Institutes Bring Top Talent to the Interlochen Campus

Crescendo issue: January 2014
From the first tuba soloist to ever grace the Carnegie stage to a professor of piano at The Juilliard School, this year's one-week high school institutes will feature a plethora of artist-teachers who are at the pinnacle in their fields.

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 Orchestra
Roger Bobo - Tuba, Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1964–1989, first solo tuba recital in Carnegie Hall
Martin Chalifour - Violin, Concertmaster at the Los Angeles Philharmonic 
Lynne Church - Musical Theatre, Adjunct Instructor of Music - Voice, Elon University
Rick Church - Musical Theatre, Music Director/Conductor, Department of Performing Arts, Elon University
Greg Hellems - Musical Theatre, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Acting, Wright State University
Frank Huang - Violin, Concertmaster at the Houston Symphony
Jeffrey Irvine - Viola, Cleveland Institute of Music
Peter Kurau -  Horn, Professor of Horn, Eastman School of Music
Carol Jantsch - Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra, instructor at Curtis Institute of Music 
Tim McAllister - Saxophone, international soloist, professor Northwestern University
Judith Mendenhall - Flute, New York Chamber Symphony, professor at Mannes College
John Perry - Piano, professor emeritus University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Lynne Ramsey - Viola, First Assistant Principal Violist, Cleveland Orchestra
Ann Schein - Piano, international soloist, professor of piano at The Juilliard School 
Ed Soph - Percussion, Recording artist, Woody Herman Band, professor of jazz studies at University of North Texas
Linda Strommen - Oboe, Formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
William VerMeulen - Horn, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Houston Symphony