Local Young Artist Will Attend Renowned Interlochen Arts Camp

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Mark Johnson, 13, of Los Altos, CA has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Johnson, the son of Thomas Johnson and Sandra Coats, will study Intermediate Musical Theater Production at the Camp.

Mark Johnson, 13, of Los Altos, CA has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Johnson, the son of Thomas Johnson and Sandra Coats, will study Intermediate Musical Theater Production at the Camp. In 2012, the Camp will mark its 85th season at the forefront of arts education.

Mark Johnson is a 7th grade student at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos. He was last seen in “Tom Sawyer” as Reverend Sprague at the Children’s Musical Theater in San Jose. Other credits include The Mayor in “Seussical”, and The Wizard in “Once Upon a Mattress”. When not attending school or performing, Johnson studies tap and hip-hop with Marie Stinnet Dance in Campbell, and voice with Heather Stokes in Los Gatos.

Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 3,000 artists fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film.

Among the distinguished Camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, members of the band OK Go, Rufus Wainwright, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more. Approximately ten percent of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been awarded 89 Grammy Awards.
In addition to hundreds of performances, presentations and readings by young artists, Interlochen brings leading artists and performers to the northern Michigan campus. In recent years, guest artists have included Joshua Bell, the Decemberists, Rufus Wainwright, Olga Kern, Bob Dylan, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Guster, Lyle Lovett, Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis and many more.

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Video of the summer arts program is available online at: http://www.interlochen.org/camp/video

Interlochen Arts Camp is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in the arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at http://www.interlochen.org.

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