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! :)

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