High School Flute Institute

The flute institute is your opportunity to spend a week of intensive study with a distinguished faculty of performers and teachers. During your time here, you will participate in daily master classes, focusing on solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Registration for this summer 2020 program will open later this fall.

The goal of this program is to help prepare you for further serious flute study in high school and beyond. Designed for motivated flutists currently in grades 9-12, this program features:

  • Individual meeting with faculty upon arrival to discuss personal goals for the week
  • Daily master classes to help you improve your artistry, technical skills, and musicianship
  • Warm-up and practice technique workshops
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Stretching and pilates for flutists
  • Discussion panels on audition preparation and overcoming performance anxiety

You will also rehearse with an all-flute chamber ensemble, and participate in and enjoy student and faculty performances. Each summer, the flute institute faculty includes performers and educators from major symphony orchestras, conservatories, and universities, and Interlochen Arts Academy.


Audition Requirements

Audio or video file #1: Mozart Concerto in G or D, exposition of Movement 1 (piano accompaniment strongly preferred)

Audio or video file #2: Two contrasting movements, works, or sections of a single work of your choice from the standard flute repertoire, demonstrating your current level of ability and musicianship. Piano accompaniment strongly preferred for accompanied works.

Audio or video file #3: Orchestral excerpts:

  • Brahms - Symphony No. 4, movement 4, m. 89-105
  • Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, m. 278-360

Additional Opportunities

Students interested in a multi-week, ensemble-based program are invited to also apply to the high school summer orchestra and wind symphony program, which begins immediately after this one-week institute.

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


Christina Jennings

Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute

Associate Professor of Flute, University of Colorado Boulder

Judith Mendenhall

Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute

Flute and Chamber Music Faculty, Mannes College and Queens College; Principal Flute, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra

Mark Sparks

Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute

Principal Flute, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Nancy Stagnitta

Instructor of Flute, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute; Faculty, Adult Chamber Music Camp

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