Academy 1962 Opening Convocation: Marten ten Hoor Speech


On September 9, 1962 the founders of Interlochen Arts Academy gathered for the first time with all of the students, teachers, faculty and parents who had decided to join in their educational experiment. 

In the longest and most substantial speech of the evening, Marten ten Hoor, presented the rationale and educational philosophy for the new school. A professor of philosophy, recently retired from the University of Alabama, ten Hoor helped shape the Academy curriculum. He noted that instruction in the arts and academics could seldom be found under the same roof and that much of the arts instruction available in public schools and universities was limited and theoretical and did not encourage true artistry.