Academy Band

The Interlochen Arts Academy Band 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 Band is at the forefront of exploring new collaborative performance formats.The Interlochen Arts Academy Band was awarded The American Prize in 2018 for their performance of Michael Colgrass' "Winds of Nagual." In 2019 the Band will make their Carnegie Hall debut that includes the world premiere of Clint Needham's "Resolve" for dance and winds. The 2018-19 season includes performances with conductor Allan McMurray; saxophonist Otis Murphy; and cellist Patrick Owen. This year's season also includes collaborations with theatre, choir, and comparative 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.

2018-19 Performances and Repertoire

Saturday, Sept. 22 - Band and Orchestra
Holst: Second Suite in F
Persichetti: Psalm
Rossini/arr. Mangini: March for the Sultan of Abdul Medjid

Saturday, Oct. 20 - Kid's Commute Live with Kate Botello and Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre and Comparative Arts students
Zaninelli: Three Dances of Enchantment
Wagner/arr. Votta: Trauermusik
Holst: Jupiter or Mars from The Planets
Wagner: Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

Thursday, Nov. 15 - with guest conductor Allan McMurray
Barber: Commando March
Ticheli: An American Elegy
Hindemith/arr. Wilson: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Ticheli: Angels in the Architecture

Viola concerto commissioned for Interlochen Arts Academy Band

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

Band Conductor, 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