In Studio A with

Canticum Novum is a choral ensemble based at Northwestern Michigan College. They'll perform this Friday night in Traverse City.

Their director Jeffrey Cobb visited Interlochen Public Radio with some Canticum Novum recordings. 

For more information about Friday night's performance, click here.

Violist Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites.
ECM Records

World-renowned violist (and Interlochen alumna!) Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites, played on her viola (J.S. Bach - Six Suites for Viola Solo). She talked with IPR's Kate Botello about Bach, the flavor viola brings to his cello music, and her charity Music for Food.

Included at the end of the interview, you'll hear excerpt from Kashkashian's rendition of the Cello Suite in D, which requires a special five-stringed viola.

John Bragle

Classical IPR went trick or treating and hit the Halloween motherlode, courtesy of the Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers. They let us haunt a rehearsal as they performed some very spooky repertoire.

Listen to each piece below. 

Vincent Persichetti, "Hist whist" (click here to see the original poem by E. E. Cummings)

In Studio A with Catharsis Wind Quintet

Oct 30, 2018

Catharsis Wind Quintet came to Interlochen Public Radio during their recent visit to Northern Michigan.

The group performed in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall, played for students in area schools and worked on chamber music with students at Interlochen Arts Academy

Quiana Lynell is a singer, songwriter and composer. She was recently named the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Lynell visited Interlochen Arts Academy to work with students in the jazz and singer-songwriter programs. She also came to IPR's Studio A, where she performed with two different student jazz combos.

Amanda Sewell

Technically, we weren't actually in Studio A for this session. There are 18 musicians in the Interlochen Arts Academy cello choir, so they simply wouldn't fit in IPR's Studio A. As a result, we recorded this session during their rehearsal in Corson Auditorium.

Patrick Owen is the instructor of cello at Interlochen Arts Academy. Although it's his first year teaching here, he's no stranger to Interlochen - he attended both Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Soprano Victoria Schmidt is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Laura Osgood Brown. She grew up in Kearney, Missouri.

William Pemberton is a tubist and the music director of the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. The group, known as R4, has just released a new album called "Nobody is Somebody." They collaborated with bass-baritone and University of Michigan professor Daniel Washington.

Jeanmarie Riccobono is the principal clarinetist in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet at Northwestern Michigan College and the Bay View Music Festival.

She'll be the soloist this weekend in Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Riccobono visited IPR’s Studio A for a performance and conversation. She performed the first movement of the Copland concerto with collaborative pianist Susan Snyder.

Kate Botello


Emily Amos is a 15-year-old senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She will be one of five finalists in the upcoming Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival competition at the end of this week. Toi toi toi, Emily!

Emily performed Maurice Durufle's "Prelude and Fugue on the Name Alain" on the organ in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and chatted with IPR's Kate Botello about being an organist - and what's up with those shoes!

Matthew Cochran is Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy. He’ll be performing a recital this week at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City.

Cochran visited Studio A to perform music of David Kellner and Anton Diabelli. He talked about how a guitarist plays music that was written for the lute and what makes a great performance space for guitar. Hear the entire conversation and performance below.

Vocal soloist Madison Hertel visited Studio A and sang works of Fernando Obradors and Jonathan Dove.
Kate Botello

Madison Hertel is an award-winning vocal soloist, recently named top vocal soloist in the state at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

She stopped by Studio A - the day before leaving for college - to reflect on her career as a young professional actor, and to sing music of Fernando Obradors and Jonathan Dove.

Angela Scates

Angela Scates is an oboist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has studied with Daniel Stolper and Dane Philipsen at Interlochen. 

Scates visited IPR's Studio A to play the first etude of Gilles Silvestrini. This piece is named "L'Hôtel des roches noires. Trouville" after a painting by Claude Monet.

Gwyneth Walker is the composer in residence for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. On their season opening concert this weekend, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will be giving the world premiere of Walker’s Great Lakes Overture.

Jason McKinney

  Jason McKinney is a pianist, oboist, harpist and composer. He is also the founder of the local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds.


McKinney recently visited IPR’s Studio A to play some music and talk about the upcoming Manitou Winds concert.


He played two excerpts from his own arrangement of O'Carolan's Symphony (George Brabazon and Planxty Burke) and an arrangement of the lullaby "Seoithín Seo Hó."


Listen to the entire performance and interview below.


In Studio A With the Telegraph Quartet

Aug 15, 2018

The Telegraph Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The group was formed in 2013 and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award. The Telegraph Quartet has a new CD coming out next month.

They perform and coach chamber music at Interlochen Center for the Arts this week. The Telegraph Quartet visited IPR's Studio A with music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Weinberg. Listen below.

Kate Botello

Dr. Tim McAllister is a Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and a renowned soloist, and is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Margaret Batjer is the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Batjer visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Schumann. She was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. Hear the music and conversation below.


Margaret Batjer’s residency at Interlochen is supported by the Valade Fellows Teaching Endowment.

The Friction Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. (L-R: Otis Harriel, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Botello

Friction Quartet is a string quartet dedicated to “modernizing the chamber music experience and expanding the string quartet repertoire”. They are also the string quartet in residence at Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He  is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Parry visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play the oboe sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.

Parry talked about his interesting journey to becoming a full-time oboist. He also explained what he sees as being the main differences between a live performance and a recording session. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

  Matthew Cochran is a guitarist, composer and educator. He is Instructor of Guitar at both Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp as well as Singer-Songwriter Instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp. Cochran is featured in multiple performances during this year’s Baroque on Beaver festival..


Interlochen Center for the Arts

Every summer at Interlochen Arts Camp, sixteen students study in the Advanced High School String Quartet program. The students are divided into four string quartets. They learn entire quartets together as a group.

The students recently visited IPR's Studio A and performed Beethoven's String Quartet op. 59, no. 1. Each student quartet performed one movement. Listen to the entire performance below.

Tenth Intervention (Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace) perform their own music for the BBC documentary series, "Planet Earth," in Studio A.
Kate Botello

Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace are the members of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary music group based in New York City. They are giving a concert this Friday at the Music House Museum in Acme.

The duo stopped by Studio A today to discuss their thoughts on musical improvisation, and perform soundscapes for dry deserts, lions and giraffes.

Hajnal is a violinist who uses a looping device and extended techniques to create new textures, and Dorian is a composer who creates his sounds with piano and electronic keyboard.

You can hear Tenth Intervention perform live musical accompaniment to the BBC documentary film, “Planet Earth,” this Friday at 5:30 and 7pm at the Music House Museum in Acme. Click here for more information.

Amanda Sewell

The Four Woods Quartet is made up of high school students from Interlochen Arts Camp. They are Cindy Kaiser (flute), Anna Johnston (oboe), Drew Franklin (clarinet) and Hunter Begay (bassoon).

The quartet recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to perform the Northland Suite by Carl Busch. Busch was a guest conductor at Interlochen for many summers until he died in 1943.

  Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing July 25 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.


Xavier Verna of Identity Cubed chatted with IPR’s Amanda Sewell about the group and its upcoming concert. Verna is also the executive director of the Ramsdell.