I am interning this summer at both the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Bach Festival. About 6 months ago I decided that I wanted to stay in Oregon this summer. I have not spent more than a month in Oregon, my hometown, in over 3 years. I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon until I reached 16 years of age. That year, I moved to Northern Michigan all by myself to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, a prestigious arts boarding high school. I was there for two years and spent only my winter breaks at home. I spent my summers at various music festivals, sometimes more than one, to gain experience and expertise for my college application process. Now that I am in college, I still only spend 2 weeks during the winter visiting my family, but I decided to gain experience and knowledge this summer in Oregon so I can plan what I want to do with my future and who I want to become.
I was ecstatic to find out that I was offered positions at these two fabulous organizations. Both of these organizations are non-profit and music related. At the Eugene Symphony I help with the marketing projects at the Oregon Bach Festival I help with the donor relations aspect of the Festival. I started both of these internships in early May and I have been devoting at least 6 hours to each internship, each week.
The Oregon Bach Festival is an organization that has interested me for a long time. This organization is one-of-a-kind and has earned a grammy award! Their program, during the summer, is about 3 weeks long and encompasses more than 60 events. It’s a wonderfully run organization and I love working with all the people there! I’ve learned how to use InDesign, Microsoft Excel, countless online donor databases and I’ve had a look into the grant writing process. As their program gets moving I will be required to be more than a part-time intern and devote most of my time to this organization. I am so excited to see what the next month and a half has in store for me here!
At the Eugene Symphony I get to work with the marketing director, Jessika Kaiser. Here, I am working on revamping and redesigning their program book. Here are some ideas that I have designed so far:
These are just ideas for the 4 different program books that are to be designed and given to patrons. While I am the first to admit that I am not a graphic designer, I do really enjoy this kind of creative design and I am enjoying helping Jessika to make the Symphony’s layouts new and modern.
Summer 2013 has been off to an amazing start and I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring! I will be interning until July 15th; I leave then to go to Domaine Forget music festival in Quebec, Canada!