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In Studio A with Tess Alexander and Grace Watson

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Photo by Anastasia Scholze
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Tess Alexander and Grace Watson

Tess Alexander and Grace Watson are students in the voice program at this summer's Interlochen Arts Camp. They visited IPR's Studio A to perform some music and tell us about their lives.

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A still from the April 2020 Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus production of "The Very Last Green Thing"; Grace Watson is center right, with white sunglasses and holding a plant

Grace Watson is 16 years old and performed Roger Quilter's "Love's Philosophy." She is a student of Autumn West at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Grace, who is from Berkley, MI, told us about a role she recently had in the opera "The Very Last Green Thing" that required her to hold a plant for much of the performance.

Although she's enjoying Interlochen, Grace is anxious to get back home to spend time with the kitten she just adopted before she left for camp this summer.

Tess Alexander is 17 years old and performed Aaron Copland's "Why do they shut me out of heaven?" She is a student of Ian Greenlaw at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Tess, who is from La Cañada, CA, told us she's planning to learn all 12 of Aaron Copland's Emily Dickinson songs before she graduates from high school in May.

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L to R: collaborative pianist Rebecca Edmiston; Grace Watson; Tess Alexander

Tess has five guinea pigs and a snake back at home, but the animals live on opposite ends of the house for obvious reasons.

Tess, Grace and their student voice colleagues will be featured in several live performance webcasts from Interlochen this summer. View the entire upcoming webcast schedule here.

Rebecca Edmiston was the collaborative pianist for this session.

The recording session was engineered by Stefan Wiebe.

Anastasia Scholze provided production support.