High School Orchestra and Wind Summer Program

Spend your summer focusing on challenging and sophisticated repertoire under the direction of world-renowned conductors. During your time here, you will grow as a musician and artist, and experience the joy of playing with a group of outstanding fellow musicians from all over the world.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $9,600
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 15, 2020

Students in the six-week orchestra and wind programs perform with one of four large ensembles:

With new repertoire each week, three hours of rehearsal each day, and six performances throughout the summer, you will experience what it's like to be a part of a professional ensemble.

Your two hours a day of chamber music include small ensemble rehearsal and coaching, student performances, special topics, master classes and faculty performances. View music faculty by instrument.

You will also have weekly private lessons with one of our outstanding faculty members, many of whom hold advanced degrees in music, teach at the college level, and/or perform in professional symphony orchestras.

Use your elective class option to study another art form, or choose from a variety of classes in the music department, including Composition, Alexander Technique, Music Theory, Computer Music, Jazz, Orchestration, Music Literature, Yoga, and more. View elective classes.

 

Ensembles

High School Orchestras

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic are outstanding orchestral experiences for advanced high school students. The faculty includes preeminent instructors who have extensive experience with major symphony orchestras. Repertoire is chosen from traditional and contemporary masterpieces, as well as other influential genres. The orchestras regularly feature some of the greatest artists in the world. Recent guest soloists include Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, Awadagin Pratt, Joshua Bell, and many more.

High School Wind Ensembles

The Wind Ensemble Program at Interlochen represents the most advanced and prestigious wind ensemble summer band experience in the world. Participants have the pleasure of working with internationally renowned conductors, composers, instrument faculty and guest artists. Alumni of this program have attended virtually every major university and conservatory music institutions and enjoy careers as leading professional musicians around the globe.

Interlochen offers two high school wind ensembles as part of the Wind Ensemble Program - The World Youth Wind Symphony and the Interlochen Wind Ensemble. Participation in this six-week program demonstrates a serious commitment to artistic growth and desire for exposure to ideas that will advance participants.

Performance Venues and Opportunities

Performance venues include the 3,900-seat Kresge Auditorium, the 950-seat Corson Auditorium, the open-air historic Interlochen Bowl, and the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Kresge Auditorium was recently named one of the ten best outdoor performance venues in the nation by USA Today.

Each large ensemble performs six concerts throughout the summer. There are also numerous quartet, chamber and solo recitals. Students may compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of the high school division's full orchestras or wind ensembles. Learn more about the concerto competition.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the artistic diversity here at Interlochen, and enjoy presentations in theatre, music, dance, visual art, creative writing, and film. And each summer, we present an exciting lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.

Scholarships

Applicants who excel in woodwinds, brass or percussion, and apply by January 15, 2020 are automatically considered for the Fennell Scholars program. Scholarship winners can earn up to a full-tuition scholarship. Only the scholarship winners will be notified.

All Orchestral strings, harp, woodwinds, brass and percussion applicants who apply by January 15, 2020 are automatically considered for the Interlochen Orchestral Scholars Program. Scholarship winners can earn up to a full-tuition scholarship. Only the scholarship winners will be notified.

Students may also be eligible for other need-based and merit-based
financial aid.

Audition Requirements

Video or audio file #1: Choose one movement from a piece listed in the suggested audition repertoire list, or choose a piece of comparable difficulty. Selections of contrasting style, and piano accompaniment when appropriate, are recommended. Percussionists should demonstrate skills on each of the following: snare drum, mallet instruments and timpani.

Video or audio file #2: Choose one movement from an additional piece.

Video or audio file #3: Prepare one major and one minor scale.

Helpful tip: place the microphone about six feet from your instrument.

To be considered for the Fennell Scholars or Orchestral Scholars programs, applicants must submit a video audition online or attend one of our live, regional auditions, and must complete their application and audition submission by January 15, 2020.

When you arrive at Camp
All students will audition again during registration at the start of Camp, and will be placed into a specific ensemble group based on audition results. View audition repertoire.

Strings: Students will be placed in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or Interlochen Philharmonic based on the results of auditions during registration at the beginning of Camp.

Winds and Percussion: Placement in an orchestra or wind ensemble will be determined based upon a student's audition at the time of application. During registration at the beginning of Camp, students will audition for seating within the orchestras or wind ensembles. Depending on repertoire requirements, percussionists may have the opportunity to play in both wind and orchestral ensembles.

Additional Opportunities

Interlochen offers a several one-week, instrument-specific institutes, which run the week prior to this program. Students are welcome to attend an instrumental institute, and then stay on for the six-week Orchestra and Wind program. Institutes include:

String Institutes

Woodwind Institutes

Brass and Percussion Institutes

Advanced high school string players are invited to apply to the Advanced String Quartet Program (students in this program also perform with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra or the Interlochen Philharmonic).

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers an instrumental music major for grades 9-12.

Faculty

Cristian Măcelaru

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director Designate, Orchestre National de France; Chief Conductor, WDR Sinfonieorchester; Music Director and Conductor, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Christian Reif

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Resident Conductor, San Francisco Symphony; Music Director, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Larry Rachleff

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director, Rhode Island Philharmonic; Director of Orchestras, Rice University

JoAnn Falletta

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Principal Conductor, Ulster Orchestra; Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Gemma New

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra; Resident Conductor, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra; Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Jung-Ho Pak

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Artistic Director and Conductor, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Octavio Más-Arocas

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestral Studies, Lawrence University; Resident Conductor, Sewanee Summer Music Festival; former Music Director and Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy

Dr. Carolyn Watson

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Kansas

Chelsea Tipton

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director, The Symphony of Southeast Texas; Principal Pops Conductor, New Haven Symphony Orchestra

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