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The Interlochen Collection: Ella Fitzgerald's legacy at Interlochen

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Ella Fitzgerald performs at Interlochen in 1984

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 today's program, we talk with four of those scholarship recipients about their time at Interlochen and how their current careers embody values that Ella Fitzgerald held dear, such as education and equity.

Episode details

Hillary Schranze

Scholar: Hillary Schranze

Student recording: Pier Francesco Cavalli, "Affè, mi fate ridere" (Interlochen Arts Academy, March 2004)

Professional recording: Giacomo Puccini, "Il cannone del porto" from "Madama Butterfly"


Matty Meyer

Scholar: Matty Meyer

Student recording: "Wiggle Worm," Vernon Howard/High School Jazz Band (Interlochen Arts Camp, July 2003)

Professional recording: Pokey LaFarge, "Must be a Reason" and "Better Man than Me"

Darita Seth

Scholar: Darita Seth

Student recording: "Poem" (his composition), Matthew Hazelwood/Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra (April 2007)

Professional recording: "I See Fire" (his arrangement), Darita Seth/Choral Audacity


Tabari Lake

  Scholar: Tabari Lake

Student recording: "Dizzy Atmosphere," Bill Sears/High School Jazz Ensemble (Interlochen Arts Camp, summer 2010)

Professional recording: Aubrey Logan, "Airport Codes"

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, support from IPR listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

This episode was also supported by a grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

Ian Nelson Jones and Carlton Ford provided additional support for this episode.

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