Summit Chorale is proud to offer Section Leader Internships for college-level Music Majors beginning Fall 2012. Though non-paying, the Internships can be credit-based if the participating college has a co-op or other appropriate program in place. Internships would last 1 semester, with a maximum of 2 Internships per person, after which the candidate may audition for full membership.
The main focus will be on leading a specific section and raising its level of performance through attending rehearsals, note-taking (including conductor markings and proper language diction), providing notes to the section on a weekly basis, individual sectional brush-ups, and participation in final performances. However, the Internship also offers valuable experience with many other facets of a non-profit community choral organization, including but not limited to:
- The non-academic “real life” process by which performing groups identify repertoire, rehearse, and perform a multi-concert season;
- The business management of a non-profit choral organization -- budget creation and management, membership issues, time management, concert production and back office process;
- Exposure to a wide variety of people with different learning, communication and music skills, with practical experience interacting effectively in a diverse group;
- Access to resources available to assist choral organizations (Chorus America, ACDA, various websites, etc.);
- A thorough understanding of how a volunteer organization and its members contribute their time and money in support of Summit Chorale.
Intern applications should include a description of candidate’s activities and accomplishments, plans after graduation, and explanation of how this Internship would benefit the candidate. The candidate will also need to submit current transcripts and provide a recommendation from their faculty advisor. A lesson plan would be created by the Summit Chorale leadership team so that the Intern’s results are measurable and can be graded (if needed). Expected requirements of the candidates include:
- Very strong singing and sight reading ability, keyboard skills, and experience in the following languages; Latin, German, Italian, Spanish and French;
- Proper concert attire to perform with Summit Chorale;
- Attendance at all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts, singing as a member of the section. As in any professional setting, it is expected that the Intern arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal. No more than 2 absences can occur during the semester;
- Mastery of all repertoire so that the section members may rely on a consistent singing leader;
- Attendance at Board meetings as deemed necessary to observe the workings of the board and staff.
Please direct inquiries to Darlene Wyzga, Executive Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summit Chorale is one of New Jersey's oldest continuously running community choruses. Founded in 1909, Summit Chorale performs masterworks of choral literature, as well as innovative concerts of varied musical styles, striving for a repertoire that challenges singers while promoting valuable cultural programming for the community. Summit Chorale is made up of experienced singers who span both volunteer and professional singing backgrounds and draws its members and audiences from northern and central New Jersey.