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Why Interlochen Arts Academy 

Here, learning extends far beyond the classroom. You'll work with world-renowned faculty and staff who'll become treasured mentors and teachers. You'll find people and kindred spirits who'll reveal other parts of yourself. You'll enjoy experiences and classes that will help you grow in ways you never thought possible.

At Interlochen, you'll unlock potential and find the confidence to push against your own limitations. Immersed in nature and surrounded by a global community of like-minded artists, you'll discover a high school for the arts (grades 9-12) you may only have dreamed about.

College Matriculation

At Interlochen Arts Academy, we have a history of success. Our talented and imaginative students go on to attend top colleges, universities, and conservatories. Here is a list of some of the institutions our students matriculated to in the last two years:

  • Bard College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union
  • Cornell University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Emerson College
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The Juilliard School
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Pace University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Stanford University
  • University of California
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University

Our Arts Areas & Academics

Interlochen Arts Academy offers seven arts disciplines and a robust academic curriculum with college preparatory, advanced placement (AP), and college credit courses. Get ready to be challenged. Get ready to be inspired.

An Exceptional Four-Year Journey

The Interlochen experience is a vibrant journey of creativity and camaraderie. We offer remarkable advocacy and support for all our students, particularly for our younger 9th and 10th graders, as they pursue their interests, passions, and goals both within and beyond high school.

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Interdisciplinary. Interactive. Interwoven.

At Interlochen Arts Academy, transformation and opportunities happens everywhere — from the classroom to your residence hall, from the studio to the stage. Our holistic, integrated academic and arts education prepares you for a life of purpose and promise within — and beyond — the arts. Learn more about The Interlochen 5.

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Academic Life

Balance Intellectual Pursuit and Personal Growth

You’ll get an education that’s intellectually rigorous but so much more. Our academics emphasize the importance of creativity, empathy, resilience, and connection. Skills that will serve you well in college — and in life. Our Liberal Arts and Math & Science departments include courses like Algebra, English, History, Physics, World Languages, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, in additional to AP programs, college credit courses, and much more.

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Residence Life

Immerse Yourself in a One-of-a-Kind Environment

You'll be inspired by the natural beauty of our campus and invigorated by our state-of-the-art facilities. You'll live in a passionate community that fosters and values constant creativity, collaboration, communication, and real-life experience. In addition, you'll have a whole lot of fun with classmates who will challenge, support, and value you - and become your lifelong friends along the way.

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Artistic Life

Do What You Love, Better than Before

Here, you’ll find a high school for art that provides opportunity to master your discipline: from superior equipment and resources, to personalized instruction from teaching artists who excel in their fields. You’ll practice, perfect, and perform your art constantly with teachers whose passion and experience help you build a foundation for excellence.

By the Numbers


high-profile guest artists visited our campus to teach our students last year


Presidential Scholars graduated from Interlochen


mental health support and wellness benefits available free of charge to our students

Arts Academy Concerts & Events

Music, Academy Student

Music Recital

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Music Center 1010 FREE, no tickets required


Academy Student

Verse and Stage

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. ET

City Opera House Tickets $10-$25


Music, Academy Student

Jazz Appreciation Month: New Music for Jazz Orchestra

Friday, April 26, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall Adult: $17; Child through College: $14

Arts Academy News & Features

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Music as a force for good: 5 questions with “Edmonia” conductor Julius Williams

Williams shares why he wanted to work on “Edmonia”, explains his role as conductor, and reveals his favorite part of the score.

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Sculpting Edmonia’s story: Academy Visual Arts department gears up for special displays and an attention-grabbing centerpiece

Instructor Patty Smith and three of her students reveal how they’ll be supporting Dr. Bill Banfield’s new opera at Interlochen this May.

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From The Village to Hans Zimmer’s studio: Music Production and Engineering students take on L.A.

For their senior trip, students visited iconic studios and met with industry-leading professionals. Program director Marc Lacuesta and student Caroline Chardoul shared highlights from their experience.

See what you can experience at Interlochen.

Come to an arts high school where young creatives thrive—and see how your unique journey unfolds. Plan your visit, request more information, or apply to Interlochen Arts Academy today.