Monday, July 22, 2013

WYSO, Week 2

WYSO's conductor for the second week was Jung-Ho Pak, who is the Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. For a full bio, see Interlochen's website.

The program began with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh.
Soloist Jennifer Koh with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

The second and final piece on the program was Strauss's Don Juan. It was an ambitious piece for the second concert of the season, but it went well!

At the end of the second week, all high school orchestra students had to audition for ensemble and chair placements for the next two weeks. Students in WYSO can move to the second high school orchestra (the Interlochen Philharmonic), students in IP can move up to WYSO, and almost all students change chairs.

All of the changes went pretty smoothly, and folders for Weeks 3 and 4 went out on Sunday. There were only three pieces to be distributed to WYSO, but they were rather lengthy.
WYSO's music for Weeks 3 and 4
Also, for those of you wondering how we cart music around at Interlochen:
My wagon!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Collage 2013

Collage happens during the third week of camp every summer. It's a sampler of student performances in all of the disciplines studied at Interlochen, including music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film, and visual arts. Here's a compilation video of the sixteen performances featured this year. My orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, is featured at 9:50. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Things We Find in Music #1

While preparing music, we come across some... interesting markings.

We find notes to future musicians...

...elaborate artwork...
 ...conductor quotes...

...and personal reminders.

We also get some smart remarks...

...and keen observations.

Some students even discuss how to play the music.

Gems like these certainly make the work more enjoyable :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WYSO, Week 1

The first week was a pretty amazing way to begin the season.

WYSO was lead by guest conductor JoAnn Falletta. Maestro Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. For a full bio, see her website. She was an absolute joy to work with, and I sincerely hope that I'm fortunate enough to have another opportunity to work with her in the future.
JoAnn Falletta conducting WYSO in the Star-Spangled Banner

The program for the first concert was as follows:

     Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2
     Ewazen: Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra
     Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

The piece that generated the most enthusiasm was the concerto, which featured trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee (all of the Buffalo Philharmonic).
WYSO with trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee

Maestro Falletta applauding Eric Ewazen's work
We were also fortunate enough to have the composer, Eric Ewazen, with us for a few days.

Eric Ewazen had actually written the piece for JoAnn Falletta, Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee, so it was very exciting to have all of them here with us.

WYSO begins rehearsing on Tuesday of each week, and they have rehearsals every morning for two and a half hours. Every Sunday night, they have a concert featuring new repertoire.

All of WYSO's concerts are in Kresge, the largest auditorium on campus. Concerts usually coincide with the sunset, and it's beautiful to see.

The first concert was wonderful, and the musicians are getting better and better. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish as the summer goes on!

view from the back of the stage at Kresge