August 15, 2016
Thanks to the support of the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council, I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks of my summer at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan doing one of the things I love the most...singing. This was my first time attending Interlochen and I chose to major in vocal arts. This means I spent about 6 hours per day developing my voice through solo, small vocal ensemble and large choral experiences. I was under the guidance of an amazingly accomplished and supportive faculty and surrounded by super talented students from around the world. In fact, some of the cabin-mates and best friends I made during my camp experience were from China!
When I first arrived, I could see that inspiration at Interlochen starts with the setting. It's spread over a 1200 acre beautiful wooded campus filled with huge performance facilities like Kresge Hall and Corson. But, beyond the setting at Interlochen are the people. There is a sort of creative freedom that you feel walking across the campus, which comes from everyone there doing what they love. I chose to study vocal arts this summer, but there are music majors, theater majors, dance majors, visual arts majors and students studying motion picture arts as well as creative writing. There was always something going on at Interlochen and something to see...if I was not performing, I was going to see other students perform. I was so impressed at how good everyone was at what they did!
One of the performance highlights for me was called "Collage." "Collage" is when the entire student body at Interlochen comes together to create an amazing night of incredible art with performances by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, World Youth Wind Symphony, creative writing students, small ensembles and all three musical theatre groups. This year's "Collage" launched a new campaign for Interlochen, which is called "Create Amazing." I felt really lucky to be a part of it since it truly is amazing! I also had the opportunity to perform a solo of the song, "Memories," from Cats. When I came to Interlochen, I had just started studying the song on my own, but by the end of camp I was chosen to perform as a soloist.
I'm already making plans to attend for 6 weeks next summer. I really improved my vocal techniques through vocal arts, but I plan on applying for the musical theatre program next summer where I'll focus not only on voice, but also theatre and dance. In short, Interlochen is a really special place filled with amazingly talented people - both the faculty and the students. I feel so fortunate to be a part of it and have to thank the PRCAC again for their tremendous support. Taylor Truckenbrod
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