Prizes & Internships
The Department of Music awards annual prizes for excellent work in the areas of music history, theory, composition, and performance. In some cases these prizes offer substantial amounts that may cover the expense of summer musical study or even tuition at an institution of higher learning.
Susan Rose Internships in Music
Each summer since 1998, a number of students in music have pursued career internships in a wide variety of areas with financial support provided by an extraordinarily generous gift to the college from Susan Wechsler Rose, Class of ’63. These internships have ranged from performance to academic musical study, from music administration to the real world of the business of music. Recent internships have included:
- participation in the opera workshop at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado;
- study of traditional Ewe drumming in Ghana, West Africa;
- field work on Buddhist chanting in California;
- bibliographical work on Berlioz at the Bibliothèque nationale de France;
- the study of conducting at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut;
- producing popular albums with What Are Records in Boulder, Colorado;
- orchestral librarianship at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York;
- administrative assistance at the Washington National Opera, in Washington, D.C.
All sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled at Smith whose curriculum has included classroom courses in music, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of music, are eligible—and are encouraged—to compete for a Susan Rose Internship. The grant provides funding up to an approximate maximum of $5,000. Students are normally awarded only one grant during their years at the college, but in special circumstances students may apply for a second Rose Internship.
Internships are normally carried out during the summer months following the sophomore or junior year, but proposals for work during the academic year, or for work to be carried out after graduation, will also receive careful consideration.
How to Apply
A student who wishes to compete for an internship should consult with their music professors, and with the chairs of the music department’s Susan Rose Internship Committee, regarding the area in which they expect to pursue work. They should then prepare a one-page proposal and a detailed budget (indicating, as specifically required for the internship, the cost of room and board, instruction, and transportation), and submit these documents to the chairs of the committee along with an unofficial copy of their academic transcript. They should have two brief letters of recommendation (from music professors or others familiar with their work) sent via email to the chairs of the committee.