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The Value Of Sincerity At Interlochen

Ever since Interlochen's 2004 Thanksgiving Massacre there's been a swell of media attention surrounding the sincerity behind the motives of Interlochen's administrative leaders.  The January 5, 2005, edition of the New York Times published an extensive article examining the rise of discontent over the round of faculty dismissals and how many long time supporters are now suspending their donations and bequests as a way of expressing their disapproval. At a popular Yahoo discussion group for Interlochen alumni (registration required), many forum members openly question the wisdom behind the decisions to remove so [...]
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Expressing Your Concern To Interlochen

A great number of concerned Interlochen alumni and supporters have written asking me what I think they should do: "Should I write a letter? Should I make phone calls? Should I just keep quiet?"  As a result of those many requests, I have put together a contact list of the Interlochen Trustees and Alumni Council and a template letter to help you get started. I would also stress that everyone should do what they feel most comfortable doing regarding contacting Interlochen.  Personally, I will send letters to members of the board of [...]
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A Sad Day, The Passing Of Fred Fennell

In the morning of Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 music legend Fred Fennell passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90.  For those who run around exclusively in orchestra circles you may not readily place Fred's name with his achievements. His accomplishments are simply too long to list here, but you can find a comprehensive biography at http://www.dws.org/ffennell.htm Fred had a life long relationship with the Interlochen Center for the Arts which is where I was fortunate enough to have my path cross with his.  Not only did I have [...]
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At Interlochen, The Future Isn’t Very Unique

Fellow AJ blogger Andrew Taylor recently wrote an interesting article about how to go about assessing value for "something vague and amorphous" like a weblog.  Andrew goes on to say that arts managers are doing exactly the same thing each and every day for their organizations. And at Interlochen it's no different.  Just how much value can you attach to what Interlochen is and what does it does to maintain that value? Well, one way to measure the value of Interlochen is by polling the alumni to determine how many found their [...]
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Words From A Recent Interlochen Camper

Words From A Recent Interlochen Camper

Usually, life’s painful lessons take time to learn.  But every now and then someone will come along and see past what they feel and think in the here and now and gaze into the future. Among the flood of email responses I’ve received regarding Interlochen, there was recently a note form David Letvin, a summer camp student from the early 1960’s.  He attached an essay his daughter, a recent camper, wrote as a college admissions essay. Even though David’s daughter isn’t going to be a professional musician, she learned some valuable lessons while attending Interlochen.  But I’ll […]

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