High School Rock/Pop Summer Program

This program is your opportunity to explore the entire process of staging a full rock and pop show. You'll work with other dedicated musicians and learn how to select material, create transcriptions, arrange charts, rehearse, and perform on stage. In fact, the public concert at the program’s end is one of Interlochen’s most popular student events. Students work on an original song during the session, and the faculty will choose one of the originals for performance in the final concert.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

Throughout the program, students perform together in bands, and everyone--instrumentalists and vocalists--is encouraged to sing.

Additionally, you will have theory classes that include ear-training, transcription, form, song composition, and the history of rock music.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply band etiquette (interpersonal and musical ensemble skills)
  • Perform in a band
  • Apply musicianship skills 


Ability to read music or chord charts (music will not be written in tablature).

Audition Requirements

Submit one to three video recordings of work that best represents you as an artist at this time. If you are performing in an ensemble, please make sure you are clearly highlighted.


Tommy Calton

Instructor of Guitar, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Guitar Instructor

Dr. Diane Cardarelli

Director of Rock/Pop Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Teacher, Seminole County Public Schools; Adjunct Professor of Music, Valencia College Orlando

James Cardarelli

Instructor of Drums, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Freelance drummer/ percussionist, teacher

Kerry Hayes

Instructor of Rock/Pop, Interlochen Arts Camp 

Elliot May

Instructor of Bass Guitar, High School Rock Music, Interlochen Arts Camp

Bass Player and Music Educator

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