The place where young artists’ dreams come true

Have you dreamed of taking the stage in a leading musical role? Writing a bestselling novel? Directing an award-winning documentary?

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Whatever your creative ambitions are, you’ll develop your skills and find the space to flourish at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Our seven arts disciplines include: Creative Writing, Dance, Film & New Media, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

With Interlochen, you can:

  • Learn from outstanding faculty and guest artists
  • Ignite your creativity
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Join a community of high-profile alumni
  • Collaborate with like-minded peers

Did you know Interlochen awards $21M in financial aid annually to Camp and Academy students, and as of 2023, 17% of American orchestral musicians attended Interlochen? Discover more about Interlochen today.

Arts Areas

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Explore musical genres, performance, production, theory, and much more. 

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Strengthen your classical ballet or contemporary dance skills. 

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Nurture your acting, musical theatre, or design and production skills. 

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Bring stories to life through film, animation, and new media. 

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Creative Writing

Find your voice through fiction, fantasy, poetry, essays, and more. 

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Visual Arts

Develop your visual arts skills through a variety of media. 

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Interdisciplinary Arts

Invent new ways to intersect your chosen art forms.

Our Opportunities


Interlochen Arts Camp

Interlochen Arts Camp is a world-renowned summer arts program.

From all around the world, students convene at Interlochen to sharpen their artistic talents. You’ll enjoy daily classes, enriching electives, and frequent performances while forging lifelong friendships.


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier arts boarding high school.

Students pursue pre-professional artistic training alongside a robust academic curriculum. The Academy has produced 50 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other high school in the country.


Interlochen Online

Interlochen Online is a year-round source of expert online arts education.

Whether through four-week courses or private lessons, children, teens, and adults can experience Interlochen’s world-renowned training in an online environment that fosters creativity, confidence, and collaboration.

Interlochen Overview Video

Join Interlochen Center for the Arts president Trey Devey as he introduces Interlochen’s dynamic creative platforms and offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the transformative Interlochen experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since Interlochen exists to help artists develop and improve, it is most important that students showcase potential to learn and a capacity for continued growth. Students are not expected to be "perfect."

We recommend that you learn more about Interlochen, visit our campus, or apply / register.

No. Many Interlochen alumni find success in fields outside the arts.

Interlochen graduates attend leading arts and academic programs in the U.S. and abroad. Our most recent graduates have matriculated to the following schools: Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, The Juilliard School, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale University, and more.

Interlochen is located in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. We are a four hour drive from Detroit, and about a five hour drive from Chicago. Our region is served by Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), which offers multiple daily flights to and from Chicago and Detroit, and seasonal service to/from Minneapolis, New York City, and Newark.

Interlochen Online is an online learning program. You do not need to come to our campus to participate in Interlochen Online.

What People Are Saying

“Interlochen changed the trajectory of my entire life. I would have never been able to attend Juilliard without the training at Interlochen. The facilities, teachers, students, and community is unparalleled.”

Oliver Campbell, Columbus, Ohio

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