Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Director of Liberal Arts (interim), Interlochen Arts Academy
Ted Farraday joined Interlochen in June 2008 and is responsible for oversight and leadership of Interlochen’s artistic and academic programs, ensuring that Interlochen is at the forefront of arts education nationally and internationally. He supervises nearly 100 faculty and education staff during the Academy year, and nearly 350 during the summer Arts Camp. He also works closely with the student affairs office to integrate residence life, health, counseling and parent services into the artistic and academic program.
Prior to coming to Interlochen, Ted spent ten years as director of the Upper School at Miami Country Day School. Previously, he served as academic dean at the Walnut Hill School in Massachusetts and as director of academic affairs at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with degrees in French and romance languages and earned a master’s degree in French from New York University.
Ted has traveled extensively and has a strong interest in international education. He received an NEH grant and French government grant for language study in France and Guadaloupe. He has also studied in Spain and Ecuador and did additional graduate study at the Sorbonne in Paris. He has been a leader in the NAIS People of Color initiative, and a champion of diversity issues in all of his positions.
Ted is a lover of all the arts and has a strong background in music with particular interests in nineteenth century piano concerti. He is passionate about opera and has woven music throughout his own studies as well as his teaching career.