Arts Academy Launches New Partnerships in Asia

Staring in the fall of 2011, the world will get a little smaller for Interlochen students. The Arts Academy has created educational partnerships with two leading arts programs in Asia: the High School of the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China, and the School for the Arts (SOTA) in Singapore.  

“It is our plan to build strong connections with these two world-class educational and artistic institutions and provide a variety of exchange opportunities for students and teachers in the coming years,” said Edward Farraday, vice president for educational programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “Both of these exchange programs are important additions to the outstanding educational and artistic offerings at Interlochen and will enrich the schools involved.”

In September, a small group of about ten students and two teachers, representing a variety of arts disciplines, will travel to the School for the Arts in Singapore for a two week residency, attending classes and performances, and conducting special projects related to their majors. 

In October, Interlochen will welcome a small group of students and faculty from the High School of the Shanghai Conservatory for two weeks. The Chinese students will attend classes and work and perform alongside Academy music majors. In the spring and fall of 2012, a group of Academy music students will travel to Shanghai. 

The Shanghai Conservatory is China’s oldest conservatory of music, and operates a pre-professional high school for aspiring musicians. The Singapore School for the Arts is a relatively new school that was launched by the government of Singapore to nurture the talent and creativity of young artists. 

The exchange program is the culmination of several years of discussions and planning. This spring, Edward Farraday and Kedrik Merwin, director of the music program, visited both schools to meet with school administrators and faculty and set up the basic format for future exchanges of students and teachers. 

Plans are also under way to share student and faculty experiences with the larger Interlochen community. Check future issues of “Crescendo” for more details.