“The dream of Interlochen has come full circle,” Interlochen President Jeff Kimpton said to the students at First Gathering. “We’re here for many reasons, but primarily we’re here for your development as artists.”
Interlochen Arts Academy said farewell to its 2015 graduating class at its 53rd commencement celebration on May 30, featuring student performances, speeches and special moments to commemorate the students’ achievements and celebrate their limitless futures.
Each year, hundreds of brand new pianos are shipped to Interlochen for the Summer Arts Camp. This year we are following one specific piano, a Kawai GX-2, on its entire journey from the Kawai factory in Japan to the Interlochen campus where it will be played by hundreds of young musicians.
The Interlochen Arts Academy dance department partnered with Danceworks Chicago and choreographer Chrisian Denice to present "Spectrum" - a piece that uses dance and movement to express the realities of life with autism.
Arthur Bloom, an Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus, professional musician, and composer, launched MusiCorps after meeting a soldier and drummer who had lost his leg to an improvised explosive device. Years later the program has helped hundreds and is producing amazing music along the way.