Notes from Home

Although many classical guitarists wear funky socks that they show off while using a foot rest, Gohar Vardanyan isn't one of them. She usually performs wearing gowns, and socks don't exactly go with that wardrobe.

Vardanyan joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home in New York City to discuss teaching during the pandemic.

Tom Rose has been spending a lot of time with his collection of 20 banjos lately.

Currently on furlough from his role as store manager of Interlochen's Scholarshop, Rose has been using his free time to record himself playing lots of music on his banjos.

Like a lot of professional musicians, Clara Warnaar has struggled to feel excited about performing music during these uncertain times.

Warnaar, who is a drummer, percussionist and composer/producer, has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately.

Unexpectedly, she began finding musical inspiration in the sounds of the kitchen appliances, mixing bowls and pots and pans.

Jazz, new music, early music, standard orchestral repertoire: you name it, and cellist Christine Kyprianides has played it expertly.

She started as an Interlochen camper and Arts Academy student. Her mother, Lou Kyprie, was a camp nurse and director of counseling.

Early in her career, Christine studied new music with Earle Brown. She also performed at Tanglewood, where she won the Gregor Piatigorsky Prize.

Gunther Schuller then recruited her to attend the New England Conservatory, where she changed her focus to early music.

Carol Jantsch's cat Beauregard never wants to be left out of anything, unless Carol is playing the tuba.

Carol, the principal tuba player of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home.

While Beauregard attacked a plant in the background, Carol told Classical IPR about several projects she has in the works. 

Sophie Haas hasn't been able to hug her father Jeff since the middle of March.

The two are keeping a safe distance from each other during the pandemic, maintaining contact with calls, texts and a weekly "window meeting."

They joined Classical IPR via Zoom to talk about what it's like being apart from each other right now. 

Many professional musicians wear black tie to their performances, but Casey Paulozzi sports a black tricorn hat, a waistcoat and a white powdered wig. 

Paulozzi is a member of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

He's performed for Presidential inaugurations, heads of state and even the Pope. 

There's not a lot of music out there for two solo violas to play, but mother and son violists Renee and Joseph Skerik found a duet to play just for IPR.

Joined by their relatively indifferent dog Zoey, the Skeriks played an arrangement of a duo violin sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair.

They also talked about what it's like living in a house with three classical musicians who need to practice all the time. 

Listen to their entire conversation and performance below. Then, scroll down to see video of their duet.

After she saw Itzhak Perlman playing the violin on Sesame Street, four-year-old Melissa White pestered her mother nonstop until she got her very own violin.

Now, Melissa is a member of the Harlem String Quartet, a solo artist and an entrepreneur.

Kevin LaRose loves his job as the third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. It's peaceful, he says, and it gives him lots of time to practice his many, many musical instruments.

For the last year, he has recorded a video series called "Thursday 3 a.m. Jams," where he plays a different musical instrument in a different location on the Interlochen campus during his nightly rounds. Watch the series here.

Sophia Bondi just got a great new apartment in New York's West Village, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, she can't live there just yet.

Instead, Bondi, a freshman at The New School, is back at her parents' home in Seattle. She's taking her classes online and playing a lot of music.

She told Classical IPR that having all of her classes move online is "not so great," but she and her classmates are doing their best to make it work right now.

Flutist Adam Sadberry recently joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and he says the barbeque in Memphis is even better than the barbeque in Texas. (Just don't tell his family in Texas that he said that.)

Sadberry joined Classical IPR via Zoom. He talked about his time as a camper at Interlochen and why he may have missed his true calling as a professional kazoo player.

Reconstructing bassoon teaching pieces and arranging Ozzy Osbourne songs for his group Rock E. Bassoon are all in a day's work for Doug Spaniol.

Bagpipes are the original tool for social distancing, according to Peter Deneen. He's band director at Traverse City East Middle School and Central High School as well as the Pipe Major of the Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums.

David and Joan Holland met at Interlochen in the 1970s, and they got together when they played a sonata for viola and harp by Arnold Bax.

Over 40 years later, they're still making music together. They joined Classical IPR via Zoom and played their own arrangement of a traditional gypsy air.

What does a cellist do when they're self-quarantined at home with just their cat for company? In Chas Helge's case, he's making recordings featuring five versions of himself.

Alexandra Snyder Dunbar has three harpsichords in her Georgia home, so she had to choose just one to play when she joined Classical IPR via Zoom this week. 

Snyder Dunbar was the first guest in a new series called Notes from Home, featuring interviews with classical musicians from their homes.