Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra (IYSO) is comprised of talented and inspired young musicians and performs a full range of orchestral literature. Under the direction of Michael Klaue, the 2015 IYSO's repertoire will include Academic Festival Overture, by Brahms; Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov; and Firebird Suite, by Stravinsky.

For the 2015 tour, the IYSO will join with the Blue Lake International Choir to perform That Music Always Round Me by Niblock; Te Deum, by Bruckner; and Festival Mass by Arens in six European communities with regional choruses in each location.    That Music Always Round Me was composed for the 25th Anniversary of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Festival Mass was composed by the paternal grandfather of Blue Lake’s Founder and President, Fritz Stansell.

They will also open the 2015 Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival with a presentation of the Arens Festival Mass on Friday, June 19th and present an encore performance at Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan on Tuesday, July 28th.

2015 International Youth Symphony Orchestra
Michael Klaue, Musical Director

Michael Klaue is currently conductor of the Jugend-Sinfonieorchester Ahrensburg (Ahrensburg Youth Symphony Orchestra) in Ahrensburg, Germany, and since 2002, has served on the conducting faculty of the Hochschule für Musik Hamburg (Music State Conservatory of Hamburg.) He is dedicated to creating intercultural understanding and worldwide peace through music, and had instituted youth exchange projects with numerous orchestras and choirs from throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Upon graduation from the Hochschule für Musik Hamburg in 1984, he began his career in music education at the Stormarnschule Ahrensburg. Shortly thereafter, he founded the Jugendkammerchor Ahrensburg” (Ahrensburg Youth Chamber Choir), which won several prizes in the all German State Choir Competition and other international choir competitions.

In 1986, he was appointed to found and conduct the Landesjugendchor Schleswig-Holstein (State Youth Choir of Schleswig-Holstein), and has conducted other regional choirs in northern Germany. Klaue‘s repertoire reaches from world famous a cappella literature to the well-known oratorios by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Dvorák, and Orff with full symphony orchestra and symphonic concert choir.

Michael began his relationship with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a camper in 1973, and in subsequent years, served as a summer camp and international tour counselor.  A longtime member of the Blue Lake European Advisory Council, he has hosted numerous Blue Lake International groups in Germany and has brought the Ahrensburg Youth Symphony Orchestra to the United States on numerous occasions under the auspices of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program.  This will be his fourth tour as a Music Director with Blue Lake’s International Program.