Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Return to Interlochen

Well, I've been on campus for about two weeks now, and it's wonderful to be back.
The lake on campus
The first week here was what we call Prep Week. We began with two days of training, and then had seven days to prepare music for the first two weeks of camp.

I have almost two hundred pages of errata to do...

...many, many parts to tape...
These are our empty tape rolls after the first day!
...and an orchestra of one hundred musicians needing music.
All of my orchestra's music for the first two concerts!
The workload for WYSO is incredibly heavy this year, and I've spent about 15 hours in the library every single day (including last Sunday, my day off). The other interns have been fantastic with helping me out when their own loads lighten up, though. One of them spent a full day at the copier for me, and almost all of them have devoted a morning or even an entire day to helping me tape parts. I wouldn't have been able to get it all done without their help (even with the complete absence of sleep), so I'm incredibly thankful to work with such a fantastic group of interns this summer.

We try to have some fun while working, and during Prep Week we liked to have movie nights. We watched Mean Girls, Amadeus, and the first installment of The Lord of the Rings. The wonderful thing about movies is that it's completely possible to erase markings, tape parts, and even do errata while watching a movie. Those nights were very productive!

We were also able to visit the Greenleaf Collection of Musical Instruments...
The Original Sousaphone
...and make an outing to Moomer's, which was voted "America's Best Scoop" of ice cream on Good Morning America a few years ago.
Photo thanks to Jacey Kepich
It's been incredibly busy, but we're starting to settle into a routine and I'm really enjoying this summer so far. We've now kicked off the camp season and we're well into Week 1, which I'll write about soon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Interlochen Ensemble Assignment, Take Three

Well, it's that's time again! I'll be headed back to Interlochen in a week for my third summer there. With a new summer comes a new work assignment.

There are sixteen or seventeen major ensembles at Interlochen, and responsibilities for those ensembles are distributed among seven ensemble librarians. Each librarian is assigned two, three, or four ensembles. While this can seem a bit unfair at first glance, the amount of work is pretty similar due to the different demands of each ensemble. This summer, I have been assigned the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir, and Reading Orchestra.

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) is the top high school orchestra. They have new repertoire every week, and a concert every Sunday night. Conductors include Jung-Ho Pak, JoAnn Falletta, Andrew Grams, and Andreas Delfs. Repertoire is subject to change, but as of now will include:
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  • Ewazen: Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra
  • Prokofiev: Concerto for Violin No. 2
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
  • Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane Suite No. 2
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
  • Strauss: Don Juan
  • Sung: Loco-Motion
  • Wagner: Flying Dutchman Overture
  • Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
The Festival Choir is a volunteer choir consisting of the high school choirs, faculty, staff, and community members. There are about ten evening rehearsals, and then the choir will perform with the Interlochen Philharmonic, the second high school orchestra. They'll be performing Brahms' Nänie and Pärt's Credo for piano, mixed chorus, and orchestra.

Reading Orchestra is a volunteer orchestra made up of staff members. It usually happens three times over the course of the camp. It's pretty low maintenance because, as the name suggests, the orchestra will just read through the music once for fun.

If you'd like to know more about what my job as an ensemble librarian entails, I wrote a blog post about it last summer. Maybe I'll go into more detail at some point, but that should provide a decent enough overview for the time being!

I'm really excited to work with these ensembles and some amazing repertoire, and I'm incredibly fortunate to be working with a fantastic ensemble manager. I think it's going to be a great summer! :)

Philadelphia Orchestra Video

One of my favorite things about summer is that I have more free time to catch up on the news, read for fun, and actually watch YouTube videos.

 One of today's discoveries was this charming video featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While on tour in China, their plane was delayed on the tarmac for three hours. They decided to entertain their fellow passengers by playing the final movement of Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12, "American."