Academy Orchestra

  • 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

In addition to works presented for performance, the Academy Orchestra reads and rehearses numerous other works in regular reading sessions. 2013-14 sees the establishment of an opera project whereby faculty and students from the opera and vocal department will join the orchestra for a weeklong workshop on Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

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.

2013-14 Academy Orchestra Repertoire

(may be subject to change)

September 27 at 7:30pm
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture - Tchaikovsky

Collage performance: October 3 and 4
Carmen Suite No. 1 (Aragonaise and Les Toréadors) - Bizet

October 18 at 7:30pm
Overture to the Gypsy Baron - J. Strauss
Dance Suite - Bartók
Polovtsian Dances - Borodin
Dances of Galánta - Kodály

November 9 at 7:30pm
Overture to Colas Breugnon - Kabalevsky
Jazz Suite No. 1 - Shostakovich
Divertimento for Orchestra - Bernstein
The Improvised Violin Concerto - Mark O'Connor
    featuring Mark O'Connor, violin
Archived webcast 

December 12-14
The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky

February 8 at 7:30pm
Idomeneo: Overture and Ballet Music - Mozart
Cello Concerto in D, I. Allegro Moderato - Haydn
     featuring Tianlu Jerry Xu
Pulcinella -

March 14 at 7:30pm
Academic Festival Overture - Brahms
O qui coeli terraeque serenitas - Vivaldi
     featuring Sage DeAgro-Ruopp
Enigma Variations - Elgar
Archived webcast

April 25 at 7:30pm
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Debussy
Suite from Pelleas and Melisande - Faure
Lions - Rorem
La Valse - Ravel

May 22 at 7:30pm
Overture to The Force of Destiny - Verdi
Tuba Concerto in F minor, I. Allegro Moderato - Vaughan Williams
      featuring Aden Beery
Symphony No. 9 - Dvorák

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Dr. Carolyn Watson

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