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Upcoming Events and Workshops

Presenters include faculty members, guests, and alumni. Events and workshops cover topics essential to young performers and teachers, including self-promotion, resume-writing, building a private studio, constructing a teaching philosophy, and planning engaging, audience-friendly programs. Check out the schedule below for upcoming opportunities!

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Grad Meet Up

Your colleagues in graduate school become your musical network for your professional career. Join us for free lunch and meet Spartans outside your studio, faculty and staff, and start building your MSU community.

Monday, August 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Hart Recital Hall Courtyard

College of Music Job Fair

Join us to learn about opportunities for on campus jobs and internships at the College of Music and beyond. Plus, get a quick tune-up of your resume and learn some tips to improve your job search, cover letter, and interviewing skills.

Tuesday, August 29, 1:30-2:30 PM Info Session, 2:30-3:30 PM Individul Resume Critiques
Cook Recital Hall

Fifth House Ensemble Residency: Putting your Audience Center Stage

Chicago-based 5HE is well known for engaging theater groups, visual artists, animators, living composers, astronomers, folk musicians and corporate innovators through transformative cross-media performance experiences for audiences of every type. Join them for a discussion of how to turn the audience-performer dynamic on its head, from planning the concert and venue to choosing repertoire.

Thursday, September 7, 7:30-9:00 PM
Hart Recital Hall

Being Legal: Licensing and Arranging 101

For educators and performers: learn how to legally arrange and license music from living and dead composers, songwriters, and publishers for ensembles, marching bands, concerts, and recordings.

Sunday, September 17, 6:00-7:00 PM
Music Practice Building 219

Marketing in the Digital Age for Musicians

Gargi Shinde, Program Manager for Chamber Music America, has an extensive background in marketing for the arts. Join her to learn how digital communication continues to change the way musicians have to think about marketing, and discuss strategies for managing your own marketing.

Tuesday, September 19, 8:00-9:15 PM
Music Building 206


After the Audition: Tips for a Successful Orchestra Career

As a veteran of three symphony jobs (Richmond, Phoenix, and Lousville), Robert Hunt Simons has seen it all: contracts, strikes, prepping auditions, managing workload, and building a solo career, all while being a section or principal player. Learn the common mistakes of new orchestra hires, and tips for being successful once you land the job.

Tuesday, October 3, 11:30-12:20 PM
M207 (Conference Room, across from elevator)

Business Models for Chamber Ensembles

With the Capital Quartet.

Sunday, October 8, 6:00-7:00 PM
Hart Recital Hall

Creating Great Entrepreneurial Ideas

How do you come up with a great entrepreneurial idea? How do you convince other people to fund it? Join us for a short session to help you brainstorm or refine ideas for the Running Start Competition.

Wednesday, October 18, 5:00-6:00 PM

Entrepreneur After Hours: Asking for $ is Not a Dirty Job

Join Melanie Helton, who started the MSU Opera program, to learn and practice how to ask for money to make your musical passions come to life, whether for a school, organization, or personal career.

Sunday, October 22, 5:30-6:45 PM

Interviewing Skills

How do you nail the interview for a job in music? Come ready to learn and practice honing your interviewing skills with Blaire Miller, MSU alum and veteran of search strategies in the Higher Education and Non Profit industries.

Monday, October 30, 3:00-4:15 PM


Residency and Internship Opportunities

Join us for this short workshop to learn about Spring 2018 entrepreneurship residency opportunities and how to find or create an opportunity of your own.

Sunday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 PM
Hart Recital Hall

Collaborative Piano Careers

Monday, November 20, 5:00-7:00 PM

Social Justice and the Arts

Friday, November 10, 2:00-3:30 PM

Fifth House Ensemble Residency: Arts Start Ups

Saturday, November 18, time TBD