Academy Profile: Overview

Who We Are

Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premiere arts high school, where talented young artists transform passion and potential into purpose.

The Academy’s 500 diverse students forge a global community united by a driving passion for the arts. Under the guidance of distinguished artists, Academy students receive pre-professional training in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film and new media, and interdisciplinary arts. Students also master a comprehensive academic curriculum that fosters the ability to think critically and creatively, preparing them for college-level study.

Founded in 1962, the Academy has a deep tradition of reinvention, and remains at the forefront of artistic innovation. Students live in a vibrant community where they discover kindred spirits and engage in a fulfilling exchange of ideas. The 1,200-acre campus is located in northwest Michigan, and offers a variety of practice and performance spaces nestled in a scenic, natural setting.

Mission and Philosophy

Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) provides high school students who demonstrate significant artistic potential with pre-professional arts instruction and a challenging academic program that prepares them for college and conservatory. The Academy cultivates an environment in which students are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential as artists, thinkers, collaborators, and responsible members of a diverse, inclusive community.


Of the 92 outstanding artists and educators who make up the faculty, 65 hold master's degrees and 16 hold doctorates. Exemplary faculty include instructors named Distinguished Teachers in the Arts by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

National Recognition

Interlochen Center for the Arts is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor in the arts. This award was established by Congress in 1984 and is given by the President of the United States to honor individuals and organizations that have encouraged the arts and inspired others.