Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Summer Program for High School Students

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: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 18, 2021 to August 8, 2021
Tuition: $6,250
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Students in the three-week Orchestra & Wind Ensemble program perform with one of four large ensembles:

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

Your chamber music experience include small ensemble rehearsal and coaching, performances, special topics, and master classes with our esteemed faculty.

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.

*Please note that all viola spots are now full. 

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 three-week program demonstrates a serious commitment to artistic growth and desire for exposure to ideas that will advance participants.

Performance Venues and Opportunities

Scholarships

Applicants who excel in woodwinds, brass or percussion, and apply by January 14, 2021 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 14, 2021 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

Please submit video recordings of the following:

  • One movement from a piece listed in the suggested audition repertoire list, or choose a piece of comparable difficulty.  
  • One movement from an additional piece.
  • One major and one minor scale.

Helpful Tips: Place the microphone about six feet from your instrument. 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.

To be considered for the Fennell Scholars or Orchestral Scholars programs, applicants must complete their application and audition submission by January 14, 2021.

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.

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 intensives. These include:

String Intensives

Woodwind Intensives

Brass and Percussion Intensives

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 Performance music major for grades 9-12.

Faculty

JoAnn Falletta

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

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

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

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

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

Dr. Carolyn Watson

Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Kansas

Dr. Sarah McKoin

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Bands, Conductor and Musical Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Professor of Conducting, Texas Tech University

Dr. Steve G. Peterson

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Bands, Conductor of Wind Symphony, and Professor of Music, University of Illinois

Steven D. Davis

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Bands and Wind Ensembles, Rose Ann Carr Millsap Missouri Distinguished Professor of Music, and Professor of Conducting, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Director of Bands, Conductor of Illinois Wind Orchestra, and Clinical Professor of Music, University of Illinois

Scott Boerma

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Bands, Conductor of University Wind Symphony and Western Winds, and Professor of Music, Western Michigan University

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