Arts at Interlochen

Interlochen Center for the Arts has arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events in northern Michigan and is the parent organization of our two public radio stations.

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

Harpist Danielle Paus

Jun 18, 2013

Harpist Danielle Paus returned to the Interlochen campus for the first time in about ten years, and one of her stops was IPR's studio A. She gave a live performance of  this Swedish polska during her visit.

Recent Interlochen graduate, piano performance major ChaoJun Yang, dropped by Studio A to perform a preview of her upcoming concerts.  ChaoJun performed Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #9, which is on her performance program.

ChaoJun will perform the Liszt, as well as Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata and works by Bach, Chopin and more at her series of upcoming concerts.  She's raising money to help with her college tuition, and has started her own independent fundraising project on the site,

Friend Of Interlochen Dies

Feb 28, 2013

A friend of Interlochen died this week. Concert pianist Van Cliburn became an international star at age 23 when he won the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Not long after that he became a regular visitor to what was then the National Music Camp. Cliburn’s support for the vision of Interlochen’s founder Joe Maddy endured through his life. We'll talk with ICA archivist Byron Hanson about Cliburn's legacy at Interlochen.

Piano Sonata fills Studio A

Feb 5, 2013

Beethoven's Piano sonata  in Eb, Opus 7, performed on the air by Kevin Takeda.

"Les Adieux" from Studio A

Jan 31, 2013

Nathaniel Mo, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata #26, "Les Adieux"

Brass Quintet

Jan 30, 2013

AA Students Aden Beery (tuba), Elmer Churampi (trumpet), Morgan Low (trumpet), Alex Melzer (trombone) and Markus Osterlund (horn) are members of an IAA Brass Quintet preparing for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Click to listen as they visit with Kate Botello in Studio A to play a colorful collection of brass music in different styles.  You'll hear two movements of a famous "Quintet" from Malcolm Arnold, Samuel Scheidt's Renaissance piece, "Canzona Bergamasca," and the kicky and fun "Killer Tango" by Sonny Kompanek.

Beethoven in Studio A

Jan 29, 2013

Menghan Cao plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C, Op. 2, #3.  Menghan is one of five Interlochen students travelling to Detroit to perform at the invitation of Maestro Leonard Slatkin of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

As part of a project with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, young pianists have been invited to participate in an epic performance of all 32 of  Beethoven's piano sonatas. Five of those pianists are from Interlochen, and all will be playing their sonatas Live from Studio A over the next couple of weeks. (You can see those performances in Detroit on February 7th, 2013).

Here, Interlochen Senior Ariela Bohrod joins Kate Botello in Studio A to perform Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 15, Opus 28 (otherwise known as the "Pastoral") in its entirety.  Enjoy!

Mazel Trio

Nov 7, 2012

Interlochen students Dylan Naroff (violin), Ariela Bohrod (piano),  and Dan Blumhard (cello), are determined to take part in this year's Fischoff Chamber Music competition. With that in mind, they formed the Mazel Trio and have begun preparing their repertoire.  Interlochen cello instructor and Chamber Music Coach Crispin Campbell brought them by Studio A to play for us, and they brought out the big guns - the final movement of Shostakovich's Trio #2 in E minor. 

Click above to listen!

The Accidentals On Purpose

Sep 21, 2012

The Accidentals is a duo made up of Katie Larson and Savannah Buist. Their CD, “Tangled, Red and Blue,” sold out its first printing and is now in its second. They’re playing some gigs September 22 & 23 in Northern Michigan ... and they’re only in high school.

Courtney Kaiser Goes Over The Sun

Sep 12, 2012

Courtney Kaiser captivated audiences in the Opening Convocation of Interlochen's new Academy year with her song "Over the Sun." Here, Courtney talks about Interlochen's new Singer/Songwriter Program and performs in IPR's Studio A.

Michael Mittelstaedt

Sep 7, 2012

Michael Mittelstaedt, Director of Motion Picture Arts at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Transcript of Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, hosted by Jeff Kimpton, September 7, 2012, in Interlochen, Michigan.

WYSO 2012 Week 2 - Pictures at an Exhibition

Aug 17, 2012

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra 2012, week 2.  Jung-Ho Pak conducts Mussourgsky's Pictures at an Exhbition.

WYSO 2012 Week 3 - Firebird, Espana

Aug 17, 2012

Joann Falletta conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in music of Stravinksy, Chabrier, and Berlioz.

WYSO 2012 Week 4 Beethoven Emperor Concerto

Aug 17, 2012

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with Awadagin Pratt, conducted by Jung-Ho Pak.

WYSO 2012 Week 5 Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Aug 17, 2012

Osmo Vanska leads the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius.

Performances by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra:  Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Anthony Ross, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Choral section).

WYSO 2012 Week 1 - American Memories

Aug 8, 2012

Jung-Ho Pak conducts the World Youth Symphony in a program of American music from the 2012 Interlochen Arts Camp.


Jul 16, 2012

The Enso String Quartet serves as quartet-in-residence during the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp 2012.  They visited IPR, talked with IPR's Tim Burke and performed music of Giuseppe Verdi live from Studio A.  

Paula Robison on Island Cabin Discs

Jul 14, 2012

Jeff Kimpton hosts Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, asking guests to share the music they would take with them to an island cabin getaway.

This episode features Paula Robison, the "First Lady of the Flute."

Read all about Paula Robison by clicking here!

We had such a great time with Brian J. Nash  - Off-Broadway Musical Director and Interlochen Alum -  and Natalie Douglas - cabaret diva & 7-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner -  at the IPR Studios! First, they co-hosted the morning shift with Kate Botello. Brian shared some of his favorite classical music and Interlochen memories, and Natalie took us on a toe-tapping, educational trip through the Great American Songbook. Next, they hopped over to Studio A to perform, bringing us a couple of great standards and a beautiful Broadway tune.

Michael Moore on Island Cabin Discs

Jun 16, 2012

Jeff Kimpton hosts Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, asking guests to share the music they would take with them to an island cabin getaway. 

This episode of Island Cabin Discs features filmmaker Michael Moore.

Learn all about Michael Moore by clicking here.  

Brass students from the Interlochen Arts Academy play 3 movements from Enrique Crespo's "Americana".

Charles Overton in Studio A

Mar 21, 2012

Gabriel Faure's Impromptu for Harp, Op. 86, performed by Interlochen Arts Academy senior Charles Overton.

Christmas in Studio A

Dec 10, 2010

A Christmas medley performed by students from the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  Happy holidays, everyone!