Rockin' at Interlochen

Yeah, it's all the way up in Michigan, but them folks up at the Interlochen Arts Camp wanted to remind us to remind you that about 30 "of Dallas' most talented youngsters" will be attending its prestigious, star-making Summer Arts Camp, joining about 2,500 other kiddos who just wanna sing and dance and act during the warm-weather months. Hey, it was good enough for Norah Jones and several members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- not to mention the likes of Felicity Huffman, Jewel and Anthony Rapp.

The full release is after the jump, but I did have the Interlochen folks send a list of schools from which the local kiddos are arriving, and there are 20 of them all told -- plus at least one local who's home-schooled, which I totally support despite what you might have read elsewhere. And those schools include Colleyville Middle School, Episcopal School of Dallas, Greenhill School, Highland Park Middle School and Prestonwood Christian Academy. And I hope the kid from William B. Travis Academy shows that kid from St. Mark's how us DISD nerds roll. --Robert Wilonsky

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. - This summer, around 30 of Dallas' most talented youngsters will once again pack up their violins, bassoons, paintbrushes or pointed shoes. They will load the family car and travel roughly 2,000 miles to the woods of northern Michigan where they will join more than 2,500 other young artists from 40 countries and almost every U.S. state and territory.

In some ways, their summer camp experience will be typical of any summer camp - they will canoe, swim, swat mosquitoes and sleep in rustic cabins. In other ways, however, the campers' experience will be anything but typical. Students may perform in a symphony alongside Branford Marsalis or Joshua Bell, sing an aria or create an oil painting. Others may perform in a fully-staged musical theatre production, write a play, produce a short film or dance for an audience of 4,000.

While the camp lasts up to six weeks, the experience often shapes a young artist's future. A small sampling of alumni includes Norah Jones, Jewel, Josh Groban, Anthony Rapp, Felicity Huffman, Lorin Maazel and roughly ten percent of the musicians in the nation's major orchestras.

Founded in 1928, Interlochen Arts Camp is part of Interlochen Center for the Arts, which was honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2006, in recognition of excellence in arts education and performance. The camp offers performance opportunities and training in music, creative writing, dance, theatre, visual arts and motion picture arts.

Interlochen alumni have also filled the ranks of the Dallas arts community with ties to the Dallas Brass and the Dallas Symphony. Legendary pianist, Van Cliburn, has made numerous visits to Interlochen over the years and in the summer of 2006, he performed with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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