Lyric Opera – Reflecting on the end of my internship – Margaret McNeal

I came into this internship through my administration and production experience gained by devising and producing my own multi-media performance piece as my senior project; this project made me an excellent candidate to support the Lyric in their recent initiative to re-brand and expand audiences through a series of multi-media and multi-genre events. While at the Lyric, I’ve gained insight into the work involved in film producing, as well as the muscle it takes to pull off large-scale project initiatives. Working with the Lyric has given me much to consider in terms of workplace, size of organization, and the pros and cons of various employment situations: I am grateful to have had this opportunity to reflect on what I value. Most importantly, I’ve made two notable relationships with mentors during my interim here: I’ve learned closely from the Lyric Unlimited Producer and the Lyric Opera’s Deputy Artistic Director—both have been extraordinarily generous with their insight and time. Through these mentorships, I feel especially equipped to pave my own way pursuing my interests in multi-media, collaborative, devised performance works; I am excited to shape my future and see what the knowledge and experience I’ve accumulated during this internship and my wonderful time at Lawrence will yield.

Weill Music Institute – Connecting my internship to academics – Daniel Bernstein

I’ve actually been surprised at how many of my Lawrence-developed skills and ideas I use each day at the Weill Music Institute. The inclusive and forward-thinking philosophy of the Conservatory is what inspired me to pursue this internship in the first place – as conservatory students at Lawrence, we are constantly encouraged to think deeply about our responsibility to our audience and to break down the traditional barriers of the Western musical experience. This innovative mindset really forms the core of the Weill Music Institute’s mission and the meaningful, impactful work I am so lucky to take part in each day. Every project and conversation I have been a part of at WMI has centered around the fundamental questions of “How can music make a meaningful difference in people’s lives?” and, more specifically, “How can this program be improved and strengthened in order for it to have a deeper, more positive impact on people’s lives?” A few weeks ago, I had a very inspiring conversation with the Director of the Weill Music Institute, Sarah Johnson, who related the mission of WMI to the mindset of meaningful musical practicing. She said that working on the Weill Music Institute’s programs is like practicing an instrument – you constantly have to refine your craft and push for greater accuracy, effectiveness, impact, and quality. It’s no wonder that the staff of WMI and Carnegie Hall includes so many musicians and artists, who know what it feels like to be on both sides of meaningful artistic experiences! Continue reading Weill Music Institute – Connecting my internship to academics – Daniel Bernstein

Navigant Consulting – My first month – Adam McDonald

The first month of my internship with Navigant Consulting was packed with quick orientation within the company followed by quick orientation within the project I was assigned to. The goal was to get me caught up to speed as quickly as possible so I could begin bringing value to the project. Navigant has been a great resource in providing me with an authentic consulting experience. During my internship, I travel four days a week, Monday through Thursday, and communicate directly with the client in meetings and discussions to further the project. The majority of my work is in data analysis for the client in a variety of areas to assess their financial status, as well as locate opportunities for growth and improvement within the client’s organization.
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Lyric Opera – Connecting my internship to academics – Margaret McNeal

While a voice student at Lawrence, I spent a great deal of time both in the classroom and in performance thinking about opera as an art form: the possibilities afforded to it by the coming together of many disciplines, the myth-making of opera, its potential to spark meaningful dialogue, its often problematic roots in cultural stereotyping and gross mistreatment of minorities, its status as the pinnacle of Western cultural achievement. I came into this internship with very strong feelings about opera—feelings that I largely still hold—and it has therefore been very useful and enlightening to take these conversations out of an academic setting and attempt to find voice for them in the real world, a world beholden to many different interests (artistic, the board, donors, audiences, etc.). As someone hopeful to incite change, it is incredibly useful to get a sense of the real-world obstacles we face when trying to translate idealistic visions into action. I am grateful to gain this insight into how an arts organization functions and to get a sense of how change might happen. Additionally, I’ve been fortunate to find a mentor here who is helping me figure out what direction I want to go in with my art/life/career: as a senior, I embarked on a large-scale production/commissioning/performance project; it is really empowering for me to meet and be mentored by a staff member at the Lyric who is an artistic director/producer; once again, I’m able to continue growing my interests at Lawrence in the radically different, thought-provoking “real world.” Very excited to see where this will lead!

World Business Chicago – Connecting my internship to academics – Dylan Geary

As I mentioned in my first post, my experience with CASE has placed merit on the significance of communication and the ability to leverage knowledge across many disciplines, skills that are consistently championed at Lawrence.
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Lyric Opera – My first month – Margaret McNeal

Being with the Lyric is giving me insight into different types and sizes of arts organizations: on the spectrum of small (managing an ensemble, perhaps)—to huge, the Lyric falls on the far end of this extreme as a landmark institution with a very “corporate” feel. It’s been interesting for me to learn about the practical and artistic pros and cons of each, as pertains to benefits, job security, and artistic ownership/investment from team members. I’ve been struggling to get a sense of the Chicago Voices project as a whole, since there are so many moving parts, so many personnel assigned to the project, so many subsidiary initiatives—but this week I was able to attend the Chicago Voices project meeting with representatives from each aspect present: this was really encouraging; I felt a much deeper sense of connection to the project as a result.
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