In Studio A With

IPR hosts Interlochen students and faculty, guest performers and talent from across northern Michigan for performances in our very own Studio A.

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.


Cellist Carrie Lynn Brannen
Meagan Suzanne

Carrie Lynn Brannen is a cellist and private instructor in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. She will perform with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

Carrie visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and talk about her connection with the Benzie Area Symphony and Mabel, her very special "mystery cello." 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.

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. or stream any time below.

For a complete list of archived Studio A performances and interviews, click here

Enle Wu, piano
Junior, student of TJ Lymenstull
Mozart, Piano Sonata in F major K. 332

Zikuan "Harvard" Zhao is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist from Shangdong Province, China came to Studio A to perform music of Franz Liszt.

In Studio A with pianist Jonathan Bass

May 8, 2019

Jonathan Bass is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist (both classical and jazz) from Washington Island, Wisconsin visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Jonathan began studying piano at age three and says he doesn't remember not playing the piano.

In Studio A he performed Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 and the jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon."

Addy Sterrett is a soprano based in New York. She grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. She has returned to perform in the region this week.

Sterrett visited IPR’s Studio A to perform "Rosenblumen" by Richard Strauss with pianist Steve Larson. She talked about her eclectic interests in early music and in new music.

Tony Manfredonia is a composer who writes for many different instruments, styles and genres. On May 1, the Northern Symphonic Winds will give the world premiere of “On the Threshold of Spring,” a piece they commissioned from Manfredonia.

Manfredonia stopped by Classical IPR to talk about the upcoming world premiere of "On the Threshold of Spring." He explained what the process is like when writing music for a commission.

Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing April 26 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy

Apr 19, 2019

Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University and Interlochen Center for the Arts alumnus, Otis Murphy will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium.

He will give the Interlochen premiere of the Saxophone Concerto by James Stephenson, also an alumnus of Interlochen. 

Otis Murphy performed music of J.S. Bach and David Maslanka in Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. He also discussed his time working with the Interlochen students.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy was engineered by Brock Morman.

Visiting vocal faculty member soprano Angela Yoon is giving a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall tonight at 7:30pm. Joining her will be Dr. Jason Terry, a member of the piano faculty at Bradley University.

Classical IPR in conversation with Damon Gupton

Mar 15, 2019

The NPR program From the Top is recording tonight in Corson Auditorium. Damon Gupton will conduct student ensembles during the show.

Actor and conductor Damon Gupton stopped by IPR earlier today for some conversation in Studio A. He's an artist with a successful career embracing two disciplines, each of which is typically all-consuming.


Listen to the interview below.


Christian Steiner

Wu Han wears many hats. She is a pianist, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-artistic director of Music@Menlo and co-founder of the record label ArtistLed.

In Studio A With Muying Chen

Mar 6, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Muying Chen, a piano student of Michael Coonrod, visited Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A this week.

Muying shared music from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann and Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.

After graduation Muying plans to pursue a double major in college studying  Piano and Economics.

In Studio A with Muying Chen was engineered by Brock Morman.

Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Bill Sears and Gary Motley recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of Blakey's music and discuss his legacy as a performer, mentor and bandleader.

In Studio A With Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty

Feb 27, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members perform tonight in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall. They stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to share some of the music on this evening's concert. 

Pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and flutist Nancy Stagnitta performed  music by Beethoven and Martinu in Studio A. Listen below.

Jeeyoon Kim is a classical pianist and music educator who takes surprising and innovative approaches to classical music. She recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Kim performed music of Medtner, Handel and Grieg. She also spoke with Classical IPR about her Over. Above. Beyond. album.

An edited transcript of the interview appears below.

Music at Midday with pianist Michael Coonrod

Feb 15, 2019

Michael Coonrod will be the soloist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this Sunday. He will perform the world premiere of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch.

Michael was a guest co-host during Music at Midday this Thursday. Listen below.

Sunday's concert is conducted by Kevin Rhodes. It also includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 3 "Eroica." Classical IPR's live broadcast starts at 2:50 p.m. with the concert downbeat at 3 p.m.

On his life and legacy and Interlochen

Roger Mastroianni

The Factory Seconds brass trio includes trumpeter Jack Sutte, hornist Jesse McCormick, and trombonist Richard Stout. They are all faculty members at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Esther Chae is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies cello with Patrick Owen. She recently visited IPR's Studio A.