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. 

Happy Holidays! We asked IPR staffers to share their favorite holiday music with listeners this season. If you're in the Seasonal Mood, try out this playlist of tunes we love. Play the music from your computer anytime. All you need is a free Spotify account.

Popular music has had stellar examples of singer/songwriters who met in school...whose partnership began at a very young age.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney met when John was 16 and Paul was just 15. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met in grade school. They were 12 years old and had their first hit record, "Hey Schoolgirl," when they were just 16 years old.

Now we want you to meet a Michigan duo who are getting a lot of buzz for their indie-folk songs, The Accidentals.

The Accidentals are Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, who met at the Interlochen Arts Academy. They are 18 years old, and they joined us today from Traverse City.

Listen to the full interview above.

Lynne Tobin,  Director of the Traverse City Civic Ensembles, spent an early morning hour in Studio B co-hosting an early hour with Kate Botello. Lynne brought great music with her, including highlights from the upcoming holiday concert season. She even brought us a double-header Kids' Commute!


Radio Collage, Nov. 23, 2013

Nov 26, 2013

In this first episode of Radio Collage, we hear everything from Shakespeare to Blue Rondo a la Turk, performed by students at the Interlochen Arts Academy.


Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Film and Screenwriting drops by Studio B to guest host Morning Classical with Kate Botello! Lesley shared some of her favorite film music with listeners.  Click to listen.


Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In the second of our 2013 episodes, Maestro Jung Ho Pak, WYSO's Musical Director, conducts the musicians in Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, and Richard Strauss's tone poem, Don Juan.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In the first of our 2013 episodes, conductor JoAnn Falletta leads the WYSO in performances of Albert Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2 and Eric Ewazen's Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra.

Gerard Schwarz on Island Cabin Discs

Nov 19, 2013

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. 

On this episode of Island Cabin Discs, world-renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz shares his choice of musical essentials.

Learn more about Gerard Schwarz here.

Mezzo-soprano/author/jewelry designer Laurie Rubin dropped by IPR's Studio A before leading a master class with Interlochen's Opera students.  Laurie, an acclaimed performer, recently released her memoir, Do You Dream In Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight.  She spoke with IPR's Kate Botello about how she approaches the challenges of singing without sight, and sang an inspiring song she co-wrote with partner Jennifer Taira for her new album. 

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, gofundme.com.

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.

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