A {well-advised} lunch with James Pellerite and Murray Grodner

THURSDAY, DEC 4 @ 12PM | JS415

Professor of Flute from 1957-1987
Jacobs School of Music

MURRAY GRODNER, double bass
Professor of Double Bass from 1955-1986
Jacobs School of Music

A unique opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and experience of two world-renowned performers, teachers, and entrepreneurs.

Open to all JSoM Students | Limit: 20

Lunch sandwiches will be available for all!


pelleriteFor thirty years (1957-87), James Pellerite served as Professor of Flute at Indiana University.

Since leaving academia, Pellerite, has pursued a new career – that of performing contemporary music on the Native American flute. He has inspired beautiful compositions by an impressive roster of outstanding musicians. His company, Zalo/JP-Publications, produces an important catalog of scores featuring a wide selection of orchestral, chamber and solo works by living composers who share his vision of bringing the Northern Plains instrument firmly into the 21st century. As a soloist with orchestra, he has recorded some of these new compositions with the National Polish Radio Symphony (David Oberg, conductor) and the Moravian Philharmonic (Lawrence Golan, conductor). His performances of other repertoire are included on CDs by Azica, Albany Records and Centaur Records.

As a performer on the modern flute, Pellerite is well-known as an orchestral musician. He succeeded his renowned teacher, William Kincaid, as solo flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has held the position of principal flute also with the symphony orchestras of Detroit and Indianapolis, and has performed with many other leading ensembles, including the Chautauqua Symphony(NY), Radio City Music Hall (NYC), L’Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Dallas, and Minnesota under the batons of such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals, Neville Mariner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stokowski and Bruno Walter; with Igor Stravinsky conducting, Pellerite also recorded his Octet for Winds. During much of his career as a classical flutist and artist teacher, he has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad. Numerous residencies have included tours to Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.


grodnerMurray Grodner was Professor of Double Bass at Indiana University from 1955-1986.

His first orchestral position was in 1941, with the New Opera Orchestra under conductor Antal Dorati. He has performed with such organizations as the Ballet Russe from 1941-1942, the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner (Assistant Principal) from 1942-3 and 1946-8, the Houston Symphony (Principal) from 1948-50, and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini from 1950-54.

Grodner was the president and founder of Lemur Music, a company that served double bassists worldwide with a comprehensive catalog of music, books, recordings, and videos. He is the author of several publications, including the books for the Double Bass and A Double Bassist’s Guide to Refining Performance Practice.

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Sara Caswell is Project Jumpstart’s Entrepreneur of the Month

Multi-stylistic Violinist, Versatile Instructor, Arts Advocate, and Bloomingtonian!

Critically acclaimed violinist and Jacobs alumna Sara Caswell is defining what it means to be a multi-stylistic musician. Her solo and ensemble performing have led her around the world—from university concert halls, to jazz clubs, bluegrass gatherings, and everything in between.

Her teaching includes equally varied arenas ranging the Manhattan School of Music, Mark O’Connor String Camps, Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, Indiana University String Academy, and a private studio. Sara’s eclectic mastery and diverse exposure exemplify what carving out a career looks like at a time where musical genre becomes less relevant.

Read on for a look into the life of an artist boldly defining and defying genres.


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Project Jumpstart offers a variety of important events this November

Don’t miss the following special sessions
available to all Jacobs School students!

Friday, Nov 7 | 12-1:30pm | MAC Mezzanine
A {well-advised} Lunch with Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton
An alumna of the Jacobs School, Jamie is the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and a 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Saturday, Nov 8 | 11am-1pm | Sweeney Hall
Ned Canty – Opera Doesn’t Suck: Changing Public Attitudes
Canty is Stage Director of IU Opera Theater’s production of The Last Savage & General Director of Opera Memphis. Co-presented by SNATS.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 10 | 12-1:30pm | Parsifal Room
A {well-advised} Lunch with Peter Dobrin
“The Plight of Orchestras in an Era of Hating Institutions: What we can do about it”
Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 10 | 7-9pm | M340
Peter Dobrin: Why Every Musician is a Critic
Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper.
No need to sign up for this event.

Thursday, Nov 13 | 6:30-8pm | M242
Nancy Dittmer: Changes in Music Education and
10 Tips for Getting a Great Recommendation Letter
An Evening with Nancy Ditmer, Immediate Past President of the National Association for Music Education. Co-presented with cNAfME-IU.

Friday, Nov 14 | 12-1:30pm | JS415
A {well-advised} Lunch with Karl Paulnack and Jorja Fleezanis
A world-recognized pianist and influential commentator, Karl Paulnack is Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College. Jorja Fleezanis is Professor of Music in Violin at the JSoM.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Friday, Nov 14 | 2:30-4pm | MA452
Mind & Body III: Vocal Health
Learn how to prevent injury as you prepare for a performing career! A session led by Rebecca Risser from The Voice Clinic of Indiana.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Friday, Nov 14 | 6:30-9:30pm | Sweeney Hall
A Self-Discovery Workshop with Karl Paulnack
Karl Paulnack’s workshop will give you an opportunity to explore your career goals in a way that synchronizes with who you really are. This is definitely a session to attend, if you can!

Friday, Nov 15 | 11am-1pm | Sweeney Hall
Ned Canty – Acting for Singers: Audition to Rehearsal to Stage
An exploration of the challenges of acting in opera, including some issues to consider during role preparation. Two mock auditions will provide insight into what the people on the other side of the table might be thinking.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

Monday, Nov 17 | 2-4pm | Ford-Crawford Hall
Q&A with Klaus Heymann, Founder of Naxos Records
Naxos Records is the brainchild of Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur and music lover based in Hong Kong. What Penguin Books did for literature, Heymann is very close to doing for serious music.
Students: SIGN UP HERE

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Kim Carballo is Entrepreneur of the Month!

Kim-1-212Meet Kim Carballo: Pianist, Entrepreneur, Vocal Coach, and Mentor – and Project Jumpstart’s October Entrepreneur of the Month!

As a first-rate pianist and innovative project director, opera coach Kim Carballo offers important insights into building a not-for-profit arts organization and career preparation in the 21st century. Kim founded Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK), a Bloomington-based opera company that serves the community by introducing opera to children and provides young professional musicians with an opportunity to hone their production and performance skills.

“Entrepreneurship is a chance to be creative in a setting that allows one to combine business and art. I think the real power and potential of entrepreneurship is that it can help take away the sense of terror that we may have as we thinking about what’s ahead of us. You don’t have to think ‘I have to fit in this particular box’ or ‘I have to take this predetermined path.’ Rather, you create a box or path that fits the shape of your passion and skills. This is extremely liberating.”

Read on for an inspirational discussion on what it takes to engage the world as a classical musician today >

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Dangerous Thinking: A response to “Practice Does Not Make Perfect”

Joey Tartell

Joey Tartell

By Joey Tartell, Associate Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music

In last week’s article published on Slate.com entitled “Practice Does Not Make Perfect,” the authors investigate two very different kinds of studies in an effort to find out why people succeed in, among other things, music. Their conclusions are as wrong as they are dangerous.

The first study used was on musicians from an elite Berlin music academy.

This was the result: “The major finding of the study was that the most accomplished musicians has accumulated the most hours of deliberate practice.”

Next, the authors examined 88 other studies that they found relevant. The results: “With very few exceptions, deliberate practice correlated positively with skill.”

The second study examined involved measuring twins. They had twins estimate the time they practiced music, then had them take a test on basic music abilities. What they found was: “…although the music abilities were influenced by genes- to the tune of about 38 percent, on average- there was no evidence they were influenced by practice.”

From that, the authors make the leap that, although practice and other factors are important: “…it does imply there are limits on the transformative power of practice.”

No.  It does no such thing.

It implies that we all start from a different place. As a teacher, this is not surprising. Having taught beginning musicians to professionals, letting me know that not everyone starts from the same place seems obvious. Some kids have a beautiful sound from the moment they start playing. Others have the coordination that gives them better technique from day 1.

There is no correlation proven in this article between where people start and where they end.  The authors do concede that there are many factors that lead to success.  

But when they write: “There is now compelling evidence that genes matter for success, too.”, they have made a conclusion that can’t be backed up by their studies.  

All they have proven is that, as humans, we’re all different, and that includes what we’ve learned about music up until the time of the tests given.  

Let’s go back to the first studies, done on students studying at an elite academy, and the other 88 studies referenced by the authors. They consistently found that deliberate practice leads to higher skill. But in none of those studies were the students given tests before they started playing. Are we to assume that all of the studies show that students with “bad genes” are being weeded out?

And let’s also look at the second studies. After testing these twins, has there been a follow up on those that have gone on to study music, and their success measured against the level of deliberate practice they put in?

Here’s why this kind of wrongheaded misuse of science is dangerous. First, it could encourage students to use the greatest of all excuses: ”they can’t possibly succeed; they don’t have the genes necessary!”  

Second, it could encourage teachers to dismiss students who don’t make progress fast enough: “Clearly those students just don’t have the right genes!”  

These are just variations on things that have been said for a long time: that person was “born with it,” or that person “just doesn’t have it.” Both are dismissive and wrongheaded. Saying one is “born with it” doesn’t recognize all the work that person has done to succeed. Telling a student they “just don’t have it” can destroy that person’s opportunity to succeed.  

These studies have taught me two things:

  1. Each student is an individual with individual
    strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Deliberate practice leads to higher skill.

Given these studies, I’ll continue doing what I’ve done my whole career as a teacher: work with each student as best as I can to help them become the best they can.  

Joey Tartell
Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet)
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

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Minute to Win It!

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Ching-Yi Lin is September Entrepreneur of the Month

portrait-212Ching-Yi Lin spent her formative musical life as a talented performer focused on a concert career. While studying at IU, her entrepreneurial spirit was ignited while working with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, co-directors the Jacobs School’s String Academy. Today, she runs the Western Kentucky University Pre-College Strings Program, the first of its kind for the university.

She recently received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington, D.C., in recognition for her work in bringing music into the lives of young people throughout her community.

“I get to engage in almost every aspect of music,” says Dr. Lin of her work with the program. “With all of these different roles, my most important guiding principle is to stay flexible.” Project Jumpstart recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Lin about the choices and opportunities that led to her current career, as well as her thoughts on mixing performance, education, entrepreneurship, and outreach in a music career.

Read the full interview here >

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Grant Opportunity for arts activity in Bloomington!

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association and BEAD accepting applications for Zone Arts Grant Program

Bloomington, Ind. – The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) are now accepting applications for the Zone Arts Grant Program.

The Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone. Individual artists, teams of artists, local businesses, and non-profit organizations (including neighborhood groups) are eligible to apply for project support that will do one or more of the following for residents and businesses within the Urban Enterprise Zone: facilitate involvement in arts and cultural activities; provide an opportunity to participate in the creative process; advance the quality and availability of the arts in the Zone; or celebrate or enhance the identity of the Zone.  Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, art markets, art space development and public art (including murals) are all examples of the types of projects eligible for funding through the BUEA and BEAD Zone Arts Grant program.

Guidelines and application for the program are available on the City of Bloomington website at www.bloomington.in.gov/buea.  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. October 17, 2014.

For more information on the grant program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at michaelm@bloomington.in.gov  or (812) 349-3534.


The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association provides the means to improve the economic, physical, and social environment for Zone residents and businesses and contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington’s urban core. The Enterprise Zone operates in accordance with Indiana State Code and has created or retained hundreds of jobs and spurred millions of dollar in increased investment. For more information on the BUEA, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/buea.


BEAD seeks to bring the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development.  BEAD is a geographically defined, mixed-use cultural district in downtown Bloomington which capitalizes on local and regional assets that are specific to the cultural, economic and social issues of Bloomington. BEAD emphasizes the high concentration of creative assets and related activities to strengthen and enhance the overall economic development of the community and provides a connective link to a variety of incentives, programs and grants to benefit its major stakeholder groups and users: the community, visitors, the creative, cultural and entertainment sectors and small business.

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Four Sessions on Audio, Video, Photography, and Websites


Refine your skills in multimedia through a series of
interactive workshops that give you hands-on experience
with techniques that help create great results.

Note: All sessions are available to Jacobs School students
and will be repeated over a three week period.

{Free cookies, and juice at all sessions!}

Monday, Sep. 29, Oct. 6
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Jon Stante and Robbie Rittman
Bring your cameras computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/29 | 10/06

Tuesday, Sep. 30, Oct. 7
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Rafael Porto and Veronica Simonetti
Bring your computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/30 | 10/07

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Scott Scheetz and Rachel Rodgers
Bring your cameras and computers with you!
SIGN UP: 10/01 | 10/08

Thursday, Sep. 25 (postponed to next week), Oct. 2, 9
6pm-8pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Rachel Rodgers and Alain Barker
Bring your computers with you!
SIGN UP: 10/02 | 10/09

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Introducing the Jacobs School of Music Career Portal

The Jacobs School of Music’s new Career Portal breaks new ground by providing a comprehensive web-based career planning tool for students, faculty, alumni, career counselors, and employers.

Coordinated by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development, the Career Portal build is part of a larger IU Bloomington initiative to more actively and effectively support students as they prepare for their professional lives.

The system enables coordination for counseling and information sessions, workshops, interviews, networking, and other events.

Once the system is fully functional, Jacobs School Students will be able to build a dynamic resume, apply for jobs, sign up for interviews, connect with alumni mentors, schedule a counseling appointment, and more. Employers will be able to post job announcements and arrange for on-campus interviews and auditions, manage interview schedules, and peruse resumes.

Users of the Career Portal will have access to career support and information from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and other entities that have joined what is called the “IUB Multi School Environment.”

The Career Portal provides complete database integration to manage student, faculty, alumni, and employer contacts.

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