Arts at Interlochen

Located in northwest Michigan, Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events and is the parent organization of our two award-winning public radio stations.

Find the stories and sounds of Interlochen below, or click here for recordings of Interlochen student performances.

You can also see more student work through the Interlochen Olio project. 


Live from Studio A
2:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cool Strings: Brooklyn Rider

String Quartet Brooklyn Rider performs Live in IPR's Studio A

Brooklyn Rider takes the idea of the string quartet to a new level.  Already champions of new music and fresh approaches, the Brooklyn, NY-based group stretch the boundaries of the classic quartet, adding unusual instruments and other forms of art to the mix.  In their Studio A session, they treated us to terrific, high-energy performances of, "Doina Oltului," a Roma-inspired piece, and, "Ascending Bird," originally arranged for quartet and Persian Fiddle (kamancheh).

String Quartet Brooklyn Rider performs, "Doina Oltului," and, "Ascending Bird," Live in IPR's Studio A

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Festival Preview
10:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Upcoming Interlochen Festival Highlights: Chris Gruits

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in Kresge Auditorium this Sunday, July 6 at 8pm.

Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, is dropping by Classical IPR twice a week to give updates on upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival.

In today's chat, he fills us in about the upcoming WYSO concert featuring Guest Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Pianist Alessio Bax, and a visit from The Capitol Steps.

For information about all Interlochen Festival Events, visit: tickets.

Interlochen Presents Executive Director Chris Gruits talks with Kate Botello about upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival for the week ending July 6, 2014.

Radio Collage
10:32 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Class of 2014: Walk of "Fame"

The 2013-2014 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

  This month, the focus is on Interlochen Arts Academy's class of 2014.  Among the works we'll hear: Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" performed by the Academy Orchestra, an excerpt from Ned Rorem's opera "Our Town" sung by soprano Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, and poet Sojourner Ahebee reads one of her own works.  We'll aslo hear some Durufle courtesy of organist Bryan Dunnewald, and cellist Daniel Blumhard performs a work written for him by classmate Tevan Goldberg.

Radio Collage "Graduation Edition" - June, 2014

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Live from Studio A
2:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Elegant Tuba: Carol Jantsch

Ellen Sommer-Bottorf, accompanist (left) and Carol Jantsch (right), performed "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" Live in Studio A.

Carol Jantsch is known for elevating tuba playing to performance art (she's performed Flight of the Bumblebee in full bee suit and advertised her first tuba CD with a rap video). She is also the first woman to hold a Principal Tuba Chair among major orchestras in the United States (in this case, the Philadelphia Orchestra). Jantsch is at Interlochen this week, teaching the Tuba and Trombone Institute.

Jantsch says she thinks of herself as a musician first, and a tuba player second, and she's interested in playing pieces not originally intended for the tuba.  She visited Studio A with accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorf and performed a wonderful rendition of Debussy's, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.  If you think the tuba is nothing more than a background instrument that goes oom-pa-pa - you're in for an elegant surprise.

Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," Live from IPR's Studio A. Joining her: accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorff.

Live from Studio A
2:22 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

French Horn: William VerMeulen

Houston Symphony Principal French Horn, William VerMeulen, visits Studio A. (Bill's on the right, at left, his accompanist, Victor Cayres.)

William VerMeulen has had a life full of connections to Interlochen.  His mother came here to attend Music Camp and play the cello in the 1940's, and later, was a participant in our Adult Chamber Music Camp.  He attended Interlochen as a Camper, and then later, as an Academy Student.  He even worked in food service in the cafeteria, and eventually spent three years as an Academy Horn Instructor.  "I've done," he says, " everything you could do at Interlochen, and now to be back is a thrill."

William VerMeulen, Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, returns to IAA this week to lead the French Horn Institute. He performs Michael Conway Baker's, "Remembrances," for French Horn and Piano, Live in Studio A.

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