As a teaching choir determined to support and nurture the next generation of arts and artists, VCS is proud to host an arts management internship. But what does the intern actually do? A lot of really important things to help make the show happen. Amid helping to run rehearsals and prepare for a concert, Emma Mehigan, VCS intern for the 2017-18 season was kind enough to share what she learned on the job.
My internship with Vienna Choral Society began last summer. Since then, I have been exposed to much more of the choral world than before. I have been in choirs for the last nine years of my life, but I have never been so greatly involved in the management of a choir. One of the major things I have been exposed to is the people that management has the privilege to work with. It is overwhelming to me how much everyone has welcomed me into their choir life. Every week I’m asked how school is going, how colleges are looking, and how life is in general. It has struck me how much of a community resides within this choir and it will be difficult for me to leave at the end of this year.
Another major thing that I have learned is how much marketing and getting the word out makes a difference. This year, 27 new singers have joined the choir, all thanks to strategic outreach and word-of-mouth from the wonderful singers we currently have. While working with our website and social media pages, I have learned the importance of saying the right things and connecting to as many people as possible. Earlier this year, we had a meme post on our Facebook page that absolutely blew up. I learned that there was no science to that, just luck of who saw it first and shared it with their friends.
Being involved in an internship like this is one of the best experiences I have ever had. It has improved my motivation and time management skills immensely. I do the tasks that I have been given not because I am being paid or because I am at the risk of being fired. I do them because I know that they will teach me something that I want to learn. It has taught me all the inner workings of a choir, but also how to work with different types of people, how to communicate well over social media, how to run a website, how to write a press release, how to write and edit a grant application, and how to jump into something that I’ve never been exposed to before. It has given me perspective and joy, and I’m looking to learn more as we begin to move forward to our March concert.
— Emma Mehigan
James Madison High School, Class of 2018
Applications now being accepted for the VCS Arts Management Internship 2018-19 season.
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018. We’d love to hear from you!