March 30, 2015

Meet the interns!

Something most people don’t know about the RPO is that we are committed to providing college students with internship opportunities in our administrative office.

From aspiring musicians and educators to business and creative arts majors, the RPO internship program has something to offer any student who is passionate about supporting the arts and interested in learning more “behind-the-scenes” aspects of running a symphony orchestra, from artistic and education to marketing, development, and special events.

This semester, we are pleased to have five interns who hail from the Eastman School of Music, St. John Fisher College and R.I.T., collectively. Read on for more information about our interns this semester!

The service scholar
Madison Hornick is a sophomore at St. John Fisher College pursuing an 
Madison Hornick
RPO Intern
English major and a business minor.

As a Fisher Service Scholar, Madison found the RPO while looking for a place to volunteer her time. In high school, she was an active member of the theatre and music departments. She is looking forward to learning from those she works with and growing in experience and awareness of our community!

The educator
Aimee Lillienstein is a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music
Aimee Lillienstein
Education Intern
pursuing a master's degree in music education.

As an avid performer and educator, Aimee has always been interested in educational outreach and connecting professional musicians with school programs and young students. In her internship, she is able to gain experience in the administrative details that go into putting on a concert/educational event while also thinking of creative music-making activities to enhance the student's orchestral experience.

The outreach specialist
Seo Hee Min is a senior at the Eastman School of Music
Seo Hee Min
Special Events Intern
pursuing a dual degree in business and violin performance.

As a musician, she has always appreciated support from the local community. She decided to intern at the RPO because she wanted to work more closely with volunteers and to give back to the community not just as a musician, but also as an administrator.

The arts advocate
Andrew O’Connor is a senior at the Eastman School of Music
Andrew O'Connor
Marketing Intern
pursuing an applied music major for double bass and a minor in history at the University of Rochester. He is interested in learning the inner workings of symphonies and arts organizations in hopes of finding ways to ensure the future success of symphony orchestras. He is also an avid car and fitness enthusiast, participating in swimming, boxing and kettlebell competitions in his spare time.


The filmmaker
Austin Quinlan is a third year film and animation student at the 
Austin Quinlan
Video Production Intern
Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently the Video Production intern at the RPO, helping to combine his love for orchestral music with his passion for filmmaking. A former vocalist and tuba player himself, he now dedicates all of his time to film.

Fun facts:
The RPO  has a track record of hiring some of our best interns after graduation, such as Marketing Manager Katy Judd (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, grad. 2010) and Development Assistant Olivia Grant (SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music, grad. 2014). RPO interns also have the opportunity to attend concerts for free, which is not only a fun perk, but helps them understand why we do what we do!

If you are a college student interested in interning for the RPO’s administrative office in a particular sector, we’d love to hear from you!

Special thanks to Kathy Miller, the RPO’s administrative and volunteer coordinator, for collecting the bios and photos!

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