New York Philharmonic premieres composition by Interlochen Arts Academy student Melody Zhang

A visual arts major, Zhang created several paintings as part of their orchestral work “Opalescent,” which is dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Author and NPR television critic Eric Deggans

Author and NPR television critic Eric Deggans addresses students at a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community meeting.

Interlochen community honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with art, music, and conversation

The campus-wide celebration featured special performances and a talk with author and NPR television critic Eric Deggans.

Paula Salerno Herbart (AS 80, IAC St 83-84, 89-92, IAA St 89-91) was recently named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’s 2021 “Michigan’s 100 Most Influential Women.” She is currently in her second term as president of the Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest education labor union.

Kat Coiro (IAC 92-93, IAA 93-97, IAC Fac 15-19) directed the forthcoming feature film Marry Me, which stars Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. The film will be released in theatres and on the streaming service Peacock on Feb. 11, 2022. Coiro also produced and directed several episodes of the upcoming Disney+ series She/Hulk, which will premiere in 2022.

David Heinze (IAC 07-09, IAA 12-13) won first prize in the first-ever National Competition for Organ Accompaniment, held Jan. 8, 2022 at St. Paul's Church, K Street in Washington, D.C. The competition featured four finalists chosen from a recorded round, performing various accompanied repertoire with a professional choir.

In Memoriam

All In Memoriam

Jane Luer (IAC/NMC 39) of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on Dec. 8, 2021.


Jay Ambrosini (AS 62-63) of Decatur, Illinois, passed away on Dec. 12, 2021.

Dr. Elizabeth “Lisa” Pierce Litteral (IAC St 15, IAC Fac 98-11, 13-14, 16-21) of Mentor, Ohio, passed away on Dec. 8, 2021.

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