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Celebrate Joe Maddy's birthday on Classical IPR

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Joe Maddy listens to recordings at Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Center for the Arts' Dr. Joseph Maddy was born October 14, 1891.

Celebrate his 130th birthday all day on Classical IPR with recordings from Interlochen's archives.

Each hour, we'll feature recordings of student performances from the 1950s and 1960s that Maddy himself conducted.

Under Joe Maddy's leadership, the National Music Camp (the precursor to Interlochen Arts Camp) grew from welcoming 115 students from across the country in 1928 to more than 1,000 young artists from around the world in 1966, with its flagship orchestra performing at such venues as the White House and Carnegie Hall.

Among his many accomplishments, Maddy began broadcasting Interlochen concerts on national radio networks in the 1930s and opened Interlochen Arts Academy in 1962.

He is widely credited with making music a regular part of the American school curriculum and fostering the growth of school orchestras.

Click here to learn more about Maddy's role in the history of Interlochen Center for the Arts.