Just as the Festival nurtures emerging artistic talent on the stage and cultivates interest in music in Ojai Valley public schools, it is also committed to training the next generation of music and arts management students through its internship program.

The Festival’s internship program, which welcomed 13 students from various schools last year, is an integral component to assure the success of the Festival with interns providing critical support to administration and production staff. It also provides participants with valuable experiential learning opportunities in arts administration.

Over the past years, the Festival has welcomed interns from schools throughout the nation, including:

Steven Rothenberg Internship Fellow Program
In 2011, Ojai Valley residents Ila and Fred Rothenberg provided the Festival with a new fund to help support the internship program, which is dedicated to their in memory of their son, Steven Rothenberg. California Lutheran University vocal performance and music education student , Ryan Strand, was selected as the first Ojai Fellow. Strand, who has participated with the Festival’s internship program for three years, has worked with the Festival’s production team. In 2012, Alissa Strople was named the Rothenberg Fellow, who is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara.

“We are very pleased to support the Ojai Music Festival Internship program.  It is a very special way of remembering our son Steven who was a musician, composer and teacher of the guitar.  We are sure that he would have been a strong supporter of the Internship program and its role in exposing young people to the nuts and bolts of the music business. Our participation also helps to keep our memories of him vivid, and to highlight the importance of music in his life. “ – Ila and Fred Rothenberg

Read Margaret Barrett’s blog post about being a Festival intern >>
View our internship brochure >>
Download internship application >>
Read the press release here >>

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Application Deadline: January 30, 2014
For more details on the program, please email Jillian Wade at or call 805 646 2094 ext 100.

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