In the Wings

Backstage glimpses with Boston Lyric Opera

And Now, A Word From Our Intern…

Jul 6, 2011 11:10:00 AM
By BLO Staff

By BLO Intern Katarina Holmgren
As a two-year-old, I was
giving mini concerts standing on top of my yellow and orange Fisher Price
picnic table singing to my family and anyone else who would listen.  A
bundle of energy, I could often be seen singing whimsical songs while twirling
around.  Music truly has been my passion for as long as I can remember.
Whether I am at home, in my dorm, or walking down the street, I am either
singing or running through a melody in my mind, about to burst into song at the
next possible moment.  I just can’t help myself!
I realize that I want
music to always be a huge part of my life.  As an economics and music
(vocal performance concentration) double major, I looked to gain experience in
arts administration and see the behind-the scenes-workings of an arts
organization this summer.  It’s exciting to have the opportunity to intern
with Boston Lyric Opera.  Working in an environment surrounded by people
who enjoy their jobs and the final product that they work so hard to produce is
really rewarding.  I have been doing tasks ranging from preparing
orchestra scores for the  Landmarks
, to organizing audition materials, to researching grants, to
helping with press and publicity.  Although each day brings something a
little bit different, I know that everyday I am part of the process which will
produce a fabulous final product.  I am looking forward to continuing my
work here in the coming weeks!
This internship has put me
in a unique place in preparing for my career.  It has not only fostered my
interest in arts administration and piqued my interest in PR, but also made me
want to perform even more.  I realize that a career as a performer is
challenging and that I am only in the beginning stages of preparing for this,
but it’s still something I am interested in pursuing.  Maybe someday my
performing venue will be transformed from a yellow and orange picnic table to
the opera houses of the world.  Who knows!  I do know, however, that
there are countless possibilities and that I am very thankful for the wide range
of experiences I have gained through this internship with BLO.

Topics: behind the scenes, Student Posts, General Opera

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