In Studio A with

Mezzo soprano Lindsey Anderson has performed with the Seattle Opera, the Sarasota Opera and the Virginia Opera, just to name a few. The Northern Express recently named her one of its 20 most fascinating people of 2019 in northern Michigan. She’s also the Assistant Director of Admission (Recruitment & Communications) at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse will soon open a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play features many delightfully oddball characters, including the staunch Victorian Lady Augusta Bracknell, portrayed in this production by Betsy Willis.

Willis came to IPR's Studio B in character as Lady Bracknell to share some of that great lady's favorite music, interspersed with some firm Victorian opinions about edifying music, a fondness for German respectability and a general suspicion of all things French.

Amanda Sewell

During the 2018-19 academic year, Classical IPR welcomed more than 50 student performers in Studio A. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature many of those student performances.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time below.

Soprano Lauren Fleming is about to be a senior at Traverse City Central High School. For two years running, she was named one of the top soloists in the state of Michigan and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Lauren, a musical theatre performer from a young age, stopped by Studio A to chat with IPR's Kate Botello about making the switch from theatre to opera. She performed two pieces: "Villanella" by Eva Dell'Acqua and "Ma rendi pur contento" by Vincenzo Bellini.

Hear the interview and performances below.

Violinist Yesong Sophie Lee is just fifteen years old, and she's already a rising star.

She has won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition, and she's been a soloist with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, the London Philharmonia and the Detroit Symphony. She has also appeared on From the Top.

In Studio A with William Short and Katherine Jordan

Aug 16, 2019

William Short and Katherine Jordan are Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members, professional musicians and music educators. The two married in 2015.

Jordan and Short visited IPR’s Studio A to perform music of Carl Nielsen and talk about balancing two busy careers in a marriage. Hear the entire performance and interview below.


Brock Morman engineered this edition of Studio A. Monica Yost provided production assistance.

Amanda Sewell

The Prevailing Winds of Leelanau County is a wind quintet whose members include Peg Kroll (flute), Margie Tropf (oboe), Steve Gilbreath (clarinet), Diane Kolak (horn) and Ted Kroll (bassoon).

The quintet recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform several pieces of music. They talked about their love of making music as an amateur ensemble, including the fact that sometimes their rehearsals are more fun than their performances. 

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.

Music performed

Bela Bartok, Hungarian Dance

In Studio A with the Telegraph Quartet - August 2019

Aug 14, 2019

The Telegraph Quartet is a 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award-winning string ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay area. The quartet will perform this week at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 


The group visited IPR’s Studio A to perform works by Mendelssohn, Britten and Beethoven. They also talked about collaboration, repertoire and their upcoming season. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Amanda Sewell

This summer, Interlochen Arts Camp welcomed 24 students to its Advanced String Quartet program. The students in these six quartets recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of the music they learned this summer.

Lenny Schranze, the faculty coordinator of the program, also discussed the Advanced String Quartet program with IPR.

Listen to each quartet's performance below.

In Studio A with Alexa Still

Aug 1, 2019

Dr. Alexa Still is a flute professor at Oberlin Conservatory of music and is known internationally for her recordings with the Koch International Classics label. This summer, she is teaching as a Valade Fellow with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Alexa Still visited IPR’s Studio A to play music of Paul Shoenfield with pianist  Po Chuan Chiang. She also talked about teaching and performing. Hear the entire performance and interview below.



Terry Barber  is an internationally touring countertenor and educator. His voice appears in recordings on every major record label. He will be performing a special concert to benefit the the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts and Michigan Legacy Art Park, a couple of leading nonprofit arts organizations in Northern Michigan.

Terry Barber visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and talk about the special flexiblity he applies to his voice and his work. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Composer Amanda Harberg teaches music theory and composition at Rutgers University. In the summer, she's an Instructor of Composition at Interlochen Arts Camp.

This summer, Harberg visited IPR's Studio A with four of her faculty colleagues from Interlochen Arts Camp. With Harberg at the piano, they performed a variety of her chamber music.

The Cadillac Footliters have expanded their theatre program for young people to include a new teen production, opening this weekend. The musical "Freaky Friday" is based on the beloved 1971 Mary Rodgers book, and it has been made into two (non-musical) films in 1976 and and 2003.

The show's director Julie VanHaitsma and music director Shelley Taylor spent an hour on Classical IPR talking about the show and sharing some of its appealing score. Listen to the interview and music below.

The show runs July 25-26 and August 2-3 in the Cadillac High School Auditorium. 

Fourteen-year-old violinist Ellen Zhou was recently named a winner of this year's Intermediate Concerto Competition at Interlochen Arts Camp.

On July 24, she'll perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor on a concert with the Intermediate Concert Orchestra and Intermediate Symphony Orchestra.

Natalie Helm is principal cellist at the Sarasota Orchestra and founder of Upward Notes, an organization that takes music outside the concert hall and to the community. She is also a Valade Instructor of Cello at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dennis Kim is the concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony and is a Valade Concertmaster at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dennis Kim visited IPR’s Studio A to perform and chat about his career. Kim told us that Interlochen can be a "magical" place. He also said his kids knew he had "made it" as a professional violinist when he played on the soundtrack for the film "Toy Story 4."

Tenth Intervention is a collective of musicians and a concert series that presents new music in New York City. They collaborate with composers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, dancers and community organizations. Tenth Intervention is in Traverse City for performances with the Traverse City Dance Project and the Music House Museum this week.

Amanda Sewell

Did you know that a group of ten musicians is called a dectet? It can also be called a tentet or a decet.

Classical IPR recently welcomed Get Dect, a wind dectet of student musicians from the high school division at Interlochen Arts Camp. They performed the fourth movement from the Sinfonietta by Joachim Raff in IPR’s Studio A.

Listen to their performance below.

The ensemble is coached by Doug Spaniol and Hank Skolnick. 

Russian Renaissance is a Russian chamber ensemble working to redefine the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments. Russian Renaissance is here on a tour as an internationally acclaimed chamber music group.

Angela Kim is a pianist and frequent guest soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kim will be performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with them this Thursday.

Angela Kim visited IPR’s Studio A to perform Chopin's Nocturne Op. 62, No. 1. She talked about Beethoven, as well as her work as both soloist and collaborator. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Aleksandar Vitanov just finished his junior year at Interlochen Arts Academy, and he is currently attending Interlochen Arts Camp. He is from Kavadarci, Macedonia and studies trumpet with Ken Larson.

Aleksandar visited IPR’s Studio A to perform the Hora Staccato by Grigoras Dinicu. He was joined by collaborative pianist Susan Snyder.

Pianist Roman Rabinovich and cellist Camille Thomas will perform a concert of classical music at Interlochen Center for the Arts tonight at 7:30. For more information and tickets click here.


Thomas and Rabinovich visited IPR’s Studio A to talk about their repertoire and about beginning to collaborate on performances. They played music of Mendelssohn and Faure. Hear the entire performance and interview below.


Amanda Sewell

Every summer, Interlochen holds Institutes. These are week-long intensive studies that take place the week before camp begins. High school students come from around the world to study music, dance, theater and visual arts.

Two students from Interlochen's Piano Institute visited IPR's Studio A to perform. At Institute, they are studying with Michael Coonrod, Spencer Myer, Jerome Lowenthal and TJ Lymenstull.

Yolanda Kondonassis is one of the leading harpists in the world today. Ward Stare is the music director of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kondonassis and Stare recently collaborated on the world premiere performance and recording of a new harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon

In Studio A with the Interlochen Arts Academy Oboes

May 21, 2019
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Recently, the oboe students from Interlochen Arts Academy and their instructor Dane Philipsen visited Studio A at IPR. They prepared a piece to mark the occasion of the oboe studio in Interlochen's new Music Center being named for Dan Stolper, long-time instructor of oboe at Interlochen.

The oboe students and their teacher (nine in all)  played the Concerto in D by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Philipsen discussed the intricacies and nuances involved in the piece and its value to developing musicians.