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.
Five dance students from Interlochen Arts Academy will travel to Washington D.C. to attend an event honoring Judith Jamison, the long-time artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and an icon of contemporary dance.
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.