Spend your summer tackling challenging, mature repertoire under the direction of world-renowned conductors. During your time here, you will grow as a musician and artist, and experience the joy of playing with a with a group of outstanding fellow musicians from all over the world.
Students in the six-week orchestra and wind symphony program perform with one of three large ensembles:
- World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO)
- Interlochen Philharmonic
- World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS)
With new repertoire each week, three hours of rehearsal each day, and six performances throughout the summer, you will experience what it's like to be a part of a professional ensemble.
Your two hours a day of chamber music include small ensemble rehearsal and coaching, student performances, special topics, master classes and faculty performances.
You will also have weekly private lessons with one of our outstanding faculty members, many of whom hold advanced degrees in music, teach at the college level, and/or perform in professional symphony orchestras.
Use your elective class option to study another art form, or choose from a variety of classes in the music department, including Composition, Alexander Technique, Music Theory, Computer Music, Jazz, Orchestration, Music Literature, Yoga, and more. View elective classes.
High School Orchestras
The World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) and the Interlochen Philharmonic are outstanding orchestral experiences for advanced high school students. The faculty includes preeminent instructors who have extensive experience with major symphony orchestras. Repertoire is chosen from traditional and contemporary masterpieces, as well as other influential genres. The orchestras regularly feature some of the greatest artists in the world. Recent guest soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, Awadagin Pratt, Joshua Bell, and many more.
World Youth Wind Symphony
The World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS) is the most advanced high school summer band experience available in the country. Ensemble rehearsals stress the technical, expressive and musical development of the individual within a collaborative setting. The World Youth Wind Symphony has performed under the baton of many internationally renowned conductors, composers and artists including Michael Haithcock, John Mackey, Karel Husa, H. Robert Reynolds, John Whitwell and Jerry Junkin. Alumni of WYWS have attended virtually every major university school of music and conservatory and currently enjoy careers as professional musicians around the globe.
In addition to playing in the World Youth Wind Symphony, select students will have the opportunity to perform in Chamber Winds. This ensemble will maintain a flexible instrumentation and perform works from the chamber wind repertoire.
Performance Venues and Opportunities
Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.
Each large ensemble performs six concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous quartet, chamber and solo recitals. Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind symphony. Learn more about the concerto competition.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the artistic diversity here at Interlochen, and enjoy presentations in theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, and film. And each summer, we present an exciting lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.
Applicants who excel in woodwinds, brass or percussion, and apply by February 1, 2015, are automatically considered for the Fennell Scholars program. Scholarship winners can earn up to a full-tuition scholarship. Only the scholarship winners will be notified.
All Orchestral strings, harp, woodwinds, brass and percussion applicants who apply by February 1, 2015, are considered for the Emerson Scholars Program. Scholarship winners can earn up to a full-tuition scholarship. Only the scholarship winners will be notified.
Students may also be eligible for other need-based and merit-based financial aid.
Video or audio file #1: Choose one movement from a piece listed in the suggested audition repertoire list (click here for PDF), or choose a piece of comparable difficulty. Selections of contrasting style, and piano accompaniment when appropriate, are recommended. Percussionists should demonstrate skills on each of the following: snare drum, mallet instruments and timpani.
Video or audio file #2: Choose one movement from an additional piece.
Video or audio file #3: Prepare one major and one minor scale.
Helpful tip: place the microphone about six feet from your instrument.
To be considered for the Fennell Scholars or Emerson Scholars programs, applicants must submit video auditions, and must complete their application and audition submission by February 1, 2015.
When you arrive at Camp
All students will audition again during registration at the start of Camp, and will be placed into a specific ensemble group based on audition results. View audition repertoire.
Strings: Students will be placed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or Interlochen Philharmonic based on the results of auditions during registration at the beginning of Camp.
Winds and Percussion: Placement in an orchestra or the wind symphony will be determined based upon a student's audition at the time of application. During registration at the beginning of Camp, students will audition for seating within the orchestras or wind symphony. Depending on repertoire requirements, percussionists may have the opportunity to play in both wind and orchestral ensembles.
Interlochen offers a several one-week, instrument-specific institutes, which run the week prior to this program. Students are welcome to attend an instrumental institute, and then stay on for the six-week Orchestra and Wind Symphony program. Institutes include:
Brass and Percussion Institutes
Advanced high school string players are invited to apply to the Advanced String Quartet Program (students in this program also perform with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or the Interlochen Philharmonic).
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers an instrumental music major for grades 9-12.