Daniel Stolper awarded the President’s Distinguished Service Award

  • Left image: Daniel Stolper (center) receives the Distinguished Service Award from Jeffrey Kimpton (left) and Ted Farraday (right). Right image: Daniel Stolper teaches an oboe lesson in 1992.

  • Stolper and a student in a master class with Lady Eveyln Barbirolli in 1985.

  • Stolper's oboe studio in 1978.

  • Stolper with two oboists in 1994.

  • Stolper at a master class with his former student, Jared Hauser, in 2012.

  • Stolper's 2015-16 Academy oboe studio.

Daniel Stolper, longtime oboe instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy, has been awarded the institution’s Distinguished Service Award.

Stolper retired from active teaching this year after a 47-year tenure at Interlochen Center for the Arts. During that time, he shaped the lives of hundreds of young oboists, many of whom can be found in professional ensembles across the world.

“The temperaments our students experienced with Dan were love, patience, praise when warranted, encouragement when needed,” said former Interlochen Center for the Arts president Jeffrey Kimpton during the Honors Convocation in May. “There are great oboe performers, but the truly great oboe teachers are but a handful. How fortunate we were to have one of the greats for so long.”

The President of Interlochen Center for the Arts, at their discretion, is allowed to present a distinguished service award to those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions that have enriched and strengthened the mission and values of Interlochen Center for the Arts. This award has been given in the past to members of the faculty, staff, administration, alumni, volunteers, a parent and a donor. In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, Stolper was given a Lifetime Gold Pass, which entitles the holder to employee ticket rates after their employment at the institution concludes.

Please join us in thanking Dan for his 47 years of service.