Interlochen Online High School (grades 9-12) Summer Programs

Connect with other artists from around the world and hone your skills in creative writing, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, or visual arts.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 28, 2021 to July 16, 2021
July 19, 2021 to August 6, 2021
Registrations due: 
June 20, 2021 and July 11, 2021
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Tuition: $475-$2,200
Capacity: Space is limited. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Join us for Interlochen Online's summer term. The first program session begins June 28, 2021 with the second session beginning July 19, 2021. These three-week virtual programs, taught by our world-class Interlochen faculty, bring the magic of Interlochen to you. Students engage with instructors in real-time, using Zoom technology, and access program materials through the Canvas Learning Management System.

Students can choose from a variety of programs that are designed for those interested in creative writing, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Our music, musical theatre, and acting programs include weekly private lessons with your instructor. We're also offering an academic program this summer focused on college essay writing! 

Please see the description of each program for the specific dates and times. Most programs also have a final showcase which will take place either on the final day of class, or the following Saturday, depending on the program. Parents are welcome to attend these showcases.

Academic: College Essay Writing

College Essay Writing (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
Our College Essay Writing program answers the key question: how do students write an effective, appealing college application essay? Students will read sample college essay mentor texts as well as published narrative essays by established authors, and will receive targeted lessons in various forms of narrative writing. At the end of the course, students will complete a draft of a college essay.

Schedule
Fridays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$475

Creative Writing

Poetic Forms: Nature vs. Culture (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
On the heels of the Romantic poets like William Wordsworth retreating in body and art to places of natural beauty such as the Lake District, Walt Whitman became one of the first industrialized poets to champion the vitality of urban centers. The exchange between these two inclinations continues today in a variety of modes, including neo-pastoral eco-poetics and some billions of poems about New York City. During this three-week class, students will explore natural spaces, cosmopolitan meccas, and everything in between, learning new poetic forms and workshopping their creations with peers.

Cost
$1,900

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Faculty

J.P. Grasser

Poet

Amy Sailer

Poet

Fabulist Fiction: Tell it Strange, Tell it Slant (2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
In this three-week writing workshop, students will learn how to cast spells with language and weave magic through the fabric of reality. Blending elements of fairy tales, myth, horror, and sci-fi with the everyday, fabulist fiction goes about a story-telling slant: a girl is mistaken for a porcelain statue, a ring turns the ocean red, and a demonic dog lives in grandma's purse. Using modern masters of the genre including Karen Russell, Kelly Link, Matt Bell, Aimee Bender, Ben Marcus, Nalo Hopkinson, Helen Oyeyemi, Carmen Maria Machado, and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum as guides, students will create their own mysterious, sideways stories which will be workshopped at the end of the session. Class time will be divided between group reading, discussion, writing prompts, and lessons exploring the elements of fiction. Students will compose short stories, flash fiction, and prose experiments.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Faculty

Megan Baxter

Adjunct Faculty, Colby-Sawyer College

Writing for the Stage (2nd 3 weeks)

Description
Have you always wanted to write a play but don't know where to begin? Or, have you written a play and want to expand your craft in a supportive and collaborative environment? This fun, interactive, and personalized class will teach you the fundamentals of writing for the stage and show you how to use the power of your unique voice to tell your story. We'll use games, exercises, readings, discussion, and workshops to understand and practice the principles of drama, including character, action, theatricality, and dialogue so you emerge from the class confident about your ability to write an impactful play that engages and delights audiences. At the end of the class, your completed short play will be brought to life in a live reading!

Cost
$1,900

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Faculty
Beth Bigler

Dance

Ballet, Modern, and Nutrition & Injury Prevention (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
This Dance program is comprised of both classical ballet and modern dance classes. Students will immerse themselves at first in classical ballet technique, focusing on vocabulary, coordination and structure with barre and center work. They will then embark on adventures in modern dance, exploring the space while learning how to fuel their own creativity with movement and music.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Film & New Media

Making a Movie With (Almost) No Money (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
This course will explore the practice and aesthetics of moviemaking on the cheap, and stems from the conviction that limited resources can create unique expressive opportunities for both aspiring and experienced directors. We'll survey movies by a wide selection of artists, from those who've chosen to work on an exclusively 'small' scale to those who've moved from micro-budgets to studio franchises. We'll also look at work across a large swath of genres and formats - from horror to comedy, from iPhone cameras to 16mm film - and will consider conceptual film and video art as well as features, shorts, and TikTok videos. While our survey will be by no means exhaustive, it's intended to provide both inspiration and a sense of history: a reminder that we all have to start somewhere, and an introduction to movies made resolutely outside (and often in defiance) of conventional industry models.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Required Equipment and Software
For this program, students will need:

  • A camera or a phone camera
  • An external hard drive (521GB+) for media storage
  • Film editing software (for example, Adobe Premiere or iMovie)
  • Headphones or earbuds

 

Documentary Filmmaking (2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
There has never been a better time than now to learn the art of documentary storytelling and to put it into practice! Using these tools, students will reflect on our individual and shared experiences to create narratives that have the power to connect us, and even change the world. You will learn the essentials of non-fiction filmmaking in every stage of production to research, script and shoot your own short documentary

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Required Equipment and Software
For this program, students will need:

  • A camera or a phone camera
  • An external hard drive (521GB+) for media storage
  • Film editing software (for example, Adobe Premiere or iMovie)
  • Headphones or earbuds

Interdisciplinary Arts

Leadership & Management in the Arts (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
This program provides students with instruction in museum curation, artistic management for theater and dance companies, project management and community based arts advocacy.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Faculty

Clyde Sheets

Musician, Director, Producer, Designer, Production Manager

Music: Classical Performance

High School Band, Orchestra, Choral and Piano Seminar (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
This course is designed to take a deep-dive into major band, orchestral, choral and piano repertoire. Focus will be placed on excerpts from the Classical, Romantic and 20th Century works. Students will work with faculty in sectional settings in addition to 1 private lesson per week. This course will include focus on musicianship, practicing techniques, critical listening, and musician wellness.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Music: Composition

Music Composition for Film and Video Games (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
Creating music for visuals is a growing field for composers. This program will focus on the art and craft of media composers. Students will also begin to understand work flow and collaboration in this interdisciplinary environment. Students will learn the ways in which the composer is part of the storytelling as they work on real world examples in the film and video game discipline.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Faculty

Jeanine Cowen

Professor, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music

 

Theory for Composers (2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
This immersive course is designed to provide students with the tools to create their own multi-layered compositions. You will create your own musical material through a variety of compositional techniques including chord progression, phrase structure and voicing. In addition, we will take a deep dive into musical texture and how rhythm, melody, and harmony work together to create a variety of hues and colors.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Music: Jazz

Jazz Improvisation Forum (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
Students will develop their jazz skills as improvisers and styles, while growing a greater understanding of the history of the music through the guided study of recordings and videos of the leading trend setters in the music. Students receive constructive feedback by faculty and fellow students. This course will help the developing jazz musician learn the tools that are necessary for becoming an expressive, informed, and accomplished improviser and stylist.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Music: Production & Engineering

Music Production & Engineering (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
As a Music Production & Engineering student at Interlochen, you'll learn how current musicians are leveraging the most powerful tools in the industry - and how you can use these tools yourself to create professional quality recordings that make an impact. You'll learn the process of music production as it relates to the entire life of a song: sketching, demos, and finished tracks. You will also learn invaluable skills that are transferable to leadership positions within creative work.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Music: Singer-Songwriter

Intro to Recording for Songwriters (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
Many artists are recording and producing their own music. In this course, you will learn the broad strokes of how to use Logic Pro. You will focus on understanding how to use an interface, a USB microphone, and a midi keyboard to record your original songs. You will also explore how small production techniques can change the style of a song in one simple step.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Faculty

Shane Adams

Singer-Songwriter

Justina Shandler

Singer-Songwriter

 

Turning Stories into Songs (2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
It is important as a songwriter to explore telling the stories of others. Exploring various narratives can weaken or strengthen your songs depending on the story being told. In this course, you will explore narrative as well as how to use melody, harmony, lyrics to create work that will not only feel compelling to you but also the listener.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Faculty

Shane Adams

Singer-Songwriter

Justina Shandler

Singer-Songwriter

Theatre: Acting

Acting (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
Develop the foundational acting skills that will last you a lifetime! In this program, students develop the key tools needed by young actors - the body, the voice, and the imagination. Through a series of well designed exercises and structured classes, students will expand their abilities and discover their potential. The final project is a monologue presentation that each student will work on during their individual weekly one-on-one coaching sessions.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Faculty

Laura Mittelstaedt

Actor

Jeffrey Nauman

Actor

Emily Nelson

Actor and Adjunct Professor at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Theatre: Design & Production

Sound Design for the Theatre (1st 3 Weeks)

Description
This course introduces and explores present theory and application of the art of sound design for theatre. We’ll explore theatrical textual analysis and dramaturgically-informed design, walk through the steps of the design process, and utilize our creative minds to come up with design concepts, talk about sonic vocabulary, and find and create sounds one could use in sound designing a play. Students will learn practices in Digital Audio Workspaces (DAWs) to edit and manipulate sound, and program it into QLab, the industry standard sound playback cueing software.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Faculty

Emily Wilson

Sound Designer, Composer, and Woodwind Musician

 

Lighting Design for the Theater (2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
This course introduces and explores present theory and application of the art of lighting design for the theatre. We'll explore theatrical textual analysis and dramaturgically-informed design, walk through the steps of the design process, and utilize our creative minds to come up with design concepts, and learn and use appropriate lighting vocabulary. Students will learn basic VectorWorks functionality to create drafting of their designs and appropriate paperwork necessary when designing in their home venues.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900

Faculty

Bridget Williams

Lighting Designer and Stage Manager

Theatre: Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
Sing, dance and act this summer with instructors from Interlochen! This program focuses on all the key skills needed by young performers. With classes in Acting a Song, Song & Dance Lab, and Private Voice, students discover new techniques to help them advance their craft to an even higher level. The final project is a song presentation that students have been working on in their private one-on-one coaching sessions.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$2,200

Faculty

Elizabeth Gray

Singer, Actor

Visual Arts

Visual Arts Mashup: Drawing + Material Exploration (1st & 2nd 3 Weeks)

Description
In this program, for artists at all levels, students develop their technical skills and enhance their artistic expression, style, and visual vocabulary. Students strengthen their observational and 2D skills in a Drawing Techniques course as they explore traditional techniques in combination with contemporary practices. Students engage in creative problem-solving through the Material Explorations course using materials easily found in and/or adapted to a home environment. For their final project, students create a digital portfolio that can be used in professional pursuits These digital portfolios will be exhibited to the Interlochen community, and will be the focus of the one-on-one portfolio creation and review sessions.

Schedule
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Cost
$1,900