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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In May 1977, the esteemed American choral conductor Gregg Smith visited Interlochen.

Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in the 1950s and specialized in the music of the United States at a time when not many musicians were doing so.

Bassist Rodney Whitaker and friends recently performed a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

At the start of 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Whitaker and an all-star roster of colleagues visited at Interlochen Center for the Arts and performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Classical IPR has created on-demand listening to accompany a few of the sculptures at Michigan Legacy Art Park

Inspired by specific works of art, Classical IPR chose pieces of music that we thought reflected the aesthetic of each sculpture.

See the sculptures and listen to the music below.

If you can, travel to the Art Park yourself and listen to the music while experiencing the sculptures in person. 

Note: the work of art is shown first, followed by the accompanying audio file.

When the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra formed 20 years ago, they didn’t require their musicians to audition. 

“We just said if you’re interested and willing to play, come and join us,” says Robert Pattengale, a retired professor of music and one of the founders of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. 

Peter Myles has been a Hollywood film music editor for over 20 years. 

He recently spoke with Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell about his career, starting from his time as a student at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy.

After earning degrees from the New England Conservatory and Northwestern, Myles played the trumpet professionally and then became a producer for the Delos record label.

We heard some unusual instruments during this week's program, including the zither, played by Anton Karas, and the gyile, played by Bernard Woma.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features a variety of music by American composers performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students.

There will be American hymns, dances, and folk and patriotic songs, plus music about baseball.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

This episode is devoted to the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hear decades of student performances from Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, featuring incidental music, choral music, folk song transcriptions and a very famous fantasia by Vaughan Williams.


Music for the Easter weekend was at the forefront of this week's requests.

See the entire playlist below.

Every year since the 1930s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the Academy Award for Best Original Score. 

National Gallery of Australia

On Good Friday, a brand new musical setting of the Passion according to St. Luke will premiere at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.

Saint Peter’s commissioned this new Passion from composer William Cooper.


You may not have heard the name Peter Myles before, but you've almost certainly heard his work.

Myles has been a sound editor for some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the last two decades.

His credits include several films in the Harry Potter, Jason Bourne and Star Wars series.

Aleksandr Karjaka

Composer, percussionist, producer, drummer and studio musician Clara Warnaar is featured on this week's program.

A 2009 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Warnaar is now based in New York City and has a multifaceted career. 

This week's program featured requests from all over the state of Michigan, plus Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Pictured: pianist Jeeyoon Kim performs Edvard Grieg's "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" in IPR's Studio A (heard at number 21 on this week's program).

WFMT Radio Network

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present a special from the WFMT Radio Network that honors the musical legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Carol Jantsch

Last week, Byron Hanson passed away at the age of 79.

Classical IPR is celebrating Hanson's music and life on the air on Thursday, March 24.

We grieve his loss along with the entire Interlochen community.

On Thursday, March 25, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 11 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Wu Han perform the Elegiac Trio in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

This performance took place during a recent visit that members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center made to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On Tuesday, March 23, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour of the program to hear violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao perform Igor Stravinksy's Suite Italienne. 

Michael Culler engineered the recording, which took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features music from the medieval and renaissance eras, but reimagined by 20th-century composers.

Hear Notre Dame polyphony, Renaissance keyboard pieces and a variety of instrumental dance music brought to life by modern wind bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.


IPR listeners were inspired by spring and by Bach on this week's program.

Requests included J.S. Bach's music for organ, tuba ensemble, piano, orchestra, and steel pan and jazz combo. 

We also heard springtime music by John Rutter, Christian Sindig and Sergei Rachmaninoff. 

Classical IPR has curated an on-demand playlist of music for the classical guitar.

The music comes from composers all over the world, including the United States, Argentina, France, Greece, China and, of course, Spain.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week's program features music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Join us for an hour of music performed by Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy students through the decades. 

The program includes archival recordings of Prokofiev's music for opera, ballet and film, plus chamber music inspired by folk sounds of Kabarda, a remote region of the Caucasus. 

On this week's program, listeners requested music of Richard Rodgers, Gustav Mahler, Gustav Holst, Florence Price and many others.

We also had requests for "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" by Alan Hovhaness, music from the first musical film adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera" and James Earl Jones (pictured) narrating Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.

See all of this week's requests below.

On Monday, Mar 15, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Telegraph String Quartet in a recent recital at Corson Auditorium.

They performed Three Divertimenti by Benjamin Britten.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Angela Aleo

String players from the Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently gathered in person - at a distance - to perform a variety of music from the 18th and 20th centuries.

This week on the program, we feature the TSO String Ensemble's recent performance of music by Albinoni, Bach, Holst, Pachelbel and Vivaldi.

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