Inspire Student Learning Breakthroughs

CREATE AMAZING collaborations between Interlochen students and the world’s leading artists.

“By delving into a musical genre that was completely new to me, I now have begun to understand and appreciate an art form that before I had dubbed as uninteresting, unimportant, and even insubstantial. Eighth blackbird opened my eyes to the power of new art forms, and gave me the artistic ‘know-how’ needed to share this amazing genre with my own future audiences.” — Indigo, Academy & Camp, Age 17, Eureka Springs, Ark.

Visiting artists are a cornerstone of the Interlochen experience, providing young artists with exposure to experts in all fields—from English, math and science to dance, music and visual arts. Over the years, Interlochen students have worked with:

  • Composers John Philip Sousa and Howard Hanson
  • Violinist James Ehnes
  • American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland
  • Actress Victoria Clark
  • Author Stuart Dybek
  • Director David Lynch
  • Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
  • Visual artists Emilie Gossiaux and Nathan Abbe
  • Scientist Dr. Holly Gilbert

Annually, more than 100 artists work with students, in person or virtually, via masterclasses, residencies or collaborative performances. Often, students perform directly with their idols, whether this be through the World Youth Symphony Orchestra performing with violinist Joshua Bell or onstage with DanceWorks Chicago.

Visiting artists are essential to rounding out an Interlochen education. They challenge ballet dancers with intense modern choreography; help singer-songwriters craft the perfect lyric; and teach actors how to give a more powerful monologue.

CREATE AMAZING opportunities for students by supporting guest artists in every discipline.

To support annual guest artist opportunities, please give to the Annual Fund.

Please contact advancement at 231-276-7623 or for more information about creating guest artist endowments, including Artist-in-Residence positions and guest choreographer funds.