Each year, talented balalaika, domra and bayan musicians and students from Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere come to the United States to intern with the American Balalaika Symphony and learn how a non-profit orchestra operates without state support.
Interns get to interact with orchestra members, staff and volunteers, and learn about the American system of community art organizations, including how volunteer work, donor support, endowments and foundations function as vital elements of support for the arts within the framework of a free market economy.
The American Balalaika Symphony provides full room and board for the duration of an intern’s stay, visits to local attractions and historic sites, transportation to and from Symphony rehearsals, and the opportunity to perform in concert with the ABS. It does not provide any monetary consideration for participation in ABS activities, nor for any visa-related or travel expenses to and from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The ABS Intern Program benefits both interns and the orchestra. Interns benefit from becoming acquainted with the operations of a leading American balalaika orchestra, as well as with the cultural and other activities available in Washington, D.C., a world class city and capital of the United States. Orchestra members benefit from the opportunity to meet talented young performers willing to share their love and knowledge of these distinctive instruments so rare in the United States.
If you would like to participate in the American Balalaika Symphony Intern Program, please write us at:
The American Balalaika Symphony
ABS Intern Program
3811 North 14th Street
Arlington, VA 22201
or send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org