Mary Jane Jacobi passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Mary Jane served as the first lady of Interlochen along side her husband Roger Jacobi, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts from 1971 to 1989.
The Interlochen Summer Arts Festival kicked off in June with a live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion," with Garrison Keillor. The sold-out performance featured a number of guest artists, including Arts Academy students Yuri Popowycz, violin and Charles Overton, harp.
Delali Ayivor, a creative writing student at Interlochen Arts Academy, has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. The 18 year-old senior is the 41st Arts Academy student to earn the distinction of being named a Presidential Scholar.
Staring in the fall of 2011, the world will get a little smaller for Interlochen students: the Arts Academy has created educational partnerships with two leading arts programs in Asia: the High School of the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China, and the School for the Arts (SOTA) in Singapore.
Recently, Camp alumnus Barrett Foa established the Barrett Foa Musical Theatre Scholarship. It will be given annually to a high school camper studying musical theatre who shows strong potential for growth. “Crescendo” asked Barrett to share his thoughts about establishing the scholarship and how his own Interlochen experience has shaped his life and career so far.
In late 2010, Interlochen Center for the Arts received an unexpected gift of nearly half a million dollars from the estate of John and Joan Herlitz to establish an endowed scholarship for visual artists and to support the construction of new visual arts studios. To those who knew John and Joan Herlitz, the gift was a continuation of their lifelong commitment to the arts and to the development and training of artists.
How does body alignment and proper breath control affect a flute’s sound quality? In an effort to answer this question, students recently participated in one part flute lesson, one part wellness exercise and one part physics experiment.
Kenneth C. Fischer (IAC '55, '57-58, '60-62, Faculty/Staff '66) was recognized at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference on Monday, January 10, in New York City at the organization’s annual awards ceremony and luncheon.
Danny Rothschild, an Academy senior and creative writing major was one of ten winners in the 2010 Young Playwrights, Inc. National Playwriting Competition. As part of this honor, his play, “A Ninth Time” was presented in January 2011, during the Young Playwrights Conference in New York City.
PROJECT trio visited the Interlochen campus in October 2010 to work with students and perform. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of music that often blurs the lines between traditional classical music and other genres like jazz and hip-hop.
Five Academy students were invited to travel to the White House to participate in a dance workshop and attend an event honoring Judith Jamison, the long-time artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.