Personal note from Glenn
Boys of AS Cabin #1, 1977
Growing up as a student of music and especially a student in the state of
Michigan, the Interlochen Center for the Arts was a place we'd always heard
about. As a freshman in high school, our music program offerred partial
scholarships for students who qualified to attend the summer arts program.
I was one of those students and in 1977, I made my first of three summer
trips north to the Interlochen campus.
I know it sounds a bit cliche but Interlochen was indeed a magical place.
The student body was made up of kids from all over the world. We immersed
in music. The buglers blew reveille at the crack of dawn every day and after
our breakfast on the beautiful shores of Duck Lake, we were off to rehearsals.
We had two full ensemble rehearsals a day as well as sectional rehearsals
and private lessons. We took breaks from the schedule in the afternoon for
rest and physical activities (usually soccer) and also for our own practice
time. In the evening, we either attended concerts or social gatherings. The
concerts ranged from campus ensembles to national touring acts.
In all of my years since that time, I have always looked back at my summers
at Interlochen as some of the greatest musical experiences of my life. As an
adult, I've frequently stopped by the campus when I've traveled to northern
Michigan just to visit and to this day, I still get goosebumps as soon as I
get out of my car.
It has only been in recent years that the adult programs started. As an
alumnus, I've gotten the mailers for these programs and have threatened to
attend just about every year. During a visit to the campus in the spring
of 2008, it hit me like a ton of bricks ... we should have a Stick seminar
My original intention was simply to look into renting space and holding the
same event we always do. Then I met Matt Wiliford who heads up the College
of Creative Arts. Matt was very enthusiastic about the Stick and suggested
that we make our seminar part of the Guitar Festival and Workshop.
And so 2009 will be the inaugural event and if all goes well, there could
be more. As it would happen, 2009 also celebrates the 40th anniversary of
when Emmett Chapman discovered his Free Hands playing method and to
commemorate this, Emmett himself will be teaching at this kickoff event as
well as Greg Howard.
To the Stick players, students and enthusiasts I've come to know over the
years. I realize we're asking for more money and more commitment than we
usually do and I realize we're doing it in uncertain economic times. But
there has always been an incredible vibe just walking around the Interlochen
Campus and I would love to share that vibe with all of you. I truly believe
that this will be a one of kind event and that once you get settled, spend
time on the campus and soak up the environment, you'll love it and will want
to come back and do it again.
So please come join us in August. You might not want to go home afterward.