Singer-songwriters hit the road for spring tour

This March, singer-songwriter students will have the chance to experience life on the road as professional musicians.

Singer-songwriter instructors Courtney Kaiser-Sandler and Kyle Novy are taking five singer-songwriter students on a weeklong tour leading up to the Interlochen Arts Academy spring break. The students will perform several concerts in California, with venues including the University of Southern California, Hotel Cafe, Harvard Westlake School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Disneyland. 

Besides performing, the students will also have the opportunity to see a concert by Rami Jaffee and the All Star Band, have master classes with professional musician Matt Hales (aka Aqualung), perform with Our Lady J (IAA 94-96) and Lance Horne (IAC 94-95, IAA 94-96) at a private house concert, and mingle with students from Idyllwild Arts Academy.

“We believe that actually getting out on the road is one of the best ways to teach performance and give a taste of what life would be like as a professional musician,” said Kaiser-Sandler. “While being on the road for only a week is rare, it is a great opportunity for the students to perform for unfamiliar faces. It's not easy to get up and play original material every night, spend quality time talking with audience members after the show, and get up to drive the next morning for the next city or show.”

“For everyone able to go on past tours, it has been the culminating moment of their time at Interlochen. We are so thankful to Robert Carone of Upstaging for funding our tours and to everyone at Interlochen Center for the Arts for supporting this kind of hands-on educational training.”

The students departed on March 9 and will return to their respective homes on March 16.