Bring Interlochen and Northern Michigan to the World

Ensure IPR remains a trusted source for news and classical music

CREATE AMAZING will increase the essential annual funding base of IPR as it integrates new staff and creates more original content while continuing to offer the nationally syndicated programs that enrich daily life for our community: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, From the Top, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.

With your help, IPR can CREATE AMAZING original programming that is produced locally and shared with the world.

This means more original series like Which Way to Paradise, Show Tunes with Kate Botello, and We’ve Got Issues: more content that highlights what makes northern Michigan and Interlochen so special. Through this new programming, IPR can share the kaleidoscope of talent at Interlochen and the uniqueness of our northern Michigan home with regional audiences, through broadcast, and global audiences, through online streaming and podcasts.

Secure IPR’s Future

When you support IPR’s endowment, you are investing in a stable and fiscally responsible environment that will help IPR innovate and deliver the programming you have grown to love and rely on.

Having sustainable resources drives IPR forward and supports staffing and internship positions long into the future. With your help, IPR can also create new endowments, like those for programming excellence, technical transformation and student internships. Your support will also diversify funding bases and stabilize IPR during times of economic uncertainty.

Save a Treasure Trove of Interlochen’s Recorded History

Decades of Interlochen concert recordings, interviews, and milestones reside on aging reels, records and cassettes in the basement of the IPR studios. These priceless gems are windows into history that will close forever once the shelf life of this media expires.

With your help, IPR will capture, preserve and broadcast the treasured history of Interlochen Center for the Arts through a digital, living archive.

Already, many recordings are at risk of becoming too delicate to transfer or play. With your help, we can save and share over 50 years of recordings created at the world’s first fine arts boarding high school and longest-running summer arts camp. Imagine a podcast that shares these recordings and tells the story of Interlochen over the decades!

Examples of what you can save:

  • Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in works by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Rachmaninoff
  • Van Cliburn with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (Interlochen’s founding ensemble), performing Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Liszt, Brahms and Beethoven in numerous recordings
  • Composer Howard Hanson conducting several performances, including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, “The Last Spring” by Grieg, and Sibelius Symphony No. 1
  • First Interlochen performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the Academy Orchestra and Choir, Kenneth Jewell Chorale
  • Claudette Sorel as guest pianist for MacDowell Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Janos Starker, guest cellist for Variations on a Rococo Theme. Op. 33 Tchaikovsky
  • Frederick Fennell from the Eastman School of Music Wind Ensemble conducting several performances

“This rare collection by student orchestra, band and choral ensembles under the direction of faculty and guest conductors at the Interlochen Center for the Arts is clearly at risk and is in urgent need of preservation and digitizing. The thousands of hours of recorded music include performances by notable guest artists. Many of these guest performers as well as Interlochen students have had illustrious careers and significantly contributed to the arts and culture worldwide.”

—Robert H. Giles
Editor and Publisher (ret.), The Detroit News
Curator (ret.), Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University