Academy Orchestra

  • Elgar's Variations / Enigma, spring 2014

  • The Academy Orchestra's March 2014 performance of Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms.

  • The Academy Orchestra's November 2013 performance of Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra presents approximately eight major concerts each year and frequently collaborates with renowned guest artists and conductors. The orchestra performs a diversity of literature comprising major works of the symphonic repertoire, concerti and new music. The Academy Orchestra also performs with choir and other ensembles, and is the resident orchestra for the annual ballet production. The Academy Orchestra is led by Dr. Carolyn Watson.

Woodwind, brass and percussion students are placed into either orchestra or band based on preliminary auditions.

All concerts will be preceeded by a pre-concert talk by Dr. Carolyn Watson at 6:30pm in Corson Auditorium.

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Click here to order tickets, or call the Interlochen box office at 231.276.7800.

2014-15 Academy Orchestra Repertoire, Semester 1


September 27, 7:30pm (with band and choir)
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo - Copland

"Collage" October 9 & 10, 7:30pm
Hoe Down - Copland

October 25, 7:30pm
Danse Macabre - -Saint-Saëns
Symphonie Fantastique - Berlioz
Watch archived webcast

November 15, 7:30pm
Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts) - Prokofiev
Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky arr. Ravel
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Watch live webcast

Ballet, December 11-13
Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky
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For the 2013-14 season repertoire, as well as audio and video from last year's performances, click here.


Dr. Carolyn Watson

Orchestra Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy
Conductor, Interlochen Philharmonic, Interlochen Arts Camp