In Sunday’s (11/9) (Michigan), Susan Isaacs Nisbett writes about an arts internship program at the University of Michigan School of Music, and its link with the San Francisco Symphony. “Last summer, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Seidner, a University of Michigan senior studying flute and instrumental music education, spent five weeks with the San Francisco Symphony as a University Musical Society/University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance 21st Century Artist Intern. Among the many takeaways from her experience: Innovation is central to both mission and music-making at this extraordinary American orchestra.… Even the more-traditional programs the orchestra brings as it returns for a two-day UMS residency Thursday and Friday (Nov. 13-14) provide evidence of the orchestra’s desire to ‘surprise, delight and reaffirm the audience,’ as Seidner put it.… Previous San Francisco Symphony visits here have had a strong student-involvement component, with master classes and player talks on career issues. But with Seidner’s ‘embedding’ with the SFS this summer, new activities suggested themselves. The U-M’s Third Century Initiative funded four School of Music, Theatre & Dance summer interns in the new 21st Century Internship program. Each participant received a $4,000 living and transportation stipend for six weeks–parity with the amount interns in the sciences might get and a fabulous deal in the arts.”

Posted November 11, 2014