Year-Long Arts Leadership Program FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for this program?
Any high school musician grade 9-12 in the Greater Boston area is eligible.

Do I have to be a From the Top alum?

Do I have to be a classical musician?

No. We are looking for musicians from a wide range of experiences and genres, including, but not limited to,
classical. We’re looking for passionate, creative musicians who believe in the power of music to inspire, empower and create positive change in the world.

What will I be doing in this program?
You will be working in teams of up to six fellow arts leaders and a project mentor, to develop and implement a
community service project at a partner site in Boston that uses music in creative and varied ways to make a difference. Read about last year's projects.

What is the time commitment?
The program runs from late August 2012 through June 2013. There is a time commitment of 20 hours a month for each arts leader, which can be organized in many different ways, depending on the specific needs of each partner project site. The amount of work will fluctuate throughout the year: some months will include full group meetings; other months it will be primarily independent and team-based work. Each team will create their own calendar of on-site work and team meetings, taking into account individual schedules. See the CDAL Calendar below for required full group events.

2012-2013 CDAL Calendar: Year-Long Arts Leadership Program

Welcome Dinner: Friday, August 24, 2012, 7-9pm
New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, 241 St. Botolph St., Boston

Orientation Weekend: Saturday, August 25, 9am-5pm and Sunday, August 26, 10am-4pm
City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Full Group Meetings: All held at the City Year Headquarters from 4-8pm
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Final Exhibition: Tentative date is Saturday, June 8, 2013

Do I need to attend all of the full group events listed above?
The Welcome Dinner, Orientation Weekend and Final Exhibition are mandatory. You are allowed one excused absence from the Sunday Full Group Meetings.

What if I don‘t know my exact schedule for next year yet?
You must be able to attend all dates specified on the CDAL Calendar as explained above and commit to the entire, year-long program. The 20-hr per month time commitment will be flexible to allow for individual and
project-specific needs. You will have input in determining your team’s final schedule.

Do I need to provide my own transportation?
Yes. You will be responsible for transportation to and from all CDAL-related events. All project sites will be
located in Boston and will be accessible via public transportation.

Do I have a choice of project sites? Where/what are they?
Participants will be assigned to project sites based on individual interest, experience, and site needs. Efforts
will be made to ensure that each project team reflects a diverse range of ages, geographic origin, gender and related experience.

The following partner sites participated in the 2011- 2012 Program:
Roland Hayes School of Music
Goddard House
MusiConnects at the Chittick Elementary School
Hope Lodge
Conservatory Lab Charter School

When will I find out my project site and who my fellow teammates are?
You will find out at the Orientation Weekend in August 2012.

What level of musical skill is required?
You must be proficient enough with your instrument to be able to use your music creatively and adapt it for
multiple purposes in different settings. You must be comfortable performing and sharing your music with varied audiences. A minimum of five years of private instruction is preferred. We understand that for some individuals, this may not apply. There is space on the application to describe any comparable training/experience and your musical background. An audition is required as part of the application process.

How much performance will be involved in the project? Will there be additional practice/rehearsal time required for this?
This will vary depending on individual project sites.

Do I need to submit an audition recording?
No, but finalists will be required to have an in-person interview, during which they will be asked to
demonstrate and share their music. We will send detailed information about the interview in advance. We encourage all applicants to send us any supplementary materials (DVD, CD, links to videos online) that will help us better understand you as a musician.

Will there be an interview?

Yes. An in-person interview is required for all finalists. Interviews will take place during May 14-25,
2012. Finalists will be notified by phone and/or email the week of May 7, 2012 to schedule an interview.

When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?
Applicants will be notified by phone and/or email the week of June 11, 2012.

What if I am not chosen for this program?
Each applicant’s contact information will be entered into our Arts Leadership database. We will notify you as more opportunities become available.

Can this program count towards my school’s Community Service Requirement?
It's possible, depending on the requirements of your school. We will track all of your hours and submit them to your school for review upon successful completion of the program.