Charlotte’s robust arts community provides numerous opportunities for students to supplement their musical studies with career-related jobs and internships.
Paid Employment (Off-Campus)
Many of our music majors work as music professionals while still in college, including paid employment as performers in churches, clinicians at high schools, and private instructors in music stores. Our students are also in demand as freelance performers. In the Spring 2018 semester alone, music majors were contracted by Opera Carolina to sing with Andrea Bocelli and Kristin Chenoweth, paid for a performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and paid to perform alongside other local professionals at Central Piedmont Community College.
Paid Employment (On-Campus)
A number of our music majors work as Robinson Hall Technicians. These are paying jobs within Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts (and the adjacent Rowe Recital Hall) that provide professional experience on the technical side of the performing arts, including running lights and sound during performances.
Paid Internships (Off-Campus)
Our Department of Music is currently working with a number of performing arts organizations in Charlotte to create professional internships for which the students are paid. We currently offer two paid-internships with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Paid Internships (On-Campus)
The University Professional Internship Program (UPIP) is an on-campus program that provides paid internships in professional roles. Our UPIP interns typically serve as ensemble managers and music librarians, which are great ways to learn more about potential career paths while adding value to the Department of Music.
Thanks to partnerships with local arts organizations, music majors can create their own internship opportunities. Recent students have enrolled in for-credit internships with the Bechtler Ensemble, Blue Ridge String Instrument Company, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, Live Nation, Opera Carolina, and Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte.