Take a Seat…in the Orchestra is a mentoring program for serious-minded music students to intern and perform with members of a professional orchestra.
Each participant is assigned a mentor with whom the student rehearses and performs in various situations. Students have the opportunity to interview their mentors, socialize with them, and learn what it is like to be a professional musician.
The inaugural program took place during the Columbia Festival Orchestra’s residency in July 2008 at PS21, (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century www.ps21chatham.org) in Chatham, NY. Student interns performed with the CFO in the world premiere of Overture to a New Theater by Chatham High School alumnus, David Grunberg.
Tuition is free.* The application procedure is straightforward: a short form, a brief statement about why the student would like to participate; and a recommendation letter from the student’s teacher. Players of all orchestral woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion are invited to apply.
The initial Take a Seat program continued into the fall of 2008 with two opportunities for students (both at St. James Church in Chatham, NY):
- Flute reading session with the 4 members of Flute Force
- Community Sing of Handel’s Messiah
*The “Take a Seat” program will be revived for the 2020 performance of the Hudson Festival Orchestra at Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, presenting “Hudson in Concert: a community celebration.” We are seeking generous contributions from area foundations and individuals to make this possible.