Interns play an important and evolving role in day-to-day station operations. From learning about broadcast processes and procedures to assisting with facility and web maintenance, the All Classical internship program provides a front row seat to the art and science of making radio.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be an All Classical intern?
Read what our present and past interns have to say about their experience below, then contact Andrea Rennie with any questions.
Intern: Summer & Fall 2018
Classical music has been my world since I was a toddler; I remember listening to Beethoven Lives Upstairs, a musical narrative on CD, every night as I fell asleep. My dad and I together have loved Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as long as I can remember. I grew up in Hoonah, Alaska, a rural island community where classical music was often misunderstood. But my home was always alive with instrumental music, from my parent’s folk band rehearsals to my first Joshua Bell CD when I was 10. Today, I am a rising junior at Lewis & Clark College, studying violin performance. Since moving to Portland, I’m always enthused for new opportunities to get involved in the classical scene off-campus. I love attending Oregon Symphony concerts, and then stopping for Fro-Yo down the street to relive the highlights of the concert with my friends. While cooking, doing homework, or lying on the floor, I reliably tune into All Classical Radio to hear fresh modern compositions mixed with the music I know and love.
Interning for All Classical Portland is an amazing opportunity to delve into the heart of a core part of Portland’s classical community. From meeting professionals around the city to gaining a better understanding of how the organization connects to new members of Portland’s classical community, I’m excited to immerse myself in the process. Writing and communication have always been an interest of mine, and I’m thrilled at the chance to contribute to the development of All Classical Portland’s website. As a musician, all I want to do is share music, and a website is a concise vehicle to share the power of classical music with old members, new visitors, and curious google-ers. I enjoy working with technology and music, and this internship will be an optimal meshing point between many of my passions.
Besides classical music, I am an avid outdoorswoman. I’m always looking for a nature-oriented adventure, from backpacking to kayaking and some rock climbing in between. I’ve recently dabbled in busking, which is a fun way to breathe fresh air and make passerby’s smile. I’m eager for the opportunities and learning experiences this internship will provide, and of course the chance to be immersed in so much music.
Intern: Summer 2018
Ever since I began playing the trumpet in 4th-grade music has been at the center of my life. I grew up in Rockford, IL, and decided to make the big leap to the Pacific Northwest for college. I am currently a rising senior at Lewis & Clark College, majoring in euphonium performance. I have certainly enjoyed my time here thus far; Portland’s natural beauty and vibrant community have made me fall in love with the city. Early on in my college career, I began listening to All Classical and found it to be a great source for all things classical music. After a long day of class and practice, I enjoy hopping in my car and immediately tuning into All Classical for my drive home. I can count on hearing one of my favorite pieces or discovering something entirely new.
I have previously interned with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in my hometown, where I gained valuable experience working with a non-profit arts organization. I am very excited to gain more experience with All Classical this summer and explore what radio has to offer. I look forward to working with such a passionate group of people, who love music just as much as I do.
In recent years, I have taken up the bass trombone and conducting as a way to expand my musical understanding and experience. In my free time, I play rugby, go for picnics, and visit art exhibitions.
I look forward to a fantastic summer with All Classical!
Intern: Winter 2018
A native of Beaverton, Oregon, I have been a listener of All Classical Portland since I started playing the flute eleven years ago. Coming from a family of non-musicians, the station served for me as an invaluable introduction into to the world of classical music. Since then, I’ve further fueled my love for this art through participation in the Portland Youth Philharmonic and various ensembles throughout my time in college. I recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound, where I received degrees in Flute Performance and Biology. I am currently taking a gap year to apply to a Masters of Music program in Flute Performance.
My goal is to become a professional musician and an active supporter of the arts in my community. That being said, I am inspired by All Classical’s mission to engage with local and global audiences in ways that support and create cultural community, especially through programs such as Thursdays at Three, Northwest Previews, and upcoming JOY Project programs. I am grateful to be learning from the All Classical team about the work that goes into operating a non-profit arts organization and delving into the world of radio broadcasting.
Classical music has opened up many doorways of listening for me, and I am passionate about the power of sound to inspire, console, and connect us to the experiences of other people. The medium of radio, in particular, appeals to me both as a science and an art. Last spring, I had the opportunity to take a Music Recording Techniques course, where I learned the basics of recording, mixing, and mastering music. During this time I also served as the editor-in-chief of my university’s student-run science magazine, Elements, where I we aspired to communicate student research and science news in a way that was informative and accessible across the campus. I look forward to bringing together my previous experiences in audio production, writing, and communication to this internship and learning more about community engagement, social media management, fundraising, and more.
Intern: Fall 2017
Growing up in Seaside, Oregon, there wasn't much of a classical music community that I was aware of. My first real exposure to the genre was when I was 12 years old, and my mom took me to see Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Astoria Music Festival. I looked up at the singers on that stage and knew, “this is what I want to be when I grow up”. I am currently finishing up my senior year at Portland State University with a degree in Vocal Performance. I am also a member of the Portland State Chamber Choir, and have participated in a few of PSU’s Opera productions.
My appreciation for classical music has only grown through my studies, and while my ultimate goal is to perform, I am looking forward to learning everything that All Classical can teach me about the broadcasting industry and how it has aided the classical music world. I can't believe I get to be surrounded by such a great group of people who are as passionate and enthusiastic about this music as I am, and I am so thankful for this opportunity!
Aside from my love of music, I enjoy being outside hiking, walking in the city, playing tennis, or going home for a while to play and surf at the beach. I love to travel, and I am a huge bookworm. My favorite place to be is curled up in a big chair with a warm blanket, a cup of coffee, a good book, and soft piano music playing in the background.
Intern: Summer 2017
I am a recent graduate from Linfield College who is living in Portland for the summer. I majored in Mass Communication with a minor in Creative Writing. I have lived in Seattle all my life and love the Pacific Northwest. I am excited to explore the abundance of food trucks and hikes in Portland!
Now more than ever, it is important to support the arts, especially non-profit organizations. I am honored to be spending my summer at All Classical Portland and am excited to work with each staff member to gain skills in an array of areas. This internship is a great transition from school to the real world. I have already made great connections and can’t wait to learn and grow at All Classical Portland.
Intern: Winter 2017
I have lived in Oregon my whole life, and currently reside in the rural community of Laurelwood. I am a junior at Western Oregon University, where I am working towards a major in English and minor in music. While my goal is to one day become a grant writer for nonprofit organizations, I have always been drawn to music, and have played piano for most of my life, focusing on both classical music and jazz. The learning opportunities at All Classical Portland are endless, and I’m thrilled to be spending the next several months working with such an enthusiastic and passionate group of people.
In my down time I enjoy reading, taking naps with my dogs, and horseback riding. I occasionally ride competitively, but have also led horseback-guided wine tours through Oregon’s wine country.
I look forward to being a part of an environment that perfectly combines non-profit with quality music, and learning as much as I can during this internship.
Intern: Fall 2016
I am a recent addition to Portland, having moved here after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Environmental Science this past Spring. Naturally, I gravitated to the only thing I felt as equally beautiful as the environment -- music. My southern upbringing and various stints living and traveling in and out of the country has imbued me with an appreciation of all types of music, with classical music being my first. I am excited to delve into the world of radio, with specific interests in production, engineering, and interviewing, all while continuing to grow my love of classical music. My playing pursuits include piano and cello, with an additional adoration for singing and choir that began when I was living in Arkansas.
When not playing music, I enjoy reading, writing, salsa dancing, and taking walks in beautiful places. While I have often been a tourist in the Northwest, I hope to utilize my fresh status as a permanent resident to explore all of the natural, musical, and cultural experiences it has to offer.
Intern: Summer 2016
As a native of the east coast, I am looking forward to a summer internship at All Classical in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Simsbury, CT and am in my fourth year of undergraduate studies at Brown University in Providence, RI, where I study music and math. During my time at Brown, I play oboe in a variety of chamber ensembles and attend as many concerts and recitals as possible! Music has always been a constant presence in my life, beginning with childhood collections of cassette tapes and CDs, continuing with piano and oboe lessons, and growing with high school solfege classes and orchestra, band, and choir festivals. Music also helps to realize my dream of traveling around the world, from Lincoln, NE to Co. Clare, Ireland, and now to Portland, OR.
Few public radio stations are as openly enthusiastic about their music as All Classical: the declaration “we love this music” that headlines the webpage resonates with my own passion for classical music. I am inspired by the team’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication, and we share a common goal of connecting music with communities. I am eager to learn how radio merges the many things I love about music: audio technology, theoretical discussion, performance, and the pure joy of listening.
Intern: Spring 2016
I am a recent graduate from Swarthmore College who moved to Portland four months ago. As a longtime student and performer of Western Classical music, I found that my homesickness for Washington, D.C. was mitigated by listening to All Classical. I am very happy to develop my relationship to this music through an internship at All Classical. I am particularly looking forward to writing and researching for ongoing and soon to be completed projects as well as gaining production skills under Andrea Murray.
Intern: Summer 2015
All Classical Portland is an ideal place for me to spend the summer because of my combined interests in writing, media, and the arts . I am excited to be a part of an organization that works to sustain and build a cultural community through the preservation and continuation of classical music in the vibrant northwest arts community. Seeing how a non-profit functions with the dedicated support of its staff members who work cohesively toward the overarching goal of providing classical music to listeners around the world and locally is another reason I was drawn to the station.
I feel very fortunate to be spending my summer here at All Classical and look forward to getting to know the staff as well as gaining experience in audio production and editing, blog writing, interviewing, social media management, and all the projects I can contribute to.
I am a junior English and Mass Communication double major at Linfield College. This fall I will be the editor-in-chief of the college’s student newspaper, The Linfield Review. I will also be a Peer Advisor and help new students transition from high school to college through advising sessions and the colloquium class I co-teach with my Faculty Advisor. Additionally, I compete on the college’s swim team and am a brother in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
In my spare time, I play viola in chamber ensembles in the music department at Linfield. I grew up on the coast of Oregon in Astoria, where my commitment and passion for classical music began. While in Astoria, I played in the North Oregon Coast Symphony, the Columbia River Community Symphony, and in the pit orchestra that played Tchaikovsky’s score for the Nutcracker ballet each December all throughout my high school years.
Intern: Winter 2015
I've been a Portland resident for several years, after stints in Boston and New York City. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia. To me, Portland is a reasonable blend of the rural and urban extremes.
My radio fascination started early in life, as I discovered new and exotic sounds on the AM dial. Before long, I began taking apart every radio I could find, hoping to discover what made this mysterious box called a "radio" possible. Eventually, I would earn degrees in both music and electronics.
All Classical Portland has given me the opportunity to experience both the creative and technical aspects of radio-making. I get to learn from some of the best in the field. Larry Holtz, with has vast engineering experience, is showing me what it takes to keep a station on-air 24/7. Andrea Murray shares my lifelong obsession with sound and is guiding me through the process of producing quality radio content. The staff and volunteers have been tremendously kind and supportive.
Intern: Summer 2014
I have always loved music, and through playing cello for most of my life, I developed a deep appreciation for classical music in particular. My years at the Vancouver School for Arts and Academics, as well as my participation in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, contributed to my interest in both classical music and the development of the public arts community. I am excited to pursue these interests in the friendly and supportive atmosphere at All Classical Portland this summer! I am a big fan of the station, especially programs like The Score, which combines two of my passions: music and film.
I am a rising sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, studying Visual and Media Arts. My studies, especially regarding media history, have developed my interest in the future of broadcast. I strongly believe in developing public support for the arts, and while I am uncertain what the future holds for me, I hope to eventually contribute in some way to the local and greater arts community. Additionally, working with audio production and editing at Emerson has interested me in the technical and writing aspects of radio as well. Through my time at All Classical, I wish to gain an understanding of how a nonprofit organization works, as well as some experience in the technical side of radio and production.
I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to help out at the station!
I have always loved classical music. As a kid, I spent my evenings conducting along to Mozart CDs and air-violining to Vivaldi concertos I heard on the radio. My love of music translated easily to a love of public radio, which I avidly listen to and support. Though I am a new addition to the team at All Classical, I am overwhelmed by the station’s commitment to provide great music to its listeners and support the local arts scene here in Portland.
I am beginning this internship as a recent graduate of Knox College where I studied Music and Computer Science in the prairies of western Illinois. I have a passionate, if not somewhat obsessive, thirst for collecting and learning about as much music as I can, leaving no genre or era untouched. Programs like Club Mod and The Score have proved to be wonderful resources for discovering new and exciting music that I have never heard before.
I am very excited at the opportunity to learn as much I can from the greatly knowledgeable and experienced staff at All Classical. I hope to get acquainted with every aspect of the station, from radio production to new media content to fundraising and working with volunteers.
Intern: Summer 2013
As an avid listener and devotee of classical music, I am excited to have the opportunity to intern at All Classical Portland, a vital and unique part of our community. As I venture into a life in the arts, All Classical is an ideal place for me to take part in an institution that does work which I am deeply passionate about: to curate the arts and provide great music to listeners for free. I look forward to learning more about the field of radio, programming, and the inner workings of non-profit arts organizations.
I am a rising senior at Lewis & Clark College, where I am pursuing a music major with studies focusing on composition and musicology, along with a minor in Russian Studies. I also perform actively on my primary instrument, tuba, as well as on guitar, and I have worked as a research assistant in both the Music and Russian Departments at Lewis & Clark. After my time at Lewis & Clark, I intend to pursue graduate studies in musicology and a vocation of teaching, learning, composing, and performing, and my present experience at All Classical will certainly figure as an important part of this journey.
Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, classical music was frequently in my consciousness, both from public radio and my mother’s piano playing. Upon relocation to Portland, I quickly became a fan of All Classical. I have been tuning in ever since, even during my semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, when I listened online, remembering how special our community is. I am delighted to spend this summer working with the people whose voices I have heard so many times, as well as the rest of the wonderful All Classical staff who contribute to the vibrancy of classical music here in Portland.
Intern: Fall 2012 & Spring 2013
I am a native Oregonian and life-long public radio and classical music listener. A recent arrival in Portland, I now have the honor of being All Classical's new intern for the Fall quarter. With only a few weeks under my belt, I am thrilled at the array of hands-on learning opportunities stretching out before me, and at the new avenues this experience will open up for me as I strike out into a new field of work.
When I began the internship, I had already graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Art History, but had spent the intervening years as a baker in Eugene and Portland. So, it could have been easy for me to feel like a fish out of water at All Classical, but the warm hearts and wonderful personalities at the station always made sure I felt welcome and essential.
Over the last few years, I have followed the evolution of public and non-profit community radio stations as they compete in a widening field of online competition. My primary focus while interning will be to learn as much as possible about the production work that goes into programs such as The Score and Club Mod.
I am excited for the opportunity to tap into the great pool of knowledge and experience that the staff at All Classical FM provides. I am proud to be a part of something that is not only fulfilling and educational, but also encourages listeners in Portland (and worldwide) to support the arts.
Intern: Summer 2012
I want to thank everyone at All Classical for giving me the opportunity to work with and learn from them this summer. I look forward to helping with The Score, shadow audio editing and learning how playlists are created for each host’s show.
I am a mass communications major at Linfield College and my ultimate goal would to be involved in film in any way possible. I want to make good films that make an impact on people. What better way to start that journey than at All Classical because without music (especially classical music), movies wouldn’t be as impactful because of the emotion music gives to the film.
This internship is the perfect opportunity for me to practice my skills in the radio medium and understand how it operates. I have already used what I have learned in the classroom on my first day here.
Intern: Winter/Spring 2012
I began my internship at All Classical on January 27, 2012. Upon arrival on my first day, I was nervous about all the new things I was going to learn, but I immediately felt comfortable. The small staff at All Classical has made me feel welcomed and important, and I’m honored to spend time here.
My time at All Classical will help launch me into the professional world in many ways, regardless of which career I choose. The day-to-day experiences so far have allowed me to better understand the workings of an office environment, given me insights into the functions on-air radio production, improved my teamwork skills and organization and taught me how to work with new media.
When I began my time at All Classical I had already graduated from an undergraduate institution, and I couldn’t have asked for a more meaningful bridge between the student world and the work world. With family-like staff members, All Classical has given me the chance to become accustomed to working in a non-rushed, friendly atmosphere where I can discover my strengths and weaknesses and improve at my own speed, while constantly receiving constructive feedback.
Intern: Fall 2011 & Winter 2012
My internship program with All Classical extended from August 23, 2011 until March 22, 2012. I earned upper-division college credit during my senior year towards an Arts and Letters Bachelor’s degree from PSU. Preparing to transition from the life of a student into a working professional could come as a bit of a shock to the system. All Classical FM aided in my steps towards achieving career goals by offering an open and honest learning environment where hands on work assisted me to develop skills with communication and writing, radio production, new media content, fundraising, working with volunteers, and clerical and office functions.
Although KQAC has a small family of staff members, there are many individuals involved in making the station possible. Between staff, volunteers, and listeners the dynamic range of personalities and diverse walks of life have influenced my perspective of the Portland community in relation to the world by demonstrating the scope of what people can accomplish together with common goals. All of my All Classical contacts are people with a wealth of knowledge and resources and my fortune in knowing them will not be taken for granted. Keeping public media on people’s radar is important work and I will strive to do so in the future of the
non-profit media sector.
Intern: Winter/Spring 2011
I received a whole smorgasbord of lessons relating to every aspect of radio production, from audio editing of music tracks, underwriting sales, distinctions in on-air hosting, interviewing community musical guests, interacting with listeners and supporters, researching radio markets and statistics to pledge drive preparation, interacting with volunteers, writing for various audiences, music programming organization and selection. Though certain projects may seem repetitive at times, know that the work you do is appreciated internally and externally. All projects and completed work is of importance, even though it may seem minute.
One of my most honorable moments was when I was given the opportunity to attend two all staff meetings to deliberate the progression of the station’s mission, vision and values statement. Even though I was a rather new member, my opinions where heard and treated as importantly as a staff member who had been employed for fifteen or more years. Additionally, I learned about the significance of interacting and developing relationships with community members and the audience support system during pledge drives and writing personalized messages to listeners.
Having spent almost six months at the station, I can attest that this experience is more than just a resume builder or sustenance for university academic credit. The station, with its compassionate, caring and heart-warming staff, felt like home. Not only did I learn techniques and lessons about the creative and administrative aspects of radio production, but also progressed in confidence and strength as a professional.