CHORAL MUSIC INTERNSHIP
Houston has several major universities with choral music programs that would benefit from enhanced experiences at the professional level. In 2018 the Houston Chamber Choir introduced a paid internship program for doctoral level students that provided hands-on training in nonprofit administration and executive management, and the opportunity to conduct and learn under the leadership of Houston Chamber Choir Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Simpson. Brian Cook, a DMA candidate from the University of Houston was the selected intern for the 2018-2019 season. Mr. Cook enjoyed spending 2.5 hours per week with Houston Chamber Choir executive and operations staff and additional 4 hours per week with the Artistic Director and singers, conducting rehearsals, working one-on-one with artists and ultimately conducting one to two pieces at each ticketed concert during the 2018-2019 season. The experience was phenomenal for the staff and for the singers and provided remarkable learning experiences for all parties. Houston Chamber Choir is excited to continue the internship program and will host a new DMA student for the 2019-2020 season.