Singer-Songwriter Program for Grades 6-9

In the singer-songwriter program, you develop your songwriting and performance skills under the guidance of music industry professionals. The program enables you to explore a variety of songwriting styles, collaborate with other talented musicians, and perform your music. You will master songwriting fundamentals, and explore the connections among emotion, imagination, and song.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
July 19, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 3-6
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.

Focusing on piano, guitar, and voice, you will compose songs and share them in small workshops that allow you to gain performance experience and receive feedback in an intimate and supportive setting. Additional performance opportunities include informal "coffee house" style events, a mid-session public performance, and a public performance at the end of the session.

Students in the singer-songwriter program have the opportunity in their schedule for one elective class. As well, each summer we present an impressive lineup of world-renowned classical, jazz, and popular guest artists.

Audition Requirements

Video file: a self-accompanied, personal performance of an original composition.

PDF file: Attach a written copy of the lyrics

Additional Opportunities

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


Dr. Thomas Childs

Chair of Music Foundations and Instructor of Music Theory, Interlochen Arts Academy

Scarlet Keys

Instructor of Singer-songwriter, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate Professor of Songwriting, Berklee College of Music

Allie Kessel

Instructor of Singer-Songwriter, Interlochen Arts Camp

Justina Shandler

Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts CampAdjunct Professor in Songwriting

Adjunct Professor in Songwriting, Frost School of Music, University of Miami