During the last five years, Interlochen's summer institute programs for high school students have quickly become a popular program for students because of the top artistic talent they bring to the Interlochen campus. The one-week programs happen before the longer high school programs begin and attract a mix of students, with some attending only the institutes, and others who use the week to prepare for longer Camp programs. The institute programs encompass many of the arts majors at Interlochen including visual arts, dance, theatre and music. Music institutes emphasize audition preparation and the visual arts institute will focus on helping students prepare college portfolios.
Faculty highlights for the 2014 Institutes include:
Margaret Batjer - Violin, Concertmaster at the Los Angeles Chamber OrchestraRoger Bobo - Tuba, Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1964–1989, first solo tuba recital in Carnegie HallMartin Chalifour - Violin, Concertmaster at the Los Angeles PhilharmonicLynne Church - Musical Theatre, Adjunct Instructor of Music - Voice, Elon UniversityRick Church - Musical Theatre, Music Director/Conductor, Department of Performing Arts, Elon UniversityGreg Hellems - Musical Theatre, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Acting, Wright State UniversityFrank Huang - Violin, Concertmaster at the Houston SymphonyJeffrey Irvine - Viola, Cleveland Institute of MusicPeter Kurau - Horn, Professor of Horn, Eastman School of MusicCarol Jantsch - Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra, instructor at Curtis Institute of MusicTim McAllister - Saxophone, international soloist, professor Northwestern UniversityJudith Mendenhall - Flute, New York Chamber Symphony, professor at Mannes CollegeJohn Perry - Piano, professor emeritus University of Southern California Thornton School of MusicLynne Ramsey - Viola, First Assistant Principal Violist, Cleveland OrchestraAnn Schein - Piano, international soloist, professor of piano at The Juilliard SchoolEd Soph - Percussion, Recording artist, Woody Herman Band, professor of jazz studies at University of North TexasLinda Strommen - Oboe, Formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of MusicWilliam VerMeulen - Horn, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Houston Symphony