This summer, along with my recitals, I am very excited to return to Interlochen Arts Camp, serving as Teaching Assistant in Organ. It feels as though things are coming around full-circle with me returning to camp, where I spent three summers (in addition to three years at the Academy), this time on the other side of the learning “table.” As a camper, I remember the assistants well (we still keep in touch) and their important role in my development and camp experience; I am excited to strive to provide the same for this year’s group. I’ll be learning a lot too, especially in how to teach and work with students, and there is nobody I’d rather have as a pedagogical mentor than Tom Bara. We have exciting opportunities planned for organ students, and here are just a few highlights:
- The coolest distinguishing facet about this summer is the fact that students will play marquis organ parts with orchestra: Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, July 19, Adreas Delfs, conducting; and, Saint Saints Symphony No. 3 “Organ Symphony” with the Interlochen Philharmonic, July 26, Octavio Mas-Arocas, conducting.
- In addition to their weekly lessons with Mr. Bara, students will be coached each week by a different master teacher. These visiting professors represent a collection of brilliant teachers and performers, with a diverse background in and outside of organ. Here are their biographies.
- The students will also have the opportunity to take part in and witness the putting together of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for organ, harp, percussion and choir. (Yours truly will be playing the organ part.)
- There are multiple performance opportunities (solo and collaborative) for students to showcase their learnings, including our Summer Organ Festival series on the beautiful Dendrinos Chapel Æolian-Skinner/Reuter organ.
The best part about Interlochen, though (if you ask me), is its unique culture and experience. It is difficult to explain to those who haven’t been yet, but it inevitably has an impact on those who attend. It is a place where you’ll learn from your excellent teachers (in organ and more), and equally from your peers, who will push each other to new heights in the rehearsal hall, art studio, cabin and cafeteria. You are surrounded by a group of incredibly unique, smart, supportive and passionate people, united in your pursuit of artistic excellence. There is much more to it than this, but sufficed to say, speaking from personal experience, I cannot make a higher recommendation of a summer program (or a boarding school, for that matter). If you know a student who might be interested, the details and application can be found here.
For those of you who are around northern Michigan this summer, I hope you’ll join us for our Summer Organ Festival concert series. There are six performances by students, faculty and master teachers/performers that are sure to excite. These events take place on Sundays at 5:00pm and are free and open to the public; no ticket required.
A listing of biographies for the Summer Organ Festival master teachers and performers can be found here.
A poster for the Summer Organ Festival concerts can be found here.
Hope to see you this summer!
-Bryan Dunnewald, 13 May 2015