At least, that's what the Interlochen Arts Academy's numbers are telling us.
"To the best of our record keeping knowledge, this is the largest enrolling class in the history of the Interlochen Arts Academy," says Interlochen's Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Jerrod Price. "The final enrollment number is 508 incredibly bright and talented students."
"I believe this is a tribute to many years of hard work and diligence on behalf of everyone in the institution," explains Price. "From faculty and staff, to our current students who have spread the word about what an incredible place Interlochen is, and will continue to be, for budding young artists across the globe."
Interlochen's Arts Academy is set up to comfortably house a few less than 500 students. The 508 who have been accepted have brought about a bit of well organized shuffling on campus. Some students are being housed within Interlochen's historic Stone Hotel at the center of the Main Campus.
"As you can imagine, we have a great number of both short and long term goals," says Price when asked about Interlochen's actual attendence goals. "We have goals for each arts area, each class, each instrument/area for music, and, yes, total enrollment. With all of these moving parts, the target is not always steady or simple. Some of the goals are set up to provide instrumentation for large musical ensembles, some are set up because of current limitations. Regardless, we are all thrilled to have met so many of our goals this recruitment cycle."
The increase in accepted students reflects an overall increase in interest in Interlochen Arts Academy, the world's leading pre-professional arts school. And for good reason.
"There are any number of reasons that a student would consider choosing to come to Interlochen," says Price. "Our amazing faculty, the incredible campus, the energy created around a critical mass of creative people, 'my mom's cousin went to Interlochen' etc. Ultimately, I think students and families chose Interlochen because, deep down, they know that if they can make it here, they will find success in their future. And few things excite the soul like the prospect of a creative and successful life."