High-Performing Alumni

interlochen center for the arts high performing alumni

(Pictured: Anthony McGill, Ashley Park, and Anthony Rapp)

Interlochen alumni go on to prestigious and satisfying careers in the arts, business, cultural, science, service, and technology sectors. Many have made significant contributions to their fields and achieved exceptional success. Here is a sampling of Interlochen alumni and their achievements.

Alumni Accomplishments

  • 48 Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest award for outstanding achievement in the arts by high school students, more than any other high school in the country
  • Interlochen alumni typically account for 17 percent of the musicians in the nation's major orchestras
  • 14 MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipients
  • 139 Grammy Awards received by Interlochen alumni, not including the countless Interlochen alumni that have participated in Grammy Award recipient orchestras and ensembles
  • 30 Tony Awards received by Interlochen alumni
  • 25 Emmy Awards received by Interlochen alumni
  • 3 alumni recognized with the Pulitzer Prize

Arts Administration

  • Anne Barrett, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Aaron Dworkin, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; founder, Sphinx Organization;  former Dean, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Anna Glass, Executive Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem 
  • Peter Kjome, President and CEO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

  • Nancy Allen, Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic
  • Jeanne Baxtresser, former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic
  • Whitney Crockett, Bassoon, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboe, MET Orchestra
  • Matthew Duvall, Artistic Director and Grammy-winning percussionist, Eighth Blackbird 
  • Rafael Figueroa, Principal Cello, MET Orchestra
  • Mark Gould, former Principal Trumpet, MET Orchestra; Professor, Juilliard
  • Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Kim Kashkashian, Grammy-winning violist
  • Rob Knopper, Principal Percussion, MET Orchestra
  • Yolanda Kondonassis, Grammy-nominated solo harpist, recording artist, composer, and professor 
  • Aaron LaVere, Principal Trombone, Baltimore Symphony
  • Lorin Maazel, former Conductor, New York Philharmonic*
  • Timothy McAllister, Grammy-winning saxophone soloist and soprano chair of PRISM Quartet
  • Anthony McGill, Avery Fisher Prize-winner, Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic
  • Jessye Norman, Grammy-winning soprano*
  • Harold Robinson, Principal Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Gerard Schwartz, former Conductor, Seattle Symphony
  • David Shifrin, Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinet soloist and chamber musician
  • William Ver Meulen, Principal Horn, Houston Symphony
  • William Welter, Principal Oboe, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
  • Jessica Zhou, Principal Harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra


  • Derek Brockington, Dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Liz Lerman, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; Founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
  • Peter Sparling, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan; former principal dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company

Design & Visual Art

  • Jerold S. Kayden, Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Emmanuel Pratt, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, artist, Co-founder, Executive Director, The Sweetwater Foundation
  • Roger Thomas, Executive VP of Design, Wynn Design & Development
  • Kurt Weiser, acclaimed ceramicist and Professor, Arizona State University 
  • Bill Zheng, Chief Designer - Asia Pacific, Stellantis


  • Eleanor Daugherty, AVP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Susan Freeman, Provost and Senior Vice President, Rush University Medical Center
  • Paula Herbart, President, Michigan Education Association
  • Jonathan Herbert, Director Of Enrollment, Manhattan School of Music
  • Susan Poser, President, Hofstra University

Film & Television

  • Vince Gilligan, Emmy-winning executive producer, Breaking Bad
  • Dan Goor, Golden Globe-winning writer and producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks & Recreation, The Daily Show
  • Ed Helms, actor, The OfficeThe Hangover
  • Tom Hulce, Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actor and producer, Amadeus
  • Linda Hunt, Oscar-winning actor, The Year of Living Dangerously; NCIS: Los Angeles 
  • Elizabeth Marvel, film, television, and stage actor; three-time Obie winner
  • F. Hudson Miller, Oscar-nominated sound editor 
  • Our Lady J, Emmy-winning writer and producer, Pose, Transparent


  • Regina Carter, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient; violinist
  • Peter Erskine, Grammy-winning drummer
  • Bob Mintzer, Grammy-winning saxophonist
  • Byron Stripling, former lead trumpet, Count Basie Jazz Orchestra


  • Jesse Green, Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times 
  • Josh Lederman, Correspondent, NBC News 
  • Mike Wallace, former Correspondent, 60 Minutes*


  • Kathleen Frederick, Chief Administrative Law Judge, State of Alaska 
  • Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General 
  • Martha Minnow, Professor and former Dean, Harvard Law School 


  • Stephen Hayden, former Vice-Chair and Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Worldwide 
  • Andi Owen, President/CEO, MillerKnoll
  • Larry Page, Founder, Google Inc.

Popular Music

  • Norah Jones, Grammy-winning singer
  • Josh Groban, Grammy-nominated singer
  • Jewel, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter
  • Damian Kulash, Lead Singer, OK Go
  • Daya (Grace Martine Tandon), Grammy-winning singer

Theatre Arts 

  • Michael Arden, actor and Tony-nominated director
  • Kristen Caskey, Tony-winning Broadway producer
  • Victoria Clark, Tony winner, Light in the Piazza
  • Santino Fontana, Tony winner, Tootsie  
  • Sydney James Harcourt, Emmy and Grammy winner, lead in Hamilton, The Lion King
  • Ashley Park, lead in MEAN GIRLS; Emily in Paris 
  • Anthony Rapp, lead in Rent, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Star Trek: Discovery
  • Sarah Ruhl, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Tony-nominated playwright
  • Alexandra Silber, Grammy-nominated singer, actor, Masterclass, Fiddler on the Roof

Science & Technology

  • Matthew Fischer, Vice President - App Store, Apple
  • Dr. Holly Gilbert, Director of High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Aaron Parness, Principal Research Scientist, Amazon Robotics and AI 
  • Dr. Joyce Wong, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University


  • Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author, Charlotte Holmes series
  • Garth Greenwell, author, What Belongs to You
  • Margo Jefferson, academic and author, Negroland: A Memoir; Pulitzer Prize-winner for criticism
  • Angie Kim, author, Miracle Creek
  • Katie Kitamura, author, A Separation
  • Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Doug Stanton, New York Times best-selling author

* Deceased