Interlochen summer arts camp priority application deadline for financial aid approaching

February 11, 2006   Education News
(PRLEAP.COM) INTERLOCHEN, Michigan—Financial aid officers at Interlochen Arts Camp urged educators today to remind prospective applicants that the priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is just a week away: February 15, 2006.

Interlochen Arts Camp ( http://www.interlochen.org/camp/ )is known worldwide as the premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. The camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. At Interlochen the world’s most talented and motivated students train intensively with world-class instructors and produce more than 400 presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music, and—new for 2006—motion picture arts.

Interlochen’s 79th Camp season dates are June 24 through August 7, 2006.

Interlochen is pleased to be able to help a number of students attend camp through scholarship assistance. Financial aid opportunities at Interlochen Arts Camp in 2006 include 52 full merit-based scholarships funded through a generous grant from St. Louis-based Emerson. Emerson Scholars applicants must be in grades nine through 12 and demonstrate exceptional proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments. An audition submitted on tape or CD is required with application, which must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2006.

Interlochen alumni typically account for 15% of each incoming class at The Juilliard School and 10% of nation’s major orchestras. Notable Interlochen Arts Camp alumni include singers Josh Groban and Norah Jones, newsman Mike Wallace, New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel, and the creator of the “Cathy” comic strip, Cathy Guisewite.

Interlochen’s largest summer program, Interlochen Arts Camp features dozens of performing ensembles, 21 performance sites, 400+ student and faculty presentations, 25+ distinguished guest artist performances, and a 1200-acre wooded campus, including 120 cabins, 3 cafeterias and 2 glacial lakes with recreational frontage. Interlochen students enjoy a low camper/faculty ratio and a balance of education and recreation in an extraordinary camp setting. The pace is quick, the applause frequent. Students also can experience scores of talented guest artists who participate in the Interlochen Arts Festival.

In addition to Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts also operates Interlochen Arts Academy ( http://www.interlochen.org/academy ), the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, which is now enrolling for the 2006-07 academic year. And Interlochen College of Creative Arts offers year-round opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs.

Interlochen’s 1,200-acre campus is 16 miles southwest of Traverse City in northwest lower Michigan. For admissions information, call 231-276-7472, or visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org.

The nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts ( www.interlochen.org ) is the only community in the world that brings together
- a 2000-student summer camp program
- a 500-student fine arts boarding high school with college-prep academics
- a 155-student independent pre-K through 8th-grade day school and summer day camp
- two 24-hour listener-supported public radio services (classical music and news)
- year-round opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs
- 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists
- and a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including a galaxy of arts luminaries.

Arts lovers, lifelong learners and the world’s most talented and motivated young people are drawn to Interlochen from all over the country and all over the world to celebrate and create excellence in creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre, visual arts and academics, presentations and public broadcasting. This cultural fusion creates an exhilarating energy with global impact.

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Diane Dupuis
Interlochen Center for the Arts
231.276.7856
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