The Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Music Festival Arts Administration Program aims to provide students practical experience on the logistical and operational needs required for the successful completion of an international summer music festival.
Offering exposure to the world of opera, orchestra, and chamber music, this diverse program allows its participants a wide range of administrative experiences while also exposing them to the culture and history of some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities.
Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with the Festival Administration, PSN faculty, guest artists and students throughout the entirety of the program. Over the course of 30 days, they will develop the skills necessary to work effectively in a collaborative and team-oriented environment.
In addition, students will receive one on one instruction with Festival Management where they will be coached on resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with arts administrators in Czech Republic, receiving backstage tours of some of Europe’s most historic venues and receive the opportunity to learn about the skill necessary to run a major concert hall or theater.
The tuition for this summer’s program is $1,900, which covers each participant’s training, production costs for concerts, and transportation between tour cities. The cost of room and board is $1,100 which includes hotel or similar accommodations in city centers, all breakfasts and welcome and farewell dinners for all participants and faculty.
The PSN arts admin program has 4 available positions with each job offering its own unique experience and set of responsibilities including: Festival Coordinator, Orchestra Manager & Librarian, Opera Production Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator.
Note: All arts admin coordinators will be actively involved in promoting the festival and its performances, which will include activities such as distributing flyers over town.
In addition to the time in Prague, we are offering two internships to arts administration coordinators at our Classical Movements office in Alexandria, Virginia, in suburban Washington, D.C.
Aside from assisting with PSN festival preparations, you will have the chance to work first hand with CM tour managers preparing for their international tours for some of the greatest orchestras and choirs from the USA. You will be able to gain valuable work experience as an arts administrator in the classical music touring business.
This internship will last from approximately May 15th to June 15th, in the weeks before the festival. If you are interested in this great opportunity, Classical Movements will provide accommodation for you in our historic building in Alexandria.
This internship is not a required element of your role at the festival in Prague, but if you are interesting in pursuing this extra internship, please email Festival Manager Alexandra Plueckhan to express your interest, and get more information.
The Festival Coordinator will report directly to the Festival Manager and will aid in all logistical aspects of the day-to-day operations of the program. He or she must demonstrate a strong ability to multitask, a high-level of organization and a keen attention to detail. This position requires an individual with a collaborative spirit and calm demeanor who can communicate directly with the PSN staff, guest artists and students.
The Orchestra Manager and Librarian will report directly to the Festival Manager and Artistic Director. He or she will demonstrate an existing knowledge pertaining to orchestra production and a keen understanding of the logistical needs for a symphony orchestra. In addition, this individual will serve as the Orchestra Librarian, editing and preparing all parts as needed for distribution to students.
The Opera Production Coordinator will report directly to the Festival Manager and faculty stage directors, assisting in all aspects pertaining to a successful production of both operas. This individual will exhibit an existing knowledge of opera production and a passion to further his or her understanding of the logistical needs required for opera production. He or she must possess a keen attention to detail, a strong ability to multi-task and an ability to work collaboratively.
The Marketing Coordinator will report to the Festival Manager and work to promote and maintain the marketing tone of the program. He or she will possess a keen understanding of social media platforms and marketing initiatives as well as an ability to work collaboratively with both faculty and staff. This individual will work directly with the Festival Manager on all aspects pertaining to concert and festival promotion.
“It was a pleasure for me being part of the festival, I learned a lot in Prague! Thank you for believing in my talent.”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity! I learned so much in that month, that I’m just hoping to retain a tiny bit of it! My teacher even noticed that my high notes have improved in tone. The program was absolutely amazing, and the people you brought together for it were even more so.”
“Thank you again for the incredible opportunity! I had an amazing trip and made so many memories.”
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity. It was an amazing experience with countless memories. Thank you again.”
"Thank you PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS so much for the incredible opportunity to work with you in Prague, and the amazing opportunities I’ve received!"
“A better experience could not have taken place for me during the first annual Prague Summer Nights Festival. I will forever take with me the memories and knowledge gained during my time with many wonderful musicians.”
"Prague Summer Nights was an incredible experience for me. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned so much about myself as a performer. Sometimes when you are engrossed in the whirlwind of hard, dedicated work it is difficult to see your own progress. Just months after the program I already feel a difference and ease of approach to my performing, as well as a greater awareness of not only what I can improve, but HOW I can improve. Having sung an opera where Mozart first conducted it is no small honor either! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime."
“Such an incredible experience getting a lesson and performing in a masterclass today with Walter Seyfarth, 30-year clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, my favorite orchestra. My time in Prague has been a clarinetist’s dream! Very grateful.”
“Thanks for a great summer! The Prague experience was unforgettable. Thanks again.”
“I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you for this wonderful program you have created. I am still in awe of what took place over this last month, from Smetana Hall, to the Dvorak Museum, and finally Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre! I honestly don’t know how you did it!"