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 (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), 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 and Interlochen Arts Festival

After careful monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic and consultation with public health experts, our board of trustees, arts leaders, and many others, we made the difficult decision to cancel Interlochen Arts Festival and transition Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 to virtual instruction through Interlochen Online. Through this virtual platform, we will offer a series of three-week camp sessions in all of our artistic disciplines from June 28 to July 19, 2020 for students in grades 2-12.

No words can fully capture our profound sadness and disappointment that for the first time in 93 years, young artists from around the world won’t spend the summer at Interlochen immersed in the creation of art and music. We are guided by our first priority: ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, volunteers, guests, and the entire community.

Proceeds from ticket sales for Interlochen performances fund scholarships for deserving young artists from around the world to attend Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy. This crisis has increased the financial need of our students, who are the very heart of Interlochen’s mission. Patrons who planned to buy tickets for the Interlochen summer line-up this year are encouraged to turn those dollars into a gift to the Interlochen Annual Fund.

Please read our full press releases about Interlochen Online and the cancellation of Interlochen Arts Festival.

Interlochen Arts Academy

Resuming In-Person Classes in Fall 2020
The administrative leadership at Interlochen Arts Academy is resolutely focused on preparing to resume classes and our residential boarding school experience in the fall. The Interlochen Board of Trustees has approved our Fall Re-Entry Plan, which outlines the approach we will take 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. To view the Fall Re-Entry Plan, visit interlochen.org/fall2020.

Fall 2020 Academy Arrival Instructions

Academy Calendar 2020-21

Staying Informed

It is important that our community stay informed and we encourage families to visit the CDC’s Share Facts, Not Fear page for the most up-to-date information. 

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.

Each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. EDT, we are broadcasting recent and archival music, theater, and dance performances by Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp students and faculty on our Facebook page. A program is posted in advance and videos will be viewable after each broadcast on FacebookYouTube, and Vimeo.

We are also highlighting the ways Interlochen students, faculty, and alumni around the world are creating art to uplift and inspire others during this global health crisis. Keep an eye out for the hashtag #InterlochenInterludes on our Instagram channel and throughout social media—and let the abundant talent of Interlochen artists lift your spirits and provide solace.

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

Tips for Staying Healthy

Frequently Asked Questions

Interlochen Arts Camp

Will there be Camp this summer?

After careful evaluation of the projected impact of the pandemic, we have decided to transition Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 to virtual instruction with the launch of Interlochen Online. Through this virtual platform, we will offer a series of three-week camp sessions in all of our artistic disciplines from June 28 to July 19, 2020 for students in grades 2-12. To learn more, visit interlochen.org/online

Interlochen Arts Academy

Will the fall semester be on campus?
Yes, school will be on campus with classes beginning August 17 and students arriving August 9-14. Please review the Adjusted and Modular Academy Calendar above.

Will you be enforcing face masks and social distancing requirements?
Yes. We follow all recommended and required CDC guidelines. Students will be required to bring at least five (5) cloth face coverings/masks to be worn as needed while on campus. All campus spaces will be 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 admission@interlochen.org.

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

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

Will there be 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?
Yes.

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 health@interlochen.org.

Can I defer my admission to the spring semester (second semester)?
We do not allow deferrals.

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 international@interlochen.org to discuss your situation.

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