Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music

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Why we need your help

Although Ellen Battell Stoeckel provided a magnificent venue for the study and enjoyment of music, today financial support from her estate accounts for less than 20 percent of our operating budget. In order to prosper artistically and intellectually as an international festival of the highest caliber, we rely heavily on ticket sales and individual contributions.

Your gift makes a difference not only for our audiences, but also for the Fellows who come from all over the world each year to study here.

All contributions to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law. Please contact your personal tax advisor for details. All gifts will be recognized in the Festival’s annual program book. For more information about how to support the Festival, please contact James Nelson, general manager, at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, P.O. Box 208246, New Haven, CT 06520-8246, call 203 432-8779, or email james.nelson@yale.edu.

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Donor Benefits

All contributions will be publicly acknowledged in the Festival’s annual program book. In addition to the program book listing, each contributor at the following levels will receive:

Supporting Member $100 to $249

  • First notice of concerts, subscriptions, and single tickets
  • CD recording of the Best of Norfolk
  • 10% discount coupon at Norfolk merchandise table

Sustaining Member $250 to $499
All of the above plus:

  • 20% discount on single tickets
  • Invitations to post-concert receptions

Associate Member $500 to $999
All of the above plus:

  • Complimentary coffee and a snack at Friday and Saturday evening concerts

Musicians Circle $1,000 to $4,999
All of the above plus:

  • Invitation to a Summer Season Preview Event at Whitehouse

Leading Contributor $5,000 and above
All of the above plus:

  • Concierge Service for all Norfolk Festival events. Just call us for help with additional tickets, ordering a pre-concert picnic basket, or to arrange a tour for your guests. We promise to make it a memorable experience!

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Annual Fund

Support the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with a gift to the Annual Fund. Your gift, no matter the size, will help support the study and performance of the music you love and build new audiences for chamber music. 

Fellow Sponsorships

Sponsor a Norfolk fellow and enjoy an opportunity to establish a friendship with an outstanding young musician. Sponsorship of one fellow is $5,500 for the summer. Please contact Festival Director Melvin Chen or General Manager James Nelson for more information.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute Gifts to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival provide a thoughtful way to honor someone special in your life, to recognize a special occasion or event (such as a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or a simple thank-you), or to memorialize a loved one or friend.

Bequests

Bequests and other forms of deferred giving are an ideal way to create a legacy that will help to build our endowment and provide secure funding for future generations of young musicians and music lovers of all ages. If you have already included Norfolk in your estate plan, please let us know so we may acknowledge your generosity.

Other ways to get involved

Summer Internships

For more than 75 years, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music has advanced the field of chamber music through immersive summer training programs for emerging professional musicians and future arts administrators. Recognizing that work experience plays a critical role in establishing a career, we’re always on the lookout for the next generation of arts leaders—interns who are ambitious, curiousand motivated to build on their skills and gain the hands-on experience necessary to enter into a career in the arts.

At Norfolk, you’ll have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned artists and be part of the Yale Summer School of Music communityThe Festival has an outstanding record of interns going on to enjoy successful careers in arts administration, academia, and business.

Positions

Application Deadline for Summer 2020: March 1, 2020

Please note, all jobs are summer positions (June–August)

 

Administrative Intern

Description: 

  • Assist in the day-to-day operations of the Festival, including box office, marketing, publicity, and clerical duties
  • Management of special projects, as assigned 
  • Assist with fellow and Festival artist arrivals, departures, accommodations, and special needs
  • Assist with concession operations 
  • Concert production duties 

Qualifications: Previous arts administration experience helpful. Interest and/or background in classical music and music education is also helpful.

Compensation: Accommodations, meals, and may be eligible for college credit.

 

Music Librarian/Director’s Assistant

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintaining the Festival’s music and recording library. Responsibilities include purchase and rental of scores and parts, cataloging the Festival’s collection, maintenance of card catalogs and lending records, marking bowings, and operation of library’s audio equipment
  • Produce weekly Emerging Artist Showcase programs 
  • Management of special projects, as assigned
  • Assist the Festival director in the preparation of weekly and daily schedules, correspondence, and coordination of receptions and special events

Qualifications:  Previous library experience and knowledge of classical music are preferred

Compensation: Accommodations, meals, and may be eligible for college credit.

 

Production Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and upkeep of all concert halls and operations for all performances and events
  • Upkeep and inventory of all concert and rehearsal equipment (chairs, stands, percussion equipment, etc.)
  • Stage management and supervision of all performances, master classes, and lectures
  • Operation of stage lighting with occasional re-focusing of light
  • Load-in, load-out, and maintenance of equipment
  • Assist with concert-hall scheduling 
  • Coordinate and oversee stage crew
  • Assist recording engineer, as needed
  • Management of special projects, as assigned

Qualifications: Technical stage experience, familiarity with personal computers, previous arts administration experience and knowledge of classical music performance are a plus

Compensation: Accommodations, meals, and may be eligible for college credit

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and references to norfolk@yale.edu with the subject “Summer Positions” or mail materials to:

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
PO Box 208246
New Haven, CT
06520-8246

Volunteer Opportunities

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Help bring the Festival to life this summer! By volunteering, you’ll gain an insider’s view of the Festival while making friends with Fellows, Festival Artists, staff, and other members of our dedicated volunteer team.

For more information, call 860 542-3000 or email norfolk.volunteers@yale.edu

Positions

Concert Usher

Duties include:

  • Collecting tickets
  • Handing out programs
  • Directing patrons to their seats
  • Monitoring doors during performances
  • Arriving early to stuff inserts into the program book
  • Staying after the concert to tidy and close up the hall

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Positive attitude and friendly demeanor
  • Be able to stand for one hour
  • Be able to lift 20 pounds

Special benefits: Watch the concert you are ushering for free 
Availability: Friday or Saturday evenings 
Minimum commitment: At least two concerts per summer season 
Reports to: House Manager

 

Post-Concert Reception Volunteer

Duties include:

  • Pouring drinks (soda, water, wine, and beer)
  • Refreshing food platters as needed
  • Cleaning up after the reception

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Be able to stand for two hours
  • Be able to lift 20 pounds

Special benefits: Watch the concert for free (but be aware that you’ll have to leave before the concert is finished) 
Availability: Friday or Saturday evenings 
Minimum commitment: At least two receptions per summer season 
Reports to: Facilities Staff

 

Marketing Team

Duties include:

  • Distributing posters and brochures around the region

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license; must be able to provide your own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Comfortable asking businesses to display brochures

Availability: Flexible; availability during business hours preferred 
Minimum commitment: Twice during the summer season, June-August. Distribution locations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in consultation with the Volunteer Coordinator 
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

 

Events Team

Duties may include:

  • Setting up and breaking down event facilities
  • Shopping for event materials
  • Decorating

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds
  • Driver’s license and access to transportation preferred
  • Organized with an interest in decor

Availability: availability on June 28&29 is strongly preferred 

Minimum commitment: One event 

Reports to: General Manager

 

Transportation Team

Duties include:

  • Picking up and dropping off Fellows at/from regional airports and train and bus stations
  • Transporting Fellows to off-site concerts

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license, must be able to provide your own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised

Availability: Must be available for at least one arrival or departure day 
Minimum commitment: One trip 
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

 

Field Trip Leader

Help our fellows explore the Norfolk area over the summer by leading a trip off-campus. Organize with friends, or lead the trip by yourself. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator with your field-trip idea. 

Duties include:

  • Planning and leading an off-campus activity
  • Supervision of fellows during the trip

Volunteer skills and requirements:

  • Driver’s license and ability to provide transportation for a group of students
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • Event planning experience useful, but not required
  • Knowledge of Norfolk and surrounding area

Availability: Sundays 
Minimum commitment: One event 
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator