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Youngest Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician returns to his Interlochen roots

DSO double bassist Nick Myers is an Interlochen Arts Academy alumnus and northern Michigan native.

Nick Myers Photo credit: Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Photo credit: Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Nick Myers in the 2011-12 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Nick Myers in the 2011-12 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

In 2012, Nick Myers (IAA 10-12) participated in Interlochen Arts Academy’s 50th anniversary tour.

That tour, designed to showcase student performances and artwork, gave Myers his first experiences concertizing in Detroit’s Orchestra Hall and at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

“It was sort of unbeknownst to me a precursor to future events in my career,” Myers told Interlochen Public Radio’s Amanda Sewell in a recent interview.

“It was sort of a slow burn, how I got into music,” Myers said. Myers enjoyed playing in his school orchestra program in Cadillac, Michigan, but never had formal music training before coming to Interlochen Arts Academy. “I guess I kind of jumped in head first, attending Interlochen for my junior and senior years.”

After graduating from Arts Academy, Myers trained at the New England Conservatory. Several years later, while pursuing his graduate studies at The Juilliard School, he found himself once again performing in Alice Tully Hall. It was during his final year at The Juilliard School when Myers successfully auditioned for a position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—bringing him back to Detroit’s Orchestra Hall as the ensemble’s youngest musician.

This month, Myers is set to return to Interlochen Center for the Arts, not as a student, but as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. It will be the first time that the ensemble has performed at Interlochen since 2006.

“The sentiment is not lost on me,” Myers said. “Being able to come back and play with my home ensemble in another musical home of mine is really special. I think it’s going to be pretty emotional for me.”

On July 27, Myers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will take the stage of Kresge Auditorium to perform works by Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saëns; conducted by Ensemble Intercontemporain Music Director Matthias Pintscher, and featuring guest soloist Joseph Moog.

Tickets for the concert are still available. Those unable to attend are encouraged to join us online as this performance will be broadcast live on Livestream and on Classical IPR.

The 2019 Detroit Symphony Orchestra roster features over two dozen Interlochen alumni. In the coming weeks, we will be bringing you highlights from a few of their artistic journeys.