Impact of Giving

By supporting our faculty, students, visiting artists, and programs, your philanthropy has an immediate and a long-term impact on Interlochen. The stories featured here represent just a few of the many ways that donors fuel Interlochen’s excellence now and into our second century.

Lauren Hunt and Linda VanSickle Smith.

Sparking Artistry for Generations

A new faculty chair endowment ensures ongoing educational excellence

Faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp sparked Linda VanSickle’s music career. Decades later, the Linda VanSickle Smith Endowed Chair in French Horn will inspire students of today and tomorrow.

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Dan Lewis and 2022 Campers.

From Miami to Michigan

Donor support allows young artists to trade Miami palm trees for Interlochen pines

Since 2018, the generosity of Dan Lewis and Valerie Dillon has helped forge an ongoing partnership between Interlochen and youth arts education organizations in Miami, bringing Miami students and teachers to Michigan and our teachers to Miami.

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2024 Piano Tour at Cheney Auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI.

On the Road, Again

A generous gift revives once-cherished tours for Interlochen pianists

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Yes, it’s with practice, practice, and practice — and also, for Interlochen Arts Academy piano students, with generous donor support.

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Lisa and Mark Pattis.

Celebrating and Inspiring the Creative Process

A new, annual competition spotlights literature about art itself

The Pattis Family Foundation Creative Arts Book Award, recently established at Interlochen, honors the best new books about the act of creativity, inspiring our students and communities in the process.

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Make an Impact

If you would like to learn about how you can make an impact with your giving, please contact the Philanthropy Office at 231.276.7623 or email us at