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Job Postings from the BRIDGE D-base!

Performance Organization Location Job ID
Violin, Viola and Cello Fellowships Grant Park Music Festival Chicago, IL 60848
Chorus Auditions Arizona Opera Phoenix/Tucson, AZ 61113
Principal Trombone Oregon Symphony Portland, OR 61051
Pianist/Organist John Wesley United Methodist Ch Falmouth, MA 61078
Teaching Job ID
Director of Jazz Princeton University Princeton, NJ 57028
Lecturer in Music (Trumpet) University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 61072
Guitar Teacher 77 Arts Academy Acton, MA 60553
Project Opera Music Director Minnesota Opera Minneapolis, MN 60971
Grants, Competitions, & Workshops Job ID
2016 Frances Walton Competition Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Seattle, WA 61125
NBT Bank Fellowship Program Vermont Mozart Festival Burlington, VT 60964
Baroque Performance Institute Oberlin College & Conservatory Oberlin, OH 11550
Composers Workshop Napa Music Festival N Hollywood, CA 53883
Arts Administration Job ID
Dean of the Arts Univ of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 61091
Education Manager Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra New Orleans, LA 61151
Program Manager ArtsConnection New York, NY 58808
Music Librarian & Coord of Mus Library DePauw University Greencastle, IN 60994

IMPROVOSERS AND COMPOSERS

Teaching Organization Location Job ID
Director of Jazz Princeton University Princeton, NJ 57028
Music Teacher/Artist Arts All Day Cambridge, MA 60985
Sax/Jazz Ens Coach, Junior Trinity Trinity Laban Conservatoire London, U.K. 61142
Asst/Assoc Professor of Composition University of Toronto Toronto, ON 61017
Grants, Fellowships & Workshops Job ID
Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium Osage Arts Community Belle, MO 53194
Family Residency Program I-Park Foundation East Haddam, CT 61083
Choral Composers Forum Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 22694
Composers Workshop Napa Music Festival N Hollywood, CA 53883
Competitions Job ID
Call for Scores: Core+ Boston New Music Initiative Salem, MA 61084
Call for Scores – I-Park Residency ensemble mise-en New York, NY 60962
2016 Young Composers Competition The Capital Hearings Washington, D.C. 54838
Brian M. Israel Competition Society for New Music New York, NY 4044
Arts Administration Job ID
Music Booking Agency Internship International Music Network Gloucester, MA 52231
Engagement Manager for Arts Camp Henry Street Settlement New York, NY 61171
Dean of the Arts Univ of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 61091
Arts Admissions Counselor Univ of Maryland, Baltimore Co Baltimore, MD 40218

 

 

 

 

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Liberation Music Collective Concert in Nashville features jazz, written word

By Marcela Creps 812-331-4375 | mcreps@heraldt.com | 0 comments

An innovative new work that pulls together words and music will be performed Saturday at the Brown County Playhouse.

The Liberation Music Collective

The Liberation Music Collective

“Utopia: 21st Century Reflections on the Pursuit of Perfection” combines music by the Liberation Music Collective, words by the Brown County Writers, Readers and Poets Society with narration by Yael Ksander.

Hannah Fidler and Matt Riggen are leaders of IU’s Liberation Music Collective. The two students started the band that is dedicated to dealing with contemporary issues with music, specifically jazz.

The topic of “Utopia” was one Fidler found easy to connect with.

“The idea came to me because I am a Wells scholar, and every freshman Wells class is taken to New Harmony for a retreat in the spring of their freshman year,” she said.

The trip gives the freshman an opportunity to explore the area, its buildings and museums.

“It was vivid in my memory and in my awareness because of that trip,” she said. So when the group was chosen to participate in the concert, Fidler thought Utopia was a vivid part of history that the show could focus on.

The production will focus on three utopian experiments in the state: the Rappite and Owenite communities in New Harmony and Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Indianapolis. The Liberation Music Collective has written original music to be woven with the words of the Brown County writers.

“This is a very unique opportunity, and we’re very grateful to Project Jumpstart to be the student group that will be featured in there and with the Brown County Playhouse,” Fidler said.

Riggen said the concert was also a unique opportunity to use jazz music with the words of the Brown County writers. There is a history of narrative in jazz and telling stories, but spoken word is a bit more unusual, Fidler said.

The inclusion of the Peoples Temple may cause some people to pause. The end result of that Utopian society was the mass suicide of many of its followers in Jonestown, Guyana. Riggen said the writings of the Peoples Temple, however, were focused on a society where people worked together.

The duo spent about two and a half months preparing music for the show and predicted they would be working on it until Saturday.

Although it’s been a lot of work, the end result has been rewarding. As leaders, both Fidler and Riggen have had to learn what that means and how to achieve what they want from the group.

“Being in that position, having to lead, having to get your ideas across, not everyone gets to figure out how to get what they want,” Riggen said.

Both said IU has been great in teaching them how to play well, but they feel that leading this group and participating in this event has put them “light years” beyond their peers.

“I see the Liberation Music Collective as the start of my professional career. It is the beginnings and testing grounds for my professional career. You learn a lot about yourself when you put yourself out there,” Fidler said.

Working together, Fidler and Riggen also realize how important it is to work with someone whose strengths you admire.

“Matt is our resident mad scientist. Matt has a kind of energy and drive that really energizes the whole band, and he has such a proliferation of ideas, musical ideas. There’s always something on the tip of his tongue that he wants to try out,” Fidler said.

“As energetic and idea-driven as I am, I am all over the place all the time,” Riggen said. “And Hannah is very much steps-toward-the-goal-oriented. I’ve learned so much about just being good at organizing people.”

As leaders of the band, the two also credit the members of the band. Riggen said he’s learned to figure out the strengths of the band members. With that knowledge, he’s able to write music that really allows him or her to shine. In band member Durand Jones, Riggen said he saw a little bit of Roscoe Mitchell. With that in mind, Riggen said he wrote a feature where Durand gets to play like Mitchell.

“It’s so good every time,” Riggen said.

Fidler said she’s learned so much from the band and leading others, and said it’s been an honor to work with such talented people.

“We deliver because they deliver,” she said.

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Innovation Competition Winners: Stephen Johnson and Matthew Leone

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s Project Jumpstart Innovation Competition, Stephen Johnson, and runner up Matthew Leone.

From left to right, Janette Fishell, Donald Kuratko, Kathryn Sherman, Matthew Leone, Stephen Johnson, Travis Brown, and Monika Herzig.

From left to right, Janette Fishell, Donald Kuratko, Kathryn Sherman, Matthew Leone, Stephen Johnson, Travis Brown, and Monika Herzig.

Stephen, a first year master’s musicology student, won with “The Listener’s Guide” (TLG), a popular YouTube channel full of fun and engaging videos about classical music. TLG equips new audiences with the tools to understand classical music and encourages them to appreciate and support musical institutions.

Runner-up Matthew Leone, a PhD student in musicology, with “Facing the Music”, an innovative pre-concert lecture series that brings musical scholarship out of academia and into the concert hall.

INNOVATION COMPETITION PARTICIPANTS

The competition final round was hosted by the Kelley School’s Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the to the judges were Janette Fishell (Professor of Music in Organ and Chair of the Organ Department), Kathryn Sherman (Winner of the 2015 Innovation Competition), Donald Kuratko (Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, Executive and Academic Director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Travis Brown (Director of Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship at the School of Informatics and Computing), and Monika Herzig (SPEA Senior Lecturer and renowned Jazz Musician).

Kudos to the additional eight semi-finalists and finalists, who presented their very impressive ideas.

Jaime Carini – OnCue Music
* Finalist
OnCue Music is a software program that coordinates the administrative and production activities of a liturgical music director

Yesong Na – PreA Music
* Finalist
PreA Music is a new portal for innovative music education in 21st Century, teaching improvisation, composition and group projects, encouraging students to grow into confident, curious, driven social and independent adults.

Reuben Walker – The Asher Method
* Finalist
The Asher Method is a process by which performers and composers collaboratively develop musical performances stemming from their varied talents and perspectives.

Oscar Ban – The Marching Arts Forum
The Marching Arts Forum is a network of collegiate organizations that support the development of music and marching educators by providing valued resources.

Rachel Rodgers – Entrepreneur Connection
Entrepreneur Connection is an online platform and mobile application that connects artistic entrepreneurs to like-minded people of a particular expertise, assisting the team building process for innovative ideas and start ups.

Marcus Grant – Enlightened Exhibition
Enlightened Exhibition is a 2-day experiential workshop taking developing musicians on a journey with successful composers, teachers, performers, and music entrepreneurs to discover, embrace, and expand their musical voice.

Nikita Haduong – Music Concierge Service
Music Concierge Service diversifies music consumption by recommending music that caters to your every preference.

Tommy Rorabeck – Department of Modern Music
The Department of Modern Music provides an innovative and relevant performance outlet where students who wish to play popular, modern music can develop the necessary skills to succeed in today’s music industry.

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Announcing the Project Jumpstart 2016 INNOVATION COMPETITION

ANNOUNCING THE PROJECT JUMPSTART INNOVATION COMPETITION January 30, 2016

Initial Letter of Interest deadline: December 18 Open to any student enrolled in the Jacobs School of Music

  • Present Your Own, One-of-a-Kind Entrepreneurial Project
  • Monetary prize for the top two winners! Mentoring offered to all finalists!

To spark innovation in the Jacobs School, we’re holding the third annual Project Jumpstart Innovation Competition! If you’re interested in developing an innovative project, or if your student group or ensemble would like to present an idea, follow these simple steps:

  1. DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE & ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEA This can be anything: a performance project, an app, a service, a festival, a residency. Not sure about your idea? Send Jumpstart an email and we can talk it over.
  2. JOIN US AT OUR CALLOUT MEETING Saturday, December 12th | 10am -12pm | MU011 > STUDENTS: Sign Up via the Career Portal Meet us over bagels and coffee to discuss your ideas and ask any questions you may have about the competition or your idea.
  3. LETTER OF INTEREST Deadline: Friday, December 18th Write a brief (200 word max) description of what you plan to do and send it to jumpstar@indiana.edu.
  4. SUBMIT A COMPLETE PROPOSAL Deadline: Monday, January 18th Email your proposal (5 pages maximum) with any accompanying media (links to media work as well) to jumpstar@indiana.edu.
  5. PRESENT YOUR PROPOSAL Saturday, January 30th, from 10am-12pm (location TBD) Finalists will be invited to present their project proposals to a panel comprised of Jacobs School faculty and administration, a representative from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, and a member of the greater Bloomington community.

> Read about last year’s winners.

We can’t wait to see the entrepreneurial minds of the Jacobs School come together for what is sure to be a thrilling event!

Good Luck! Team Jumpstart

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Mike Epstein

Mike Epstein: On Taking Risks & Following your Passion

Mike Epstein: November Entrepreneur of the Month

Mike Epstein: November Entrepreneur of the Month

This month, Project Jumpstart interviewed Jacobs School jazz alumnus, Mike Epstein, who serves as president of his self-started and fast-growing booking agency,Mike Epstein and Company, where he promotes award winning musicians.

Mike Epstein and Company currently represents thirteen artists encompassing a wide variety of styles including world music, jazz, blues, and bluegrass. The agency employees two full-time team members and has previously hosted interns from the New England Conservatory of Music. In his own words, “the agency is honored to work with award-winning performers who remind us how inspiring music and the arts can be.”

To complement his entreprenuerial activities, Mike produces his own podcast called “Speaking of the Arts,” which features prominent programming directors, artists, managers and agents in conversation about the many challenges facing the music insdustry as well as the tools and processes that can be used to succeed in this ever-changing business.

> Read the full interview here

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Announcing the 2015-16 Jumpstart Team

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The Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (OECD) is pleased to introduce the 2015-2016 Project Jumpstart Team.

Members are graduate student Rafael Porto – who participated as a member of last year’s team – Elleka Okerstrom, Christian Purdy, and Natalie Martell. The team is mentored by OECD director Alain Barker, with additional help from the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business.

Offerings to look forward to this year include panel discussions by prominent artists, scholars & entrepreneurs, interactive workshops, mind & body sessions, networking opportunities, {well-advised} lunches, and meet & greets with leading professionals. In addition, Project Jumpstart coordinates the annual Jacobs School of Music entrepreneurship competition.

Read the 2015-15 Annual Report to lean more about the activities of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development and Project Jumpstart.


2015-2016 PROJECT JUMPSTART TEAM

Rafael Porto

Brazilian bass-baritone Rafael Porto is a returning member of the Project Jumpstart team and is in his final semester of his MM degree with Distinguished Professor Tim Noble. This past year he served as a media specialist for the group, overseeing photography, audio and video, while also organizing events such as connecting voice students with Bradley Moore of the Houston Grand Opera, an interview session with acclaimed alumna mezzo-soprano Jaime Barton, bringing the Voice Clinic of Indiana as a part of the Mind & Body series, and teaching at the Manage Your Media and Covering Your Assets workshops. As an entrepreneur, he runs his business Rafael Porto Media Services (media.rafaelwporto.com) that provides design, photography, and recording services for classical musicians. Porto has done work the Indianapolis Colts, IU Jacobs Marketing Department, New York City Opera, American Guild of Organists, Butler University, and Indianapolis Children’s Choir to name a few. He was a Wilfred C. Bain Fellow, Georgina Joshi International Fellowship winner, and is currently an Associate Instructor of voice. During the past five years Rafael has sung 18 roles at various venues including IU Opera Theater, Indianapolis Opera, Butler Opera Theater, and the Montefeltro Music Festival in Italy.

Elleka Okerstrom

Soprano Elleka Okerstrom is a first-year master’s student studying with Brian Horne, having completed her BM in vocal performance at DePauw University in 2014 where she studied with Caroline B. Smith. For the past year, Elleka has served as the DePauw University School of Music’s graduate intern for the 21st-Century Musician Initiative (21CM). Through her position, she assisted several notable musical groups, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Baladino, Roomful of Teeth, the King’s Singers, and many others. She also worked as the assistant coordinator for the School’s two-week Dvorak and America festival, featuring renowned cultural historian Joseph Horowitz and bass-baritone, Kevin Deas. During her time at DePauw, she performed several lead roles under the direction of Joachim Schamberger, including Violante in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Other performance highlights include performing Libby Larsen’s Try Me Good King and John Corgliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man through DePauw’s Music of the 21st-Century during the residency of the composers. “Musical entrepreneurship has become an integral part of my life as a musician,” said Elleka, “and I couldn’t be happier to continue exploring the all that the musical world has to offer with the Project Jumpstart team.”

Christian Purdy

Christian Purdy is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Jacobs School, studying general music education and music entrepreneurship. During his time at Indiana University Christian has developed numerous independent and joint entrepreneurial projects both inside and outside of the Jacobs School, and has worked with many state-wide and national music advocacy organizations. Alongside his entrepreneurial endeavors, Christian studies bassoon with Kathleen McLean and spends much time focusing on early childhood music education. Over the past three years Christian has served as President of the IU chapter of the National Association for Music Education, Teaching Assistant for IU Musical Beginnings, Ritual Coordinator of Kappa Kappa Psi, and as an Undergraduate Staff-member of the IU Marching Hundred. “I’m elated to join the Project Jumpstart team,” said Christian “and I look forward to supporting the innovative endeavors of the Jacobs School.” Outside of his studies, you can find Christian enjoying local restaurants and experiencing the beauty of Bloomington’s natural landscape.

Natalie Martell

A senior at the Jacobs School of Music, soprano Natalie Martell is pursuing a BM in vocal performance with Alice Hopper. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Arts Administration at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. This past summer, Natalie worked for the Asheville Lyric Opera as the Administrative Intern, alongside General and Artistic Director and Jacobs School alumnus, David Craig Starkey, gaining experience in marketing, development, event planning, and community outreach. Natalie has appeared in numerous opera choruses with the IU Opera & Ballet Theater and was most recently featured as Janet McGregor in South Pacific. In addition to serving as treasurer for the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society, she performed the role of Celia in the organization’s first production, Iolanthe. Born in Toronto, Canada, Natalie currently resides in the Washington D.C. area.



Project Partner: The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business offers one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculums in the world, with nationally-ranked academic programs that a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with university departments and involvement with the business community.

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The Cliff Colnot Residency – 5 Workshops and Career Advising this Summer

CliffNotes-120Jacobs School students have a terrific opportunity this summer to attend five workshops with Cliff Colnot, the Chicago-based conductor and composer. Called CLIFF NOTES, the sessions cover a range of subjects that are key to career development in the 21st Century. All sessions are open to Jacobs School students and take place on Thursday, from 12-1:30pm. Free Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be provided!

  • CLIFF NOTES: Lunches and a Workshop Session with Conductor & Arranger, Cliff Colnot
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Individual Career Advising Sessions with Cliff Colnot

Open to all students in the Jacobs School of Music. Please click below to sign up for the sessions you’d like to attend. 

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Thursday JUNE 18     SCORE STUDY
Effectively studying music in preparation for performaChicagonces
12-1:30pm                          JS 415
> Sign Up Here

Thursday JUNE 25     AUDITIONS
Understanding the audition process for orchestras, summer festivals, and other projects
12-1:30pm                           JS 415
> Sign Up Here

Thursday JULY 2        THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSICIAN
Taking advantage of opportunity in a fast-changing cultural landscape
12-1:30pm                           JS 415
> Sign Up Here

Thursday, JULY 9    SELF-REHEARSING CHAMBER MUSIC
Making the most of your valuable time
12-1:30pm                           MA 405
> Sign Up Here

Thursday, JULY 16    THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSICIAN
The secrets and surprises of great ensemble intonation
12-1:30pm                           MC040
> Sign Up Here

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CLIFF COLNOT ADVISING DATES: Sign Up Here >
Once you’re in the Career Portal, click on “Events” then “Workshops”
All sessions are at Jumpstart Central, MU011, in Merrill Hall

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2-4 pm
  • Friday, June 26, 2-4 pm
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2-4 pm
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2-4 pm

See you there!
Team JumpStart

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CLIFF COLNOT

Colnot-squareIn the past decade Cliff Colnot has emerged as a distinguished conductor and a musician of uncommon range.

One of few musicians to have studied orchestral repertoire with Daniel Barenboim, Colnot has served as assistant conductor for Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Workshops for young musicians from Israel, Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries. Colnot has also worked extensively with Pierre Boulez and has served as assistant conductor to Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy. He regularly conducts the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), with whom he recorded Richard Wernick’s The Name of the Game for Bridge Records, and he collaborates regularly with the internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird and the Pacifica String Quartet. Colnot has been principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary MusicNOW ensemble since its inception and is principal conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, an orchestra he has conducted since 1994. Colnot also conducts Contempo at the University of Chicago and orchestras at Indiana University. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

Colnot is also a master arranger. His orchestration of Shulamit Ran’s Three Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano was recorded by the English Chamber Orchestra. For the chamber orchestra of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Colnot has arranged the Adagio from Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande (both published by Universal) and Manuel De Falla’s Three Cornered Hat. For ICE and Julia Bentley, Colnot arranged Olivier Messiaen’s Chants de Terre et de Ciel for chamber orchestra and mezzo-soprano, also published by Universal. For members of the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Colnot arranged Shulamit Ran’s Soliloquy for Violin, Cello, and Piano, to be published by Theodore Presser. Colnot recently re-orchestrated the Bottesini Concerto No. 2 in B Minor for Double Bass, correcting many errors in existing editions and providing a more viable performance version. He has also been commissioned to write works for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group. His orchestration of Duke Ellington’s New World Coming was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim as piano soloist in 2000, and Colnot also arranged, conducted, and co-produced the CD Tribute to Ellington featuring Barenboim at the piano. He wrote music for the MGM/UA motion picture Hoodlum and has written for rock-and-roll, pop, and jazz artists Richard Marx, Phil Ramone, Hugh Jackman, Leann Rimes, SheDaisy, Patricia Barber, Emerson Drive, and Brian Culbertson.

Colnot graduated with honors from Florida State University and in 1995 received the Ernst von Dohnányi Certificate of Excellence. He has also received the prestigious Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University, where he earned his doctorate. In 2001 the Chicago Tribune named Cliff Colnot a “Chicagoan of the Year” in music, and in 2005 he received the William Hall Sherwood Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts. He has studied with master jazz teacher David Bloom, has taught jazz arranging at DePaul University, film scoring at Columbia College and currently teaches advanced orchestration at the University of Chicago. As a bassoonist, he was a member of the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and the Contemporary Chamber Players.

“Cliff Colnot conducted the excellent International Contemporary Ensemble in an alluring performance.”              —  Anthony  Tommasini, New York Times

“To every score, conductor Cliff Colnot brought a dedication, virtuosity, and intensity of feeling new music needs but doesn’t often receive.”                                                              —  John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“Everywhere [in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1] were signs of meticulous preparation and keen stylistic acuity.”  —  Michael Cameron, Chicago Tribune

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Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month: MUSAID

MusAid-212Supporting music institutions in developing countries around the world, with donated instruments and volunteer teaching programs.

> Read the Full Interview Here

MusAid, a project run by Jacobs School of Music alumnus Kevin Schaffter, current student Maria Romero, and a few friends, has blossomed into a deeply inspiring international organization with a vision of “a global community where artists from any cultural or financial background could be granted the opportunity to share their unique artistic voices with their community.” Current teaching fellows include alumni Hilary Glen and Colleen Wang. Professor Mimi Zweig is one of two 2015 guest faculty members. A recent interview with Project Jumpstart is a must-read for any musician with a desire to develop a musical life that goes beyond the score.

Students! If you’re interested to participate in this project as a Teaching Fellow, check out the website for information on how to sign up and be notified of opportunities.

> Read the Full Interview Here

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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.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE >


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