Seniors Rachael Chen and Hannah Lieberman Receive Prestigious Internships: UMass Amherst
Two Music and Dance Department alumni have already made their mark in arts management through their work with some of the most respected arts organizations in the country.
Rachel Chen is graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance this spring and will also earn certificates in Arts Management and Asian American Studies. For the past year, Rachael has been a communications intern with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, where she helped promote the group’s concerts and their Global Musician Workshop program. Previously, Rachael was a social media intern with Chicago marketing firm 42nd Parallel, where she created content designed to highlight the voices of people of color.
Chen’s next opportunity will come this summer as a marketing fellow with the famed National Repertory Orchestra. Duties will include conducting market research for upcoming promotional campaigns, coordinating special events and liaising with public relations firms. Outlining her hopes for her next position at the NRO, Rachael said, “I am very interested in honing my marketing skills so that I can contribute to the efforts of other musicians and arts administrators who are committed to bringing about sweeping and equitable change in classical music. while challenging the non-profit industrial complex.
Hannah Lieberman, who will complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in English this spring, gained valuable experience working at the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts. Last summer, Hannah served as a public relations intern, where she communicated with visiting dance artists regarding their publicity materials, wrote press releases and programs, and created posts for Instagram. She is currently a lecturer in Business Administration at the Festival, where she acts as assistant to Deputy Director AJ Pietrantone.
Lieberman commented on how working at Jacob’s Pillow has greatly enhanced his ability to “pursue a career that merges my interests in dance writing, arts advocacy, performance and choreography, and creative exploration through movement and the text”.
Lieberman also served as an administrative assistant for the UMass Dance Program, where she worked with director Tom Vacanti on the creation of a promotional video for the program and contributed ideas for the website redesign and marketing.