A Typical Day at a Performing Arts Festival

Article written by Courtney Baugh, a senior studying Arts Management through SPEA at Indiana University. This summer Courtney has internships with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and American West, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, while also serving as a student representative in the IU2U Program.

A view of the Big Island of Hawaii, where the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival takes place. Photo taken by Courtney Baugh.

A view of the Big Island of Hawaii, where the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival takes place. Photo taken by Courtney Baugh.

Aloha from Hawaii! It’s been over a week since arriving in Hawaii, and with a few days under my belt, I want to share the experiences I have had so far.  However, before I do that, I’ll tell you how I got the internship.

As someone studying arts management, I wanted to find an internship in the field that also offered a unique opportunity, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival offered just that. The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival is an educational festival that has both vocal and string components. The festival performs various concerts throughout the festival, with this season’s major productions being the Strings at the Palace Concert, the Magic Flute, Fairy Queen and Into the Woods. I would be gaining valuable experience and knowledge about the music industry while also traveling to Hawaii (and who doesn’t want that?).

I had never heard of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival until I saw a post from them on the SPEA Career Development website. I researched the company, and realized it would be a great opportunity so I applied, received an offer, and a few months later found myself on the Big Island of Hawaii.

For my first post, I initially wanted to write about my typical day with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. The problem with that though is that there is no “typical day”. In fact, one of my supervisors told me the very first day to not expect anything except the unexpected. She advised me and the other interns that no day looks the same and that we would have to remain flexible and adaptive. I quickly realized she was not exaggerating.

Of course, there are some aspects that happen every day, but every day there is also something new—some expected and some not so expected. While some might find this to be annoying at times, it can also make work fun. I realized that I could dread or love the changing environment, and so I chose to love it.

The good thing about having changing work is that you never get bored and you are constantly learning new things. Even with just a short week of working, I have learned so many things about the music industry, and also have gained skills in arts and general management. In just a short week, I have realized how beneficial this internship will be. Interning with a festival makes for long and varying days, but with that, you gain a lot of experience and a variety of new skills! I can’t wait to see what is to come.

One response to “A Typical Day at a Performing Arts Festival

  1. Pingback: A Rare Day Off–Exploring the Big Island | IU Arts Administration Program Blog·

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