Noted conductor Allan McMurray to conduct Interlochen Arts Academy Band

  • The 2018-19 Interlochen Arts Academy Band.

Acclaimed conductor Allan McMurray will lead the Interlochen Arts Academy Band on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s program will include “Commando March” by Samuel Barber; “Angels in the Architecture” and “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli; and Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger.

“An American Elegy” was commissioned by the Columbine Commissioning Fund in response to the April 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. McMurray and the University of Colorado Wind Symphony contributed to the commission, and played with the Columbine High School Band in the commemorative concert on which the piece premiered. McMurray will conduct the the piece with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band on their February performance at Carnegie Hall.

McMurray is Professor of Conducting Emeritus at the University of Colorado, where he served for 35 years as Director of Bands and Chair of the Conducting Faculty. McMurray is considered one of the world’s leading teachers of conducting, and has led the University of Colorado Wind Symphony through numerous recordings and prestigious performance engagements.

“It’s a thrill to have my former instructor, Allan McMurray, working with our students this fall,” said Arts Academy Band Conductor and Instructor of Saxophone Dr. Matthew Schlomer. “Professor McMurray had a significant influence on my conducting. It’s exciting for these students to have the opportunity to work with a conductor of this calibre.”

Tickets for this event are available at This performance will be webcast live at

The Arts Academy Band is set to return to Corson Auditorium alongside the Arts Academy Choir on Dec. 14, 2018 for their annual holiday spectacular, Sounds of the Season. While tickets for this event are sold out, the concert will be broadcast live on Interlochen Public Radio, and webcast at