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. 


Live from Studio A
3:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Song Of Blessing: Tibetan Monks Perform Live

Tibetan monks in IPR's Studio A

Several members of the Mystical Arts of Tibet stopped by Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and performance live in Studio A today.  These Tibetan Buddhist monks are in Traverse City this week, constructing an elaborate sand painting at the Dennos Museum.

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Live from Studio A
2:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New Opera Project - Live from Studio A

(L-R) Tevan Goldberg, Aliya Ultan, Sage DeAgro-Roupp, Erin Anderson (in the back - Scott Skiba)

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well with Interlochen's upcoming New Opera Project.  Interlochen composing students worked in tandem with faculty and performers to create scenes for new operas.  The Parallel45 Production company came on board to produce, and the operas will make their world premieres at the Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City.

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Classical Music at the Interlochen Festival
12:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Classical Highlights of the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival

Interlochen Arts Festival 2013

There are so many terrific shows coming up for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival; it's hard to keep track!  We like to think there's something for everyone. Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, dropped by Studio B to chat with Classical IPR's Kate Botello to talk about upcoming highlights from the Festival for classical music fans.

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Interlochen Summer Concerts Announced
10:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

It's The Interlochen Arts Festival's 50th Anniversary

Interlochen Arts Festival

IPR talks with Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, Christopher Gruits, about the coming summer season of performances for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival.   

The full line up was announced today.

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11:09 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Motionhouse Dance Makes A Splash

An image from "Scattered" by Motionhouse Dance

On April 1st at Interlochen, dancers will appear to climb up the stream of a giant water faucet. They’ll also leap up and touch a screen causing big splashes. The ensemble is England’s Motionhouse which integrates dance, film and acrobatics. The co-founder and Artistic Director of Motionhouse is Kevin Finnan. He says the company’s special effects were achieved by trying many different techniques. 

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Arts at Interlochen
4:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Where is serious music going?

Where is 'classical' music headed in the future?  Interlochen Arts Academy alumni Theo VanDyke, a trumpeter now at Juilliard, and Kens Lui, a trombonist at New England Conservatory, talk with two leaders at Interlochen Center for the Arts:  President Jeffrey Kimpton and Director of Music Kedrik Merwin, about their thoughts on music innovation, musical assignments to avoid, and the exhilarating life that music offers.  

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Radio Collage
1:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

From Jupiter To Coriolanus (and beyond!)

Sophomore piano major at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ting Yan Fung, or Jade, performs music based on Paganini during Radio Collage.
Credit Tim Burke

In this edition of Radio Collage: the Interlochen Arts Academy Band brings us Jupiter from The Planets, the Percussion Ensemble tackles a piece by David Gillingham, and the Orchestra takes us to the opera with the Overture and some Ballet Music from Mozart's Idomeneo.  We'll also hear a scene from Shakespeare's Coriolanus, an original work from the Singer-Songwriter program, and a "jazzy" piece based on a Paganini Caprice.


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Arts at Interlochen
4:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Radio Collage, February 15, 2014

IAA Theatre students present Shakespeare

  Interlochen Arts Academy students perform Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra, a scene from Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Band are featured.   Hear a student's thoughts on this northern Michigan winter, and a startling performance by a student wind ensemble.

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Interlochen Arts Academy Theater
10:20 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Timeless Art Of Political Backstabbing

Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Shakepeare’s “Coriolanus” is a play that can easily be set in modern times. Its themes of political ambition and social struggle are timeless. The Interlochen Arts Academy Theater Company stages its up-to-date production of “Coriolanus” Friday and Saturday. The director is David Montee. He says “Coriolanus” reminds him of the TV show “House of Cards.” 

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10:39 am
Fri February 21, 2014

WINTERLOCHEN Event Features Students' Own Children's Books

Interlochen Arts Academy students Derek Brockington (left) and Victoria Michalowsky read to elementary students from The Children’s House in Traverse City on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The first through third graders helped students brainstorm story ideas.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Children’s books might be fun to read, but they’re hard to write. That’s what Interlochen Arts Academy students recently learned. The students wrote and illustrated children’s books in January during a two-week class.

To help students brainstorm ideas, teacher Karen Libby took the class to an elementary school in Traverse City, The Children’s House.

“We asked them, ‘What would you put in a children’s book if you could?’” says Derek Brockington, a junior. “One of the kids said, ‘I’d put in a wizard lizard.’”

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