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Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take High School Orchestra & Wind Ensemble

Experience the joy of performing in an internationally renowned student ensemble this summer by tackling professional-level repertoire under the direction of world-renowned conductors. Grow as a musician and artist with a group of outstanding fellow musicians from all over the world.

What You'll Learn

In this program, you will have the chance to train with professional conductors and other talented students in one of four large ensembles.

Admission into our summer program is competitive, which means that you'll be surrounded and supported by young musicians who are equally passionate and driven. Our accomplished faculty bring real-life expertise and laser-focused attention to address your challenges and help you to breakthrough to the next level. You'll be challenged, stimulated, and best of all, have fun getting better at doing what you love.

As an orchestra or wind ensemble student, you will participate in:

  • Large ensemble rehearsal (2-3 hours per day), leading to six unique public performances throughout the summer
  • Chamber music class (1-2 hours per day) which includes small ensemble rehearsal and coaching, student performances, special topics, master classes, and faculty performances
  • Weekly private lessons with one of our outstanding faculty members, many of whom hold advanced degrees in music, teach at the college level, and/or perform in professional symphony orchestras

Audition Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • July 18, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

Meet the Faculty

Our summer Orchestra & Wind Ensemble conductors hail from some of the most prestigious orchestras and conservatories in the world. They serve as mentors, coaches and inspirations to our talented students and bring their real-world experience to camp every summer.

All Faculty

JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta

Guest Conductor

Cristian Macelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor

Christian Reif

Christian Reif

Guest Conductor

Octavio Más-Arocas

Octavio Más-Arocas

Guest Conductor

Steven D. Davis

Steven D. Davis

Guest Conductor

Chelsea Tipton

Chelsea Tipton, II

Guest Conductor

Explore Ensembles

World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO)

Led by world-renowned conductors, WYSO plays advanced repertoire chosen from traditional and contemporary masterpieces, as well as other influential genres, in this challenging and outstanding orchestral experience.

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World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS)

Push the boundaries of your talent and be exposed to diverse, professional level repertoire, under the leadership of renowned conductors and section coaches.

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Interlochen Philharmonic

Focus on traditional and contemporary repertoire in a challenging orchestra ensemble that will help you further develop your advanced skills.

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Interlochen Wind Ensemble

Develop your skills on advanced repertoire with mentorship from inspirational conductors and section coaches, and surrounded by other talented musicians. 

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"Being here has helped push me..."

Learn about George's experience preparing for Camp and his time as an Orchestra & Wind Ensemble student.

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Each large ensemble performs multiple concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous chamber music and solo recitals. 

Venues & Facilities

In addition to our state-of-the-art rehearsal space inside The Music Center, performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Dedicated Scholarships

We have two dedicated scholarships for our orchestra and wind ensemble summer camp students: the Fennel Scholars program and the Interlochen Orchestral Scholars program. Both reward up to a full-tuition scholarship.  Students may also be eligible for other need-based and merit-based financial aid.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers six music programs for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

"Together, we"

Did you know ensemble means "together we"? Learn more about what it's like to play in one of our large ensembles at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Guest Artists

In past summers, orchestra and wind students have learned and collaborated with the following artists:

  • Martin Chalifour Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Sarah Chang renowned violinist
  • Mei-Ann Chen Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta, Principal Guest Conductor of Austria’s Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz, Artistic Partner of Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan
  • Midori internationally celebrated violinist
  • Erik Nielsen Chief Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
  • Jeff Thayer Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony

Cristian Măcelaru: Returning to the Place Where It Started

Our Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra reflects on his own Interlochen experience as a young musician and why it's important to inspire the next generation.