Blue Lake International String Orchestra

The Blue Lake International String Orchestra is comprised of talented and inspired young musicians and performs a full range of string orchestral works. In 2022, the orchestra will perform selections to include: Dances from the Fairy Queen – Henry Purcell; O Magnum Mysterium – La Victoria, arr. Pfeil; L’Amant, Anonyme, and Contredanse – Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint Georges; Serenade for Strings – Edward Elgar; To the Point – Jennifer Higdon; Pavane – Faure, arr. Phillips; Dances of Transylvania – Bela Bartok; Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber; Molly on the Shore and Shephard Hey – Percy Grainger.

Each of the groups in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program will visit five host communities in Europe, with several group excursions throughout the trip. Tentative countries for the 2022 orchestra are France and Germany, but the tour may expand depending on invitations. Final tour schedules will not be available until the late spring.

2022 International Youth Symphony Orchestra
Brad Pfeil, Musical Director

Matthew SheppardBrad Pfeil received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is currently an orchestra director at Neuqua Valley High School, a Grammy Award-winning school in Naperville, IL. Brad taught previously in Las Vegas, Nevada where he performed actively as a double bassist in addition to teaching at Las Vegas High School. Brad was principal double bass of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, played in Phantom, and was conductor of the Henderson Civic Symphony. He has also performed with numerous orchestras and artists including the Michigan Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and Styx. Brad currently performs as principal double bass with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Washington, IL. An active educator and bass instructor, Brad is past president of the Nevada and Illinois Chapters of the American String Teachers Association. Brad has spent the past eight summers as a conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He conducted the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra on their tours from 2017–2019. When not making music, Brad enjoys cycling, backpacking, and reading.