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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.

Joan Holland performs at Kirkbride Hall

Transformative Faculty

Nelson Family Harp Chair Endowment perpetuates excellence

The Nelson Family recognized the impact of an outstanding teacher on their daughter’s artistic growth. Their appreciation resulted in a generous gift to endow a faculty Harp chair position. This permanent chair ensures that faculty excellence in harp can support student growth in perpetuity.

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Todd and Betiana Simons of Omaha Steaks

World-Renowned Visiting Artists

Building bridges between community artists and students

Todd and Betiana Simon of Omaha Steaks saw the opportunity to connect community artists nationwide with Interlochen students who can learn from the artists’ expertise. The Omaha Steaks Visiting Artists Endowment provides opportunities for transformative experiences in perpetuity.

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Interlochen Arts Academy student performs Classical Voice

Student Access

Where passion and potential meet for voice students

The Jan J. Leeds and Taylor Mitchell Endowed Academy Scholarship in Voice provides financial support so that aspiring voice students can hone their skills and become tomorrow’s changemakers.

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Dan Lewis Valerie Dillon Music Access Miami

Miami-Interlochen Partnership

The generosity of Dan Lewis and Valerie Dillon has allowed more than 250 talented young Miami musicians to attend Interlochen Arts Camp.

With teamwork and leadership from dozens of music educators in Miami and at Interlochen, the Miami-Interlochen Partnership has provided Interlochen Arts Camp scholarships to more than 250 students. 

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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