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.

(L to R): Ariela Rotenberg, Eliza Warren, Maggie Mendenhall

(L to R): Ariela Rotenberg, Eliza Warren, Maggie Mendenhall

In the spirit of our “bullet point” artist bios, here is a brief introduction to our 2009 summer intern team.

Maggie Mendenhall

  • 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.”

Ariela Rotenberg

  • 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
Managing Director

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