Externship Opportunitites

Program Mission:

The goal of this program is to make externship opportunities more accessible to SPAC students exploring careers in music. Shadowing a professional symphonic musician will allow you to see what it means to be a practicing musician.  We are strong advocates of study abroad and we make every effort to help you find a suitable experience.  Music is a global enterprise, both in scope and practitioners and will only become more global with time. You will learn about new cultures, demonstrate your ability to negotiate cultural differences and language barriers, and learn about music in other parts of the world. You can demonstrate that you are willing to go outside your comfort zone, deal with the uncertainties of travel and then discuss the insight you have gathered during this experience.  It is not how long you shadow that matters, it is the impact on you.  What did you learn from this experience?  How did you change as a result of it?

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Please request for the Eligibility Criteria document for more details on these requirements. Students must demonstrate significant interest in music and possess a record that is reflective of his/her goals of becoming a musician.

Some of the following criteria and requirements must be met before being considered to participate in the program:

· Minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0, current H.S. student
· Provide unofficial transcripts
· Possess valid ID and SS #
· Have completed atleast a year of SPAC training.

· Provide proof of immunizations of MMR, Varicella (or had chicken pox), and Td OR complete immunizations prior to shadowing
· Provide proof of negative TB test in last 12 months
· Must have current health insurance to cover any injury that might be sustained during the shadowing experience

Organizations to Choose From:

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • The Julliard School
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • San Antonio Symphony
  • World Doctors Orchestra

Step One (Application Process)
1. Read the Eligibility Criteria document.
2. Read the Student and Musician Responsibilities document.
3. Request for and complete the application.
4. Request for and complete the recommendation form, have it completed and returned to Ms. Clara Litman.

Where to Turn in Your Application

To mail your application to: SPAC, 4625 44th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820
Step Two (Notification)
1. SPAC staff will begin reviewing applications on April 15th, 2016. Candidates will be notified via email of their audition dates no later than May 15, 2016.

2. Candidates should be prepared to play works that best represent the student's highest technical and musical achievement. Recommended is a concerto movement or short solo piece. It is mandatory that students perform a live audition. Once qualified, students will then complete the compliance training session.

Step Three (Preparation/Training)
1. Students must submit to SPAC proof of immunizations and proof of negative TB test by June 15, 2019.
2. Students must also complete a mandatory compliance training session.
3. Students who have not completed these two requirements will automatically be removed from participation in the program this semester. Students may NOT shadow if these requirements are incomplete.

Step Four (Externship)
1. Once students have submitted all required materials and have auditioned we will notify students and parents via post mail the results.
2. Externship will begin when all requirements are met.