Updates from Interlochen: May/June 2018

Greetings from Interlochen! As you read this edition of Crescendo, our campus is quiet: We recently celebrated the graduation of the Interlochen Arts Academy class of 2018, and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first Institute students on June 16. Here are some of the highlights of the last two months.


  • An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug 5): Tune in to Classical IPR every Sunday evening this summer for music from Interlochen. Beginning at 7 p.m. EDT, join us for special broadcasts of archival performances from the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Immediately following each broadcast, stay tuned for a live broadcast of the 2018 Interlochen Arts Camp World Youth Symphony Orchestra.



  • Of the Class of 2018, 52% will be continuing their post-secondary education at a university, while 40% will go on to a conservatory/arts institution. Another 2% will be joining a dance studio or theatre company. 6% intend to take a gap year prior to pursing their post secondary education. Top destinations for graduates include the Cleveland Institute of Music (12), Boston Conservatory at Berklee (8), University of Michigan (8) and University of Southern California (6). Academy graduates were offered nearly $13 million in scholarship funds.
  • Over the course of the year, a number of students from the Interlochen Arts Academy 2017-18 student body received national recognition for their work, including: National Merit winner Margaret Blackburn, 61 regional and 22 national Scholastic Art and Writing Award recipients, 17 YoungArts honorees and our 45th Presidential Scholar in the Arts—Nathan Ginter.
  • Senior bassoonist Luis Marquez Teruel will be featured on an upcoming episode of NPR’s From the Top.
  • Arts Academy trombone student David Schonberger performed in IPR’s Studio A.
  • Recent Arts Academy graduate Luke Klein made his film debut in Camp Manna.


  • The following faculty and staff members will retire at the end of the academic year:
    • Instructor of Theatre David Montee
    • Instructor of Theatre Robin Ellis
    • Instructor of Cello Crispin Campbell
    • Lead Costume Designer and Costume Shop Coordinator Candace Hughes
    • Instructor of Mathematics David Early
    • General Counsel Ron Sondee (retired at the end of 2017)
    • Vice President of Educational Programs Ted Farraday
  • Alumni from the past three decades gathered on May 12 to celebrate the retirement of longtime theatre faculty David Montee and Robin Ellis. Photos from the event are available on SmugMug.
  • Instructor of English Karen Leland Libby used a semester-long sabbatical to study Middle Eastern culture through an online course, language studies and a month-long trip to Israel.
  • Visual Arts faculty member Megan Hildebrandt was featured on the Art Class Curator Podcast.