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Weill Music Institute – Making connections – Arielle Kaye

I am interning at the the Weill Music Institute (WMI) of Carnegie Hall, but I have mainly been working with the Social Impact Programs (SIP) team. I have been very lucky throughout my internship because there have been many opportunities to engage with each member of the SIP team. During my time in WMI, I have been working on a project that is a report on how to build a strong community for the artists contracted out by SIP. In creating that report, I spoke with every person on the SIP team, asking them a list of questions that I created in part with my supervisor Ann Gregg—Director of SIP. In each of my conversations, I had the opportunity to understand each person’s role within SIP and often heard about how they came into their job in the Weill Music Institute. Not only did I speak with staff members within SIP, but I also spoke with a few artists that SIP contracts throughout the year and staff from the venues where SIP programming happens like a hospital in the Bronx and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). After the twelve interviews, I felt like I had a clearer picture of how the community of programs in SIP functions within the broader scope of WMI. It was also just exciting in general to hear about how each member contributes to the whole of the department. After I presented the report, I had a chance to speak with Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf—a consultant at WolfBrown who has researched and worked on many programs throughout WMI. We spoke about how I could make the report stronger and relevant to people outside of Carnegie Hall so that I could use this document as the start of a portfolio of my work.

In addition to working individually with everyone on the SIP team, I have had other opportunities to meet people from other departments in Carnegie Hall. The Director of Operations set up meetings with many of the directors of WMI. In each of those meetings, I had a chance to hear about each director’s path and had time to chat with them. I have also had the chance to sit in on many meetings with different departments within Carnegie Hall and outside organizations that Social Impact Programs is currently working with. One of these meetings was at Lincoln Center to see a partnership between Lincoln Center Education/New York City Department of Education’s Middle School Arts Auditions Boot Camp. This was primarily a planning meeting to talk about their upcoming program that prepares middle schoolers for high school auditions at arts schools. WMI helps out with the vocal program in the camp because it has a similar structure to one of their programs, Count Me In. It was interesting to witness an exchange amongst a few of New York City’s leaders in arts education.

Another way that I have been able to meet people within Carnegie Hall has been through the HR department. One of the HR staff members set up informational meetings with people in different departments around Carnegie Hall. These meetings included informational sessions with someone in the development department, marketing department, a tour from the Archivist of Carnegie Hall, and a meeting with the Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. Going into this summer, I could hardly fathom the amount of work and detail that goes into creating even one event at Carnegie Hall. While I still cannot entirely imagine the countless hours of effort that goes into making a season happen, it was inspiring for me to hear each person speak about their role in maintaining the legacy of artistry and community that Carnegie Hall has worked towards for over 100 years.

Lastly, I also had the chance to meet many participants of WMI’s programs throughout my time here. I went to SUNY Purchase College to see NYO/NYO2 practice during their residency, I sat in on some sessions in the Summer Music Educators Workshop, I helped out with the NeON Arts Spring Showcase where participants shared the artistic work that they had been working on in the spring session, I met a few men who had recently been incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility where WMI has a program that gives the men there a musical outlet through education and performance experiences, and I went to Studio 57 to see young people who are part of Future Music Project perform songs that they had been working on in workshops. While most of these experiences were mostly through observation, I was often actively speaking with participants and in some cases working side-by-side with them. The SIP team makes it look easy to make sure that everyone feels valued whether they are Carnegie Hall staff, artists, staff working at the venues where programs take place, or participants. From speaking to each of them, I know that though it may look easy, it is a very difficult task to achieve that level of care and consideration. From my experience, it seems so easy to get side-tracked in the administrative world around me and think about the people who the programs are benefiting as just a single piece in the larger puzzle of “programming”. This summer has shown me that participants are the program. Without understanding the needs of the people you are serving, your program has no meaning and is essentially useless. If there is rarely any interaction between administrative staff and the participants, something that may seem simple to an outsider, like providing accessible transportation or a meal, can make the biggest difference in the amount of people who can benefit from the program. I have met many different people this summer, from all walks of life, and for the first time I feel prepared and empowered to learn how to try to engage each one of them individually and within their community. I couldn’t have imagined to have a better group of mentors than the SIP team, but they have shown me that the most valuable way that you can truly engage anyone is through empathy, passion, and understanding. This kind of thinking has redefined my conception of what an arts administrator should be in the world.

Weill Music Institute – My first month – Daniel Bernstein

It’s so hard to believe that I am now one month into my internship at the Weill Music Institute. I have learned so much from my team and everyone at WMI, and every day at my internship has been incredibly fulfilling and exciting. In the office, I have been splitting my time between production and programming work, and I’m even leading a few major projects for Family Programs! On the production side, I have been updating and preparing all of the concert production sheets, marketing templates, and artist press kits for Neighborhood Concerts, which has involved a lot of researching and compiling of information given to us by artists and other staff. On the programming side, I am project managing the program design of Family Days, which are two weekends during the season where families come to Carnegie Hall and take part in a fun, interactive series of musical experiences. As project manager, I have been responsible for leading our meetings, developing preliminary programming ideas and themes, and coordinating our decisions going forward regarding which artists to book and which activities to design. Next week, I will begin managing the programming process for one of next year’s Family Concerts, as well as developing a social media plan for all of Family Programs. My supervisor has been amazing to learn from and work with; as someone who has been interested in learning about the creation of community-focused musical experiences for a long time, it is very inspiring to learn from someone who has so many years of experience producing such successful programs in a variety of settings.
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Center for Deep Listening – My first month – Benjamin Hanson

The last month has gone really well for me; I’ve had a number of different projects to work on as a part of my internship while also having free time to relax and work on projects of my own.

My biggest project has been collaborating with Tomie, the director of the Center for Deep Listening, and a cognitive science professor at the university here on a study that they conducting over the past two years. The study involved having the participants do creative exercises like drawing and free writing under different conditions, and my job is to develop systems of analysis for the results of these creative activities to find patterns in the data that we can correlate to more concrete measurements, like heart rate or hormone levels, with the eventual goal of identifying some relationships between levels of stress and creativity in the participants. It has been a fascinating project to work on and I have a huge amount of flexibility with both my scheduling and with my methodology, which has been really liberating. It’s been a lot of fun to apply some of the artistic analysis skills I developed at LU in classes like Music Theory and Literary Analysis to a real-world project like this.
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Summer Internship Reflections – Putting My Education to Work: Anna Buchholz

My time at Carnegie Hall has been a crucial part of my academic experience and will directly guide me in my plans for the future. One of my main goals when going into this internship was to learn if I wanted a future in arts administration and in particular if I wanted to go into an arts administration graduate program after I graduated from Lawrence. These five weeks have given me many resources and opportunities to understand if this path is for me.

First, because it is a relatively new field, each person who works there now has a different path in getting to Carnegie Hall from their co-worker. I have had the chance to speak with many people, those who went to graduate school, those who did not, those who studied music performance, education, business, art, and arts administration. Secondly, I have seen the skills and characteristics necessary to succeed and contribute to this field. At this point, I am very interested in pursuing this area of study, either directly in an arts administration program or an integrated approach of arts administration and business. Thirdly, this internship has complimented my time at Lawrence because I have been able to take what I have learned in a liberal arts setting of music and college courses, which do not include business or marketing courses, and apply them to a more corporate environment.

Overall, my time in New York City and Carnegie Hall has shown me a better picture of what I want to do, where I want to live, and what I want in my future and as a typical Lawrentian who wants to do everything and anything, this clarification is extremely helpful and makes me excited to design a more focused future for myself!

Summer Internship Reflections – My First Month: Anna Buchholz

After almost a month at Carnegie Hall, it is finally beginning to sink in that I am living and working in New York City! First there was initial shock, then adjustment to the heat, the people, the subway, and now I have more comfort with the city and am trying to make the most of this experience.

I have jumped into a variety of projects within the Weill Music Institute, including drafting artist and venue contracts, attending marketing meetings, working on presentations, reflecting on my own musical and concert experiences and using those insights to develop new models or adjustments to concerts here, create visual and audio portfolios for court-involved youth participating in Carnegie Hall programs to provide them academic credit, and researching local hospitals and their neighborhoods in relation to marketing of upcoming concert series within the healthcare facilities. These are only a few of the projects going on, just within my Community team. Continue reading Summer Internship Reflections – My First Month: Anna Buchholz

Reflections of my first week: Anna Buchholz

As an intern at Carnegie Hall in the Weill Music Institute, which focuses on education and community programs both in the city and around the country, I have already learned so much about the organization, its goals, various departments and the paths taken by Carnegie Hall staff. I have worked on my own projects reflecting and evaluating the success of last season’s programs through surveys as well as created production material for the upcoming season of Neighborhood Concerts and CarnegieKids Concerts. I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the final 2012-13 Neighborhood Concert, which was at a local hospital in the Bronx and featured a Latin jazz group called Son de Madre. This experience was incredibly valuable to me because I was able to see the results of all the work put into the program and talk to audience members, many of whom were hospital staff, patients, or community members who couldn’t seem to stop smiling or dancing to the music. Every person I have met has been very welcoming and open to explaining their path to Carnegie Hall. It is incredibly exciting to see all of the wonderful things going on and I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop and try new programs!