Interlochen Online

Engage in transformational artistic experiences and traditional summer camp fun through an innovative online program.

Join us this summer at Interlochen Online. The world-class Interlochen faculty have transformed on-campus programs into virtual experiences that combine the joy and intensity of Interlochen Arts Camp with an interactive and fun experience of summer learning.

Please see the drop down below for our upcoming schedule of Live Q&A Sessions, hosted by Interlochen Online admission and faculty representatives.

Program Offerings

  • Juniors (Grades 2-6)
    • General Arts
    • Classical Music Performance
  • Intermediates (Grades 6-9) and High School (Grades 9-12)
    • Creative Writing
    • Dance
    • Filmmaking
    • Music
      • Classical Music Performance and Composition
      • Jazz Performance & Improvisation
      • Singer-Songwriter
      • Music Production & Engineering
    • Theatre Arts
      • Acting
      • Musical Theatre
      • Theatre Design & Production
    • Visual Arts

Virtual Events & Performances

First Gathering: Sunday, June 28 - the opening ceremony for Interlochen Online
"Collage": Saturday, July 18 - a showcase of student performances
"Les Préludes": Sunday, July 19 - the final performance for Interlochen Online

Virtual Cabin/Camp-in-a-Box

Students also participate in a virtual camp cabin, guided by a camp counselor, who leads campers in daily camp activities that support the artistic program. These will include games, craft projects, and snack making.

Before camp begins, all students will receive a "Camp-in-a-Box" package. This will include instructions for each activity, some materials for the activity, and a list of materials to be provided by the family. Enough craft materials will be sent for the camper and another participant, such as a sibling or friend. Families are also welcome to duplicate these activities.

Master Classes

Each week, students engage with successful artists in their chosen field—professional conductors, musicians, visual artists, dancers, filmmakers, actors, directors, designers, writers and more—who share their experiences and insights, answer students’ questions, and provide insider tips and ideas.

Guest Artists

Contemporary Music

  • Ruby Amanfu and Sam Ashworth, Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers
  • James Bonney, BAFTA-winning television and video game composer
  • Jonathan Perkins, Interlochen Arts Academy alumnus and multi-platinum songwriter and record producer
  • Maggie Rogers, singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Sharon Von Etten, singer-songwriter and actress

Creative Writing

  • Caitlin Horrocks, author, "The Vexations" and "This Is Not Your City"
  • Amy Kurzweil, author of "Flying Couch" and comic artist for The New Yorker
  • Kristin Renee Miller, managing editor of Sarabande Books, poet, and translator
  • Sarah Elaine Smith, author, "Marilou is Everywhere" and "I Live In A Hut"

Dance

  • Kenya Clay, renowned hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and instructor
  • Craig Hall, ballet master of the New York City Ballet
  • Fana Tesfagiorgis, Interlochen Arts Academy alumna and dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • Deborah Wingert, former dancer with the New York City Ballet and repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust


Film & New Media

  • Jeanine Cowen, freelance composer, producer, and sound designer and professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music
  • Tim Lauer, Emmy-nominated composer, producer, and musician known for his work on the television shows Nashville (ABC) and Greenleaf (OWN)
  • Janet Leahy, executive producer of Mad Men

Music
  • Nicola Benedetti, Grammy-winning classical violinist
  • Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Ray Chen, acclaimed Australian classical violinist
  • Laura Karpman, film, television, video game, theatre, and concert composer
  • Cristian Macelaru, Chief Conductorof the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
  • Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and educator

Theatre
  • Santino Fontana, Tony Award-winning actor, Broadway's Tootsie and Disney's Frozen
  • Steven Johnson, actor, Broadway's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Emily Koch, Broadway actor, Wicked
  • Ashley Parker, Tony-nominated actor, original Broadway cast of Mean Girls
  • Alexandra Silber, Broadway actor and published author
  • Richard Winkler, lighting designer and Broadway producer
  • Professionals from the world of Design & Production
  • Faculty from leading conservatories

Visual Arts

  • Robbie Conal, considered one of the country’s foremost satirical street poster artists
  • Jeff Krueger, abstract social realist considering the signs and shifting codes of modernity
  • Arthur Ganson, kinetic sculptor whose work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the U.S. and Europe

Technical Requirements

Technology: Canvas Course Management System and Zoom

This technology is required for all programs. If additional technology is needed, it is described in the program information.

To use Canvas and Zoom, you will need access to a computer (preferred) or mobile device with internet access. This is a list of basic system requirements:

Screen Size
Canvas and Zoom are best viewed at a minimum screen size of 11+ inches. If you want to use a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the mobile apps for Canvas and Zoom.

Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.13 or newer (Interlochen recommends Apple products)
  • Windows 10
  • Chrome OS
  • Apple iOS and Android

Computer Speed and Processor
Use a Mac five years old or newer, or other device three years old or newer, if possible.

  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 2 GHz processor

Internet Speed
Minimum of 1.5 Mbps download and 800 Kbps upload

Sample Schedules

Live Q&A Sessions

Please see below for our schedule of upcoming Live Q&A Sessions, hosted by Interlochen Online admission and faculty representatives:

  • Weekly Interlochen Online General Q&A | Thursday , May 28, 3pm EDT | Register Here

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for Interlochen Online?
Visit the Education Community.

Are auditions or portfolios required for admission to Interlochen Online?
No, Interlochen Online only requires a registration.

When is my Interlochen Online tuition due?
Tuition is due in full no later than June 15.

When are the special virtual events during Interlochen Online?
Opening Ceremony - June 28
"Collage" - July 18
"Les Préludes" - July 19

What are the dates of the Interlochen Online program?
Classes are Monday through Friday from June 29 - July 17. We also have three special virtual events: Opening Ceremony (Sunday, June 28), "Collage" (Saturday, July 18), and "Les Préludes" (Sunday, July 19).

How many hours a day will students be online?
Juniors (grades 2-6): Three hours of daily instruction plus optional virtual cabin activities (45 instructional hours over the three week program, before optional activities).

Intermediates (grades 6-9) and High Schoolers (grades 9-12): Four hours of daily instruction, optional virtual cabin activities, and one hour per week of private instruction or one-on-one coaching sessions, depending on the program (60 hours total over the three week program before optional activities).

I am a 6th grader or a 9th grader. Which division do I choose?
6th graders are able to choose either junior or intermediate programs. 9th graders are able to choose either intermediate or high school programs. We call it choice year!

Can I change my program for Interlochen Online?
Yes, email the Office of Admission at admission@interlochen.org to get connected.

I deposited for Arts Camp 2020. How is my deposit deferred to Summer 2021?
If you paid a Camp deposit prior to our transition to Interlochen Online, when you login to the Education Community, we will ask you how you would like to redirect your deposit.

Can I do Interlochen Online this summer and re-enroll in the same in-person program for Summer 2021?
Accepted and enrolled students from Summer 2020 Arts Camp will have the opportunity to defer their admission to Summer 2021. Interlochen Online programs do not result in a re-enrollment offer for a corresponding Summer 2021 program.

How will my financial aid package transfer to Interlochen Online from my Arts Camp Summer 2020 acceptance? How will it transfer if I choose to defer to next year?
Interlochen Online tuition is greatly reduced from our in-person programs. Be sure to consult your enrollment agreement to see the breakdown of costs. If a student defers to Summer 2021, the percentage of financial aid will remain the same in most cases. Tuition for Summer 2021 will be announced in September, and you will receive updated enrollment information for Summer 2021 in October.

Can I do Interlochen Online this summer in a new arts area and then re-enroll for the program I was accepted into for Summer 2020 in Summer 2021?
Yes, you may defer your enrollment to Summer 2021 and then opt to participate in a different program for Interlochen Online. Re-enrollment offers are based on Summer 2020 in person programs.

Can I still secure my spot/defer to Summer 2021 even if I want to apply for a different program?
If you would like to apply for a different program in Summer 2021, the best course of action is to request a refund and re-apply for Summer 2021 when the application is available this fall.

If I don't like the program, can I drop out but still come for next summer?
Completion of the online program will not effect deferral options.

I signed up for two Summer 2020 Arts Camp sessions—can I do more than one Interlochen Online program/instrument/arts area?
No, you must choose one program to focus on for Interlochen Online. If you would like a different program than the one you were placed in, contact the Office of Admission at admisssion@interlochen.org.

Are there electives in Interlochen Online programs?
Intermediate and High School students will have the option to choose between different courses within their program. The Junior program is set. All students, regardless of age, can participate in the optional Virtual Cabin activities at the end of each day. Please consult your individual program description for details on which electives are available to you.

I can't find my program in the Interlochen Online offerings.
Some programs may be renamed or part of a larger program. View the list of the available online programs above and contact admission@interlochen.org with further questions.

If I elected to have my Summer 2020 Arts Camp deposit and any additional tuition payments refunded, how will I receive it?
Your refund check will be mailed within 60 days.

What are the dates for Arts Camp Summer 2021?
June 27-Aug. 8, 2021

Do I need to sign a new enrollment agreement for Interlochen Online?
Yes, you will need to sign a new enrollment agreement for Interlochen Online. If you have previsouly paid your deposit, you do not need to pay a second deposit.

Are Arts Camp Summer 2020 application fees refundable?
No, application fees are non-refundable. 

I declined my acceptance or withdrew from Summer 2020 Arts Camp. Can I enroll in Interlochen Online?
Yes, if you declined our offer or withdrew from Summer 2020 Arts Camp, you have an application for Interlochen Online created for you in the Education Community.