Christopher Li.

Northampton Arts Council - Northampton, MA

Project Description

Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund Recipient

“From the very bottom of my heart, thank you so much for this opportunity. This summer, in all of its fun, challenges, surprises, and explorations, was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever undergone.”

To be honest, I was not sure what to expect when I first began working for the Arts Council and the Chorus. My bosses, Bob Cilman and Diane Porcella promised me a lot of hands-on, involved work – but I did not realize the extent to which this was true. 

In the weeks to come with the Young@Heart, Bob slowly unveiled to me his many tricks and techniques for getting the most he could out of the group. Little things, like being attentive to their energies throughout rehearsal – taking breaks, telling jokes, recognizing which songs are exhausting, and which ones pump them up, these are all crucial for running efficient practices. I thought to myself, “Wow, here’s something else I can take back to Bowdoin, and the Chamber Choir, and the Meddiebempsters.”

Until this summer, formal music was an abstract concept to me. I’ve been through years and years of recitals and concerts on campuses and community centers, churches and parks, and to prepare for them, I’ve always rehearsed to the best of my ability and arrived ready to perform. Yet I’ve never seen any aspect of the music industry beyond what’s depicted on television and in films. This summer, I witnessed, and participated in managing the layers and layers of work that goes into preparing any successful event in the arts. 

Project Details

  • Date February 5, 2010
  • Tags 2009, Arts, Goodfriend
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