Personal note from Glenn
Boys of AS Cabin #1, 1977
Hello again everyone,
So here we are getting ready for the 2nd Interlochen Stick Workshop. For those
of you who attended in 2009, hopefully the experience left you looking forward
to the next one and that will mean a return trip in 2011. For those who didn't
attend in 2009, let me give you a little background.
Interlochen serves as both an accredited high school for performing arts as well
as a summer arts camp for young music students. The school is well known all
over the world but especially to music students in the state of Michigan. When
I was a young student, the opportunity to attend the summer arts camp was
something we spent the school year striving for. As a freshman in high school,
our local music program offered partial scholarships for students who qualified
to attend the summer arts camp. I was fortunate enough to be one of those
students and in 1977, I made my first of three summer trips north to the
The environment was no like other place I had been or have been to since. 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 then, 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
In more recent years, Interlochen started their summer adult programs and as an
alumnus, I started receiving the mailers every year. I kept threatening to dust
off my guitar or horn and attend when, during a visit in 2008, it hit me like a
ton of bricks ... "we should have a Stick seminar HERE!"
My original intention was to look into renting campus space and holding our
usual event. Then I met Matt Wiliford who heads up the College of Creative Arts.
Matt was very enthusiastic about the Stick and suggested that we add a Stick
workshop to their official adult curriculum. The result of that chance meeting
was the 2009 Interlochen Stick Workshop. That event featured Emmett Chapman and
Greg Howard as teachers and took place in parallel with the annual Guitar
Festival and Workshop. For three days, 23 Stick players shared the campus with
about 50 guitar players and the result was an event like nothing we'd ever had
before. Right after the 2009 event wrapped up, Matt and I agreed that we would
wait two years before hosting another Stick event.
That leads us back to today. The 2011 event will feature classes from Bob
Culbertson, Greg Howard and myself. As an added feature, the dates for the event
have been moved into late July while the summer arts camp is still in session.
That means that instead of sharing the campus with 50 adult guitarists, we will
be sharing the campus with around 2500 young musicians ages 8 to 18. This time
of year provides that vibe I experienced as a young boy. Music of all genres
everywhere at all times of the day.
To the Stick players, students and enthusiasts I've come to know over the years.
I realize that the Interlochen events ask for a little more money and committment
than the events we've held in Ann Arbor. 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 really believe that these Interlochen workshops are one
of kind events 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 July. You might not want to go home afterward.