Larry Rachleff, longtime guest conductor of Interlochen, dies at 67


Larry Rachleff, longtime guest conductor at Interlochen Arts Camp, died Aug. 8 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 67 years old.

Rachleff’s first summer in Interlochen was in 1984, when he led the University of Michigan’s All-State High School Band.

In 1989, he conducted the World Youth Symphony Orchestra of Interlochen for the first time, a role he would repeat nearly ten times.

Rachleff’s last summer at Interlochen arts camp was in 2018, when he conducted the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in a program of music by Respighi and Schubert aired on IPR.

Bandleader Larry Rachleff with IPR host Keith Brown at Interlochen Public Radio in 2018

“Larry’s musical genius was evident to anyone who saw him conduct or met him off the podium,” said bandleader Cristian Măcelaru, Grammy Award winner, Rachleff alumnus and current director. artist and principal conductor of the Interlochen World Youth Symphony Orchestra. A declaration. “He was passionate, funny, knowledgeable, sensitive, caring and supportive, but above all he had a unique gift for bringing people together and making them feel valued and appreciated.”

At the time of his death, Rachleff had been on the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for three decades.

He also spent 21 years as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and served as a guest conductor and educator at universities and music festivals around the world.

In 2017 Rachleff was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.


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Bandleader Larry Rachleff rehearses with the All-State High School band in Interlochen in 1984

“Larry has literally led hundreds of Interlochen campers over the years,” said J. Berry, assistant manager of Instrument Services and Music Operations at the Interlochen Arts Center. “He would talk for hours with them over lunch and dinner and talk to them after the gigs and tell them how they had performed. The campers knew he cared about them as people and as artists. “

Watch the archived webcast of Rachleff’s last appearance at Interlochen manager on demand below.


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