As a result of establishing and endowing the Valade Fellows program through a generous gift by Margaret and Gary Valade in 2001, Interlochen Center for the Arts has been able to increase and enrich the caliber of summer Camp faculty. What initially started as a program to elevate the Camp string division, the Valade Fellows program now includes wind, brass and composition instructors as well.
In today’s competitive environment, faculty are a key component in attracting today’s gifted youth to attend Interlochen Arts Camp. Interlochen is grateful to Margaret (All-State ‘58-60, NMC ‘61) and her husband, Gary for their foresight and philanthropic leadership to establish this anchor initiative.
During Camp 2011, this program benefited 27 faculty members, either by supplementing compensation for those who were in residence for three or six weeks of Camp, or by providing appropriate stipends for those who made shorter visits to campus to present master classes, recitals and lectures.
Margaret and Gary Valade’s wonderful legacy has touched and continues to have a significant impact on many talented musicians!