COVID-19 guidance for the Interlochen Center for the Arts community

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, volunteers, guests, and the entire community are always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and to work in coordination with our local partners at Munson Medical Center and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Two advisory groups have been activated to guide Interlochen's continued response to the pandemic, our COVID-19 and Campus Health Task Forces.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2021

Interlochen Arts Camp 2021 will operate in person at reduced capacity, with 50% fewer students and protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. (For students seeking a virtual arts education experience, Interlochen will offer two three-week summer sessions of its highly rated Interlochen Online.)

Arts Camp 2021 will apply proven safety protocols that enabled Interlochen Arts Academy to host over 500 boarding high school students on campus this year. All Arts Camp employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Campers will be grouped by their program and will experience all aspects of Camp within their "cohort," including classes, recreational activities, and meals. Cabins will be organized by program and by gender. 

Interlochen will continue to adhere to recommendations issued by professional associations and regulatory agencies regarding best practices for arts education and camp operations during COVID-19, including the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the National Association for Music Education, and the Educational Theatre Association.

For more information about Interlochen's summer COVID-19 preparedness plan, please read our Arts Camp 2021 Protocols, which are organized around three central tenets: reduced capacity, cohorting, and health and safety.

Arts Camp 2021 will run from June 19 to August 8, 2021. Some program dates have changed. Due to reduced capacity, students are encouraged to apply to Arts Camp as soon as possible. For assistance, contact

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Interlochen Online Summer 2021

For students seeking a virtual arts education experience this summer, Interlochen Online will offer two three-week summer sessions for students in grades 2-12 in music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, theatre, and interdisciplinary arts. To learn more and register, visit Interlochen Online Summer 2021 Programs.

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Fall 2020 Re-Entry Plan

The Interlochen Board of Trustees approved our Fall Re-Entry Plan, which outlines the approach we are taking to promote the health and safety of our community. There are three broad components of our plan: implementing and enforcing stringent health protocols, establishing a contained campus, and developing an adjusted and modular academic calendar.

Students departed on Dec. 18 for an extended winter break. 

Second Semester Classes Began Feb. 15

Classes for the spring semester resumed on campus Feb. 15. 

Festival and Graduation 

Annually, in the week prior to graduation, we host the Interlochen tradition of Festival, three whirlwind days of performances and presentations. While our COVID-19 protocols prevent us from hosting families on campus this year, we're planning for an exciting lineup of performances that will be webstreamed. Academy students and employees may experience performances in person, subject to health and safety restrictions. Please see our detailed schedule here.

With the recent expansion of gathering limits in Michigan, we're thrilled to be able to accommodate a limited number of audience members at our in-person graduation ceremony on May 29 at 10 a.m. Each graduating student will be allowed to invite two people to the ceremony. For those family and friends unable to attend, the graduation ceremony will be webstreamed and recorded.

Arts Academy Applications for 2021-2022

Applications for fall 2021 opened on Oct. 1.


Interlochen Arts Festival

As part of Interlochen Arts Academy's COVID-19 preparedness plan, all performances and events during the 2020-21 academic year are closed to the public. However, many student performances will be livestreamed on our website and available to watch on demand.

We can't wait to welcome our friends and neighbors back to our summer Interlochen Arts Festival as soon as it is safe to do so. We know how much our supporters cherish this series, which is also a vital source of support for student scholarships.

Plans for Interlochen Arts Festival will align with safety protocols established for Interlochen Arts Camp, which is subject to guidelines established by the Michigan Licensing and Regulation Authority. At this time, we know we will not host public performances in June. If we can safely host outdoor concerts in Kresge Auditorium in July and/or August, we will follow all recommended safety measures such as face masking.

Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Interlochen College of Creative Arts will offer a variety of virtual and in-person programs this spring and summer so that adult artists of all skill levels can continue to take part in enriching arts workshops and professional development.

On-campus programs will adhere to recommendations issued by professional associations and regulatory agencies regarding best practices for camp operations and arts education during COVID-19, including the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the National Association for Music Education.

Learn more and register

Stone Hotel

Interlochen Center for the Arts' Stone Hotel is currently offering overnight accommodations in our Penn Colony units, which are located on the outskirts of main campus. All other lodging styles and accommodations are currently closed, and access to Interlochen's main campus is restricted. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 231.276.7570.

Join Us On the Air and Online

The motto that is displayed on the back of Kresge Auditorium—"Dedicated to the promotion of world friendship through the universal language of the arts”—has always been a core value at Interlochen. Today, these words are more potent and powerful than ever. Even as social distancing pulls us apart, art brings us together.

We invite you to join us virtually for upcoming performances by Interlochen Arts Academy students that will be livestreamed on our website.

Stream or tune in to Interlochen Public Radio to receive reliable local and national news on IPR News and be uplifted by beautiful music on IPR Classical, featuring regular performances by Interlochen alumni, faculty, and students.

  • Trey Devey, President (Chair)
  • John Bogley, Vice President, Philanthropy
  • Camille Colatosti, Provost
  • Casey Cowell*
  • Mohamed El-Erian*
  • Saul Goldstein*
  • Sarah Harding*
  • Steve Hayden*
  • Jeff Jacobs*
  • Pat Kessel, Vice President, Finance and Operations
  • Katharine Laidlaw, Vice President, Strategic Communications and Engagement
  • Tifini McClyde, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Elaine Mischler*
  • William Nelson*
  • Barrett Rollins*
  • Kurt Wilder*
  • Glynn Williams*

*denotes Member of the Interlochen Board of Trustees

  • Camille Colatosti, Provost (Co-Chair)
  • Pat Kessel, Vice President, Finance and Operations (Co-Chair)
  • Nancy Giffels, FNP, RN, Health Care Provider
  • Eric Gray, Executive Director, Facilities and Maintenance
  • Corey Hill, Director of Health Services
  • Katie Luellen, Executive Dean, Enrollment Management
  • Joseph McCarthy, Director, Campus Safety
  • Tifini McClyde, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Kristina Nichols, Vice Provost, Education Operations
  • Jennifer Wesling, Dean of Students

Interlochen Arts Camp

Due to Covid-19, what plans is the institution making if summer 2021 Arts Camp needs to change or be canceled?
Under the leadership of our COVID-19 and Campus Health Task Forces, we are closely following the pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and entire community is always our first priority. Thanks to thorough planning and a robust health-and-safety protocol, Interlochen Arts Academy students are back on our campus this fall, living, learning, and creating art together

Interlochen Arts Academy

Are students currently on campus?
Yes, school began August 17 and students are attending classes in person on campus.

Are there face masks and social distancing requirements?
Yes. We follow all recommended and required CDC guidelines. Students are required to bring at least seven (7) cloth face coverings/masks to be worn as needed while on campus. All campus spaces have been reorganized to meet social distancing requirements.

I have a specific health issue that I am concerned about, who should I contact?
Our Admission team can point you to the correct contact person in Health Services. Email

What are the details of the health screening process?
Each day anyone entering campus, including all employees and day students, completes a health screening that includes important health questions and temperature readings. All boarding students complete a health screening in their residence halls each morning.

Are students allowed to go off campus?
This year, for the safety of all, we have a contained campus. Faculty and staff are also prohibited from traveling.

Are there flights available to and from the Traverse City airport?
The Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) is operational and has daily flights.

When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, will it be required that all students are vaccinated?

Are you requiring regular vaccines (chicken pox, measles, etc)? Are there exceptions?
We require vaccines including an annual influenza vaccine. If you have a specific concern, reach out to

I am an international student and am concerned about my visa processing and travel.
We understand and are monitoring the situation carefully. Contact our International Student Advisors at to discuss your situation.

Data as of April 26, 2021

Tests Completed 14,777
Total Cumulative Positive Tests (Students) 34
Total Cumulative Positive Tests (Non-Students) 21
Overall Positivity Rate 0.4%