American Musicological Society
Bowdoin International Music Festival

Summer Intern

The American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF) seek a summer intern in Brunswick, Maine, to assist in the work of the two organizations.


AMS: Work with AMS office staff on ongoing projects, especially the AMS web site and Annual Meeting preparations for the Indianapolis fall meeting.

Skills required: familiarity with web site editing techniques, database. Desirable: familiarity with PHP, MySQL, and Javascript.

BIMF: Prepare program notes (both paper and web site). Notes for seventeen concerts, with an average of three works per concert, are required. The notes will be delivered in print and online. The festival will celebrate anniversary years for Schumann and Chopin as follows:

Schumann celebration:

     • Works include Piano Concerto (Olivier Gardon), piano quartet, piano quintet, sonatas, Fairy Tales, Fantasy Pieces

Chopin celebration:

     • Major works for piano

Other music to be performed includes:

     • Bartók Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion
     • Beethoven Quartets (Shanghai and Ying)
     • Beethoven Violin Concerto, Suyeon Kim
     • Brahms Violin Concerto, Ray Chen
     • Dvořák Piano Quintet
     • Schubert "Death and the Maiden" Quartet (Shanghai)
     • Quartets by Claude Baker and Samuel Adler (composers in residence)

Skills required: Excellent written communication skills, writing for a mixed general audience, ability to produce on firm deadlines.

Time: Flexible for eleven weeks between 1 May and 31 August 2010. (BIMF concerts begin 30 June and continue through 6 August.) Estimated overall work time is about thirty-five hours per week on average, for a total of 375 hours. Estimated division of time: about 50% for each organization.

Compensation: commensurate with experience, not to exceed $5,500, and housing (or housing allowance, not to exceed $825). Complimentary concert tickets provided.

Application procedure: send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three referees, and no more than three program notes samples to: AMS / BIMF Summer Intern Search Committee, 6010 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8451; (electronic applications encouraged and preferred). Applications will begin to be reviewed 1 March 2010, and will be accepted until the position is filled.


About the Bowdoin International Music Festival:

Founded in 1964 by Artistic Director Lewis Kaplan and the late Robert K. Beckwith, the Bowdoin International Music Festival comprises seven concert series, intensive summer study for conservatory and graduate students, and service to the Midcoast Maine community. The Festival’s mission is to provide gifted young musicians from around the world with an opportunity to study with world-class artists, and to provide Maine audiences with classical music performed to the highest artistic standards. The Festival takes place for six weeks each summer on the Bowdoin College campus and throughout the Brunswick, Maine area. It is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, not a program of Bowdoin College.

About the American Musicological Society:

Founded in 1934, the American Musicological Society is the world’s largest association of scholars of musicology. It has more than 3,400 members who teach at over 1,500 colleges, universities and colleges worldwide. It manages an endowment of over $2.3 million that provides, scholarships, subventions, fellowships, prizes, and awards to many in the musicological community. The AMS is hosted at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Now celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Indianapolis meeting of the AMS will draw over 1,600 people interested in musicology over a four-day period in November: 4-7 November 2010.

Location: Brunswick, Maine, is classic New England community steeped in history, rich in cultural heritage, and full of scenic beauty. Museums, theaters, galleries, festivals and pleasant weather make the summer a special time here. A downtown commons with regular entertainment, food vendors, and a twice-weekly farmers market complement the shops and restaurants that make Brunswick such a superb place to stay. And for those interested in outdoor recreational opportunities, Brunswick boasts plenty of access to beaches, parks, and public lands.

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