Announcing 2016 World Youth Symphony Orchestra conductors and concertmasters

Fine arts summer camp selects Valade Concertmaster Fellows to work with World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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Continuing in its mission to provide state-of-the-art instruction for young artists, Interlochen Arts Camp has recently announced a lineup of several well-known and high-profile musicians who will work with students in this summer’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra program. 

This year, ICA has added a new faculty position to their roster: Valade Concertmaster. The individuals fulfilling these faculty positions are members of major American orchestras. While at Interlochen, they will sit in on WYSO rehearsals to collaborate with conductors and work with students in what is described as a “laboratory” setting. A new guest conductor will be involved each week during the six-week program.

The following Valade Concertmasters have been announced:

  • Week 1, Martin Chalifour
  • Week 2, Dennis Kim
  • Week 3, Dennis Kim
  • Week 4, David Halen
  • Week 5, Nathan Olson
  • Week 6, Jeff Thayer

They will be joined this summer by the following noted conductors:

  • Week 1, JoAnn Falletta
  • Week 2, JoAnn Falletta
  • Week 3, Christopher Rountree
  • Week 4, Joshua Weilerstein
  • Week 5, Carlos Kalmar
  • Week 6, Jung-Ho Pak

"We are very excited about the level of artists we have attracted to Interlochen this summer," said Kedrik Merwin, Director of Music for Interlochen Center for the Arts. "There’s a real pedagogical importance to the relationship between these seasoned professionals and our music students; one that will no doubt have lasting impact on them as they progress through their training."

Interlochen Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for all of the Interlochen Arts Camp programs. For information on the application process, contact Interlochen’s Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 800.681.5912 or 231.276.7472 or, or go to


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