Academy Profile: Achievement

2019 - National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - YoungArts Awards
20 current Interlochen Arts Academy students were among the 710 artists recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation. This year, one alumna was among only 20 students nationwide to receive the distinguished award of U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Since 1980, 46 Interlochen graduates have been selected as Presidential Scholars—more than any other high school in the United States.

- Interdisciplinary arts majors find success in a wide variety of artistic and academic paths. In 2015, the Heart & Art project was selected as the National Winner of the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts and was a Michigan Arts Council grant recipient.

- Creative writing majors are often recognized on the national level. In addition, seven students received nationally ranked Silver and Gold Medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. 20 writers have been selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts, more than any other school in the nation. Recent graduates have pursued writing, publishing, editing, and other interests at universities and colleges including Oberlin, Emerson, Bard, Knox, Harvard, Stanford, and NYU, among others.

- Dance majors are routinely accepted to their first-choice university programs, and several graduates have held professional engagements with classical ballet and modern dance companies including Miami City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lines Contemporary Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Additionally, dance majors have been featured as dancers and choreographers for Broadway musicals.

- Music majors majors have received honors from associations including Morton Gould, ASCAP, Downbeat, Falcone, Fischoff, Percussive Arts Society, Lennox International Young Artists Competition, and Michigan Music Teachers Association. In 2016-17, one musician was selected as a YoungArts finalist. Students make regular appearances on the radio program, From the Top.

- Theatre arts has had more than 27 YoungArts finalists since 2001, including two Presidential Scholars. Graduates see placements at audition-based college and conservatory programs around the world, including The Juilliard School, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alumni can be seen working on Broadway, regional theatre, film, and television.

- Visual arts students receive national recognition on a frequent basis. This year, 22 students received Silver and Gold medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Since 2011, 13 received Silver and Gold portfolios and another 66 received Silver and Gold individual medals. Ten students have been named YoungArts Finalists in that time period as well, with one recent student named the nation’s first Presidential Scholar in Design.

- Film and New Media program graduates have enrolled in top media and film schools including NYU, USC, CalArts, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Northwestern. Students have received honors including the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, National Gold Key Awards in the Scholastic competition, and Finalists in the YoungArts competition. Original works by film and new media majors are screened internationally, and a film and new media student was the first high school student to be awarded the Cannes Pavilion internship.  

National Merit Students

2017
Commended: 4
Finalist: 1

2016
Commended: 4
Finalist: 4 

2015
Commended: 8
Finalist: 2 

2014
Commended: 4
Finalist: 2 

2013
Commended: 8
Finalist: 3 

2012
Commended: 8
Finalist: 4

2011
Commended: 8
Finalist: 4

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