Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month: NEW VOICES OPERA

Emergent. Relevant. Opera… written, performed, and produced by Jacobs School of Music students!

NVO-logo-1-150pxNew Voices Opera was founded in 2012 by Chappell Kingsland to produce his doctoral thesis project Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil. Since then, the organization has grown into a full student-run company that premieres two operas each year and trains young professionals in all aspects of opera production, from composing and performing to designing, directing, and administrating.

Project Jumpstart sat down with NVO’s Executive Director Benjamin Smith, a current doctoral student in the Jacobs School’s voice department, to talk about the organization’s current work and its exciting plans for the future.


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Lecture this evening: “Music and the Atypical Learner: Strategies for Success”

ChrisChristine Barton, Board-certified Music Therapist and founder/director of Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies (Indianapolis), will present a guest lecture on “Music and the Atypical Learner: Strategies for Success” this evening (Thursday, April 16) at 6:30pm in room M 350 of the Simon Bldg.

Ms. Barton will give a brief overview of the learning disorders most frequently encountered in the music studio and classroom (Asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder,  attention deficit hyperactivity and dyslexia) and the personality and behavioral traits that characterize each.   She will discuss the challenges these conditions present to the music teacher, and will outline practical strategies for effectively teaching the various types of atypical learner.   Following the lecture there will be a Q/A session, in which teachers can ask advice on how best to deal with the issues of particular atypical learners they are working with.

This presentation, co-sponsored by Piano Pedagogy Studies and Music Education, is free and open to all Jacobs School students.  Interested music teachers from area schools and communities are also welcome.   For more info. about Christine Barton, see:  http://www.christinebarton.net/practice.html

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An important Hearing Conservation Workshop for JSoM students


Are you interested in hearing or playing music for a lifetime?
Then, this Hearing Conservation Workshop is for you!

4-5:30pm, Music Annex, MA405
Benj Kanters, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago, calls upon 40 years in the music and audio industries to present new strategies for promoting hearing conservation.

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A workshop on hearing awareness for Jacobs School of Music Students and all SLHS students. The hearing conservation workshop offers a new approach to promoting awareness of the ever-increasing problem of noise and music-induced hearing loss.

For more information, visit heartomorrow.org

See you there!
Team JumpStart

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Journey Through Sound Presents its First Concert

ShivelyPosterFounded and directed by Jacobs School student Deanna Said, an organization called Journey Through Sound will present its first concert this evening, Thursday April 2, 7:30pm, at the Monroe County History Center.

The concert is titled “Unsung American Heroes: A Musical Celebration of George Shively and his Musical Peers” in honor of baseball star George Shively, with a program consisting of music by African and African-American composers.

Read today’s IDS Article about the project and how the concert connects with this weekend’s headstone dedication for Shively and his family and an induction to the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, Deanna!

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RECESS @ IU Music & Ideas Festival


Students! Don’t miss RECESS: Music & Ideas Festival on April 7 at the IMU, A national entrepreneurship festival, underwritten by Marc Cuban and organized by IU Alumnus Deuce Thevenow.


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Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2015

Introducing the Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2015 at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

Berlin-summerA wide spectrum of courses in Music, Fine Arts, Design/Service Design and the Performing Arts as well as interdisciplinary workshops is supplemented by seminars in Creative Entrepreneurship, Self-Marketing and Arts Management. All current information about the courses (deadlines, fees, accommodation) as well as online registration is available on our website: www.summer-university.udk-berlin.de

We would also like to make you aware of our very special writing workshop, a “Writing Ashram” with Ingrid Scherübl and Katja Günther, conceived especially for PhD students looking to make significant progress on their dissertations.

If you would like more information or course material, or have any further questions about our programme please feel free to contact us at any time at: summer-courses@udk-berlin.de.

Warm regards and thanks,
The Berlin Summer University of the Arts Team

Berlin Summer University of the Arts
Universität der Künste Berlin
Berlin Career College
International Summer School of Creative Entrepreneurship/ISSCE


tel. 030-31852087
fax. 030-31852690

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ERIC STARK – March Entrepreneur of the Month

EntrepreneurHeader-StarkMeet ERIC STARK, Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month!
Eric is Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
and Director of Choral Activities at Butler University

Stark-150By developing a professional life that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, Jacobs School alumnus and conductor Dr. Eric Stark has established himself as a leading choral-orchestral specialist. He is currently director of choral activities at Butler University and artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Project Jumpstart recently caught up with him to discuss trends in choral music, seek advice on how best to prepare for a career in music, and to see how he maintains his very busy schedule.


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Guest Alumni Career Session: Yacht Rock Revue

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Thursday, March 12 | 2:30-4pm | MA004

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The Yacht Rock Revue boasts five Jacobs School Alumni and will be returning to Bloomington to play the Bluebird as part of their Midwest tour. In their Project Jumpstart career session, they will talk about how their group evolved from an indie band in Atlanta to “the Greatest Show on Surf and the finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Ever.”

Famous for blurring the lines between tribute band, original act, and comedic troupe, the Yacht Rock Revue has packed shows at historic venues including the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, the Knitting Factory in New York City, Athens’ famed Georgia Theatre, Washington DC’s State Theatre, and Nashville’s Mercy Lounge. Members have played shared the stage with such artists as Weezer, Billy Joel, Walter Egan, .38 Special, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band, Little River Band, Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher, Starbuck, Sarah McLachlan, Don Henley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Finn, Jellyfish, Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett, Wet Willie, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others.

See you there!

Team JumpStart

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Impressions of Brown County: An Evening of Art, Music & Storytelling

March 12, 2015 | 7:30pm | Brown County Playhouse


Inspired by the extraordinary artistry of the region, the Brown County Playhouse, Project Jumpstart and Jacobs School students are developing an innovative project that uses iconic early 20th Century photographs of Frank Hohenberger and paintings from the collection of the Brown County Art Gallery and Museum to generate new works by composers.

The collaboration between ensembles New Voices Opera and Novacane Quartet, composers in the IU Jacobs School of Music, the Brown County Art Gallery and Museum, and storyteller Paul Whitehouse, will culminate in a showcase event at the Brown County Playhouse on March 12 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for the event, available at the Brown County Playhouse Box Office, are $12 (general admission,) and $8 (students, seniors, and members of the military.)

Photographer and newspaperman Frank Hohenberger spent forty-seven years recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, with side trips and hired assignments in other areas of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mexico. Thousands of images taken from 1904-1948 of landscapes, buildings, and people testify to Hohenberger’s belief, recorded in his diary, that “pictures speak the only language all mankind can understand.”

The photos for the project have been provided courtesy of the Indiana University Lilly Library. Over 9,000 of Hohenberger’s photos have been digitized and are available online as the Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection.


Brown County Playhouse The Brown County Playhouse entertained its first audience on July 1949. For more than 61 years, the Playhouse was owned by Indiana University Foundation and operated for the benefit of IU Theatre Department. In 2011, the IU Foundation handed over the keys to the Playhouse to the Brown County Community Foundation. A local group of professionals formed Brown County Playhouse Management, Inc. to manage the facility. The Playhouse doors are open once more, offering a diverse selection of performing arts year round.

New Voices Opera is dedicated to promoting American contemporary opera by performing emerging composer’s works. With a fully staged and orchestrated opera production in Bloomington each spring and several training programs and workshops throughout the year, the organization provides invaluable performance and growth opportunities for young artists and student musicians.

Founded in 2014, the Novacane Quartet aims to elevate the clarinet quartet and its repertoire to an artistic level. By exploring new genres of music, commissioning new works, and collaborating with artists of various disciplines, the Novacane Quartet seeks to present interesting art to new audiences.

Storyteller Paul Whitehouse is a Chicago based performer and teaching artist. His original stories have been featured at This Much is True, Paper Machete, Hump Night and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Theater.  As an actor, he has performed on stages in Chicago, tours the country with Child’s Play, and can be seen in student film, webisodes, and web commercials. As a teacher, he spends his summers with General Theatre Studies, Goodman Theatre’s teen intensive program, and he has developed curriculum and teaches for Child’s Play Touring Theatre.

The Brown County Art Gallery was established in 1926 by the early members of an important regional art colony who began exploring rural southern Indiana in the 1890s. These early artists had been trained in the best art schools of Europe and America and were attracted to the rolling hills of Brown County because it offered both dramatic landscapes and interesting people to serve as subjects for their work. Visitors to the Brown County Art Gallery will still find the work of today’s top Indiana artists for sale and can learn the history of those who came before through special exhibits, video presentations, books, and historic programs. For those who collect early Indiana art, expertise is available along with the Gallery Consignment room where paintings by the early Hoosier Masters are available for purchase.

IU Jacobs School of Music’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, provides expert guidance, resources, and a wide variety of events designed to empower Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for careers in music and dance. Through the student-led initiative Project Jumpstart, the program offers entrepreneurship workshops, networking events, student competitions, {well-advised} lunches, and residencies by prominent arts entrepreneurs. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit music.indiana.edu/oecd.

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Breaking Into The Profession, Session III | YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS FOR VOCALISTS

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Saturday, February 28, 12:30-2pm | Music Library, M285

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