High School Rock/Pop Summer Program

This program is your opportunity to explore the entire process of staging a full rock and pop show. You'll work with other dedicated musicians and learn how to select material, create transcriptions, arrange charts, rehearse, and perform on stage. In fact, the public concert at the program’s end is one of Interlochen’s most popular student events. Students work on an original song during the session, and the faculty will choose one of the originals for performance in the final concert.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 22, 2019 to July 13, 2019
Tuition: $6,015
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Throughout the program, students perform together in bands, and everyone--instrumentalists and vocalists--is encouraged to sing.

Additionally, you will have theory classes that include ear-training, transcription, form, song composition, and the history of rock music.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply band etiquette (interpersonal and musical ensemble skills)
  • Perform in a band
  • Apply musicianship skills 


Ability to read music or chord charts (music will not be written in tablature).

Audition Requirements

Submit one to three video recordings of work that best represents you as an artist at this time. If you are performing in an ensemble, please make sure you are clearly highlighted.


Tommy Calton

Instructor of Guitar, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Guitar Instructor

Dr. Diane Cardarelli

Director and Instructor of Keyboards, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Therapist, Seminole County Public Schools

James Cardarelli

Instructor of Drums, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Freelance drummer/ percussionist, teacher

Kerry Hayes

Instructor of Voice, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Elliot May

Instructor of Bass Guitar, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Bass Player and Music Educator

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