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  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  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


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.

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. 22, 29, Oct. 6
6pm-8pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Jon Stante and Robbie Rittman
Bring your cameras computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/22 | 09/29 | 10/06

Tuesday, Sep. 23, 30, Oct. 7
6pm-8pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Rafael Porto and Veronica Simonetti
Bring your computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/23 | 09/30 | 10/07

Wednesday, Sep. 24, Oct. 1, 7
6pm-8pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Scott Scheetz and Rachel Rodgers
Bring your cameras and computers with you!
SIGN UP: 09/24 | 10/01 | 10/08

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

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.

Adam Bodony ’11 to succeed Susan Kitterman ’75 as Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras


adamSusan Kitterman ’75, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras in Indianapolis, will pass artistic control of the young musician’s organization that she founded in 1982 effective May 2015 to Adam Bodony (MM ’11), a conductor-trombonist that was once a member of the organization and is currently their Executive Director.  Adam is also currently Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

Susan Kitterman, trained violist at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, founded NWYO in 1982 with 18 young musicians after having successfully started several string programs in Chicago, IL public school system.  The organization now consists of 190 young musicians from all over the state of Indiana and has three orchestras under its umbrella.

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Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band, debut CD “Fly!”

mitch shiner FLYIndiana University Jacobs School of Music Alumnus, Mitch Shiner ( Jazz Studies ’14), is releasing his debut CD, “Fly!” on August 19th, 2014. “Fly!” features 19 IU Jacobs School of Music students, making up the BloomingTones Big Band. The album also features five IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz faculty: Jeremy Allen, Pat Harbison, Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, and Dr. David Baker.  Shiner composed and arranged all the music on the CD. “Fly!” has five originals and five arrangements, including “When You Wish upon a Star,” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” Co-produced by Mitch Shiner and Wayne Wallace, “Fly!” is available via Patois Records on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.

Shiner received his BM from Indiana University in 2014, where he also received a Performer’s Certificate for completion of an outstanding senior recital.  Shiner studied under Professors Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

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Jason Duika sings Verdi at Carnegie’s Isaac Stern and is hired by Palm Beach Opera to cover major roles

Baritone Jason Duika has had a banner year.   In late April of this past spring, he appeared opposite fellow alumnus … Continue reading

Mirari Brass signed by Ariel Artists

The Mirari Brass, a brass quintet that originated at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been signed by Ariel Artists, a management agency in Boston. Three of the five members are graduates of the Jacobs School of Music: Alex Noppe, trumpet, Jessie Thoman , horn , and Sarah Paradis, trombone.
Mirari will be recording their second album in May 2015 (hoping to release in fall 2015). The quintet continues to be commissioned for several works of the genre including collaboration with Indiana University Alumnus Clint Needham.  The piece for Brass Quintet and Wind Symphony will be premiered with The Ohio State Wind Symphony in spring 2016. The Mirari Brass Quintet also has several residencies at universities, including the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.


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Mike Walker (DM) appointed Visiting Lecturer II at the University of New Mexico

Walker_Mike_squareThe Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Horn Area is excited to announce that
Mike Walker (DM) has been appointed to a Visiting Lecturer II at the University
of New Mexico. Mr. Walker will be teaching the horn Studio, brass pedagogy and
performing with the faculty woodwind and brass quintets. Mr. Walker studied with Jeff Nelsen while pursuing his DM degree in horn. Mr. Walker commented that, “I feel extremely well prepared to step into this environment with
amazing new colleagues and students. Indiana University was a great training
ground for my new position and I cannot wait to share some Hoosier traditions
among my Lobos students”.

Jacobs alumna Jasmin Arakawa (DM ’13) tenure-track appointment at the University of South Alabama





Jasmin Arakawa (DM ’13, MM ’07) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Music (Piano) at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She studied with Prof. Emile Naoumoff (piano) and Prof. Elisabeth Wright(harpsichord) at Jacobs School of Music.

Justin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) featured on new releases

justin merrittJustin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) has 3 new CDs of his music available: “American Lyricism” by pianist Christ Atzinger,” Blender” by pianist Matthew McCright, and “Norge Mitt Norge” by the St. Olaf Choir.

Merritt studied composition with Samuel Adler, Sven-David Sandstrom, Claude Baker, Timothy Kramer, Don Freund, and electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Faye and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.