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March 22, 2013

Conductor leaves Interlochen Academy

INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen Arts Academy is staying mum on a conductor’s departure that led to the abrupt cancellation of a recent performance by its orchestra.

Duilio Dobrin served as conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra since September.

Spokesman Steve Hoffman said Friday, March 15, was Dobrin’s last day. A performance on the same date was canceled “because it did not have a conductor.”

He said he could not elaborate.

“The specifics surrounding personnel decisions are confidential and we do not publicly discuss resignations or terminations,” Hoffman said. “I understand that can be frustrating for people who would like additional information.”

Dobrin could not be reached for comment.

Hoffman said retired faculty member David Holland would return as interim director of the Arts Academy Orchestra. Holland spent 39 years at the Academy and served as its resident violist, coordinator of the string chamber music curriculum, and string orchestra conductor.

“He’s going to return and see them through the rest of the (academic) year,” Hoffman said. “He’s a longtime contributor here and well-loved in the community. We’re thrilled he’s coming back.”

Holland retired in May, but said he was glad he was asked to come back. He said there are several performances before the May 25 commencement that are very important for both students and their families, including during the Academy’s festival week.

“It’s sort of the culmination of the year for seniors,” he said.

Holland also had no comment on his predecessor’s departure. He said he hoped people would come take part in the students’ creative development.

“To come into a hall and hear these students play is a true experience,” he said. “I would hope to see everyone there.”

Hoffman said an international search for a permanent orchestra director would begin “immediately.”

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