Three Generations Give Back to Interlochen

The Kelleys are more than just another three-generation Interlochen family. As Interlochen alumni and donors, they are translating their passion for Interlochen into action and ensuring that Interlochen remains strong for generations to come.

Over the span of six decades, six musical Kelleys have traveled all the way from Wyoming and California to attend Interlochen Arts Camp. With 22 years of camp experience between them, they have some wonderful—and amusing—memories to share:

Jan Reinhart Kelley (IAC 51-55, IAC staff 59-60) remembers being the lone camper from Wyoming each summer, jumping and screaming all by herself when Dr. Maddy called out her home state during opening convocation.

Daniel Kelley (IAC 82-86) and his friends posted “Wanted” flyers around camp with photos of former Interlochen Center for the Arts presidents Ed Downing and Roger Jacobi, accusing them of “keeping 2,500 campers captive in Michigan.”

In 1987, Cynthia Grinstead Kelley (IAC 87-88) sat right next to Daniel’s sister, Joyce Kelley (IAC 83-87), in the High School Concert Orchestra flute section.

And this summer, Daniel and Cynthia’s children, Adair (IAC 12-13) and Darcy (IAC 13), attended camp, with nine-year-old violinist Adele anxiously awaiting her turn.

Yes, the Kelleys love Interlochen, and that must have been apparent when Daniel and Cynthia struck up a lively conversation with long-time Interlochen supporter Ed Frohlich near the wishing well on campus one day about ten years ago. Daniel relates, “When we ran into him again the next day, Ed challenged us to demonstrate our love for Interlochen with a check.” That suggestion was all the Kelleys needed. Daniel continues, “A check was in the mail, along with a note to Ed Downing, when we returned home.”

The Kelleys understand first-hand the impact that their giving has at Interlochen. Flutist Cynthia would never have been able to attend Interlochen without the scholarship she received in 1987. “Attending camp changed her life,” Daniel explains. “For every talented child in any discipline who has parents that can afford Interlochen, there are easily five or six with parents who cannot.” Since Ed Frohlich’s challenge, Cynthia and Daniel have been regular contributors to the Interlochen Fund, while Jan has created a planned gift that will benefit Interlochen for years to come.

Daniel and Cynthia live in Glendale, California, where music continues to be a focus. They own Flutacious!, the West Coast flute specialty shop, and together with Jan they founded Last Resort Music, a noted sheet music publisher. In addition, Daniel plays French horn with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and in the motion picture industry, and Jan plays cello with many orchestras and chamber groups.

“Knowledge of any art form enhances every experience one has in life,” says Daniel of the importance of supporting the arts and, especially, Interlochen. When talking about the profound effect that Interlochen has had on their family, Daniel points to the community, the relationships that began at Interlochen that continue to play a key role in their lives. “The idea of community that Interlochen fosters has always been an ideal for us. The sense of being part of something much greater than oneself, something made up of thousands of people just like you, is one of the best gifts Interlochen has to give. But that gift can't be made without support from those of us who understand what it means.”