June 04, 2012
Please welcome LACO’s new marketing & development intern, Julia Rosenstock, who joins LACO through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission internship program. A Los Angeles native, Julia joins LACO after her first year at Bard College in New York. She brings a deeply engrained love of music and a desire to learn more to help propel LACO through the summer months:
In my junior year of high school I was approached to teach guitar at an organization in the effort of supplementing arts education in public elementary schools. After years of private lessons, combined with shyness that resulted in a nearly closeted relationship with music, the thought of being a leader to anyone seemed like a potential practical joke. I had hardly played with other musicians and now I was faced with the opportunity to lead and teach future musicians. It became clear to me that, despite my shy nature and lack of experience performing with other musicians, being a musician and possessing this knowledge was not simply a hobby, but a privilege and a tool. I became determined to treat my love for music as such. In the two years that I taught in the program, my sense of what is the very meaning of music shifted dramatically from giving life to dots on a page to a true tool that can change another individual’s life if they are given access to it.
This shift answered many questions that I had and gave way to even more. I am so happy to find myself, yet again, experiencing and learning about an entirely new side of music, while supporting the arts in Los Angeles. And, although I am still unsure about what my future beyond college will resemble, I am incredibly grateful for the perspective I gained from my experience in high school. I am excited and privileged to gain another in my internship at LACO. In this strange, confusing and exciting liminal period of my life I am looking forward to my most adult experience yet as a member of LACO and I cannot wait to see what I will learn and how being (almost) an adult will feel. —Julia