This summer, George Mason University graduate student, Tian Luan, joined FCS as an arts administration intern. We wish her much luck as she returns to her studies in the Fall.
Where are you from?
I come from the Northeast of China, the city of Dalian. Two years ago, I decided to pursue a higher degree in the United States.
Where did you go to school? What was your major? Did you play instruments or sing?
I am finishing my Masters Degree in Arts Management at George Mason University. My Bachelors Degree is in Musicology, completed at Beijing Normal University. I also sing opera and play the piano.
What’s your favorite style of music?
I love classical music the best because my musical background allows me to continuously enjoy and appreciate it. I have been influenced by American culture, so I am gradually more interested in Jazz as well.
What are the most important things you learned as an FCS Intern?
I have become familiar with how to build and manage multiple educational programs, how to engage new students, and how to maintain a healthy relationship with donors and customers. I am also impressed with the Fairfax Choral Society’s volunteer management. I learned the effective strategies FCS uses to keep volunteers proactive in events and programs. This information will be very helpful to my final graduate project.
What are your career goals?
I love the arts. I hope that I will be able to find a job in arts management in the United States after graduation. Meanwhile, I hope my experience abroad will assist with the development of Chinese Arts Management if I someday go back to China.