Student Interns & Choral Scholars

The Choral Foundation is committed to the support of men and women seeking careers as choral leaders.  The Student Interns & Choral Scholars program provides hands on experience in the areas of rehearsal leadership, concert performance, score analysis and preparation, conducting auditions and working with singers of all backgrounds from professional to volunteer.  The program includes regular consultation and advisement from William Baker, Jamea Sale and their professional staff.

Over 36 men and women have served seasonal or one-year appointments as Student Interns or Choral Scholars since the program began in 1992.  Interns are enrolled in a degree program at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level of study.  Choral Scholars are doctoral candidates with previous experience teaching at the university level or conducting in a professional setting.  The program has involved students in study at institutions including the University of Kansas, Emory University, the American Conservatory of Music, St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College, Georgia State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of South Carolina, and many others.

Presently the Choral Foundation provides one internship in the Kansas City region and one in the Atlanta region each calendar year.  Sudy begins with one of the summer choruses in June and continues through the local Festival Singers season ending in May.  Credit toward the degree program is determined by agreement between the institution and the Choral Foundation staff.
There is no cost for participation in either the Choral Scholar or Student Intern programs beyond the credit hour tuition required by the degree institution.  There is no compensation for Scholars and Interns for their work with Choral Foundation ensembles.

Jennifer Berroth Conducts Summer Singers of Kansas City Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus- YouTube

Albert Clark Conducts Cobb Summer Singers Handel: Zadok the Priest -  YouTube

Applications for the Student Intern and Choral Scholars programs are accepted throughout the year.  Decisions for the coming season are made in February and announced in March.