french horn, Houston Symphony