12-18 Interlochen Arts Camp

The state of Michigan is known for its incredible abundance of water – the state is surrounded by four out of the five Great Lakes and has about 11,000 inland lakes. It is between two of these inland lakes where one finds a gem of a town, Interlochen, which abounds with hiking and biking trails as well as a bright and thriving arts community. The Interlochen Arts Camp fills the town each summer with diverse and entertaining arts programming for all ages. Presented by the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, the festival includes performances by classical musicians but also offers stand-up acts by comedians, dance performances, musicals and Shakespeare shows. Learn more here: http://presents.interlochen.org/summer-arts-festival-2011

Music

Brubeck: Travels in Time for 3: II Irish Folk
Schuller: Suite for Woodwind Quintet (Prelude, Blues)
Faure: Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor, op.89
Brubeck: Travels in Time for 3: I, II, III, IV
Widor: Symphony No. 5 (Toccata)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
Ravel: Piano Trio
Argento: To Be Sung Upon the Water, I, III

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Artists

Chris Brubeck
Chris Brubeck first hit the music scene as an innovative rock and jazz musician, eventually recording and performing with his Dad, the legendary Dave Brubeck. He plays bass, trombone, piano, guitar, sings and has earned international attention as composer, performer and leader of his groups, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play. Onstage, Chris’ irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his command of jazz, blues, funk, pop and classical musical styles. An award-winning composer, Chris’ natural talents have made him the go-to composer for genre-bending modern classical music. His compositions for artists such as Time for Three, Regina Carter, & Eileen Ivers have been performed in major concert halls all over the planet. The Chicago Tribune calls Chris, “A composer with a real flair for lyrical melody – a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.”

Marcin Arendt
Dr. Marcin Arendt is an active chamber musician, soloist, & teacher. He is a member of the IRIS Orchestra, TN, is on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp, MI, & is Director of Music Ministries at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, CO. Dr. Arendt has performed solo & chamber concerts throughout the US & internationally including Wales (Beaumaris Festival of Music), Italy (Schlern International Music Festival), & Poland. Dr. Arendt has won numerous awards for his performances. He was a prize winner at the Kingsville International Competition, TX, the Schlern International Competition, Italy, & the 2nd Baltic International Violin Competition, as well as the first prize winner of the Missoula Symphony Young Artists Competition, MO, the Arapahoe Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, CO, & the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Competition, CO, to name a few.

Ara Sarkissian
Ara Sarkissian began studying the violin at the age of four and continues to enjoy performing and teaching both domestically and abroad. As a performer of contemporary music he has collaborated with such esteemed composers as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, George Benjamin, and Kaija Saariaho. In recent years Ara has taught on the faculty of The Community Music Center of Boston where he was a violin and viola instructor for all ages, as well as a co-assistant conductor for their high school chamber orchestra. He has coached chamber music ensembles for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and violin sectionals for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, one of Harvard University’s top performing ensembles. Previously, Ara performed in chamber ensembles such as the Callithumpian Consort, New England String Ensemble, and Guerilla Opera.

Amadi Azikiwe
Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, on the “Discovery” recital series in La Jolla, at the International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean.

David Carter
Mr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. Carter has also served on the faculties of the Wichita State University and Illinois Wesleyan University and as Principal Cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He was a finalist in the First International Emmanuel Feuermann Solo Cello Competition, and has performed as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, and many other ensembles. He also serves as the founder and Artistic Director of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival, as well as the cello editor for String Notes magazine. Mr. Carter performs often in solo and chamber music recitals, and has appeared recently at the University of Iowa, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University-Bloomington and Ball State University. He is also the cellist of the Melius Trio, and on the faculty at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.

Scott Donald
Dr. Scott Donald is on the piano faculty at the Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Donald maintains an active schedule involving performance, research and pedagogy presentations. In 2010, he made his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in New York City. His research has been presented at the state, national, and international level and has published articles for Texas Music Education Research, Piano Pedagogy Forum, Keyboard Companion, and American Music Teacher. Dr. Donald is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

Susanna Perry Gilmore
Susanna Perry Gilmore joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in1997. Since then she has frequently been featured as a soloist, including performances of the W. A. Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5 in A Major, Alban Berg Violin Concerto, Max Bruch Scottish Fantasy, J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerti, Karl Amadeus Hartmann Concerto Funebre, W.A. Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, and Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons. Ms. Gilmore maintains an active schedule of solo recitals and chamber performances and was nationally broadcast twice on NPR’s Performance Today in August 2009. She currently holds the position of Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis and is the Valade Violin Fellow at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan.

Astrid Schween
Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally-recognized soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of the world-renowned Lark Quartet for nearly twenty ears and currently serves as professor of cello at the University of Massachusetts and the Hartt School of Music. She is a regularly featured artist at the International Music Festival in Germany, and the Aria International Academy. With the Lark Quartet, she won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the gold medal at Russia’s Shostakovich competition, appeared at some of the world’s prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the Mostly Mozart and Beethoven Festivals.

John Cheek
One of the most accomplished singers of our time, John Cheek continually meets with high acclaim for his artistic productions. Since his initial debut, he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in more than 360 performances; his roles include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro (at Lincoln Center and on tour in Japan), Leporello in Don Giovanni, Publio in La clemenza di Tito and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, as well as Colline in La Boheme and Alvise in La Gioconda. Mr. Cheek performed these roles with James Levine conducting. Mr. Cheek is historically active in oratorio performance, appearing with all the major orchestras in North America. He participated in the Cincinnati May and Ravinia Festivals for 15 seasons. Other festival appearances include with Blossom, Mann Center, Lanaudiere, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Bard, Mostly Mozart, and Marlboro, among others.

Nick Kendall
Nick Kendall studied at the Curtis Institute with the internationally renowned violinist Victor Danchenko. He maintains a strong interest in other musical instruments and genres and is an enthusiastic teacher who utilizes elements from both classical and non-traditional repertoires in his popular workshops. With an extensive touring schedule, Nick spends much of his time with the groundbreaking, category-shattering trio, Time for Three. To date, the group has performed more than two hundred engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra to opening for k.d. lang at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Nick’s recent career highlights include an acclaimed Philadelphia recital debut under the auspices of Astral Artistic Services; a quartet performance at Carnegie Hall; performances as a member of the Astral Trio at both the Los Angeles Chamber Music Festival and at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall; and a guest artist appearance on tour with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.

Zach DePue
Zach made his solo debut on the violin with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and went on to study with William Preucil, Jaime Laredo, and Ida Kavafian. He served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in the Philadelphia Orcehstra. In 2007, Zach was appointed concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Since 1985, he has performed as the De Pue Brothers with his three violin-playing brothers. He also plays with Time for Three, with Nick Kendall and Ranaam Meyer.

Ranaan Meyer
Meyer began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 4, but also began cello at 9 and double bass at 11. He attended the Manhattan School of Music for three years, after which he transferred to the Curtis Institute of Music and graduated in 2003. In the past, Ranaan has appeared on a regular basis in the double bass section of orchestras such as the Minnesota Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Meyer has found himself increasingly in demand as a collaborative musician and soloist, as well as a composer creating new works in the trio Time for Three as well as the Ranaan Meyer Band.

Octavio Mas-Arocas
Spanish-born Octavio Más-Arocas is a versatile and dynamic conductor whose achievements demonstrate his talent and musicianship. Chosen by Kurt Masur, last November Mr. Más-Arocas was awarded the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. Consequently, in September 2011 he traveled to Europe and work as Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Helsinki Radio Orchestra. He also made his Leipziger Symphonieorchester conducting debut sharing the podium in a concert with Maestro Masur. An alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Mr. Más-Arocas won the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize in 2008 awarded by David Zinman. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild, a Prize Winner of the 2005 Third European Conductors Competition, and a winner of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain Conductors Competition. In the last few years Mr. Más-Arocas has conducted orchestra across North and South America and Europe including the Leipziger Symphonieorchester in Germany, the Spokane, Toledo, Phoenix, Memphis, Kansas City, and San Antonio symphonies.

Karen Benda
Clarinetist Karen Benda is an avid chamber musician, recitalist and artist-teacher. Benda has held teaching residencies at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, CR and in Bogata, Colombia, as an artist-faculty member of the Batuta Colombian Youth Philharmonic. Benda is Lecturer of clarinet at Washburn University and Instructor of Clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Camp during the summer. She has also held teaching positions at Ohio University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, and a graduate assistantship at the University of Michigan as well as a being an active freelancer. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. Benda previously attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and was a substitute clarinetist for New World Symphony. She is an advocate of body awareness for musicians and has presented numerous masterclasses on this subject as well as studying mind-body techniques including Alexander Technique.

Eric Stomberg
Eric Stomberg enjoys a wide-ranging musical career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and artist-teacher. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after bassoonists in the country with numerous invitations to present recitals and masterclasses at conservatories and schools of music across the countryStomberg maintains an active teaching and performing schedule with positions as Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Kansas, Instructor of Bassoon at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and as a member of the chamber orchestra, City Music Cleveland. Prior to this appointment, he spent ten years as a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Lisa Bontrager
Lisa Bontrager is director of the Penn State Horn Studio. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan. Bontrager is currently active performing, touring and recording with Millenium Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Pennsylvania Quintet and MirrorImage, a horn duo with colleague Michelle Stebleton. She currently tours and records with both the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the New Columbian Brass Band. Performing on historic instruments, she has appeared in lectures and on video with Louis Stout’s “The Horn, from the Forest to the Concert Hall.” She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Chamber and Ballet Orchestras, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestras, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra. Presently, she serves as principal horn of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra

Lawrence Hurst
Lawrence Hurst began his musical studies on the piano accordion at the age of four. At 13, he started studying the double bass through the public school system of his hometown, Norfolk, VA. After serving two years with the Seventh Army Symphony in Europe, his professional career began as principal bassist with the Dallas Symphony, under Sir Georg Solti. In 1964, he joined the faculty at Michigan, and, for the next 22 years, had a very active performing and teaching career throughout the Midwest. During his tenure at Michigan, he was chair of the String Department for 11 years and Associate Dean for 7 years. In 1967, he joined the summer faculty of the famed National Music Camp (now the Interlochen Arts Camp) and has taught there every summer since. He joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in September 1986, and, in 1987, he became chair of the String Department, a position he still holds. In 2005, he was awarded ASTA’s Artist/Teacher of the Year award, and, in 2006, the International Society of Bassists (of which he was past president) gave him the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tracy Satterfield
Dr. Tracy Satterfield has been an Associate Singing Voice Specialist at the Sound Singing Institute (a center for voice rehabilitation), a lecturer in vocal physiology at Rice University, and an instructor of voice for the Houston Grand Opera and Texas Southern University. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and placed fifth nationally in the NATS Artist Awards Competition. Favorite operatic appearances include Violetta with Bellevue Opera, Queen of the Night with Emerald City Opera, and Fire/Princess/Nightingale (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges) with the Tanglewood Music Center. For her Alice Tully Hall debut with Teatro Grattacielo, Italian newspaper America Oggi called her “The discovery of the evening…Marvelously expressive,” and Opera News praised her “silvery soprano gleam.” Most recently Dr. Satterfield was appointed Program Manager of the SONGFIRE Festival of Song and is an instructor for the Vancouver International Song Institute.

Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson is the principal clarinetist of the the Honolulu Symphony. He has previously worked with the Grand Rapids and Oakland Symphonies, the Carmel Bach Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Colorado Music Festival, and member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed at venues across the United States and throughout East Asia. He has held teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis, and at California State University, Sacramento. Mr. Anderson was a student of Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School and Robert Marcellus at Northwestern University; he completed additional studies with Rosario Mazzeo, Leon Russianoff, Mitchell Lurie, and Keith Underwood.

William Chapman Nyaho
William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American and resident of Seattle, performs as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Chapman Nyaho has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana, Switzerland, and on Performance Today on NPR. Chapman Nyaho’s performances have taken him to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and North America, including Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. As a regular guest clinician, Chapman Nyaho gives lecture-recitals and workshops advocating music by composers of the African heritage. He has compiled and edited a five-volume graded anthology Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, published by Oxford University Press. He has also served on national committees for the Music Teachers’ National Association, College Music Society and the National Endowment for the Arts and been a juror for competitions in the North America, Europe and Africa.