Amanda Sewell

Music Director

Amanda Sewell is a musicologist who holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her research about music has appeared in textbooks, academic journals and music encyclopedias.  She is the author of Wendy Carlos: A Biography (Oxford University Press). Amanda lives in Traverse City with her husband, son and two dogs.

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Founded in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to help people in many ways.

The Foundation not only offers grants to support those who need medical and dental care, but it also regularly awards scholarships to music students.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship has supported dozens of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students over the past two decades. 

On Wednesday, January 21, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the second hour of the program (during the 11 a.m. hour on Classical IPR) to hear the Pacifica Quartet in a recent recital given in Corson Auditorium.

The quartet played Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet no. 3 (op. 44, no. 1) in D major.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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This week's program features a variety of music written in memory of someone or something.

Hear decades of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students perform a variety of elegies, requiems and memorials.

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

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In April of 1982, esteemed American composer Alan Hovhaness visited Interlochen Arts Academy.

During his residency, Hovhaness worked with Academy students and faculty on his music.

His visit culminated with two concerts featuring his music for choir, band and orchestra.

Classical IPR listeners welcomed 2021 with a variety of selections on this week's program.

Requests included music by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Maslanka, Giuseppe Verdi, Leos Janacek and Gustav Mahler. 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by E. Power Biggs, Jessye Norman, the Younce Guitar Duo and Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra. 

Metropolitan Opera

It's been close to a year since it was safe for large choruses to gather and sing together.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we invite you to sing along to your favorite opera choruses at a safe distance.

Thanks to our friend Martha for the idea!

Requests for this Saturday included a variety of music for  Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's. 

See the complete playlist below.

To make a request for the January 2 episode of Music by Request, email or leave a message on the MBR line at (231) 276-4422.

Yuki Tei

The life and music of clarinetist David Shifrin is the focus of this week's episode.

David Shifrin spent four summers at the National Music Camp and two years at Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 1967. 

In a chaotic world, it can be hard to slow down and just focus on the task at hand, whether it's at the office, in the kitchen or out in the garage. 

The contemporary classical music on this playlist was chosen to help calm some of the chaos and encourage focus and contemplation.

Even during a pandemic, the medical professionals in the Detroit Medical Orchestra found time to come together (at a distance) to perform music for the holiday season.

The Detroit Medical Orchestra was founded in 2009. Its musicians are professionals in medical or related fields.

Sometimes the holidays call for a full symphony orchestra and hundreds of choristers, and other times, the music can be a little cozier.

With that in mind, Classical IPR put together a Spotify playlist of holiday music for the piano.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s a variety of sacred and secular music for the Christmas season. 


Music for Christmas dominated this week's requests. 

Listeners chose a variety of sacred and secular Christmas favorites, plus music about snow and winter. 

All of this week's requests are available below.

Listen now: Adagio

Dec 18, 2020

Our friend Chris suggested that we create a Spotify playlist featuring a collection of adagio movements, so we did!

Classical IPR curated adagio movements and pieces by composers from the 18th century to the present, featuring music for solo piano, symphony orchestra and everything in between.

This week's program featured lots of music for the Christmas season, from J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Vince Guaraldi's music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to seasonal favorites performed by Canadian Brass.

We also heard a chorus from Beethoven's "Fidelio" and a quartet from Verdi's "Don Carlos." 

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Texts from the Book of Psalms have inspired composers for centuries.

This program features a variety of psalm settings performed by decades of students from Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy.

On Friday, December 11, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

During the 10 a.m. hour of the program, Performance Today will broadcast the Harlem Quartet performing Claude Debussy's String Quartet.

This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in 2019.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Take a deep breath and settle in with a curated playlist of peaceful classical piano pieces.

Classical IPR has assembled a Spotify playlist of music for the piano that was chosen to calm and soothe.

Featuring a blend of familiar pieces by composers including Beethoven, Satie and Debussy, the playlist also contains music by some of today's favorite composers, such as Ludovico Einaudi, Alma Deutscher, Max Richter, Joe Hisaishi and many others. 

On Tuesday, December 8, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature two different performances recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

In the 10 a.m. hour, hear the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein trio play the Clarinet Trio (op. 114) by Johannes Brahms. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in 2018.

In the 11 a.m. hour, hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play two preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos. This performance took places in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in 2019.

Michael Culler engineered the recordings.

This week's program featured music from the soundtracks of "The Umbrella Academy," "Black Panther" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?

We also heard virtual performances by the Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir, the University of Michigan Marching Band and a whole lot of trombonists (28, to be specific). 

Listen to all or part of this week's episode below. 

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In July of 1985, soprano Marvis Martin visited Interlochen and presented a recital with pianist Gary Ledet.

When Martin gave her New York debut recital in 1981, a critic for the New York Times called her "promising" (she was only 21 years old at the time) and praised the "unusual brightness, evenness and quality" of her lyric soprano voice. 

Classical IPR has decked the halls with a variety of holiday programming for the season.

At the start of 2020, the students and faculty in the music department at Northwestern Michigan College were beginning rehearsals for the world premiere performance of the "The Lesson of the Lark."

Composed by Jeffrey Cobb and with text by Laura Knight Cobb, "The Lesson of the Lark" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote.

But then COVID-19 hit, and all in-person rehearsals were shuttered. 

Thanks to listeners from St. Ignace, St. Joseph, Wolverine, Traverse City, Frankfort, and many other places for your requests this week.