Every year from August to May, we not only get to attend the best university in the world, but we are also constantly kept busy with Clef Hangers commitments. A typical 24 hour schedule could look like this:
Class from 10am to 2pm
Clef practice from 4 to 5pm
Wedding gig at the Carolina Inn from 5 to 7pm
Sing the national anthem at a local 5K at 8am Saturday morning
Travel to Asheboro at noon
Sing at a private birthday party in an Asheboro residence from 2pm to 3:30pm
Arrive back in Chapel Hill at 5pm
Though we love the chance to sing together so much during the school year, when summer rolls around, we get a chance to explore new things. Every May, group members go their separate ways to explore for internships, travel, or other opportunities. That being said, here’s an update on what the 2015/2016 Clef Hangers are up to during summer 2015.
Jason Hill is currently living in New York City and working for MRY, a creative ad agency that is disrupting the advertising industry with effective work and a fun culture. When Jason isn’t managing his responsibilities as a project management intern, he is capitalizing on his love for guitar and writing music in Spanish Harlem. (Pictured below: Jason getting surprised by his fellow interns on his 22nd birthday)
Daniel Shaver is working as the Android programmer for a tech start-up in Durham called Vijilent, a company that uses the digital sharing economy to foster trust between consumers and sellers online. Daniel also has a newfound love for “The Food Network” and claims to have developed some of his own kitchen creations.
Jake Pulitzer is in Greensboro interning for Gordon Asset Management, a learning experience that Jake plans to take advantage of by attempting to earn the Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) credential at summer’s end.
After a brief Maymester trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, Swain Molster has been in Chapel Hill working as a waiter and taking summer classes. Like Daniel, Swain has taken on cooking as a new hobby, though he described the learning process as “very slow”.
Taylor Euliss is working as a media production intern for The American Institute For Servant Leadership, a non-profit organization which focuses on training and providing video resources to those in high-demand leadership positions. He is also on his way to completing the entire Harry Potter series for the first time. (Pictured below: action shot of Taylor in his internship)
Ryan Smith is in his hometown of Charlotte working as a Strategic Sourcing Analyst Intern at Premier Healthcare Alliance, where the majority of his work falls under data mining and statistical analysis. As far as hobbies go, Ryan has yet to halt his daily workout regimen.
Matt Goldman is interning at a Music Production studio called Dee-Town Entertainment in New York, in addition to taking a summer class. Matt is also next year’s Assistant Music Director, so he has been spending time working on our new arrangements for the fall.
Angel Lopez is crossing off a childhood bucketlist item, working for a semi-professional baseball team and fulfilling the durites of anything from PA broadcasting to detailed scorekeeping in the press box. Angel has also taught himself to several new food dishes, which he proudly asserts will help him through “the next few years in college”. (Pictured below: Angel singing the national anthem at one of the games)
Chris Burrus is in Nashville working for a music management label where is assisting with organizing songwriting session and helping produce demos for potential artists. Outside of work, Chris is writing original music and strategically planning the next year for his Chapel Hill-based band, “Left on Franklin”.
Brian Vercauteren has been traveling and rekindling old friendships across the states. When he’s not on the road, Brian has found time to finish 5 novels (hint: he’s an English major).
Jordan Gerber is working in Raliegh as a pharmacy technician to gain practical experience before applying to pharmacy school. Jordan, who is also a Music major, is arranging music in his free time.
Channing Mitzell stayed in Chapel Hill to work for Brown Advisory, a private investment management firm, where he serves as a summer analyst to the portfolio and associate portfolio managers. Channing also participated in a family pie eating contest on July 4th and “won by a landslide”. (Pictured below: post-competition Channing)
Evan Kitchen has been balancing travel between Provo, Utah and Charlotte, NC, spending time as a hired bass for recordings and taking a Chemistry class. In his free time, Evan has been fly fishing, hiking, golfing, and leatherworking. Yes, leatherworking.
From all of the Clef Hangers, we wish you a safe and fun end of summer. We are excited to say that in one week, we will return to campus to start learning new songs for the semester!
The UNC Clef Hangers
PS: SAVE THE DATE! –> Fall Concert is Sunday, October 25th at 3pm in Memorial Hall.