Personal note from Glenn
Boys of AS Cabin #1, 1977
Hello again everyone,
It seems like we just wrapped up the last workshop and already 2017 is approaching
and the 5th biennial Interlochen Stick Workshop is in the planning stages. For my
old friends who've attended prior workshops, hopefully it's an experience you just
can't get enough of and your chomping to get back. For those who haven't attended,
let me present my customary background letter.
The Interlochen Center for the Arts serves as both an accredited high school for
performing arts as well as a summer arts camp for young arts students. Founded in
1928, Interlochen has been home to visitors from all over the world for nearly 100
years. As a young music student in Michigan, the opportunity to attend the summer
arts camp was something we spent the school year striving for. The school music
program in my home town offered partial scholarships for students who qualified to
attend the camp. In my freshman year of high school, I was fortunate enough to be
one of those students and in 1977, I made my first of three summer visits north to
the Interlochen campus.
The environment was like no 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 partnered up with Steve Osburn at Oz's Music to organize Stick
Seminars in Ann Arbor and we made these an almost annual event from 1998 through
2008. During a visit to the Interlochen campus in 2008, I approached the then
director of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts Matt Wiliford about holding
a seminar on campus. Matt suggested we make the workshop part of their official
curriculum and we kicked off the first one in 2009. The inaugural event featured
Emmett Chapman and Greg Howard.
In order to keep the event fresh, Matt and I made the decision to make the Stick
workshop a biennial event holding additional workshops in 2011, 2013, and 2015
with instruction from Greg Howard, Bob Culbertson, Steve Adelson, Tom Griesgraber,
Steve Osburn, and myself. Each event was a unique experience in and of itself and
each was a great success. During the course of the long weekend, attending Stick
players get to share the Interlochen campus with around 2500 top music students
from all over the world ages 8 to 18. At all times of the day, there are students
practicing in the woods, ensembles rehearsing in the various performance spaces,
and performances happening all over campus. There is literally music everywhere.
After the 2009 event, Emmett Chapman described Interlochen as
. In 2011, Bob Culbertson described it as "Hogwartz for
Now in 2017, Leslie Donaldson has assumed the role of director of the College of
Creative Arts. The Stick event is still a biennial event and the next workshop
will feature classes from Greg Howard, Bob Culbertson, Steve Osburn, and myself.
The workshop will once again be held in the heart of the summer arts camp season
and if the weather cooperates, we'll be able to take our meals on the shore of
Green Lake and maybe even take a night off for a bonfire.
So please come join us in July. You might not want to go home afterward.