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Gifts Support the Future of Interlochen


Many of the planned gifts received by Interlochen are unrestricted, meaning they are intended for the benefit of the whole institution.

We use these gifts to support current campus priorities, or we place them into the endowment, where they are invested. The earnings are then used each year to support Camp and Academy scholarships, faculty, education programs, guest artists, Interlochen Public Radio programming and building improvements.

What Your Gift Can Do

Here are just a few exciting programs that planned gifts have helped make possible at Interlochen over the last year:
  • We once again expanded our Camp program offerings! During summer 2015, new programs included: Novel Writing Institute; Classical Guitar Institute; Acting for the Camera; and Acting Intensive.
  • The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performed a concert titled “Young Americans,” as part of the NY Phil Biennial on June 5. The works performed included world premieres by notable composers Gabriel Kahane and Hannah Lash, plus New York premieres by Jennifer Higdon and Nico Muhly. Academy alumna Ashley Fure also debuted a world premiere work. The Orchestra was lead by acclaimed Los Angeles conductor Christopher Rountree, and renowned New York choreographer Christopher Williams has created a new piece to be performed by Academy dancers.
  • Interlochen Public Radio introduced Show Tunes with Kate Botello, a weekly program that highlights the best of Broadway (and sometimes beyond). This musical “mashup” features classic selections from IPR’s trove of Tony-winning vinyl records, as well as up-to-the-moment hits.
  • We broke ground on the Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness, made possible by a bequest from the late Lee Dennison, an Interlochen Arts Academy alumna and former Trustee. The gift also helped secured new bike racks; several boats and new motors; boys’ side tennis, volleyball and basketball courts; new docks and rafts throughout campus, and workout equipment for the Shed.
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