Longtime Camp faculty member and revered music educator, Cassel Grubb, passed away on January 1, 2012. An accomplished cellist, Cassel taught generations of Interlochen campers from 1963 to 2004. He served as director of the Camp’s string ensemble program for fifteen years and co-directed the adult chamber music camp for ten years.
Interlochen Center for the Arts has received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. The award was presented by President Bush to ten individuals and organizations in a White House ceremony on November 9, 2006. Jeffrey Kimpton, President of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, traveled to Washington DC to receive the award.
Interlochen Arts Academy visual arts student, Shawn Smith, was one of twelve high school seniors from across the nation to be honored with a Gold Portfolio Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Maya Samuels, a comparative arts major at the Arts Academy, was one of only 24 students in the world who attended the Nobel Prize Ceremony as part of the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS).
Thirty-six Interlochen students and alumni were honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts during the 2009-10 YoungArts program. Fourteen Interlochen Campers and Arts Academy students were selected as finalists and 22 received honorable mentions.
Phoebe Rusch has been named one of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings. The Chicago-area playwright is the 39th Presidential Scholar from Interlochen Arts Academy
Jim and Mary Tolley have so many Interlochen stories to tell that it’s hard to know where to begin. Wherever you start, what soon becomes obvious is that the Tolleys’ long-standing relationship with Interlochen is based on both give and take: they’ve received much from Interlochen over the years, and they’ve spent the past three decades giving back.
Longtime Interlochen faculty member Howard Hintze shares thoughts about his Interlochen career and the importance of supporting the parents and students who hope to continue the Interlochen artistic legacy.
Interlochen President Jeffrey Kimpton welcomes the students of Interlochen Arts Academy's 50th year. The title, "Pioneers of a New Frontier," is a direct reference to Joseph Maddy's opening speech at the first year of the Academy.
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.
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.
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.