2009 marks the fourth summer of our internship program, which gives college students hands-on participation in operations, decision-making, and the continued evolution of Rush Hour in its mission. We are fortunate to have three intelligent and energetic young women with a passion for live music and community building with us this summer, thanks to generous funding from the James S. Kemper Foundation.
In the spirit of our “bullet point” artist bios, here is a brief introduction to our 2009 summer intern team.
- Recently graduated from Barnard College in New York City and will be attending Loyola Law School in Chicago in the fall
- Previously interned with Linda Gaunt’s P.R. firm in New York City and for Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL) and Congresswoman Julia Carson (IN)
- Loves shopping online and watching the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Sunday morning news talk shows, and any VH1 dating show
- “Rush Hour’s mission to make quality classic performances accessible to all appealed to me. I like interacting with the artists and having the opportunity to contribute substantively to Rush Hour’s success.”
- A rising senior majoring in French Studies and Theater at Wesleyan University, she is currently beginning research for her thesis in Theater: a study of Irish oral performance
- Last summer, she had the pleasure of performing at a Rush Hour concert for the “Impromptu Interplay” poetry recitation concert
- She enjoys reading anything by Dave Eggers or Italo Calvino
- “Rush Hour does a great thing for the Chicago community in supplying the city with free music in such a friendly way. I love the program, and the people, and the snacks.”
Eliza K. Warren
- A rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA, she is pursuing a degree in Sociology
- 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.”
– Julie Hutchison