2010 marks the fifth year of our internship program, which gives college students hands-on participation in and education on the operations of Rush Hour. We have been fortunate to have had stellar teams of young people with a passion for live music and community building with us each year, thanks to generous funding from the James S. Kemper Foundation.

2009 summer intern Eliza Warren enjoyed her experience with Rush Hour so much that she joined us as an intern again this summer – and has now joined the staff permanently as Rush Hour’s Marketing & Development Associate.

Also joining us in the office this fall are two very talented fall interns, who are bringing in their fresh perspectives from their universities at opposite ends of the city.

In the spirit of our “bullet point” artist bios, here is a brief introduction to this team:

Eliza Warren

  • A recent graduate of Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she received a degree in Sociology
  • Served as Musical Director/President of the Smith College Noteables, an all-female a cappella group, as well as a member of Smith’s Gold Key Society of tour guides
  • Enjoys photography, traveling, arranging music, and being in her hometown of Portland, ME
  • “I wanted to get involved with Rush Hour because it seemed like an organization that really puts its audience first. You don’t have to be a classical music buff to go and enjoy a Rush Hour concert and every time I see a new concert or meet a new artist, I feel like I have learned something and experienced music in a way I never have before.”

Emily Barth, Northwestern University ’12

  • A current junior at Northwestern University in Evanston, pursuing a music performance degree
  • Performs with various university ensembles and theatre productions on campus, is a member of the horn studio under Gail Williams, and is an active member at the Sheil Catholic Center on campus
  • Enjoys volunteering, drawing and painting, playing sports, being with her family in Texas, and, of course, practicing her French horn
  • “I saw Rush Hour as a great opportunity to support the Chicago community and the rising young musicians this great city fosters. I love being a part of Rush Hour so I can share my love of classical music with the masses.”

Lloyd Lee, University of Chicago ’11

  • A fourth-year at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science with a minor in Music, he is currently working on his thesis comparing the use of the Internet by grassroots political campaigns in the U.S. and South Korea
  • Has studied the clarinet for ten years, and continues to be involved with the music scene at the U of C; also has worked with other non-profits in Chicago and in his hometown of Austin, Texas
  • His days are currently consumed by further developing his photographic style, listening to Wagner overtures, and awaiting the season finale of Mad Men
  • “Rush Hour provides a great opportunity for busy Chicagoans to enjoy fantastic classical music in a wonderful venue for free. When I saw the programming for the first time I was blown away. I hope I can contribute to Rush Hour’s success and help increase the younger audience.”
– Julie Hutchison
Managing Director

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