A minute with… Onyedikachi Udeoji ’12

Onyedikachi "Kachi" Udeoji '12
Onyedikachi "Kachi" Udeoji '12

Onyedikachi (“Kachi”) Udeoji spent 10 weeks working for Opera Cleveland last summer as a Nancy Porter Fellow. CURTAIN UP: “It was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I worked as both a finance and productions intern in preparation for the first performance of the new season, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.” ROLE PLAYING:I, fortunately and unfortunately, am one of those people who believes they can do it all and still sleep. So when I was looking for a summer internship I was looking for a way to combine all my interests. At Wheaton I am an economics and music double major, with a minor in statistics. I also have a love affair with fashion. When I visited the Filene Center and an advisor directed me toward the fellowship and the opera, I knew I was in for a good experience.” BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: “Given that I am majoring in economics and music, being a finance and productions intern for an opera company was just amazing. I got to observe, firsthand, how a nonprofit arts organization raises funds through grants and fundraisers. I also got to see how organizations are forced to restructure to deal with economic difficulty. The finance part helped me observe what I learned in my micro economics classes, while helping with auditions for the orchestra helped train my musical ear. My French classes even came in handy when I had to translate some instructions in the score of The Pearl Fishers.” PERFECT SCORE: “Ideally, I would like to become an international trade law economist. My experience at the opera helped remind me of the reasons I want to be a part of trade negotiations. I want to help make the process of trading more fair and beneficial to underdeveloped countries (specifically, African countries). It may be a lofty goal, but when the world approaches actual ‘fair trade’ I want to be part of that process.”

Photo by Amie Rosenblum ’12