The junior band program is a great summer opportunity for musicians in grades 3-6. Guided by teachers who specialize in working with young musicians, you will develop your ensemble skills and musicianship. You will also have the amazing experience of living and learning with other kids from all over the world.
During your two weeks here, you will have a variety of rehearsals, classes, and activities. The repertoire is carefully selected to meet the needs of both individual students and the full group. Our goal is to create an environment where students of all skill levels can gain a sense of accomplishment and experience the joy of ensemble performance (view 2018 repertoire; 2019 repertoire coming soon). Features of this program include:
- Daily two-hour rehearsals, in both the full band group and in like-instrument sectionals.
- In musicianship class, you'll develop a deeper understanding of written music (in treble and bass clefs), rhythm, meter, and scales.
- Participation in the chorus will help you develop your aural skills.
- Round out your experience with one additional elective class. Your elective can be in music, or you can take the opportunity to study another art form, such as ballet, visual arts, acting, or creative writing. See elective options.
The two-week session culminates with a public performance. Students are welcome to attend multiple sessions (a discount is offered). Students who attend for four or six weeks may take private lessons for an additional fee (private lessons are not available for students attending two weeks).
This program does not require an audition, but students must be able to read music to participate. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so your early application is advised.
Interlochen offers an honors recital competition for the junior division. Winners perform in an honors recital, which is held every other week. The competition requires a separate audition. Honors recital details.
Conductor, Junior Band and Instructor, Instrument Exploration, Interlochen Arts Camp