Welcome to our New Faculty Members

Kedrik Merwin
September 10, 2014

As we start off the new school year, I’d like to extend another welcome to our new faculty members and share a little more information about their backgrounds. We are incredibly fortunate to attract such fine teachers - who are drawn here by the incredible students, the collaborative environment and performance opportunities. 

Dr. Laura Brown joins our voice faculty and the opera workshop at the Academy. She comes to Interlochen from the Eastman School of Music where she recently completed her D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Literature. 

Our new instructor of clarinet is Emil Khudyev, who has been serving as an acting Associate Principal Clarinet and second clarinet and Eb clarinet, with the Kansas City Symphony. Emil has an extensive orchestral background and is an active chamber musician. 

We are also pleased to welcome Ara Sarkissian as our new instructor of violin. Ara will be a familiar face to many, since he has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp for seven years and will be coming to us from the University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, where he has served as instructor of violin and member of the Ceruti Quartet in an interim position for the past year. He is currently completing his D.M.A. in violin performance from SUNY Stony Brook and earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees front the New England Conservatory. 

Lastly, welcome to Corbin Wagner, our new instructor of horn who brings a wealth of experience and achievement to the position. He has performed for 34 years with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was the Associate Professor of Horn at Michigan State University. 

I am looking forward to a great year ahead with many new musical projects and collaborations!