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. 


Thursday JUNE 18     SCORE STUDY
Effectively studying music in preparation for performaChicagonces
12-1:30pm                          JS 415
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Thursday JUNE 25     AUDITIONS
Understanding the audition process for orchestras, summer festivals, and other projects
12-1:30pm                           JS 415
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Taking advantage of opportunity in a fast-changing cultural landscape
12-1:30pm                           JS 415
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Making the most of your valuable time
12-1:30pm                           MA 405
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The secrets and surprises of great ensemble intonation
12-1:30pm                           MC040
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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



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.


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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:

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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.

(Once you log in, click on Events, then Workshops)

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

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:

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:

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

Yacht Rock Revue band and career alumni event header

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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