High School Singer-Songwriter Summer Program

The three-week singer-songwriter program will help you hone your writing and performance skills under the guidance of professional singer-songwriters. You will create new songs, explore a variety of songwriting styles, collaborate with other talented musicians, and have a number of performance opportunities.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 14, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Tuition: $6,015
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Focusing on piano, guitar, and voice, you will compose songs and share them in small workshops of eight or nine students. The workshop environment allows singer-songwriters to gain performance experience and get feedback on their work in an intimate and supportive environment.

Other class time will be spent in creative activities and discussion, working to understand songwriting fundamentals and the connection between emotion, imagination, and song. Performance opportunities include informal "coffee house" style events, a mid-session performance, and a public performance at the end of the session.

While students in the singer-songwriter program do not take elective classes, there are many opportunities to enjoy student and faculty presentations in visual art, theatre, dance, creative writing, and film while you are here. And each summer, we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.


Audition Requirements

Video file: a self-accompanied, personal performance of an original composition.

PDF file: Attach a written copy of the lyrics

Additional Opportunities

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


Justina Shandler

Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts CampAdjunct Professor in Songwriting

Adjunct Professor in Songwriting, Frost School of Music, University of Miami

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