Regional Auditions

We're holding regional auditions for Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school and Interlochen summer arts programs. Register now to attend an event in a city near you!

Locations, dates and registration links for the 2016 Dance, Theatre, and Music audition tour are listed below. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 231.276.7472 or

Tips for a successful audition experience:
Please come fully prepared to demonstrate the audition requirements for the program(s) you are applying to.

Summer Arts Camp Audition Requirements:

Academy Audition Requirements

Check-in begins promptly at the beginning of the event and runs for ten to fifteen minutes, so please arrive on time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate those who arrive late. Applicants must be available for the entirety of the event in order to participate, and may depart once their audition is complete. We cannot accommodate any requests for specific audition times due to the number of students attending these events.
If you cannot meet the above requirements, we kindly request that you let us know that you need to cancel your in-person audition by sending an email at least 24 hours in advance to You may still upload your audition materials online.
Accompaniment is not required, however, Interlochen will provide an accompanist free of charge to those students who are unable to bring their own and still wish to perform with accompaniment. This must be requested in advance when registering for the event. If you choose to bring your own accompanist, they must be available for the entirety of the event.

Regional Auditions

Erie, PA - Dance Only (Register Here)
Registration is also available on-site
Participants are strongly encouraged to begin their application for Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy prior to the audition
December 5, 2015 - noon-2PM
Erie Dance Theater
1603 Cherry St.
Erie, PA

Detroit     (Register Here)
January 7, 2016 - 6-9PM
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Cleveland     (Register Here)
January 8, 2016 - 4-7PM
Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 

Chicago Audition Tour  - Music, Dance Theatre   (Register Here)
January 9, 2016 - 4-7PM
Hubbard Street Dance
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Dance Only (Register Here)
Registration is also available on-site
Participants are strongly encouraged to begin their application for Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy prior to the audition
January 9, 2016 - noon-3PM
Elite Dance Force
477 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Z5

Washington, DC     (Register Here)
January 16, 2016 - 5-8PM
Washington National Opera
6925 Willow Street NW
Washington, DC 20012

Westchester County     (Register Here)
January 17, 2016 - 1-4PM
State University of New York at Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577 

New York City     (Register Here)
January 18, 2016 - 1-4PM
The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street
New York City, NY 10019

Houston     (Register Here)
January 18, 2016 - 5-8PM
Houston Ballet
601 Preston Street
Houston, TX 77002

Dallas     (Register Here)
January 19, 2016 - 6-9PM
Southern Methodist University
Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop
Dallas, TX 75275 

Phoenix     (Register here)
January 21, 2016 - 5-8pm
Arizona School for the Arts
1410 North Third Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Orange County     (Register here)
January 22, 2016 - 5-8pm
Orange County School of the Arts
1010 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701 

Los Angeles     (Register Here)
January 23, 2016 - 4-7PM
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

San Francisco     (Register Here)
January 24, 2016 - 2-5PM
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


To explore our summer arts camp and boarding high school programs, click here. And if you're interested in volunteering at one of these audition days, please fill out this online form or send an email to

Audition Tour FAQs

Is the audition tour for students interested in Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy or both?

Both!  Students are welcome to audition for any performance-based major for either the camp (Summer 2016) or the academy (Fall 2016).

What do I need to bring or prepare before the audition?

You need to pre-register online within 48 hours of the event in order to be guaranteed a space.  Walk-in applicants are welcome based on available space. When you pre-register, please print your confirmation screen in order to ensure you have the audition location and time with you for reference.

Camp applicants should have paid their application fees and completed their application entirely except, of course, for the audition.  Students can start the camp application here.

Academy applicants need to have started the application process and have paid the application fee.  However, it is not necessary to have the application entirely completed.  Students can start the academy application here.

Is there a fee for the audition?

No--because we ask families to complete a camp or academy application and pay the associated application fee, we do not ask for an additional fee for the audition.

What do I need to bring or prepare for the audition itself?

Music: You need to bring your instrument, your music, and music for your accompanist.  We will have a music stand, chairs, and a piano.  If you request to have an accompanist provided, unfortunately you will not be able to meet with that person beforehand.  Please remember to bring your music for the provided accompanist and label it appropriately, indicating which measures you will be performing.  Please note that while we will provide an accompanist, you are also welcome to bring your own, or forgo an accompanist altogether--it is not required to perform with an accompanist.

Theatre: We will have a piano available if you would like to bring or request an accompanist.  If you request an accompanist, please remember to bring your music and label it appropriately, indicating which measures you will be performing.  We also have a sound system for a CD or mp3.  If you have a resume or photo you would like to submit, please bring it with you rather than submitting it online.

Dance: Female dancers need to wear a black leotard and pink tights.  Male dancers need to wear white t-shirts and black tights.  If you are en pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.  Dancers auditioning live do not need to prepare a solo piece (which is required for a video submission)--the audition will be led much like a class and may include barre, centre, and combinations.  If you have a resume or photo you would like to submit, please bring it with you rather than submitting it online.

Will I have a place to warm up?

Yes, you will; however, in most of our audition locations, it will not be a private space and all applicants warm up in the same room.

How long do I need to be there?

Everyone will check in and attend an information session that lasts approximately 15 minutes.  Following the information session, theatre and music applicants will be given their individual audition time slots, which last roughly ten minutes.  Dancers will proceed en masse to the group audition.  At the conclusion of the dance audition, parents will be invited to sit in for a dance-specific information session.

Can I audition for more than one program?

You may audition for more than one program within the same major.  For example, you may audition for both the Musical Theatre Production program and the Repertory Theatre Production program at the same time.  However, students may not audition for programs in more than one major because of time constraints.  For example, you may not audition both for dance and for theatre programs at the live audition.  You may audition for one major and submit a video online for the other major in which you are interested.

Do I need to arrive prior to the start time?

No.  We’ve included time for check-in and warm-up within the designated time frame.  There is no need to arrive early.  It is important to note that many of our auditions are held in facilities that are used by other programs and organizations, and in order to minimize disruption, we ask that our guests are only in the building during designated times.

Online pre-registration is closed.  Can I still come to the audition?

Yes.  We are happy to receive walk-in applicants on a space-available basis.  Please read over these FAQs to make sure you have all necessary information in order to be properly prepared.  In order to receive your results, it is important that you complete a camp or academy application as soon as possible following the audition.

When will I find out my results?

It varies.  For camp applicants, generally everyone whose application is complete by February 1 will receive a decision in mid- to late February at the very latest.  Some programs may release decisions sooner.  For academy applicants, decisions will be released by the end of March at the very latest.  Only students who have a completed and submitted application will receive their audition results.