High School Organ Summer Program

Interlochen's six-week organ program is for students seeking immersion in the art of organ playing. In addition to weekly organ and piano lessons, students participate in a daily organ seminar, which includes studio class, master classes with guest artists, coached practicing and work in church service playing. The program structure includes significant individual attention. Inexperienced organists with a strong piano background are encouraged to apply.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 21, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Tuition: $8,115
Age range: Grades 9-12

Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for this summer 2014 program. Join our mailing list to receive information about summer 2015 programs.

In addition to weekly organ and piano lessons, organ students participate in a daily organ seminar. This daily seminar includes studio class, master classes with guest artists, coached practicing and work in church service playing.

Classes and lectures in music theory, choir and additional electives compliment students' keyboard studies.

Students perform in weekly organ recitals, and also have many opportunities to enjoy presentations by guest artists, faculty and other students across several arts areas through the summer.

Students have access to nine practice instruments and our recently refurbished 50-rank Reuter concert instrument, located in the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel.

Audition Requirements

Audio or video files #1 and #2: Two solo works of contrasting style that best demonstrates the applicant’s level of achievement. Applicants may record piano pieces in addition to organ if this helps to better represent the accomplishment and potential of the applicant.

Scholarships

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a major in organ for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Faculty

Thomas Bara

Instructor of Organ and Assistant Director of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

Todd Wilson

Guest Faculty, Master Class, Interlochen Arts Camp

Head of the Organ Department, The Cleveland Institute of Music; Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ, Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH; Director of Music and Worship, Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral; House Organist, Stan Hywet Home and Gardens, Akron, OH

Paul Barte

Guest Faculty, Master Class, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Music History and University Organist, Ohio University

James Kibbie

Guest Faculty, Master Class, Interlochen Arts Camp

Professor of Organ, University of Michigan

Photo Galleries

  • Interlochen Center for the Arts' photo
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts' photo
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts' photo
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts' photo
  • 2012 World Youth Wind Symphony 060
  • 2013 Intermediate - High School Organ 011
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts' photo
  • Jack Mitchener organ masterclass_35
  • Intermediate Organ Building (10)
  • High School and Intermediate Organ (104)

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