Amanda Sewell to lead Classical IPR

Apr 3, 2019

Credit Dan Wanschura

Interlochen Public Radio is proud to announce that Amanda Sewell will step into the role of Music Director, leading the growth and development of Interlochen Center for the Arts’ unique music service, Classical IPR. Amanda is a musicologist who received her Ph.D. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She became involved with Interlochen in 2015 writing program notes for concerts. She volunteered at IPR helping with the music library and was later hired to host music live on air.

“I have found her talents and deep love for music almost a match for her energy and ambition,” says IPR Executive Director Peter Payette. 

Amanda developed the weekly program “The Interlochen Collection” to showcase the extensive music archive at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition to her radio work, she has a book deal with Oxford University Press for a biography about American composer Wendy Carlos. She was recently awarded the Paul Charosh Fellowship from the Society for American Music in recognition of her musicological scholarship.

Interlochen operates one of about 66 all-classical radio stations operating in the U.S. It exists to ignite a passion for music, share the wealth of artistry at Interlochen and champion the northern Michigan music community.  

“I can’t imagine anyone better equipped to lead that mission,” says Peter Payette.

Amanda is interested in meeting with listeners and other music lovers. She plans on attending the following events and making time to engage with the public.

  • Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Corson Auditorium, April 14
  • Identity Cubed at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, April 26
  • Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra at Great Lakes Center for the Arts, April 28