Don Giovanni at Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
Every time I write after a considerably long hiatus I always start with an excuse as to why I’ve been absent so long. I’m definitely about to do that again so bear with me… This summer I’ve been working four jobs at The Chautauqua Institution. Yes, you read that correctly. Four jobs. It’s been great so far, but also super busy. I’m super thankful to be able to be working so much so I can afford my apartment and bills during the upcoming school year, but WOW – I’m tired!
Chautauqua is right on the lake and has cobblestone paths, amazing liberal art classes/programs for people of all ages, a Starbucks (!!), practice cabins, and the sweetest gingerbread-esque styled homes. Not to mention, I get to work with some of my favorite friends. It’s so beautiful and I’ve never quite experiences anything like it! It’s hard to believe Chautauqua has basically been in my backyard for over a year now, and I had no clue!
Working here is definitely a bit of a dream and although I’m working a ton, I’m glad it’s a comfy enough place to relax when I’m off duty. I still have a couple of weeks left of work this summer, but I hope I have a chance to experience everything Chautauqua has to offer!
- Chautauqua Opera Guild Administrative Intern – I was originally caught off guard when offered this position, but wow – I am so glad I accepted it. My position entails mostly paperwork and organization, but I get to enjoy a lot of recitals and performances by the young artists in residence. All of the artists are extremely talented and it’s been a serious pleasure to listen, watch, and learn from all of their performances. As the Guild Intern, I get my own opera parents! They have this program where guild members “adopt” an artist – it’s really sweet. Shout out to both Mary, Steve, and Linda for making my introduction to both this job and Chautauqua an absolute breeze.
- Opera Teacher at Chautauqua Children’s School – This job is so much fun. Technically this job is roped together with my Intern position, but I keep it separate because there is so much planning that goes into it. Every Thursday, I have the pleasure of teaching and introducing opera to 3-6 year olds. Opera is definitely a more mature subject for little kids, so I tend to shorten it quite a bit. My main goal is to just expose them to the world of opera and all of it’s magic. So far I’ve only taught one class, but it’s already proven to be an extremely rewarding experience. We’re going to act out the Where The Wild Things Are opera this week!
- Chautauqua Amphitheater Usher – When I was little, I remember thinking how cool it must be to be a concert usher. Seeing concerts every night, knowing the inside scoop, possibly meeting famous people – how could you not love it?! I definitely enjoy this job a lot and it’s been great seeing so many performances every single week. (My favorite so far – The Charlotte Ballet) I work with a lot of friends there, B included, and it’s been a real breeze so far. This season, I’m most looking forward to seeing The Avett Brothers and Frankie Valley! Eeek!
- Church Soloist – My first church gig ever! So thankful my neighbor asked me to sing for her church this summer. It’s been a great learning experience and I’m so excited to finally have a church job under my belt!
So there you have it – my super long excuse for why I’ve been MIA. It’s a solid excuse, but I definitely want to be more active on here. This year is full of new and fun experiences that I am so thankful for and I need to make time to document them and share them with all of you!
I hope y’all are having a wonderful summer – you’ll be hearing more from me very soon.