Arts at Interlochen

Located in northwest Michigan, Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events and is the parent organization of our two award-winning public radio stations.

Find the stories and sounds of Interlochen below, or click here for recordings of Interlochen student performances.

You can also see more student work through the Interlochen Olio project. 


9:51 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Extreme Happiness coming to New York

Playwright Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig taught an intermester course at Interlochen this January. Her play "The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York in February.
Credit Chris Hintz

The Chinese economy and its rapid expansion is a wonder of the modern world. But its ugly side drives the story in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s new play.

"The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York next month. It’s a dark comedy about the hopes of rural migrants in China whose dreams look rather American.

The hero of the drama, 19-year old Sunny, works as a janitor and wants a promotion. She meets an older worker who explains the power of positive thinking.

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ICA Alum News
2:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

IAA Alumnus named principal bassoon of Chicago Symphony

Interlochen Arts Academy Alum Keith Buncke, named Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony

Interlochen Arts Academy Alumnus Keith Buncke has just been named Principal Bassoon of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

When Buncke graduated from Interlochen, he probably assumed he’d take a few years to finish college and begin a career. That was not to be: not long into his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Buncke, then 20 years old, was selected as First Bassoonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Now, at 21, Buncke embarks on his new adventure under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Chicago.

Toi toi toi, Keith!

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Radio Collage
8:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Radio Collage: Our own "Studio A-list"

Studio A - ready for action!
Credit Tim Burke

  This month, Radio Collage dips into our vault for several of what you could call our very own "A-list"...student performances from IPR's "Live from Studio A" series.  We'll be revisiting sessions from the past five years for music of Debussy, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Chopin, along with works from some not-so-familiar composers!

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Arts at Interlochen
10:05 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Chicago's eighth blackbird brings risk-taking fun to classical music

In their 19th year, the members of eighth blackbird are still finding ways to innovate.
Credit Luke Ratray

Contemporary classical music sometimes gets a bad rap – from both classical music purists and a broader audience not used to music that doesn’t always follow a melody. But among the genre’s fans, eighth blackbird is considered a fearless and innovative ensemble. They’ve been rewarded with three Grammy awards.

The six members of eighth blackbird came together at Oberlin Conservatory in 1996. A couple of its members have changed over the years but the group’s focus on exploring musical boundaries has not.

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Arts at Interlochen
12:05 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Sounds of the Season

  Interlochen Arts Academy Symphonic Band and Choir join forces for a concert full of thrilling music for the holidays.  There's plenty here that will move and inspire you, and room for some fun, too! Hosted by IPR's Kate Botello.

Listen online, or at 4:00PM on Christmas Day on Classical IPR. Find our complete lineup of holiday favorites here.