Final Orchestra Concert June 7! #iarocks

The International Academy is quickly reaching the end of an amazing concert season.
I would like to extend an invitation to attend our final fantastic concert.

The Final Orchestra Concerto Concert is tomorrow on June 7 at Birmingham Groves High School and begins at 7pm.

The final concert is a dedication to our seniors and feature student solos from our senior musicians. The final concert is a chance for our music community to recognize and thank all the musicians publicly for their dedication to the IA.

If you are in town or have an unexpected free evening, please consider joining us.

Have a great day,
Scott Wolf
Orchestra Director
Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Final Band Concert Tonight!! #iarocks

Dear IA Music Friends,

We are quickly reaching the end of an amazing concert season. Tonight is our final Band concert and will be fantastic (7:30 Groves HS). The final orchestra concert is on June 7 at Birmingham Groves High School in Beverly Hills and will be a fantastic show. If this is your first experience with our final show, I believe you will be impressed.

The final concerts are a dedication to our graduated seniors and features both student solos and original compositions from our senior musicians. It is also a chance for us to recognize and thank them publicly for their dedication to the IA.

A few things to be aware of as we move towards this concert:

1. This is the longest performance of the year. With student solos, compositions and larger works, this concert is around 2 hours in length and is well worth the time. Please plan accordingly as I wish that all families stay for the entire event. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY! 🙂

2. Men’s uniforms will be turned in at the end of the concert.

3. A special program will be printed with all our senior biographies.

Please make sure to listen to your musicians and encourage them to work hard towards this final show. From the string orchestra through the symphonic band, the variety of music will be sure to impress you.

Have a great day,


MYAF Nominations are in and …#iarocks!!!!

The IA Music Program is so proud to announce the following nominations for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival! However, before you read further, please note the unbelievable accomplishment of these nominations. Of the 9 MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Sites, each site’s schedule is made up of the finest performers in the State of Michigan. Each performer, in order to perform at one of the 9 sites, must have received a first division rating at one of the 16 district sites earlier in the month. Every room adjudicator at state solo and ensemble is only allowed to nominate at most 2 soloists per instrument as a potential candidates for MYAF Outstanding Soloist and 2 ensembles for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble. Remembering that each room can have 35-40 individual performers, the odds of being “the best” are very slim to say the least. To be selected as a part of the MYAF Honors Band or Orchestra, you must be a musician who has demonstrated proficiency 2 or 3 with a proficiency score of 90 or higher. The proficiency performers have demonstrated mastery of scales, sight-reading and of course their solo. Even this task is a huge accomplishment. It is with great pride that the teachers of IA Central present this years MYAF Scholar Musicians!!!

Students nominated for MYAF Outstanding Soloist!

  • Alina Yan Senior Flute
  • Sophia Kim Junior Violin
  • Matt Ratanapanichkich Junior Cello

Students nominated for MYAF Outstanding Chamber Ensemble!

Rohan Joshi Senior Viola, Sophia Kim Junior Violin, Heejun Cho Sophomore Violin, Jason Du Junior Cello and Brandon O’Neil Senior Piano with the Schostakovich Piano Quintet.

Students nominated for MYAF Honors Band or Honors Orchestra!

  • Adrienne Joe Senior Flute (Band)
  • Alina Yan Senior Flute  (Orchestra)
  • Sophia Kim Junior Violin (Orchestra)
  • Larissa Michel Sophomore Violin  (Orchestra)
  • Matt Ratanapanichkich Junior Cello (Orchestra
  • Jason Du Junior Cello (Orchestra)



IA Instrumental Ensembles Rock MSBOA Festival! #iarocks

Congratulations to the IA’s Instrumental ensembles on their fantastic performances this past week at MSBOA Band and Orchestra Festival held at Waterford Kettering.

The IA Bands and Orchestras had a great experience and once again, provided their audience with moving performances.

The String Orchestra received a 2nd division rating.
The Concert Band received a 1st division rating.
The Symphonic Band received a 1st division rating.
The Symphony Orchestra received a 1st division rating.

Thank you to all the families who joined us and to all the chaperones who made this trip possible!! Bravo!!!

IA Violinist to perform with the Toledo Symphony! #iarocks

On Sunday, March 20 IA’s own Larissa Michel will be performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Toledo Symphony!! Tickets are still available for this concert. Congratulations to Larissa!! The entire IA community is behind you!! Here is the official press release from the Toledo Symphony.

The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras will conclude their season with what for many is the highlight of their young musical careers: playing beside the professional musicians of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the annual Side-By-Side Concert, 4 p.m. March 20 at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle.

The concert also celebrates winners of the 2015 Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Toledo Symphony League: pianist Sean Park of Sylvania, violinist Miray Ito of Ann Arbor, and violinist Larissa Michel of Bloomfield, Mich.

The nearly 180 student musicians from schools throughout southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio – including those who are home schooled – will perform Bernstein’s Overture to Candide; the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Holst’s Jupiter form The Planets, and
Tchaikovsky’s waltz from Sleeping Beauty, among others.

Tickets are $20 — $5 to anyone with a valid student ID and to children — by phoning the symphony office at 419-246-8000 or visiting

IA Alumni to Perform in #Detroit #IArocks

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Snow is a new multimedia performance piece by IA Alumni and composer John Glover and choreographer/puppeteer Jordan Morley combining the virtuosity of ever-inventive toy pianist Phyllis Chen, the artistry of dancers Dylan Crossman, Mistral Hay, Amber Sloan, Janie Taylor, Melissa Toogood, and the imaginations of instrument-builder Ranjit Bhatnagar and mask-maker Nina Barlow A re-working of the fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, Snow places Chen amongst live electronics and film, puppets and set pieces that transform into musical instruments for an evening filled with unexpected sights and sounds.

Just as Anderson’s fairy tale begins with a prologue describing a shattered mirror and then splinters into individual episodes, Snow is broken into musical/theatrical fragments of varying sizes. The audience follows Phyllis, both performer and story-teller, as she delves into the mysterious world of the Snow Queen. Centered around the young Gerda and her journey to rescue her brother Kai from the frozen north, the tale is filled with goblins, enchanted gardens, magic mirrors, talking ravens and countless other curiosities. Exploring the pleasures and pain of growing up, as well as the transformative power of youthful imagination, Snow gives the creative team the opportunity to push their art forms to the limit, giving audiences a fantastical evening of music, movement , and theater.

Creating Snow will result in multiple performances, an in-depth collaborative development workshop for the creators, and community engagement activities. In the summer of 2015 the team will participate in a two week development residency at the upstate community arts center Cherry Valley Artworks in their home, the Starr Theater. The residency will include open house days to allow people from the community a look into the creative process. At the conclusion of the residency we will give a work-in-progress showing of Snow. Following further revisions and work based on that residency, Snow will return to the composer and choreographer’s home base of Brooklyn to premiere at the Invisible Dog January 28-30, 2016.