Dr. Kedrik Merwin, Director of Music, conducting Interlochen Arts Academy musicians.
Interlochen Arts Academy percussionist Gabe Costache (left). Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Music Theory and composer Dr. Thomas Childs (right).
Rehearsals at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City.
Interlochen Arts Academy musicians with Manhattan School of Music string faculty member Linda Chesis.
Students viewing New York Philharmonic archival pieces.
On Jan. 28, 2017, 19 current Interlochen Arts Academy musicians completed their weeklong New York City residency with a chamber concert at the Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
This performance was the culmination of several months of preparation in conjunction with an ongoing partnership with the New York Philharmonic.
Last spring, the 2015-16 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and members of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Dance Company were invited to perform in New York for the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
New York Philharmonic musicians at Interlochen
This winter, the cooperation continued with a visit to campus by four current New York Philharmonic musicians—who all also happen to be Interlochen alumni. Their visit included master classes, interviews and their own chamber concert performed in Corson Auditorium. Several of the pieces performed that evening included Interlochen faculty members and student musicians.
Interlochen musicians in New York City
Students spent their week in New York attending master classes with Manhattan School of Music flute faculty member Linda Chesis, New York University string faculty member Karen Ritscher and New York Philharmonic Principal Trombonist Joe Alessi.
Downtime activities included a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky talk led by conductor Semyon Bychkov, attending both a New York Philharmonic rehearsal and performance, Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, and plenty of food.
One such meal was a pizza party hosted by New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien (IAC 87) in his Lincoln Center office. During the meal, VanBesien addressed the group and took questions from the students on topics ranging from good applicant etiquette to what he saw as the future of classical music.
Following the meal, New York Philharmonic Assistant Archivist Gabryel Smith presented various treasures from the Philharmonic’s expansive collection: Mahler-notated Beethoven sheet music, an original pressing of the very first New York Philharmonic recording, an intact Leonard Bernstein baton and more.
The student musicians eagerly passed the rarities around the office, and snapped several photos before thanking VanBesien and the New York Philharmonic staff before returning to their hotel.
Chamber concert in New York City
Following the performance, musicians were greeted by friends, family members, peers, Interlochen alumni and the aforementioned New York Philharmonic musicians.
You can find images from the New York City residency on our SmugMug account.