Artistic prof MI
Jee-Hak K. Pinsoneault
Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Years in current position: 6
Years in the field: 6
Intern, Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Stage Manager, Adrian Symphony Orchestra
What are the most surprising, interesting or challenging aspects of your day-to-day work?
The most challenging aspect of this position is seeking out and then waiting for the funding to allow my position to exist as a full-time, salaried job. The most interesting aspect of the job is the requirement to make your own destiny. There is no large corporate or government structure to adhere to, and procedures and systems that those in other sectors take for granted must be totally created and executed independantly in the non-profit performing arts.
What inspired you to work for an orchestra?
Love of arts, culture and history, and my personal experiences in the performing arts and music.
Would you do anything differently?
Looking back, I might seek more non-profit education prior to entering the job market, and also apply for jobs at a wider range or organizations.
What advice would you offer to someone considering the orchestra field?
I would encourage others to truly understand and experience what it means to work for a non-profit symphony orchestra. They ought to do things like volunteer, sit in on meetings, or become an intern. Simultaneously, they make as many connections as possible to the orchestra community at-large, not limiting themselves to positions, titles, or geographic locations.
Any other advice?
I would again emphasize the need to be an independant, self-motivated creator and to connect with as many professionals in the field as possible.