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.

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.

This program features the career of Darita Seth, from his time as a student composer at Interlochen Arts Academy to his tenure with the ensemble Chanticleer to his current work as the artistic director of the chamber choir Choral Audacity.

Seth, the son of Cambodian refugee immigrants, was the first generation of his family born in the United States.


The Christmas season is a good time for contemplation and reflection.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of quiet holiday favorites.

Enjoy this curated selection of Christmas music that was chosen to soothe your spirit and warm your soul.


We've cooked up a Thanksgiving playlist for this year's holiday.

Angela Aleo

On this week's program, we celebrate the past and present of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

The broadcast includes music from a recent chamber recital given by TSO principals Ken Larson and Sylvia Norris with music director Kevin Rhodes at the piano.

Lauren St. Clair

If you need music to  make your Christmas season jolly, Classical IPR has just the playlist.

Enjoy this curated list of holiday music for the lighter side of Christmas.

Perhaps no one is more excited about the Christmas season than kids.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of holiday favorites performed by young voices.

No matter how you're spending your Thanksgiving this year, Classical IPR has a day of special music programming to keep you company. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Drama, humor, passion, tragedy, love and death - opera has it all.

This week's program features decades of Interlochen students performing music from the operatic stage, including works composed by Aaron Copland, Umberto Giordano, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

In 2019, the Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band presented a holiday concert called A Winter Wonderland.

Hear a recording of this concert below on demand. 

What happens when you take popular songs from the last half century and rework them for classical instruments?

In this curated playlist, Classical IPR offers you musical selections from blues, hip-hop, rock, pop and country, all reimagined for classical musicians. 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" for piano duo, Metallica for cello quartet, Britney Spears for ukulele orchestra, Dr. Dre for string trio, Nirvana for symphony orchestra - it's all here.

On this episode, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and Interlochen Arts Camp/National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen."

According to Bilik, many popular songs like "Stardust" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" were actually created by Interlochen campers.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this episode, we celebrate the orchestral music of Ludwig van Beethoven, including over half a century of Interlochen students playing the composer's Symphony no. 7. 

Chris Hintz

This week, the nationally syndicated classical music program From the Top features an episode recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts and featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students.

The program, recorded in March 2019, was hosted by actor and conductor Damon Gupton with pianist Michelle Cann. 

Student soloists include tubist JunMing Wen, cellist Esther Chae and bassoonist Luis Marquez Teruel.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble were also featured.

What happens when you take three members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and their music director, keep them six feet apart, strictly limit their audience size and ask them to play while wearing masks?

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Do you know where Kevin is? What instrument is he playing?

Email us your answer at - we'll send you a CD!

This week's video is below - good luck!

Listen now: Repose

Nov 3, 2020

Repose has been a part of late nights on Classical IPR for decades.

But have you ever wanted to hear the show outside of the 10 p.m. time slot?

We've got you covered with our on-demand Repose playlist.

Beautiful, relaxing music is available any time, day or night! Listen on demand below.

You'll need a free Spotify account to listen.

Gohar Vardanyan walked into World History with Mr. McCall for her first day of classes at Interlochen Arts Academy. The TV was on, and horrible images were on the screen.

It was September 11, 2001.

On Monday, November 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play music by Mikis Theodorakis in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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These days, lots of people are working from home.

Classical IPR has curated a playlist to help keep you on track during the workday.

It's a mellow blend of music by composers you know - and a few you might get to know - that we've chosen as just the right background mix for the day. 

The playlist is exactly eight hours long, so when you get to the finale of the William Tell overture, you know it's time to knock off for the day.

Listen on demand below.

This program features music that is "petite," "little," "miniature," "small" and, of course, "kleine."

Hear decades of student musicians from Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy perform music of Mozart, Gonoud, Turina, Bach, Haydn and Debussy. 

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At our friend Sierra's suggestion, Classical IPR has curated a playlist of music that stars the tuba.

We've included lots of pieces written specifically for the instrument by composers including Paul Hindemith, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Daugherty and Jan Koetsier.

Among the tubists featured are Gene Pokorny, Patrick Sheridan, Carol Jantsch and James Gourlay, plus composer-tubists Kenneth Amis and Øystein Baadsvik.

Listen on demand below.

On Friday, October 23, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play a Fantasie by Fernando Sor in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.