The Interlochen Collection
Sundays @ 6PM

This weekly program presents highlights from decades of performances at Michigan's prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. Hosted by Amanda Sewell, each episode features stories from Interlochen's history, updates from notable alumni and lots of music performed by Academy and Camp students.


In this episode of the Interlochen Collection, we explore Interlochen student performances of contemporary choral music composed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with conductors Judith Burns and John Bragle.

Stephen Hatfield:   Ower the Hills and Amazing Grace
1998 High School Concert Choir

Chen Yi:   Distance Can't Keep Us Two Apart
2017 World Youth Honors Choir

Eric Whitacre:  Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
2017 World Youth Honors Choir

Eli Wasserman: A Summer Night
2018 World Youth Honors Choir

Traditional (arranged by Chen Yi):  Chinese Mountain Songs
Gwyneth Walker:  I Will Be Earth
2018-19 Interlochen Arts Academy Soprano and Alto Voice Ensemble

Jennifer Higdon:  Invitation to Love
2018-19 Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers

Emma Lou Diemer:  Poems of Oscar Wilde
2018-19 Interlochen Arts Academy Choir

Gwyneth Walker:  The Water is Wide
2019-20 Interlochen Arts Academy Choir

Emma Lou Diemer: Three Madrigals
2019-2020 Interlochen Arts Academy Choir


On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, hear decades of Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students perform pieces by composers from Finland, including Suolahti, Klami, Rautavaara and Sibelius.

Heikki Suolahti:   Sinfonia Piccola - I. and IV.
1963 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Orien Dalley, conductor

Einojuhani Rautavaara:   Suite de Lorca
2012 Interlochen Arts Academy Choir
John Bragle, conductor

Uuno Klami:  Karelian Rhapsody
1966 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Thor Johnson, conductor

Jean Sibelius:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 4, - III. and IV.
2004 World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor


On this episode of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen." 
Jerry Bilik:  "Variations on a College Song"
University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Bilik:   American Variations
Interlochen Arts Academy Band
Colonel Arnold Gabriel, conductor


This program features performances by Interlochen Arts Academy students from the year 2020.  There are pre-Covid performances outside of Michigan, student recitals that happened right before the world shut down, and virtual performances from when classes moved completely online.

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 5 - IV. Allegro non troppo
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Leslie B. Dunner, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Sonata No. 21 "Waldstein" - I. Allegro con brio
Richard Gao, piano

Marcel Dupre:  Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3
Kat Jolliff, organ

Charles Ives:  The Unanswered Question
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Leslie B. Dunner, conductor

Luis Bonfa:  Manha de Carnaval
Interlochen Arts Academy Cello Ensemble

Alice Gomez:  Rainbows - I. Raindrops
Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble

Valerie Coleman:  Umoja
Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Quintet

Christoph Willibald Gluck:  "Trionfi Amore" from Orfeo ed Euridice
Interlochen Arts Academy Vocal Arts


This episode of the Interlochen Collection celebrates Byron Hanson, who spent over half a century at Interlochen as a pianist, conductor, chamber music coach, administrator and archivist. We'll hear pieces conducted by Hanson and performed by Interlochen Academy students and Campers.

Robert Russell Bennett:  Suite of Old American Dances - I. Cakewalk
1958 National High School Band
George C. Wilson, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Et incarnatus est and Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
1963 High School Choir
Kenneth Jewell, conductor

Julius Fucik:  Thunder and Blazes
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Frederick Fennell, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  Folk Song Suite
Interlochen Arts Academy Band
Byron Hanson, conductor

Francis Poulenc:  Piano Trio
Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Players
Daniel Stolper, oboe; George Sakakeeny, bassoon; Byron Hanson, piano

Sergei Prokofiev:  Suite from Lieutenant Kije
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Byron Hanson, conductor


This program revisits Interlochen's Willcocks Choral Festival from 1998, with music conducted by David Willcocks. Hear Interlochen students, along with community high school and college students perform works from Walton, Durufle and Willcocks.

William Walton: Crown Imperial
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
David Willcocks, conductor

David Willcocks:  The Glories of Shakespeare
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Northwestern Michigan Children's Concert Choir
NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers
David Willcocks, conductor
Lauren and H. Terry Snowday, narrators

Maurice Durufle:  Requiem
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Choir
Traverse City Central High School Choirs
Traverse City West High School Choirs
David Willcocks, conductor
Nicole Philibosian, soprano, Jeffery Norris, bass