Tipitina's Internship Program
Artistic Director Donald Harrison speaking about Tipitina's Internship Program
Baton Rouge Tipitina's Interns recording at PreSonus studios
TIP students performing at Berklee City Music Network Summit
Lafayette interns with Chris French
Chester Daigle and Lake Charles interns
Shreveport interns and instructor Dorsey Summerfield
Tipitina’s Internship Program, led by artistic director, Donald Harrison Jr., is an after-school jazz program for high school students. The program focuses on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. The program is free of charge and accepts intermediate and advanced music students. Participants are expected to be interested in pursuing a career in music.
Those interested in being admitted to the Internship Program must be available to attend class once a week throughout the school year - each class is 2 hours, specific class dates vary in each city.
For more information about participating in the program, please contact 504-309-7934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions: Monday, August 31, 2015
Class time: Monday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Chris Thomas King, Instructor
Auditions: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Class time: Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chris French, Instructor
Auditions: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Class time: Monday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Chester Daigle, Instructor
Classes begin: Monday, September 14, 2015
Class time: Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dorsey Summerfield, Instructor
Classes begin: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Class time: Thursday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About the Program
Tipitina's Internship Program serves students from high schools throughout Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport. Participants are ethnically and socio-economically diverse; this diversity is one of the program's key strengths. Students who go on to higher-level university music and production programs are ahead of their peers thanks to the many hours of direct support they received from the Tipitina's Foundation staff.
Past participants have continued their music studies at the Juilliard School, Brown University, the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts / NYU, The Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music. As a result of the Tipitina's Internship Program, students have had the opportunity to play at events, such as national conventions, conferences, parties, benefit concerts, and movie openings--starting them on their music business career path.The program is part of the Berklee City Music Network, makes use of the PULSE online curriculum, and has sent numerous students to Berklee's acclaimed Summer Music Program, as well as Berklee's regular four-year program.
"Being part of the Tipitina's Internship Program was a life-changing experience. The instruction I received was much more than just the right notes to play; I learned how to conduct myself as a musician and businessman." – Charles Burchell
Interns spend time developing instrumental skills, learning recording technologies and production techniques, participating in workshops with musicians, producers, and scholars, as well as receiving general academic tutoring.
The program strives to create positive change in the lives of young New Orleans via a curriculum comprised of the following components:
Tipitina's Internship Program is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.
Additional support is provided by the William H. Donner Foundation.
Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
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