Arts Administration Intern
Position Description

To be considered, please send a cover letter stating your interest in the position, as well as a CV detailing all relevant education, experience, and skills to


Reporting to: Director

Timing: Sep 2021 through Aug 2022

About the Organization:

ENSEMBLE ALTERA (Altera) is fast becoming a leading American chamber choir dedicated to bringing thoughtful, engaging, and relevant programs of choral music to in-person and digital audiences at home and around the world. The group is versatile, working on multiple scales, in a wide range of idioms, across the full gamut of medieval to modern to minimalist music. Led by internationally acclaimed countertenor Christopher Lowrey, Altera – which comes from the Italian word for change – prides itself on its truly transformative approach to music-making. Recent projects undertaken by the group include: “We Remember,” an in-person and digital Covid memorial concert; an innovative series of digital concerts recorded in empty parking garages during the Covid pandemic; as well a virtual series of Christmas concerts produced for viewers around the world. Future projects include a program centered on Britten Ceremony of Carols and a debut commercial recording in Summer 2022.

About the Position:

Altera seeks a highly motivated, responsible, communicative and organized individual to support the administrative functions of a small, nimble performance group. Reporting to the Director, the chosen candidate would receive training in all aspects of administration for a performing arts organization, including artistic planning, financial administration, personnel management, marketing and board management.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the Director in coordinating artistic production, including artist contracting, scheduling and logistical coordination.

  • Facilitating board management, preparing materials for meetings and assisting with scheduling and communication.

  • Assisting the marketing, communications and development team, including scheduling donor meetings, reporting out updates to the donor community and engaging in other related work to help promote the visibility of the organization.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be enrolled or have recently completed a graduate-level degree in arts administration (or related field), though exceptional candidates at the undergraduate level will be considered.

  • Live within driving radius of Providence, RI, or able to be based in the Providence area at own expense during the weeks of the ensemble’s major artistic projects.

  • Own or have access to a vehicle to undertake various duties, including transportation of artists to and from host accommodations, rehearsals and transit stations.

  • Be able to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to the position (variations will be communicated and should be anticipated), with an initial commitment through at least the end of August 2022. Much of the work can be conducted remotely, though a slight preference would be shown towards those who are permanently based near the Providence/Boston area. As the organization grows, there is a small possibility for this position to evolve into a part-time paid position.


  • Extremely responsive in all forms of communication, including email, SMS/WhatsApp and other social platforms as necessary.

  • Passion for performing arts, choral music or classical music is strongly preferred.

  • Basic computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Productivity Suite (though work will be done via the cloud versions).

  • Independence, initiative balanced with a team member mindset.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Willingness to learn and positive attitude.

  • High level of professionalism, ethical standards and discretion when dealing with information of a highly confidential nature.