I. Allegro – An Introduction to the Symphony by Haley Butler

This summer I will be interning at the Nashville Symphony, the largest performing arts non-profit in Tennessee and led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero. Founded in 1945 by Walter Sharp, the Symphony has become a cornerstone in the artistic community of Nashville, a city known for its dedication to music. With 140 performances annually, the Symphony’s concert schedule encompasses a diverse mix of classical, pops, jazz and family programs, along with extensive community outreach efforts.

I graduated from Nashville School of the Arts, a public magnet high school, specializing in orchestral and choral music. During my time at NSA, the Nashville Symphony was crucial to my development as a young classical musician. Their community engagement programs allowed me to attend the symphony on a regular basis, learn about the historical context of the pieces performed, and interact with professional musicians who provided inspiration and helpful insight.

During my summer with the Symphony, I will act as the Education and Community Engagement intern. I will provide support for all of the day-to-day activities of the Education and Community Engagement department, which is responsible for the Symphony’s music education initiatives, children’s concerts, community partnerships, and adult education programs. I will assist in the planning of Young People’s Concerts, design activities for Pied Piper Children’s Concerts, and deliver Instrument Petting Zoo programs to local schools and summer programs. Additionally, I will gain hands-on experience by building new curriculum for the educational programs.

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