Detroit Symphony Orchestra Teams Up with Interlochen’s Virtual Arts Camp

By David Salazar

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is set to join the Interlochen Center for Arts to present an Online virtual arts camp between June 28 through July 19, 2020.

Over the course of three weeks, musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will work closely with Interlochen campers, providing them with workshops on orchestral repertoire for all instrumentalists of intermediate and high school levels. They will also provide tips for performance careers including practice habits and audition preparation.

The musicians of the famed orchestra will also record movements of select chamber music for small ensembles that students can practice and listen to. There will also be virtual recitals by professional musicians and Interlochen faculty, as well as a leadership roundtable with Detroit Symphony Orchestra management and educational personnel to talk to students about a life in the arts.

Additionally, there will be master classes, seminars, and coachings.

“When we learned of Interlochen’s plans for a virtual Arts Camp, we felt an immediate groundswell of support coming from our musicians and staff to get involved and help out,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO, in a press release. “Thanks to the innovative spirit of cooperation between our organizations, so many young people will be able to benefit from high-quality, music-based learning experiences this summer, and I want to especially thank our wonderful DSO musicians for stepping forward so swiftly and completely.”

The relationship between these two organization dates back to 1926 and has developed over the years. As of this writing, 21 members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are alumni of the Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy.