Interlochen Arts Academy Virtual Reunion Weekend 2020

Join your friends online October 16-18 for this one-of-a-kind weekend! 

Even though we can't meet in person this year, we invite you to connect with Interlochen friends and celebrate the strength of our community during this weekend of virtual events. Catch up with classmates, learn from current and former faculty, and hear from Interlochen’s senior leadership. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the fun of Reunion Weekend without leaving home! 

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Schedule of Events

*Note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

|  Friday, October 16  

12 - 1 p.m.  |  Engagement Hour with the Office of Engagement   
Grab your lunch or coffee and join an open Zoom call with the staff of the Office of Engagement. Ask questions about volunteering, future reunion plans, campus happenings, or just stop by to catch us up on your life. Stop by anytime during the hour. 

7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Academy Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos Performance    
Kick off Reunion Weekend with an energetic student performance livestreamed from campus.

9 – 10 p.m.  |  Interlochen Trivia Night 
Join us for an Academy trivia night, with a live host on Zoom and an interactive, real-time trivia game you can access from any computer, smartphone, or tablet! Be sure to brush up on your Interlochen knowledge and prepare for some friendly competition.

Times TBD  |  Zoom Reunions by Class or Cluster
Class representatives will host reunions throughout the weekend. Check back in early October to learn the details of your class Zoom reunion.  

|  Saturday, October 17  

11 a.m. – Noon  |  Faculty Seminars Session 1
Return to the classroom in one of our concurrent morning seminars. Note that space is limited in some seminars, so register early to secure your spot. 

  • Uncovering the Interlochen Brand with Katharine Laidlaw, Vice President, Strategic Communications and Engagement
    Interlochen is the destination for young artists where they transform their passion and potential into purpose. Over the past two years, Interlochen has undergone a brand refresh to better communicate the many facets of Interlochen to students, families, alumni, partners, donors, and patrons. Join Katharine Laidlaw for a presentation on how Interlochen’s updated brand strategy and visual identity reflect the Interlochen community—past, present, and future.

  • The Five Rivers Workshop with Anne-Marie Oomen, former Director of Creative Writing
    We will use the Five Rivers of Life—the five senses—to tell our life stories: those intense memories, that narrative of love or war or birth or death that you've always wanted to tell but never quite figured out how. Through the Transformative Moment concept, we will discover a clear and direct way to zero in on the essence of your memories, to bring to the surface meanings you didn't know were there, and to enter the world of your past with grace as well as practical strategies. This workshop is limited to 16 people. (This workshop is full. Additional registrants will be added to the waitlist.)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
IAA Today with President Trey Devey & Provost Camille Colatosti
Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey and Provost Camille Colatosti provide an update on Interlochen Arts Academy and what the future holds heading into our 100th Anniversary in 2028. This will be a Zoom webinar, and there will be an opportunity to submit questions for Trey and Camille at the end. 

2 – 3 p.m.  |  Alumni Panel: Creating Space in the Arts and Beyond
Dr. Aretina Hamilton, Interlochen's associate director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, leads a conversation with alumni panelists on the role we play in creating space for all people and voices in the arts and the world beyond. We'll learn from alumni working at the intersection of arts, social justice, and activism in this panel discussion that will challenge us all. 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Faculty Seminars Session 2
Another chance to return to the classroom in one of three concurrent afternoon seminars.

  • Lifelong Learning for the Body and the Brain with Dr. Matthew Schlomer, Conductor, IAA Wind Symphony 
    In infancy, we effortlessly acquire instinctual knowledge of complex systems such as language and movement. This fertile period of learning tapers toward the end of toddlerhood, but by that point we have not yet entered school. Then, once puberty sets in, the conditions for learning are dramatically altered as the adult mind emerges. This interactive session will look to understand the adult learning process. Participants will explore strategies and methods  to rediscover the ability to instinctually learn new things. This seminar is limited to 24 people. (This seminar is full. Additional registrants will be added to the waitlist.)

  • Sustainability at Interlochen and at Home with Emily Umbarger, Sustainability Manager
    Meet members of ICA's new Sustainability Department as they introduce the policies, practices, and programs that are helping our campus "go green." Learn what Interlochen, a 2019 recipient of the US Department of Education's Green Ribbon School Award, is doing to encourage students to adopt sustainable living practices on campus and shape habits of mind. Discover six easy ways to be sustainable at home, take our Alumni Sustainability Pledge, and do your part to support best practices in sustainability from the comfort of your home. 

  • Citizen Artists & Arts Advocacy with Clyde Sheets, Director of Interdisciplinary Arts
    Educating students in citizen artistry, arts advocacy, and leadership has become central to artistic training at Interlochen. Discover what you can do to engage your community and use your patronage, arts practice, and experiences at Interlochen to be part of meaningful change in your community. This seminar is limited to 24 people. (This seminar is full. Additional registrants will be added to the waitlist.)

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
  |  Pre-Coffeehouse Cocktail Party Scrambler
Alumnus and etiquette expert Robert Dimmick (IAA 80-82) hosts an evening of mixing and mingling, complete with recipes for signature cocktails and mocktails for you to make at home. You will be assigned to a Zoom breakout room at random and have nine minutes to talk with a small group of other alumni of all ages. We will then mix it up and assign you to a new room with a new group of IAA alumni. With four rounds and four chances to meet old friends and greet new ones, this is sure to be a fun time! 

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.  |  Alumni Coffeehouse
We can’t have an IAA Reunion without Coffeehouse! Join us for virtual performances by alumni of all ages, hosted by Courtney Kaiser-Sandler (IAC/NMC 89-91, IAA 92-94), Casey Stratton (IAA 93-94), and Jonathan Perkins (IAA 93-95). Let us know if you're interested in performing when you register.

|  Sunday, October 18  

Times TBD Zoom Reunions by Class or Cluster
Class representatives will host reunions throughout the weekend. Check back in early October to learn the details of your class Zoom reunion.  

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Registration Fee & Interlochen's Emergency Response Fund

The registration fee to participate in Virtual Reunion Weekend is $10. All reunion registrants are invited to make an additional contribution to Interlochen’s Emergency Response Fund, which was established in May to address the substantial increased needs of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic: necessary health and wellness investments, additional scholarship support, and retention of key faculty and staff. Please consider making a gift when you complete your registration. Thank you! 


Class Events

Join your class or cluster for special virtual events just for you! This list will be updated as dates and times are confirmed, so check back to see what YOUR class is planning. 

Class of 1969  |  Saturday, October 17, 5 - 7 p.m. 
Hosted by Becky Root Davis, Peter Bankoff, and Peter Sparling: A special video viewing party to watch Peter Sparling's video yearbook, featuring photos and video updates from many class members, followed by time to catch up in person via Zoom 

Classes of 1970-1975  |  Sunday, October 18, 4 p.m.   
Hosted by James Oppenheim, Class of 1973

Who's Coming?

(Upated Friday, September 25)

Mick Faulhaber
Gerald Rogan
Tim Vick
Chris Kyprie
Rob Kirby
Ken Giles
Claudia A Polley
Julie Duke
John Hecker
Sharon Tarson Schmidt
Jorja Fleezanis
John Calson
Janet Eilber
Steve Giles
Tim Gregg
Dave Harney
Frank Huybrechts
Stephanie Jutt
Mark Mayfield
Timothy Kidder
Peter Sparling
Becky Root Davis
Gabrielle (Rosenman) Pozzuoli
Jim Hecker
Christopher Brown
Melanie Bales
Charlotte Lytle Robbins
Judy Snyder
Joyce Davis
Lynn Gudmundsen
Terry Pratt

Catherine Dannecker
Chris Czukor
Deborah Flemming
Lawrence "Doc" Probes
Janet Crossen
Peter Erskine
Nancy Bankoff Chalifour
Marilyn Rife
June Krenz Harper
Rob Bracken
Rudolph Gartner
Shawn Kurrelmeier
Mindy Rowse
Barbara Barrett Lucas
Susan Van Pelt Petry
Cynthia Whitacre
Julia Lieblich
Susan Brown
Diana Basso
Kathy Root Zauss
Doug Eicher
Cathy Feldman-Duncan
Bill Essert
Amy Kahn

Craig Scott Symons
David Pixley
Jay Frost
Kate Levin
Chris Parker
Betsy Sanders
Joy Worland
Donna Silverberg
Rick Robinson
Alvin Waddles
Carol Mengel-Mavrakis
RS Boots
Scott Burgess
Robert B. Dimmick
Maria Vomlehn Flurry
Krista Keck
Jennifer Nash
Terese Kredo
Emily M Bracale
Anya Kardos
Shari Nathan
Katherine Cooke
Anahid Papakhian
Nat Horowitz
Javier MaymÌ-PÈrez
Holly T Bird
Valerie Miller
Gregory Taff

Alisa Ball
Emy (Johnson) Zener
James K. Bass
Adam Barrows
Teri Slick
Quintus Schulzke
Alison Trainer
Aaron Wentz
Ruth Ann Colby Martin
Michael Wittenburg
Austin Hitchcock
Shireen Greeney-Smith
Joey Henderson Connaughty
Suzanne "Spike" Bonn
Kate Angus
Jonathan Perkins
Lady J
Brita Siepker
Gary Gatzke
Holly O'Brien
Leah Price
Logan Beth Anderson
Ezra Vazquez-D'Amico
Jason Fuerst
Biljana Bojovic
Layla Cassavaugh Holveck
Whitney Adams
Jenny Jackson
Anna Lambert

Heidi Radtke
Julia Mortyakova
Christina Wallace
Brenden Wynn
Lindsey Paskvan
Maria Meschi
Deena Rosenberg
Jesse Lewis
Meredith Hanson
Sally Newton
Kara (Robinson) Mernaugh
Hannah Stephens
Michael Alfera
Lindsay Hanson
Julie Marie Muskat
David Wiles
Eli Pauley

Auriel Jones
Momo Suzuki
Jenna Zucker
Ariel Lowenstern
Rocky Fox
Nieva Strong
Conor Dailey

Dave Sporney
Guy William Molnar
Ellen Weatherbee