Music Program for Grades 3-6 (Instrumental, Piano & Vocal)

Students in our Junior Music Program participate in dynamic learning experiences that include playing instruments, singing, moving, listening, and studying musicianship. Guided by teachers who specialize in working with young musicians, you will develop your skills as a young artist. Live, learn, and perform with other students from around the world who share your love of music.

Program length: 2 weeks
Program dates:
June 28, 2020 to July 11, 2020
July 12, 2020 to July 25, 2020
July 26, 2020 to August 8, 2020
Tuition: $4,000
Age range: Students currently in grades 2-6
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.

During camp, students apply their musicianship skills alongside other young musicians in daily rehearsals and coachings, which culminate in a performance at the end of their session. In addition to daily activities that will help refine their skills, students participate in a variety of creative activities to ignite their musical imaginations. Students will round out their experience with their choice of elective classes in the arts and outdoor adventures.

This program does not require an audition, but students must be able to read music to participate. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so your early application is advised. 

Advanced string and piano players are encouraged to audition for the junior Advanced String or Piano Programs.


Students in the Junior Instrumental Music Program will take part in a large ensemble—band or orchestra—depending on their focus at Camp. These ensembles are led by educators with decades of experience working with students in grade school music programs. Each class session will focus on individual improvement within an ensemble setting.

Classes for wind, brass and percussion students include:

  • Junior Band
  • Group lessons and sectionals
  • Musicianship
  • Two elective classes

Classes for string students include:

  • Junior String Orchestra or String Ensemble
  • String Workshop
  • Musicianship
  • Two elective classes


Junior Piano Track Description

With a dynamic curriculum designed for success, the Junior Piano Track offers an environment where students of all skill levels make visible progress. Working at their own pace, young pianists experience engaging classes, private lessons, public performances, and fun activities. The Junior Piano Track features personalized schedules that invite students to explore other art forms, promote growth through cabin experiences, and enjoy recreational opportunities on land and water. Students take great pride in what they learn at camp, returning home inspired!

Junior Piano Track includes:

  • Two half-period private lessons
  • Performance opportunities
  • Representative selections
  • Applied musicianship classes
  • Supervised practice sessions
  • Piano hour
  • Two elective classes

Honors Recital Competition

Students may compete for the opportunity to perform on a special Honors Recital scheduled mid-week during the 2nd week of the session. This competition is competitive and we advise only advanced students to enter. Learn more about the Honors Recital competition.

Junior Piano Competition

  • A maximum of twelve qualified participants will be invited to participate in the Junior Piano Competition, after a placement audition at camp. 
  • The Competition will take place during the first week of camp.
  • Competition piece time limit is 3 minutes. Longer pieces will be cut to stay within this time frame. The winner will perform the piece in its entirety.
  • Repertoire is performer’s choice. Memorization is required and individual movements of sonatinas/sonatas/concertos/suites are accepted.
  • The First Place winner will be invited to participate in an Intermediate Division Recital, will merit special mention in the recital program and close the Junior Final Recital.
  • During the competition, junior pianists that are not competing have a chance to cast their votes for the Audience’s Choice Award.
  • All competition participants will receive certificates.

Additional Opportunities

Each session of this program is two weeks long, and students are welcome to attend all sessions. 

Piano students in grades 3-6 who play at an advanced level and are interested in a longer, more immersive experience may choose to apply for the four-week Advanced Piano Summer Program for Grades 3-6

Sixth grade is a year of choice: students in sixth grade may choose to apply either for a Junior session or for the three-week Piano Summer Program for Grades 6-9.


Students in the Junior Vocal Music Program will sing each day in the Junior Choir. This choir is led by educators with decades of experience working with students in grade school vocal programs. Each class session will focus on individual improvement within the choir setting. In addition, students take a course in musicianship and meet at the end of the class day in Junior Vocal Workshop to build their skills and love of music.

Classes for vocal students include:

  • Junior Choir
  • Junior Vocal Workshop
  • Musicianship
  • Two elective classes


Dr. Jim Bates

Conductor, Junior Orchestras, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Orchestral Activities, Otterbein University

Sara Given

Conductor, Junior Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Conductor, Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras Junior Strings; Hilliard City Schools, Orchestra Director

Anna Grudskaya

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Faculty, Hartt School Community Division; Faculty, Third Street Music School

David Husser

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Faculty, Northwestern Michigan College

Charles Land

Instrument Exploration Instructor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Band and Chorus Director, Dawson County Public Schools, Georgia

Michael Peterson

Director, Junior Choir, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director of Choral Activities, Clarkston Community Schools

Dr. Mark Sholl

Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music Director, Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra; Performing Arts Coordinator, Hilliard City Schools

Dr. Dorothy Vogel

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Music faculty, Northwestern Michigan College