Briefs: November/December 2019

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Cristian Măcelaru (IAA 97-99, IAC 98) has been selected as the inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Interlochen Arts Camp’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra. In this capacity, Măcelaru will assist with repertoire selection, recruit guest conductors, and serve as the guest conductor of WYSO during the third week of Arts Camp 2020. Măcelaru is currently the Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and was recently appointed Music Director Designate of the Orchestre Nationale de France.

Celebrate the season with Interlochen Center for the Arts! Two of Interlochen Arts Academy’s beloved holiday performances—The Nutcracker and Sounds of the Season—will be available to watch via live stream. Tune in to the production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 14 at either 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. EST. Sounds of the Season, featuring the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony and Choir, will air at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. You can also tune in to Interlochen Public Radio for a live broadcast of Sounds of the Season, and for a variety of holiday programs from your favorite classical artists all season long.

This March, join Interlochen Center for the Arts as we create a space for our dancers to soar. We’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign to continue the momentum of CREATE AMAZING and fully fund our renovated and expanded Dance Center. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help.

Several Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy alumni have been nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards, including Cristian Măcelaru (IAA 97-99, IAC 98), Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82), and Ward Stare (IAC 96). Winners will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST. You can watch the awards ceremony live on CBS.

Want to relive your Arts Camp and Arts Academy performances? Tune in to The Interlochen Collection on Interlochen Public Radio. Each episode features recordings from the archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts, performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp students, faculty, and guests. Listen Sundays at 8 p.m. EST, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. EST, or any time at

This summer, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra—which features several Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy alumni—returned to Interlochen Arts Camp for their first residency since 2002. For DSO cellists Paul Wingert (AS 72, IAC/NMC 73-75) and Una O’Riordan (IAC 92-94), the visit had special meaning. Read the heartwarming story of their first meeting as aspiring artist and professional musician.

Katherine White (AS 79-80, Trustee 08-17) was appointed Brigadier General in the U.S. Army National Guard in September. She is currently serving as the Deputy Commander of the 46 Military Police Command in Lansing, Michigan.

Rachel Friedman’s (IAC 93-95) second book, “And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood,” is forthcoming from Penguin (and available for pre-order). In the book, Friedman tracks down eight of her childhood friends from Interlochen Arts Camp to find out how their early creative ambitions have translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities.

Caleb Hudson (IAC 03-04, IAA 04-06) is the recording artist for the first volume of the Suzuki Trumpet School. The Suzuki Trumpet School will be available for purchase in early 2020.