I’ve had many titles throughout my life: daughter, sister, harpist, cashier, stage manager, cat lady…but for the first time in my life, I am now an intern—the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s first intern, actually. This post is my grand “hello!” to MSO patrons, members, supporters, and everyone else involved with all that the MSO does (which is a lot!). Read on to find out more about your cool new MSO intern!
I was born in Texas while my mom was finishing her doctorate, and although I only lived there for a few months, I like to pretend I’m a Texan at heart (as someone who is ALWAYS cold, I think that makes sense!). My brother was much more Texan than I was…he started talking a little bit before leaving Texas and even had that southern accent down pat—it was probably a good thing we moved. I grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago and spent a lot of time in the city. I fell in love with Chicago’s museums, parks, restaurants, and culture, and I hope I’ll be living in the city next year working as an arts administrator, but you never can tell where life will take you. I certainly never thought I’d be where I am now, having had such incredible experiences. I’ve been fortunate here at Ball State—amazing teachers (both academic and applied), exciting classes, interesting performance opportunities, and incredible travel experiences.
Out of everything, I think it’s the travel that I’ve enjoyed most about my university experience. My sophomore year, I took a Sherlock Holmes class through the Honors College, and as part of that, we went to London for a week in May. I got to talk to Londoners about what the iconic Sherlock Holmes and his adventures mean to them, visit the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street, see the front door and café featured in BBC’s Sherlock, and visit numerous museums and restaurants.
After London, I flew off to Madrid to study Spanish language, culture, and history for two and a half months. I experienced so much during that summer…learning how to make paella (yum!) in Madrid; the Roman aqueduct in Segovia (as well as the Alcázar, one of the castles that inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle); many gorgeous cathedrals (featuring stunning pipe organs); the Alhambra in Granada; feeding about a hundred pigeons in Sevilla; and witnessing the legendary Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
My most recent travel adventure happened last summer, when I went to Japan as part of the School of Music’s exchange program. I lived with a host family (a teacher and her mother) and met many Japanese students—everyone was so nice! I performed a solo recital for the students at Mukogawa Women’s University, and then the girls set up a reception for me with Japanese snacks and drinks. I made so many friends and memories there, and it has to be one of the coolest experiences of my life.
I definitely don’t expect to stop traveling or experiencing new things once I graduate this May. I’m a city girl (and my summer living in Madrid proved that), so I’m excited to get a job in a major city like Chicago or New York. The arts are so alive in the city, and I can’t wait to be a part of all the excitement. For now, I’m loving being exposed to the arts administration world through working as an intern with the MSO and seeing how arts organizations keep smaller communities, like Muncie, alive and thriving. I’m learning that arts organizations have a much broader reach than I initially realized, and I’m also learning that orchestras look a little different from the office than they do from the stage! I’ll be updating this blog to give you an inside look at the MSO’s daily activities. Most of you know about the wonderful orchestra concerts, but the MSO does a whole lot more than just symphony concerts. This blog will give you a front row seat to witness the countless ways the MSO is active in our community on a daily basis, as well as the incredible amount of time and effort that goes into each event. I’m excited to take you along for the ride, so stay tuned for more posts!