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 Academy

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 Begin Feb. 15

Classes for the spring semester resume on campus Feb. 15. Our return-to-campus guide will be released on Jan. 22. Current students and families may find additional information here.

Arts Academy Applications for 2021/2020

Applications for fall 2021 opened on Oct. 1.

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2021 Interlochen Arts Camp

Interlochen follows Michigan Licensing and Regulation Authority (LARA) guidance which continues to evolve for Summer 2021. While we hope to maintain full enrollment for Summer 2021, we are beginning to plan for a reduced density option, which would necessitate enrolling 50% less students. This option may also alter program dates. We are committed to offering all of our advertised programs and will announce any changes to our full offerings no later than March 15, 2021.

LARA Guidelines as of Nov. 2020:

  • Cohorting
  • Masking
  • Physical Distancing
  • Cleaning Protocols
  • Minimal sharing of materials
What would current LARA Guidelines mean for Interlochen Arts Camp:
  • Fewer students on campus at one time
  • Fewer students per cabin
  • Contained campus
  • Daily health screenings
  • Prioritizing outdoor spaces on our 1,200 acre campus

Please note that our application and audition processes remain the same at this time. Interlochen Arts Camp programs that do not require an audition or portfolio enroll on a rolling basis. The priority application deadline for programs that require an audition or portfolio is Jan. 14, 2021. Early application is encouraged.

Applications for summer 2021 opened on Oct. 15. 


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Interlochen Arts Festival

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

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.

COVID-19 Task Force

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

Campus Health Task Force

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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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.

Campus Exposure Notifications

Data as of Dec. 14, 2020

Tests Completed 5,432
Total Cumulative Positive Tests (Students) 3
Total Cumulative Positive Tests (Non-Students) 12
Overall Positivity Rate 0.3%

*On Dec. 14, 2020 the campus community was notified of one non-student positive case.