Alumni News and Features


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Interlochen alumni are actively shaping the world—globally, locally, publicly, and behind the scenes.

They are artists and arts advocates with diverse careers in the arts & culture, business, education, healthcare, government, legal, science, service, and technology sectors. They work for themselves and for dynamic and innovative organizations, including Apple, Disney, Google, Harvard University, Hulu, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NASA, and The Juilliard School. Every day, Interlochen alumni make significant contributions to their fields and to the world in which we live.

Accomplished in the Arts and Beyond

  • 700+ YoungArts honorees recognized as exceptional young artists 
  • 51 Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest award for outstanding achievement in the arts by high school students, more than any other high school in the country
  • 152 Grammy Awards, not including the multitude of Interlochen alumni who have performed in ensembles associated with Grammy Award-winning projects
  • 32 Tony Awards
  • 26 Emmy Awards
  • 14 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients
  • 13 percent of the musicians in the nation's major orchestras are Interlochen alumni
  • 4 Academy Awards (Oscars)
  • 4 Pulitzer Prize honorees

 Meet some of our extraordinary alumni and explore their stories below. 

Alumni Spotlight

Some of today’s most recognized names and faces are Interlochen alumni. Here’s just a small sample of our alumni who are making an impact in the arts and beyond. 

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Angie Kim

Author Angie Kim's (IAA 84-87) debut novel, Miracle Creek, won the Edgar Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and the Today Show. Her second novel, Happiness Falls, was an instant New York Times bestseller and a book club pick for Good Morning America, Barnes & Noble, and Book of the Month Club. Read more. 

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph

Da'Vine Joy Randolph (IAC 03) won Academy, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in The Holdovers. Her portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown in Ghost on Broadway earned her a Tony nomination. Da’Vine has appeared in more than three dozen films and television shows and was selected as one of the 100 most influential people of 2024 by Time Magazine.

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Josh Groban

Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban (IAC 97-98) has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums, electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. His Broadway roles include his Tony-nominated run in the lead role of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Read more. 

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Norah Jones

Singer-songwriter and pianist Norah Jones (IAC 94-95) is a nine-time GRAMMY-award winner and Billboard magazine’s top jazz artist of the 2000s. Her genre-spanning sound has allowed her to collaborate with a range of artists, including Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello, Seth McFarlane, and more. She has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. 

 

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Anthony McGill

Anthony McGill (IAC 91, 93, IAA 94-96) is a leading soloist and principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic—the first African-American principal player in the organization's history. He is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards. As a citizen musician, Anthony works to promote greater connection, equality, and justice in all that he does. 

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Larry Page

Larry Page (IAC/NMC 88-89) is an American businessman, computer scientist, and internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding Google. The recipient of numerous awards for his advances in technology, he studied saxophone and jazz at Interlochen Arts Camp and has attributed his obsession with speed in computing to his music education.

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Ashley Park 

Actress and musician Ashley Park (IAC 03) is known for her portrayal of Mindy Chen on the Netflix comedy series Emily in Paris. She has had recurring roles in Beef and Only Murders in the Building and starred in the film Joy Ride. On the stage, Ashley received a Tony nomination for her role as Gretchen Wieners in the musical Mean Girls and appeared in The King and I and KPOP

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Peter Erskine

Drummer Peter Erskine (IAA 68-71, IAC Fac 10, ICA Trustee 13-15) has appeared on 700 albums and film scores, won two Grammy Awards, and played with dozens of bands and artists. As a soloist, Peter has performed with orchestras around the world. His record label, Fuzzy Music, has earned 4 Grammy nominations. Peter is professor of practice and director of drumset studies at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Composer and educator Jonathan Bailey Holland (IAC/NMC 89, IAA 88-92) is the dean of Bienen School of Music, as well as the Kay Davis Professor of Music, at Northwestern University. A recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and numerous other awards and commissions, his work can be heard on recordings by the Cincinnati Symphony and other ensembles and soloists.
 

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Our Lady J

Our Lady J (IAA 94-96) is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and producer, best known for her work on Pose, Transparent, and American Horror Story. Before her career in television, she toured the world as a singer/songwriter, pianist, and musical director. Our Lady J has received two Peabody Awards, three American Film Institute Awards, three Writers Guild Award nominations, and two NAACP Image Award nominations.

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Anthony Rapp

Stage and screen actor Anthony Rapp (IAC/NMC 85-86) originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. He has performed dozens of roles on stage, film, and television, including Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, and Star Trek: Discovery. Recently, he has been touring the United States and Japan with his one-man show, Anthony Rapp’s Without You.

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Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer (IAC/NMC 79, 81) is an American actress, comedian, and singer most recognized from her tenure as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002. She has appeared in dozens of stage and screen productions, including Wicked on Broadway, the original Mean Girls film, and the NBC sitcom American Auto
 

Where Are They Now?

No matter what career path they pursue, many of our alumni tell us that it all started at Interlochen. Read on to learn more about their Interlochen connections and their lives since. 

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Cristian Măcelaru

Conductor and violinist 

Dustin Tucker
Dustin Tucker

Stage and screen actor

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Carrie Ott-Holland

People research leader and HR strategist

Eric Zimmerman
Eric Zimmerman

Game designer and NYU Game Center professor

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Lauren Braun

Product manager at Apple

 

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Ria Pavia

Director and acting coach

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Gohar Vardanyan

Classical guitarist

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Doug Stanton

#1 New York Times bestselling author, lecturer, and screenwriter

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Beverly Gage

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and history professor

Stanford Thompson
Stanford Thompson

Musician, educator, arts administrator

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Heather Radtke

Reporter and author

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Tove Danovich

Freelance journalist and author

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Dane Joseph

Television executive

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Kevin Cole

Concert pianist and Gershwin expert

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Julia Lichtblau

Video game art director

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Richard Winkler

Tony-Award winning producer

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Joyce Wong

Professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering

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Jeremy Robb

Auto industry expert

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Benjamin Walker

Stage and screen actor

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Kuan Cheng Lu

Violinist, New York Philharmonic

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Tovah Feldshuh

Tony and Emmy-nominated actor

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Sujata Murty

Climate research scientist and assistant professor 

 

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Michael Romy Greer

Arts advocate and administrator 

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Tad Smith 

Geoscientist

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Peter Sparling

Dancer/choreographer, filmmaker, painter, and interdisciplinary artist 
 

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Brad Gemeinhardt

Principal Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 

 

Alan Heinberg
Allan Heinberg

Executive producer and writer

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Jane Morrison 

State Court Judge and LGBTQ+ advocate

Kara Huber
Kara Huber

Grammy-nominated pianist, conductor, and piano instructor

Delta David Gier
Delta David Gier

Award-winning conductor

Sydney Skybetter
Sydney Skybetter

Choreographer and technology thought leader

Brittany Cavallaro
Brittany Cavallaro

Bestselling author and writing instructor

Carla Stickler
Carla Stickler

Software engineer and Broadway actor

César Alvarez
César Alvarez

Composer, lyricist, and playwright

Conductor Kazem Abdullah
Kazem Abdullah

Conductor and clarinetist

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Josh Lederman

Award-winning foreign correspondent for NBC News

Nora González
Nora González

Recording artist and Latin Grammy-nominated mariachi singer

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Claudillea

Opera crossover artist and former contestant on The Voice UK

 

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Debra Lew Harder

Broadcaster, classical pianist, and host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts

 

Dana Edell
Dana Edell

Theatre artist, educator, and activist 

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Oaklee Thiele

Visual artist and disability activist

Broadway producer Kristin Caskey
Kristin Caskey

Broadway producer

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Jamie John

Multidisciplinary artist

Sydney James Harcourt
Sydney James Harcourt

Broadway, film, and television actor

Ethan Bensdorf
Ethan Bensdorf

Trumpet, New York Philharmonic

Hornist Leelanee Sterrett
Leelanee Sterrett

Associate Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic

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Anna Glass

Executive Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem 

Dance Theatre of Harlem company member Derek Brockington
Derek Brockington

Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem

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Jay Julio

Violist, teacher, and composer-arranger

Nicole Abissi
Nicole Abissi

Trombonist and teacher

 

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Bryan Dunnewald

Conductor and organist

Claud Mintz
Claud

Singer-songwriter

Davone Tines
Davóne Tines

Opera singer

Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht
Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht

Floral designer and judge on The Big Flower Fight (Netflix)

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Shane Bagwell

Cinematographer 

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Timothy McAllister

Saxophone performer and educator

Aaron Dworkin
Aaron Dworkin

Founder, Sphinx Organization

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Melanie Chitwood

Epidemiologist

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Aaron Parness

Robotics engineer and research scientist

Matthew Duvall
Matthew Duvall

Grammy Award-winning percussionist 

Rachel Friedman
Rachel Friedman

Nonfiction writer

Julieanna Richardson
Julieanna Richardson

Founder and Executive Director, The HistoryMakers

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Steve Pieters

Minister and AIDS activist 

Sarah Ruhl
Sarah Ruhl

Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, poet, essayist, and author 

Kyle Taylor Parker
Kyle Taylor-Parker

Broadway actor

 

Nic Weinfeld
Nic Weinfeld

Filmmaker and social media expert  

 

Emmanuel Pratt
Emmanuel Pratt

Artist and urban designer 

Rob Rokicki
Rob Rokicki

Composer and lyricist 

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Garry Kvistad

Percussionist and instrument-builder

Barrett Foa with scholarship recipient Margaret Jacquay
Barrett Foa

Stage and television actor 

Nick Myers
Nick Myers

Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Ryan Spahn

Actor and playwright

Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen

Harvard professor and political scientist

Interlochen Arts Camp Instructor of Theatre Improvisation Keith Contreras-McDonald.
Keith Contreras-McDonald

Stage and television actor

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Melissa White

Violinist, Harlem Quartet

Guggenheim Fellow and multidisciplinary artist Julia Christensen. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones.
Julia Christensen

Multidisciplinary artist and associate professor 

Jesse Green
Jesse Green

Chief Theatre Critic, The New York Times

Holly Gilbert
Holly Gilbert

Director, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research 

Our Lady J
Our Lady J

Television writer and producer

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Roger Thomas

Interior designer

Bryan Cogman
Bryan Cogman

Television writer and producer

Janet Eilber
Janet Eilber

Artistic Director, Martha Graham Center 

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Caleb Hudson

Trumpet, Canadian Brass