Each year, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) nominates up to 60 young artists for consideration by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. This spring, Andrew Bahle, a senior percussion major at Interlochen Arts Academy, was named as a finalist in this group of exceptional young artists.
This May, Thomas Kitt (IAC 90) received a Pulitzer Prize for his work as composer and co-orchestrator for Broadway musical drama, "Next to Normal." This most recent recognition comes on the heels of two Tony Awards in 2009 for "Best Score" and "Best Orchestration."
This spring, several Interlochen Arts Academy students earned high honors through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The competition was founded in 1923 and is recognized as the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for student achievement in the visual arts and creative writing in the U.S.
Four Interlochen alumni took home honors at the 2010 National Trumpet Competition. Interlochen graduates took first place in the undergraduate and graduate divisions. All four also performed in the winning trumpet ensemble from The Juilliard School.
This winter, the math and science department is enjoying a rare moment in the spotlight with recognition, and a new $150,000 grant from the science-focused R.B. Annis Foundation of Indianapolis, Indiana.
At the end of the fall semester, Interlochen welcomed renowned photographers and husband and wife duo Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison to campus. They met with students, viewed student work, provided feedback and presented their own work in front of a student assembly.
After a year-long sabbatical, Hal Grossman, instructor of violin at Interlochen Arts Academy, is prepared to blend science with art to help his students learn skills that will help them play violin in a healthy way.
Academy visual arts major Jordan Else Pemberton of Michigan won first place honors for the 2009 Utrecht Art Supplies fifth Annual Self-Portrait Contest, co-sponsored by the Savannah College of Art & Design.