Academy Wind Symphony

The Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony presents frequent concerts of unparalleled quality and diversity. Performances feature collaborations with renowned soloists, composers, and artists from all genres. The band also appears regularly in live online performances and on public radio.

The Academy Wind Symphony is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats.The Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony was awarded The American Prize in 2018 for their performance of Michael Colgrass' "Winds of Nagual." In 2019, the Band made their Carnegie Hall debut that includes the world premiere of Clint Needham's "Resolve" for dance and winds. The 2018-19 season included performances with conductor Allan McMurray; saxophonist Otis Murphy; and cellist Patrick Owen. This year's season also includes collaborations with theatre, choir, and interdisciplinary artists. Recently the band commissioned a viola concerto from composer James Syler, collaborated with actors in a tableaux of Morton Gould's "Family Album Suite," and performed with spoken word artist, Sareem Poems.

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

Viola concerto commissioned for Arts Academy Wind Symphony

Interlochen leads consortium of national universities to produce first viola concerto by acclaimed composer James Syler.

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Archived Recordings


Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Conductor, Wind Symphony, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Classical Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp; Conductor, Interlochen Symphony Orchestra; Guest Director, World Youth Wind Symphony