Interlochen transitions to online summer music camp during pandemic

Posted on: April 28, 2020

“For the first time since 1928, Interlochen’s annual arts camp will not take place in person,” write Amanda Sewell and Noelle Riley in Friday’s (4/24) Record-Eagle (Traverse City, MI). “Instead, camp activities will move online with a series of three-week programs in what is being called Interlochen Online Arts Camp…. More than 2,500 campers in grades three to 12 attend the camp every summer. In 2019, camp students came from 51 states and territories and 33 countries. ‘After careful evaluation of the projected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to pivot this summer’s Arts Camp to a virtual model,’ Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey said in a statement…. ‘We are guided by our first priority: ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, volunteers, guests, and the entire Interlochen community.’ … Online camp programs will include acting, musical theatre, theatre design and production, creative writing, visual arts, dance, filmmaking, classical music performance and composition, music production and engineering, songwriting, jazz performance and improvisation, and general arts. Interlochen Arts Camp also employs more than 1,000 faculty and staff members in the summer in addition to the 350 year-round employees.”