College Audition Boot Camp for High School Music and Theatre Students

Prepare for your college or conservatory audition with Interlochen Online's virtual College Audition Boot Camp for High School Music and Theatre Students.

Program length: 4 days
Program dates:
March 18, 2021 to March 21, 2021
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Tuition: $1,100
Deadline: March 13, 2021

Course Description

For nearly 100 years, Interlochen Center for the Arts has propelled young artists from across the globe to realize their potential and achieve their goals. Today, a new generation of artists will gain access to Interlochen's world class arts training through Interlochen Online.

Join us March 18-21 for the College Audition Boot Camp for music and theatre students. Whether you are a classical or pop musician, singer-songwriter, composer, actor or musical theatre artist, this comprehensive program will set you on the path to success for college-level auditions.

Refine your audition repertoire, learn tricks of the trade for virtual auditions and recordings, develop a comprehensive college application strategy, and meet industry professionals and master teachers. At the end of the program, students will participate in a mock-audition showcase for college adjudicators.

Additionally, students who complete the program will be eligible for special scholarship opportunities for Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

"I absolutely loved how much information I was able to get, from audio and video recording in my specific field to writing a good college essay. I feel so much more confident and organized for my college applications. I especially loved how I was able to apply everything I learned at the end of the program, and my mock audition made me feel way more ready for the real ones." - Evelyn, age 17, College Audition Boot Camp student

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Who Should Attend

Students enrolled in this program should be exploring/considering or currently applying to college level programs in music or theatre. 

This program is designed to meet students where they are. High school seniors will be able to work with our faculty to make adjustments to optimize the program for their success. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will have flexibility to plan and strategize their priorities. 

What You Will Learn

As a College Audition Boot Camp student, you will:

  • Develop artistically and professionally while improving performance technique
  • Improve audition skills through a focus on audition repertoire
  • Learn recording techniques and best practices for virtual auditions
  • Gain listening and professional skills
  • Understand the process of researching/developing a college/conservatory list
  • Understand the college application process, how to begin or complete the Common Application, and identify a standardized testing timeline
  • Review essay prompts and craft an introductory paragraph or revise existing content
  • Develop a resume and other required application documents
  • Understand whom and how to ask for a letter of recommendation
  • Address the impact of COVID-19 on college visits, application processes, testing requirements, interviews/auditions

Coaching Sessions

Each participant will receive a one hour private coaching session with artistic faculty. Sessions will be scheduled in the two weeks prior to the program, during windows between courses during the program, and throughout the week following the program. Students are given scheduling preference according to the time of their registration.

Additionally, students will have access to two small group coaching sessions with college admission counseling professionals, as well as opportunities to interact and perform/connect with peers in the program.

Mock Audition Showcase

At the end of the program, students will experience a mock-audition showcase in the virtual setting for college adjudicators who are ready to recruit them. In previous programs, our adjudicators included industry professionals from The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon, PACE University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Hartford, and more.

Course Schedule


This technology is required of all programs. If additional technology is needed, it is described in the program information.

To use Canvas and Zoom, you will need access to a computer (preferred) or mobile device with internet access. This is a list of basic system requirements.

Screen Size

Canvas and Zoom are best viewed at a minimum screen size of 11+ inches. If you want to use a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the mobile apps for Canvas and Zoom.

Operating Systems

  • macOS 10.13 or newer (Interlochen recommends Apple products)
  • Windows 10
  • chromeOS
  • Apple iOS or Android

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a Mac 5 years old or newer, or other device 3 years old or newer if possible.
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

Minimum of 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload


Keith A. Aleo

Instructor of Percussion, Interlochen Arts Academy; Director and Instructor of Orchestral Percussion, Interlochen Percussion Institute; Adult Band Camp Percussion Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Percussion faculty, Boston Conservatory; Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at the Avedis Zildjian Co.

Dr. Matthew Cochran

Instructor of Guitar, Interlochen Arts Academy, Instructor of Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Instructor, Interlochen Arts Camp

Dr. Michael Coonrod

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Dr. Kyle Ferrill

Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Memphis

Stephen John

 Director, Theatre Design & Production, Interlochen Arts Academy

Instructor of Design & Production, Interlochen Arts Camp

Marc Lacuesta

Director of Music Production & Engineering, Interlochen Arts Academy

Ken Larson

Instructor of Trumpet, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

Shelby Lewis

Instructor of Theater, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Instructor of Theatre, Interlochen Arts Camp

Interlochen Shakespeare Festival Company Member

Dr. Thomas (T.J.) Lymenstull

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute

Dr. Timothy McAllister

Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Online

Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of Michigan; Adjunct Professor of Saxophone, Northwestern University; member of the PRISM Quartet

Dane Philipsen

Chair of Woodwinds, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Oboe, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Woodwind Coordinator, Interlochen Arts Camp; Adult Band Camp Double-Reeds Faculty, Adult Chamber Music Camp Oboe Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Guest Oboist and English Horn Player, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Riccobono

Brass Chair, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Low Brass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium InstituteArtistic Director, Adult Band Camp; Low Brass Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Conductor, Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra; Principal Trombone, Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Ara Sarkissian

Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute 

Renee Skerik

Chair of Strings, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Nancy Stagnitta

Instructor of Flute, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute; Faculty, Adult Chamber Music Camp

Dr. Eric Stomberg

Director of Music, Interlochen Arts Camp; Instructor of Bassoon, Interlochen Arts Academy

Instructor of Bassoon, University of Kansas

Corbin Wagner

Instructor of Horn, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute 

Associate Professor of Horn, Michigan State University College of Music

Derek Weller

Instructor of Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

Instructor of Double Bass, Eastern Michigan University and Principal Double Bass, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra

Peggy Trecker White

Director, Intermediate Musical Theatre Production, Interlochen Arts Camp

Director, founding member, and actor; Lean Ensemble Theater

Dr. Angela Yoon

Temporary Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor of Voice, Samford University

Yao Guang Zhai

Valade Fellow, Clarinet, Interlochen Arts Camp

Principal Clarinet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra