Music Conservatory Program

The Conservatory Program in Music at Interlochen Arts Academy is a one-year, fully immersive artistic experience for recent high school graduates seeking a college-level music program on a vibrant campus of creative artists.

Interlochen has long been recognized as one of the world's finest pre-professional schools for young musicians and this one-year program gives students access to the extensive musical expertise and resources that are only available at Interlochen. The Conservatory Program has a flexible curriculum and schedule that allows students to receive world-class instruction in a nurturing residential environment where they can fully dedicate themselves to achieving their artistic goals.

Who should apply?

The conservatory program represents an ideal opportunity for musicians to prepare for conservatory auditions and placement.

Gap Year in the Arts

The conservatory program embraces all students looking for artistic enrichment and pre-professional training, whether they intend to pursue a music performance degree or non-performance degree. Interlochen's intense artistic educational experience produces highly sought-after students who are disciplined, creative, collaborative, and polished performers.


  • Weekly private lesson with music faculty
  • Small ensemble
  • Large ensemble
  • Piano class
  • Music theory
  • Music history
  • Business Fundamentals, Entrepreneurship and Arts Leadership Seminar
  • English Language Instruction (Non-Native English Speakers only)

English Language Training for International Students

The Conservatory Program provides non-native English speakers the opportunity to fully prepare for a post-secondary conservatory degree. With intensive English language instruction, students will be able to prepare themselves for the demands of degree- seeking programs located in English-speaking countries. Students with significant language needs are required to attend ESL classes during the six-week summer orientation to the conservatory program.

Life on Campus

Students in the conservatory program will live in a residence hall on the beautiful Interlochen campus. Student rooms are furnished with internet access and are simple, functional places for resting and sleeping. Stone Dining Hall provides three meals a day with a variety of dietary options. Fitness facilities and regular opportunities for active recreation provide many opportunities to stay healthy. The residential life program for postgraduate students provides full access to the resources of a highly supportive campus while also encouraging greater independence and accountability to help students prepare for a successful transition to college life. Post-graduate students will share a common living environment and observe a distinct dress code.

How to Apply

The application for admission and audition materials may be submitted online. For audition requirements and links to the online application, click here