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Elliot’s Work Experience Blog
June 29, 2012, 4:00 am
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Day 1:

After arriving at the Chamber Made Opera office 20 minutes early with my dad, we called Tim Stitz – my ’employer’ – to see if he was in and we were buzzed in. Sarah Kriegler was in the office with Tim and we were introduced then dad left. Tim told me about what kind of things they did and gave me a tour of the building, and then sat me down to talk about what I would be doing: basically assisting the staff in any way I could. Firstly though, he said, I should do a little research on the company and see what it’s all about, and I did. It happened to be that Caroline wasn’t going to be in all week so I could have her desk: a large table with an appropriately large computer and pens and what-not. Tim also mentioned the possibility of writing a blog, if I wanted, and that CMO had had a work experience student before and that he wrote blog. So I jumped online and got to ‘work’, reading about the CMO’s history and staff on their website and reading Flynn’s blog. I wish I got to see Tenacious D. Anyway, Tim, instantly recognising my manly physique, asked if I would mind carrying some stuff down stairs to the store-room. Awkward but easy enough, done.

During all this a woman came in – who I regret I can’t remember her name – and she said she had a meeting with David Young, the artistic director, who I hadn’t met at this stage, but was eager to meet, having read his brief biography on the CMO website. After Tim and Susan had been trying to contact him and finding out that he’d double booked, they got a hold of him and he realised his dilemma. But he came in as quickly as he could, which wasn’t long, and sat down and chatted with her.

Time seemed to skip along and before long they were done meeting, and David and I were introduced properly. He’s a very lovely man. At this stage I already felt comfortable in the office, having my own desk and the three staff speaking very casually around me. I watched some videos of a couple of production the CMO had on YouTube, and was very surprised and confronted. Wasn’t this an opera company? I mean, it was very interesting, but very unexpected. I soon found that they really were “pushing the boundaries of what opera really is” as David put it. I then watched The Box, which was really very good, and had a lot less screaming than The Itch which was what I had first watched.

I then had then had to start some real work: mailing. I needed to prepare about 30 or so packages to send CD’s to media/reviewers. Tim said I could either hand write, or type and print out all the addresses. I chose to type because there was already a document of all the names and addresses of the people I needed to send to, I just needed to copy it onto the template for the letters. It sounded easy enough but I by the time I was finished copying and pasting and adjusting and copying and pasting and on and on, I got a headache. It wasn’t a particularly bad one, just an annoying one. Whilst I was doing that, Tim reminded me I finished at 4, and it had been 4 o’clock for about 10 minutes now.

Day 2:

Today seemed to go by rather quickly. Probably because Tim and me went on a little excursion to the post office to deliver the packages. When I had finished getting them as ready as  I could get them, we left. The post office was busier than I thought post offices were usually, which was awkward because Tim and I needed to finish packing all the CD’s. But all went well and was finished easily enough.

Then Tim told me that he needed to get some yogurt and coffee, and as I didn’t know my way around this part of town at all, I tagged along. We talked about school and then languages, and various other things. Tim can speak Spanish, but was taught Chinese, interesting. By the time we got back it was about a quarter past two, and for the rest of the day I basically just looked at Davids profile on the CMO website, and watched the video on that same page.

David’s compositional style is very interesting. I’ve never even thought of reading or writing music like he does, and I still don’t exactly understand how one would go about writing it. Hopefully he can show me and teach me some stuff this week.

Day 3:

This day again didn’t seem as long as  it really was. In the morning I watched a recording of Another Lament – the first time it was performed on a stage rather than a living room. Tim told me to note when anything happened according to the quality of the recording – bad lens focus, or not loud enough, or someone sneezing, or anything like that. He told me how he was hoping to edit the recording into little clips, and it would be handy to know where all the unusable bits were. annoyingly thought, because I’m using a Mac, I have to use iMovie, and iMovie doesn’t make things easy: it didn’t have the duration of the file, only fancy useless storyboard things. So I needed to use my ingenuity to think of how I was going to write down the times. I used my iPod simply as a timer, and just stopped the timer when I paused the video. Nice one Elliot. Anyway, so I got down a whole lot of notes, trying to make it as easy as possible for Tim, when he does the editing, and he seemed to think I had done a good job when he and David got back.

Day 4:

This day Tim wasn’t in, and I was mainly with Sarah because David needed to go to some meeting. My guideline for the day was to help Sarah in any way possible; but the thing was, Sarah was just writing up some of the grant application that everyone in the office was contributing to. She had to write a draft of a 1-2 page piece on their purpose. vision, goals, and KPIs (key points of interest). So i couldn’t really help her with that.

I did some mailing: putting CD’s in packages and finding the addresses on the database and writing them on the packages and sticking the postage stamps on and all that. Which didn’t really seem to take all that long. I also did the dishes, which took a while because there were quite a lot of dishes. But it wasn’t that bad I guess, and I knew it was bound to happen.

But the main event of the day was my stuff up. It wasn’t a really much of a big stuff up, and it didn’t affect anyone but me. As I was writing my blog this day, and Sarah and David were both out, because I was using this WordPress thing, and had never used it before, I had the foolish idea of clicking on another tab of the WordPress page, taking me away from my blog, and when I clicked back on my blog’s tab, it wasn’t there… That was 3 1/2 days worth of blogging, and more than a thousand words, all gone. I searched frantically for a way of retrieval, but had no hope until I found (somehow) my first day had been saved! Well the majority of it anyway. I thought, ah well, it want be too hard to retype seeing as I already know what I’m going to say. So I spent the rest of the day retyping it all, which wasn’t very fun, and I didn’t write quite as much as the first time. So I am sorry if my blog seems a bit rushed or too short, but I’m hoping if you have read this far you would understand.

Day 5:

Today, my last day with CMO, was a bit of a celebration. David had said briefly the day before, that we would ride out to lunch and go visit a Robin Boyd house in Walsh Street, and possibly go backstage at the Recital Centre. So after arriving at the office and catching up on my blogging for half an hour, we set off. Tim had explained to me that David was crazy on a bike, but he was cool about it all the while.

We first rode through the city with David in front leading Tim and me into horribly busy intersections, but kept us safe enough, kind of, to the Robin Boyd house. It was a grand piece of architecture, though I don’t really understand what makes good architecture. I don’t really know much about architecture, but I liked this. David and Tim and I sat with Tony Lee, the owner of the house, who knew quite a bit about architecture and different houses in Victoria that CMO could possibly show a Living Room Opera. He showed us an article of all the Robin Boyd houses (and others I think) in melbourne, which was half in Italian, and I had fun trying to translate it.

Meanwhile, outside this lovely abode, the weather started to turn on us. When we were leaving it was nothing more than some wind and a chill, but soon the heavens had opened upon us. We had decided to get Japanese for lunch, but hadn’t decided exactly where. So we rode quickly along until we got a bit along Elizabeth Street, and David had had enough, and I was glad to stop. He led us along, with Tims guidance, to an ally way and with the rain perpetually growing, we finally got to the resturant. It was a nice, slightly fancy, and properly Japanese, Japanese place. We all got bento boxes of differant varieties. David and me had a nice talk about what kind of music I like and things, and about Japan, and my upcoming trip there.

We headed back to the office (after a Tim and David had had their caffeine hit next door) with the rain no longer falling. Back at the nice and warm office, Tim sent me to get the mail, then when I was back to help him with a Professional Pathways Scholarship with a man who recently graduated from the VCA and had previously collaborated and was friends with CMO, Luke Paulding. So I read all they had done so far and wrote a few suggestions.

And here we are. For the last half hour or so I have been finishing this blog. Over the past five days I have learnt and  seen quite a lot of how the business side of an arts company works. It’s been a fun great learning experience and I would definitely recommend it to future Work experience students. Also I would like to deeply thank all those at the CMO who helped me along and made it all a great time! And also my dad, who worked very hard to get me this placement, Thank you!

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AQP getting ready for Rome
May 11, 2011, 1:15 pm
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David Young
Artistic Director
Chamber Made Opera
david@chambermadeopera.com
0421 353 685



Minotaur – the arrival of the gull
December 20, 2010, 1:49 pm
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Arrived by courier today: Gull Head Made for Chamber Made Opera 2010. Made with solar power, rain water and salvaged materials.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Opening the box.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Sleeping Gull.
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Envelope containing care instructions.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Care instructions and fitting diagram.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

David Young assists Caroline Lee with costume fitting.
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Tilted gaze.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Gull-like behaviour in the doorway #01.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Gull-like behaviour in the doorway #02.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Gull-like behaviour in the doorway #03.
©Chamber Made Opera 2010 Photo: Joël Murray

Gull-like behaviour in the doorway #04.
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Deborah Kayser and the iPad opera in which she stars
December 11, 2010, 7:11 pm
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David Young
Artistic Director
Chamber Made Opera
david@chambermadeopera.com
0421 353 685



Exile ‘sting’
December 8, 2010, 1:13 pm
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EXILE – operatic generative voodoo for your fingertips.

Watch the sting here: http://vimeo.com/17512780

EXILE is the world’s first Opera for the iPad. A collaboration between Aphids, Chamber Made Opera and Speak Percussion.



Do you know Sweet Creative?
December 3, 2010, 2:49 pm
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The wonderfully talented Sweet Creative provides services to three out of the ten top arts organisations to work for (ArtsHub article 2/12/10), being: Malthouse, AbaF and Chamber Made Opera.

http://www.sweetdesign.com.au/



Chamber Made Opera makes ArtsHub’s Top 10 Arts Organisations to work for
December 3, 2010, 11:57 am
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Yesterday, ArtsHub announced their top 10 arts organisations to work for, which included Chamber Made Opera. We are delighted to be included alongside other notable Australian arts organisations. To read the full article, click on the following link: http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/opinions/arts/our-top-10-arts-organisations-to-work-for-182982