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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!

Check back soon for Spring 2018 programming!


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

As classical musicians, much of what we focus on has to do with crafting programs. Mostly Mozart? Basically Beethoven? Russian Night? Symphony…Fantastic! We know how to create thematic connections between musical works, but is that what it takes to engage new audiences in our art? This workshop teaches the basics of psychographic marketing analysis through hands-on, interactive activities and case studies. Understanding audiences allows artists put the public at the center of not only their marketing efforts, but also their program design itself, offering a window into how businesses of all kinds can put their customers at the center of their messaging and products. What’s next? This session also contains an introduction to social and civic practice as a tool for meaningful community engagement.

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 Shindé, Program Director for Chamber Music America - Jazz, has an extensive background in digital marketing and artist branding. Join her to learn how marketers build a brand for an individual, how digital communication continues to change the way musicians have to think about their marketing, and discuss strategies for audience development and engaging institutional stakeholders in the arts.

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 Louisville), Robert Hunt Simonds 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

The members of the Capitol Quartet present a workshop on creating and managing a successful ensemble.  Having recently celebrated it’s 25th year, the quartet will discuss how it has developed a musical voice that is artistically sophisticated, programming that is accessible to audiences, and a business model that is financially sustainable.  

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 active learning session to help you brainstorm or refine ideas for the Running Start Competition.

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

A Conversation with Gary Green, Retired Director of Bands at Miami University

Join Mr. Green to hear his thoughts about his life and career in music, teaching students through band, and sustaining a passion for students and music over the course of a career. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. David Thornton and Professor Simon Holoweiko. 

Wednesday, October 18th, 7:00-8:30pm

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 Opportunities

Have you started thinking about Spring 2018 residency opportunities? Running Start offers two paid residency programs for chamber groups and we’re looking for musicians to engage with communities outside MSU. Learn about how residency programs can help you gain musical and professional skills, meet others interested in outreach, and decide whether these programs might be a good fit for you.

Sunday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 PM
MPB 219

Social Justice and the Arts

Discover the possible career opportunities with non-profit organizations and their work in local commnities. Take your ideas and find a way to create change and make a difference in your neighborhood.

Friday, November 10, 2:00-3:30 PM
Student Services Building Room 113

Fifth House Ensemble Residency: Arts Start Ups

For those students who are interested in starting their own ventures, this discussion provides tools and ideas for getting started. After an interactive exercise designed to help participants find their voice and mission, we share our philosophy of taking a service-based approach to entrepreneurship. This workshop explores how to select the business and funding structures that support participants’ vision and programs, in both for-profit and nonprofit models. Topics include selecting a business structure, networking, marketing via the web and other sources, and resources for continued learning.

Saturday, November 18, 9:00-10:00 AM
Hart Recital Hall

Collaborative Piano Careers

What does it look like to create a professional path as a collaborative pianist? Hear from an expert panel of collaborative pianists: Jean Schneider from Michigan Opera Theater, Lydia Qui from the University of Michigan, and Kathryn Goodson, frequent performer with the Detroit Symphony and freelance collaborative pianist in Ann Arbor, MI. Come ready to participate in activities to start building your professional materials portfolio.

Monday, November 20, 5:00-7:00 PM
Cook Recital Hall