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.

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

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the sopranino recorder at the Upton-Morley Pavilion.

This week's video is below - good luck!

On Thursday, October 22, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded and performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour of the broadcast to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a recent concert at Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium.

Conducted by Matthias Pinscher, the orchestra played Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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Think you might like opera but don't know where to start? 

Classical IPR has you covered with our "Opera for beginners" Spotify playlist. 

We've collected some of opera's greatest arias (sung by a soloist), duets and choruses in a curated playlist. 

Listen on demand below.

Enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Giuseppe Verdi: Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)

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Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Beulah, Traverse City, Frankfort, Ocqueoc, Cheboygan and Sheboygan for your requests this week.

1. Jean Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 (fourth movement); James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

2. Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for piano and strings; William Boughton/English String Orchestra/Martin Jones

3. John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd; Cambridge Singers/City of London Sinfonia

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra

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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.

This weekend, the five members of Canadian Brass will perform in person together for the first time since COVID-19 halted their touring schedule this past March.

They'll be following strict safety protocols, trumpeter Caleb Hudson told Classical IPR.

For example, he joked, each member will play inside their own separate bubble on stage.

Each week, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a different instrument in a specific location at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Watch his video of the week below. Do you know where he is or what instrument he's playing? Email your answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the bass clarinet outside the Transportation Hut.

Hear great performances from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR. 

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ

This week's program

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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.


On this program, we'll sing along to some of the most memorable soundtracks from films of the 1960s. 

On Friday, October 9, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein trio perform music of Ernest Bloch from a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

During his third shift rounds at Interlochen Center for the Arts, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a different location.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD!

Congrats to David, Jan and Denver, all of whom correctly identified Kevin's location (Bus Barn) and instrument (oval euphonium) last week!

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When he was a teenager, Ken Fischer got to visit the White House and play music for President Kennedy.

But he almost missed out on the opportunity.

At Interlochen's National Music Camp in the summer of 1962, Fischer was sixth chair in the orchestra's horn section.

On Tuesday, October 6, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR Tuesday during the 10 a.m. hour to hear music of Camille Saint-Saëns performed by pianist Joseph Moog and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.

The performance is from a recent concert in Kresge Auditorium. The recording was engineered by  Michael Culler.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR in East Lansing and WRCJ in Detroit.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Sir Arthur Sullivan: Overture to "The Pirates of Penzance"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 23, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)

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.


On Friday, October 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Roman Rabinovich play an arrangement of Cesar Franck's Violin sonata in A major in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kevin LaRose makes music when he's making his rounds as a third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Each week, he records himself playing a different instrument in a different location on the Interlochen Campus. 

Watch his video for the week below, then email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org if you know where he is or what instrument he's playing. We'll send you a CD!

Congrats to Jan, who correctly identified Kevin's location (Red Schoolhouse) and instrument (pocket trumpet) last week. 

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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. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes music while he's making his rounds.

Each week, he records a video of himself playing a different instrument in a new location on Interlochen's campus.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where at Interlochen Kevin is, or what instrument he's playing?

If you know, email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and you could win a CD!

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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.


Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records himself playing a different instrument during his overnight rounds.

Do you know where Kevin is this week, or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD if you get it right. (Or even if you don't get it right)

Last week, Kevin was playing the kalimba in the gazebo by Intermediate Girls Lakeside. Congrats to Christine on her correct identification.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

On Thursday, September 17, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear music of Manuel de Falla from the Suite populaire espagnole performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

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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. 

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