Guest Artists at Arts Academy


Guest Artists
Each year, Interlochen Arts Academy welcomes an outstanding lineup of visiting faculty who invest in our students’ lives. Below, meet some of our recent guest artists and scholars.

Featured Guest Artists

Changing lives. Shaping character. Leading by example. Our guest artists come from the most prestigious institutions in the world to share their talents with Interlochen.

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Jayne Atkinson-Gill

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Dr. Bill Banfield

Guest Artist, Composition

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Billy Childs

Guest Artist, Jazz

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Sydney James Harcourt

Guest Artist, Music and Interdisciplinary Arts

Cristian Macelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Orchestre National de France,
World Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Patrice Rushen

Guest Artist, Jazz

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Davóne Tines

Guest Artist, Voice

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Dawn Upshaw

Guest Artist, Voice

Classical Music

Our Classical Music guest artists hail from the world’s finest colleges, universities, and conservatories. Many of them maintain thriving performance careers. They bring their dedication and expertise to every lesson they teach at Interlochen. 

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Liz Ames

Guest Artist, Piano

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Anton Armstrong

Guest Artist, Choir

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Jaren Atherholt

Guest Artist, Oboe

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Dr. Bill Banfield

Guest Artist, Composition

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Martin Beaver

Guest Artist, Violin

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Gene Berger

Guest Artist, Horn

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James Box

Guest Artist, Trombone

Laura Osgood Brown

Laura Osgood Brown, D.M.A.

Instructor of Voice & Opera

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Michael Burritt

Guest Artist, Percussion

Crispin Campbell

Crispin Campbell

Instructor of Cello

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Shelly Du

Guest Artist, Harp

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Ellen Price Elder

Guest Artist, Piano

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Amir Eldan

Guest Artist, Cello

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Paul Erhard

Guest Artist, Double Bass

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Stacey V. Gibbs

Guest Artist, Choir

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Elias Goldstein

Guest Artist, Viola

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Gavriel Heine

Guest Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

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David Holland

Instructor of Viola

Carol Jantsch

Carol Jantsch

Instructor of Low Brass

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Wojtek Komsta

Guest Artist, Clarinet

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Yolanda Kondonassis

Guest Artist, Harp

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Christine Kypriandes

Guest Artist, Strings

Jeffrey Lastrapes

Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes

Instructor of Cello

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Jodi Levitz

Guest Artist, Viola

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Shuying Li

Guest Artist, Composition

Cristian Macelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Orchestre National de France,
World Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Amanda Majeski

Guest Artist, Voice

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Matthew McAllister

Instructor of Guitar, Interlochen Guitar Institute

Timothy McAllister

Timothy McAllister, D.M.A.

Professor of Saxophone
University of Michigan

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Daniel McKelway

Guest Artist, Clarinet

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Diane Monroe

Guest Artist, Violin

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Nick Myers

Guest Artist, Double Bass

Newphonia Ensemble

Newphonia Ensemble

Guest Artists, Music

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Jan Opalach

Guest Artist, Voice

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Ava Ordman

Guest Artist, Trombone

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Jung-Ho Pak

Cape Symphony
World Youth Symphony Orchestra, World Youth Wind Symphony, and Interlochen Philharmonic

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Awadagin Pratt

Guest Artist, Piano

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Shruthi Rajasekar

Guest Artist, Songwriting and Theatre

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Jeremy Reynolds

Guest Artist, Clarinet

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Raimundo Pineda Rodriquez

Guest Artist, Flute and Composition

Lenny Schranze

Lenny Schranze

Instructor of Viola

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Alexis Smith

Guest Artist, Trombone

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Olivia Staton

Guest Artist, Flute

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Peter Steiner

Guest Artist, Trombone

Daniel Sweaney

Daniel Sweaney

Instructor of Viola

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Demondrae Thurman

Guest Artist, Brass

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Dawn Upshaw

Guest Artist, Voice

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James VanDenmark

Guest Artist, Double Bass

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Lembi Veskimets

Guest Artist, Viola

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Hai-Xin Wu

Guest Artist, Violin

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Doug Yeo

Guest Artist, Trombone

Roger Bobo

Guest Artist, Brass


Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music guest artists are virtuosos in their respective instruments. Whether they’re teaching jazz piano or popular voice performance, these artists dedicate themselves to excellence in the classroom and beyond. 

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The Accidentals

Guest Artists, Music

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Ruby Amanfu

Guest Artist, Contemporary Music

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Olga Amelkina-Vera

Guest Artist, Guitar

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Ian Antonio

Guest Artist, Percussion

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Beth Nielsen Chapman

Guest Artist, Music

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Billy Childs

Guest Artist, Jazz

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Claud

Guest Artist, Singer-Songwriter

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Gwen Dease

Guest Artist, Percussion

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Marcus Elliot

Guest Artist, Saxophone

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Ilmar Gavilán

Guest Artist, Violin

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Orlando Jacinto Garcia

Guest Artist, Composition

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Katerina Gimon

Guest Artist, Voice and Composing

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Sydney James Harcourt

Guest Artist, Music and Interdisciplinary Arts

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Sean Hickey

Guest Artist, Music

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Stafford Hunter

Instructor of Jazz Trombone

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Ross Karre

Guest Artist, Percussion

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Theo Katzman

Guest Artist, Voice

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Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti

Guest Artist, Music

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Aldo López-Gavilán

Guest Artist, Piano

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Ben McIlwain

Guest Artist, Trombone

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Scott Ney

Guest Artist, Percussion

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Kenji Omae

Guest Artist, Saxophone

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Nick Papador

Guest Artist, Percussion

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Joanna Pascale

Guest Artist, Voice

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Kim Richey

Guest Artist, Music

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Patrice Rushen

Guest Artist, Jazz

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Simeon Scheuber-Rush

Guest Artist, Trombone

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Jessica Shand

Guest Artist, Ensembles

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Maia Sharp

Guest Artist, Voice

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Jon Thornton

Guest Artist, Music Production

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Anthony Tidd

Guest Artist, Jazz and Music Production & Engineering

Trousdale Band

Trousdale Band

Guest Artists, Music


Creative Writing

The poets, novelists, and essayists who comprise our Creative Writing guest artists have published their work in leading journals. Their technical ability and knowledge of the publishing world prepare their students for success. 

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Andre Bradford

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Alice Bolin

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Tove Danovich

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Jack Driscoll

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Ross Gay

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Dan Hornsby

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Caitlyn Horrocks

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Mackenzi Lee

Instructor of Creative Writing

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Carmen Maria Machado

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Adrian Matejka

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

Anne-Marie Oomen

Anne-Marie Oomen

Instructor of Creative Writing

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Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

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Angela Woodward

Guest Artist, Creative Writing

Josh Malerman

Guest Artist, Creative Writing


Dance

Trained at the finest schools, Interlochen Arts Academy guest artists of Dance draw from decades of experience working with companies around the world. Their international backgrounds give them profound insights that help perfect students’ technique.

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Shura Baryshnikov

Guest Artist, Dance

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Alfonso Cervera

Guest Artist, Dance

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Kenya Clay

Guest Artist, Dance

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Anna-Marie Holmes

Guest Artist, Dance

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Tamara King

Guest Artist, Dance

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Alexei Moskalenko

Guest Artist, Dance

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Melanie Person

Guest Artist, Dance

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Michelle Ramos

Guest Artist, Dance

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Yoshito Sakuraba

Guest Artist, Dance

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Susan Shields

Guest Artist, Dance

Noelle Partusch

Guest Artist, Dance

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Sarah Wroth

Guest Artist, Dance


Film & New Media

Our Film & New Media guest artists lead vibrant careers as producers, directors, editors, and screenwriters. Many feature their films in festivals and events all over the country. 

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Miida Chu

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Roger Deakins

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Eric Deggans

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

Laura Donney

Laura Donney

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Mike Gioulakis

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Allan Heinberg

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Marcia Jarmel

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Al Martin

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Yvett Merino

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

Andrew Millstein

Andrew Milstein

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Ken Schneider

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Larkin Seiple

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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David Siev

Guest Artist, Film & New Media

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Lynn Tomlinson

Guest Artist, Film & New Media


Interdisciplinary Arts

Guest artists in Interdisciplinary Arts combine experience in a variety of disciplines—from dance to musical theatre to creative writing—to provide unique perspectives on the creative life. Under their guidance, students explore new possibilities through designing, producing, and devising original work.

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Sydney James Harcourt

Guest Artist, Music and Interdisciplinary Arts

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Michael Spencer Phillips

Guest Artist, Dance

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Jennifer Steinorth

Guest Artist, Interdisciplinary Arts


Theatre

Our guest artists in Theatre are seasoned performers. Their range encompasses all styles and varieties of theatre from classical to modern dramatic repertoire and musicals. Experts in teaching their craft, they help young artists build meaningful connections with their audiences. 

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Jayne Atkinson-Gill

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Michel Atkinson-Gill

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Jacklyn Backhaus

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Morgan Breon

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Cate Caplin

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Kat Coiro

Guest Artist, Theatre

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JoAnne Cook

Guest Artist, Theatre

Jerrilyn Duckworth

Jerrilyn Duckworth

Instructor of Costume Design

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Dana Edell

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Sol Garre

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Jarvis George

Guest Artist, Acting

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Adam Gwon

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Anjanette Hall

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Maria Mileaf

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Ricky Oliver

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Sue Pak

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Tyler Thomas

Guest Artist, Theatre

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Alexandra Silber

Guest Artist, Theatre

Annmarie Davis

Guest Artist, Theatre


Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts guest artists have a passion for training the next generation of artists. Skilled in mediums as diverse as oil paint and metal, they've served as museum curators and exhibited their work in symposiums, galleries, art fairs, and more.

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Zahra Almajidi

Guest Artist, Visual Arts

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Elaine Gurian

Guest Artist, Visual Arts

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Lauren Kalman

Guest Artist, Visual Arts

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Oaklee Thiele

Guest Artist, Visual Arts

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Christopher Wray-McCann

Guest Artist, Visual Arts

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