• Creative writer Sophie Paquette named Interlochen Arts Academy's 46th Presidential Scholar in the Arts


  • Nathan Ginter named Interlochen Arts Academy's 45th Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Ginter is the first Motion Picture Arts student selected as a Presidential Scholar.


  • Continuing the collaboration between the two institutions, musicians from the New York Philharmonic perform at Interlochen Arts Academy. Arts Academy musicians perform a chamber concert at the Lincoln Center.
  • The Visual Arts division begins a collaboration with the Cowell Family Cancer Center on the Aesthetics of Health project.
  • Interlochen breaks ground on their first-ever unified home for music.
  • Alexa Bleasdale-Curnutte becomes Interlochen Arts Academy's 44th Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
  • Trey Devey takes office as the president of Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Interlochen Arts Camp celebrates its 90th season.


  • Lee Dennison's posthumous gift results in the design and construction of the Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness
  • CREATE AMAZING: The Campaign for Interlochen launches to the public
  • Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Dance Company perform at the New York Phil Biennial to great fanfare and review
  • Interlochen Arts Camp adds the new Fashion Design program
  • A gift from the Corson Family enables the renovation of the waterfront and the creation of Corson Waterfront Park.
  • Jeffrey S. Kimpton announces his intent to retire from the presidency. Trey Devey is selected as his successor.


  • President Jeffrey Kimpton wins Jeffrey Lawrence Award
  • Interlochen awarded Apple Distinguished Program honor
  • Oonagh Davis named Presidential Scholar in the Arts


  • Interlochen Arts Camp Junior Dance and Visual Arts option added
  • Interlochen Arts Academy senior Kira Bursky's film "Hello from Malaysia" featured at the first White House Student Film Festival
  • Interlochen Arts Academy launches an official Conservatory year
  • Interlochen Presents celebrates 50 year anniversary
  • Arts Academy Theatre students perform "Sonnets for an Old Century" at Scotland's Fringe Festival


  • Logan Arts Leadership Institute launches
  • Interlochen Arts Camp Junior Musical Theatre program launches
  • Interlochen Arts Academy chosen as first American high school to collaborate with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Interlochen Public Radio celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • Arts Academy senior Sojourner Ahebee is named a National Student Poet at the White House in Washington, D.C.


  • Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates their 50th anniversary with Academy student performances around the country. 
  • Interlochen Arts Academy adds the new Singer-Songwriter major starting in the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Creative writing student Nicole Acton becomes the 42nd Presidential Scholar from Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • Interlochen hosts its 2012 Symposium, "Information, Space and Time: The Arts, Creativity and Learning in the 21st Century."


  • The new Upton-Morley Pavilion outdoor performance and rehearsal facility opens. 
  • Interlochen Arts Academy creates educational partnerships with two leading arts programs in Asia: the High School of the Shanghai Conservatory in Shanghai, China, and the School for the Arts in Singapore.
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts wins a W3 Award for its video “Moments.” Interlochen was recognized as “Best in Show” in the Non-Profit Web Video category. 
  • Creative writing student Delali Ayivor becomes the 41st Presidential Scholar from Interlochen Arts Academy.


  • The Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership opens, home to Interlochen College of Creative Arts programs for adults.


  • Interlochen Arts Academy adds the new Comparative Arts major.
  • Theatre student Steven Johnson becomes the 40th Presidential Scholar from Interlochen Arts Academy.


  • The Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts is completed. The project was funded in part by the Dow Foundation, which gave $3 million toward the new project.
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts is honored at the 23rd Annual Governor’s Awards for Arts and Culture.


  • Interlochen receives the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence.
  • The new Bonisteel Library opens.
  • DeRoy Center for Film Studies opens. It is the only building of its kind, dedicated to teaching film at the secondary level.
  • Van Cliburn returns at age 72 to play his final benefit concert, celebrating the 45th anniversary of his first appearance at Interlochen.


  • The Motion Picture Arts program is added as a new art discipline. It is the first new arts discipline to be added since 1976.
  • Interlochen College of Creative Arts inaugurates its first season of educational programs for adults.
  • The $2 million Harvey Theatre Annex is dedicated to longtime Interlochen theater director Jim Harvey.


  • Jeffrey S. Kimpton becomes Interlochen's seventh president.


  • The Writing House opens. It is the first structure of its kind dedicated to the development of high school writers. An anonymous $2 million gift allowed construction to begin.


  • Interlochen Public Radio launches a second station, featuring an all-news format.


  • Interlochen completes campus-wide renovations and new construction totaling $16.1 million.


  • Two new buildings are opened on campus: the Harvey Theatre and the Edward P. and Jessie Frohlich Piano and Percussion Building.
  • Edward J. Downing is elected the sixth President of Interlochen.
  • The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, led by Keith Lockhart, performs for the first of seven consecutive summers.


  • The World Youth Symphony Orchestra performs at the Atlanta Olympics. Works include the world premiere of "Umoja: Each One of Us Counts" by Alvin Singleton.


  • Rich O'Dell is named Interlochen's fifth president.


  • A major gift helps fund a new studio and office building for Interlochen Public Radio (IPR).
  • The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, led by John Williams, performs for the first time at Camp.


  • The Phoenix Theatre is dedicated for year-round Camp and Academy theatre performances.
  • Interlochen hosts the GM-Seventeen Magazine National Concerto Competition.


  • The National Music Camp changes its name to Interlochen Arts Camp.
  • Guest conductors and performers for Camp include Maxim Shostakovich, Neeme Jarvi, Itzhak Perlman, Beaux Arts Trio and Kronos Quartet.


  • Roger Jacobi retires and Dean Boal takes the helm as the new president of Interlochen.


  • Itzhak Perlman performs as guest violinist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He will appear for six consecutive summers at the Camp.


  • Interlochen receives the National Governor's Association Award for distinguished service to the arts.
  • Lorin Maazel returns after 48 years to conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the 60th Camp season.


  • Maxim Shostakovich and Gunther Schuller appear as guest conductors of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
  • "The Two Bears" sculpture by Marshall Fredericks is donated by Alden B. Dow Associates and placed prominently in front of Corson Auditorium.


  • The Academy Orchestra plays a concert in Orchestra Hall in Detroit.


  • The Cleveland Orchestra performs during Camp, with Eduardo Mata conducting.


  • Alan Hovhaness conducts the Arts Academy Orchestra in the world premiere of his Symphony No. 40 in the new Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.


  • Dedication of the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and the Margaret Upton Memorial Organ, a 45-rank Aeolian Skinner design.


  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs during Camp, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting and holding a composition class.
  • Judith Shulevitz and Nicholas Thorndike become the first of 44 Arts Academy students to be named Presidential Scholars in the Arts — more than any other single high school.


  • The Interlochen Arts Festival reappears for the summer, and remains to the present day. Guest artists include Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman and Fred Waring.
  • The first Arts Academy "Collage" performance is held, inaugurating an annual tradition.


  • George Wilson retires, succeeded by Ed Downing as Director of the National Music Camp.
  • Van Cliburn plays the last of 18 consecutive annual benefit concerts for the Camp.
  • Renowned soprano and Camp alumna Jessye Norman performs Wagner.


  • President Jimmy Carter sends congratulations for the Camp's 50th season.
  • Howard Hanson conducts the world premiere of his A Sea Symphony for Choir and Orchestra in honor of the National Music Camp's 50th season.
  • Eminent composer Krzysztof Penderecki conducts his own works with Arts Academy ensembles.


  • The Creative Writing department is established with a grant from the Ford Foundation.
  • Lukas Foss conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and teh Bicentennial Chorus in the world premiere of his American Cantata.
  • Former Camp instructor and Pulitzer Prize winner George Crumb attends two concerts of his music by the Academy Orchestra and students.


  • The Grand Traverse Performing Arts Center, featuring the 1,000-seat Corson Auditorium, is dedicated. Visitors include President Gerald Ford and the First Lady, Bob Hope and Benny Goodman.
  • The girls dormitory is renamed Thor Johnson House in honor of the late Thor Johnson.


  • Over 130 concerts, programs and exhibitions are presented off-campus in 73 Michigan cities and towns during Interlochen Outreach, sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts.


  • Gunther Schuller conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of his Three Nocturnes for Orchestra.
  • The Arts Academy Chorale performs several concerts in Denmark, becoming the first Interlochen ensemble to tour Europe.


  • The Arts Camp jazz program is inaugurated with a concert by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Concerts by numerous jazz luminaries will follow throughout the 1970s.


  • Roger Jacobi is elected the third president of Interlochen.


  • Aaron Copland visits to conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the High School Choir in his own works.
  • Bernard Heiden gives a lecture-concert of his works, featuring the American premiere of his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with Janos Starker as the soloist.


  • Lukas Foss gives a lecture-concert of his works, performing with Academy students.
  • The "Dave Brubeck at Interlochen" features Brubeck performing his works with his own Quartet and the Arts Academy Orchestra and Choir.


  • LIFE magazine publishes a 12-page feature on the Arts Academy.
  • Violinist Isaac Stern gives a benefit performance for Interlochen Arts Academy.
  • Noted conductor Sixten Ehrling leads both the Camp and Academy orchestras.


  • Aaron Copland visits the Academy to lecture, perform and conduct.
  • Karl Haas is named the president of both Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy.
  • The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Dancers perform at the Expo 67 World's Fair in Montreal.


  • The International Society for Music Education held their seventh International Conference, the first in the Western Hemisphere, at Interlochen.
  • The world premiere of Songs of Walt Whitman by Norman Dello Joio is performed, commissioned by the ISME conference.
  • The Bell Telephone Hour broadcasts a program featuring Van Cliburn's performance at Interlochen.
  • Interlochen founder and president Joseph E. Maddy dies.
  • George C. Wilson begins 13 years as Director of the National Music Camp.


  • Renowned conductor Thor Johnson completes his first of three years as Director of Interlochen Arts Academy and conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.


  • Kresge Auditorium is opened after a major expansion of the original 1948 building, including a full roof and new seating. Funding was provided by the Kresge Foundation.
  • The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs at Lincoln Center for the first time, premiering Variations and Fugue, Op. 18 by Alan Hovhaness, a work commissioned by the Academy.
  • The first major American orchestra performs at Interlochen: Eugene Ormandy and the "Fabulous Philadelphians."


  • WIAA, the Interlochen FM radio station, is built and begins operation.
  • The Jessie V. Stone Recreation Center (now Bonisteel Library), the Dow Science Rotunda and the Giddings Concourse are dedicated.
  • NBC's The Today Show with Hugh Downs telecasts from the Camp.


  • Interlochen Arts Academy, the country's first independent fine arts boarding high school, opens.
  • 103 musicians and 14 ballet dancers perform for President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy on the White House lawn.


  • Van Cliburn begins his long association with Interlochen and presents his first benefit concert for the institution. The concerts evolve into a regular performing arts series.
  • NBC presents weekly taped programs, "The Best of Interlochen," which are broadcast around the world in 18 languages.


  • The United States Information Agency makes a documentary film about Interlochen called Music in the Forest for international distribution by the U.S. State Department.


  • Gifts from the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation pay for construction of a new Interlochen Bowl Hotel, later re-named Stone Student Center.


  • World premieres of three operas: Kittiwake Island by Sundgaard and Wilder; What Men Live By by Bohuslav Martinu; A Matinee Idyll by Hamilton Forrest.


  • World premiere of John Henry for orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Aaron Copland.


  • The Camp celebrates its 25th anniversary with the completion of the new Joseph Maddy Administration Building.


  • The new Dance Arts Building on the shore of Green Lake is dedicated. It is later renamed for Hildegarde Lewis, creator of the National Music Camp dance program.


  • World premiere of "George Washington Bridge" for concert band by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer William Schuman.


  • The Kresge Assembly Hall, made possible by a donation from the Kresge Foundation, is completed and "Dedicated to the Promotion of World Friendship Through the Universal Language of the Arts."


  • The rapidly growing number of campers below high school age are split into junior and intermediate divisions for the first time.


  • The Fine Arts Building is dedicated. This fieldstone building, designed by Maud Miller Hoffmaster, houses the growing Arts Division of the Camp.


  • Camp Interlochen for Girls (acquired in fall 1943) is incorporated into the National Music Camp.


  • The Camp begins a decades-long affiliation with the University of Michigan.
  • Camp Penn Loch for Boys is acquired and incorporated into the National Music Camp.


  • The Camp makes its own color-sound film called Symphony of Young America for national distribution.


  • Hildegarde Lewis establishes a dance department at Interlochen.
  • There's Magic in Music, a Paramount feature film, is based on and partly filmed at the National Music Camp.


  • Nine-year-old Lorin Maazel conducts the Camp orchestra in a high-profile performance at the New York World's Fair. Maazel goes on to become the conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
  • The Visual Arts program is established.


  • Percy Grainger joins the faculty.
  • Apollo Hall is donated by the Wurlitzer Company.


  • The first accepted textbook on training school marching bands is written at the Camp.


  • The Camp season ends with performances by both the Band and Orchestra at the Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair.


  • The Camp becomes officially known as the National Music Camp. 


  • John Philip Sousa returns to Interlochen and conducts 600 young musicians, drawing an audience of nearly 10,000. He premieres his final march—"The Northern Pines"—and donates its royalties to a Camp scholarship fund.
  • Howard Hanson conducts the first Interlochen performance of his Symphony No. 2 - "Romantic." The "Interlochen Theme" is based on this work.


  • Dr. Maddy and an orchestra of 184 musicians give concerts at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall in New York and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
  • John Philip Sousa makes his first visit to Interlochen.
  • National radio broadcasts begin at Interlochen, raising the camp's national profile.


  • The National High School Orchestra Camp opens.


  • Following a second successful performance of the National High School Orchestra, Maddy organizes the National High School Orchestra Camp and forms a non-profit corporation. After a nationwide site search, he decides to hold the camp in Interlochen, Michigan. 


  • Joseph Maddy leads 230 students from 30 states in a performance of the first National High School Orchestra at the Music Supervisor's National Conference.


  • Maddy and Giddings publish "The Universal Teacher," the first textbook for class instruction of band and orchestra in the public schools. It remains one of the most important documents in the history of music education.