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At Setting the Stage workshops industry experts share their advice, insights, and experience to help MSM students and alumni advance their careers.

Each school year MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) produces dozens of informative Setting the Stage panel discussions and hands-on workshops. A range of music professionals and entrepreneurs, including many MSM alumni, share valuable career information. This semester’s workshops are listed below; more are added regularly. Every student is encouraged to attend as many as possible; however students in some programs need to attend at least five workshops over the course of their studies:

  • All Bachelor of Music candidates
  • Master of Music and Professional Studies students in the Collaborative Piano, Contemporary Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Orchestral Conducting programs

Full details about this requirement — including the opportunity to utilize webinars and/or off-campus workshops — are available at the bottom of this page and in the Course Catalog. Unless otherwise noted, each Setting the Stage event is open to all MSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Alumni are advised to RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to



2020 workshops will be shared after classes resume in January. They will include collaborations with Chamber Music America as well as a range of MSM departments (Brass, Choral Arts, Collaborative Piano, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Voice and more).


SEPT 4 | WED | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Building a Stable, Secure and Successful Life in Music.
(Ades Performance Space)

  • Open to all students. Pizza served.

SEPT 5 | THURS | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
MSM ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) Alumni Q&A Reception
(Miller Recital Hall)

  • Connect with our alumni community, a supportive and passionate network of professionals, with whom you share the Manhattan School of Music experience! Our panelists will share how their education at MSM prepared them in life and why they love their alma mater! Continue conversations with our panelists at the reception portion of the event.

SEPT 26 | THURS | 12:00 – 1:50 PM
Orchestral Life: Mock Auditions and Discussion
(Miller Recital Hall)

OCT 3 | THUR | 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Entrepreneurial New Music Projects
(Miller Recital Hall)

OCT 17 | THURS | 12:30 – 1:50 PM
Orchestral Life: Insight from Leonard Slatkin
(Mikowsky Recital Hall – note location)

  • Presented as a part of ME1500.12 and ME1600.OP, sections of CME’s Practical Foundations and Orchestral Entrepreneurship classes.

OCT 18 | FRI | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Growing Young Artists: Faculty Share Insight for Friends & Family Weekend
(Miller Recital Hall)

OCT 18 | FRI | 1:00 – 2:50 PM
For Singers: from the Manager’s Perspective
(Pforzheimer Recital Hall)

OCT 21 | MON | 2:00 – 2:50 PM
For Pianists and Guitarists: Crafting a Life in Music
(Andersen 401/402)

OCT 29 | TUES | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Let’s Talk about Mindful Practice!
(Room A-402)

  • Led by Michael Alcee, Ph.D., Mental Health Educator.
  • Presented by MSM’s Counseling Center as part of their Lunch & Learn series; pizza from Bettolona available for attendees. 

OCT 31 | THURS | 2:00 – 2:50 PM
The Resourceful Music Creative (in Europe and Beyond)
‬(Andersen 401/402)

  • With entrepreneurial violinist Madeleine Mitchell.
  • Presented as a part of ME1500.12, a section of CME’s course, Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.

NOV 8 | FRI | 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Insight into Getting Hired for Higher Ed
(Andersen 401/402)

  • Presented with the Offices of the President, Provost and Doctoral Studies. 

NOV 13 | WED | 3:30 – 4:50 PM
Making the Contemporary Landscape Your Own
(Bossi-Comelli Studio)

  • Composer Jerome Kitzke shares insight about his music and his 35 year career in NYC’s new music landscape.
  • Presented with MSM’s Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), during TACTUS rehearsal time.

NOV 19 | TUES | 7 PM
Queer Life in the Workplace
(Miller Recital Hall)

  • A panel of LGBTQ+ professionals share their workplace experiences plus offer career advice and resources for students.
  • Presented by QueerPBS (Queer People for the Betterment of Society).

DEC 5 | THURS | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cultural Inclusion Initiative Workshop
(Davis Hall, International House, 500 Riverside Drive)

  • Please note – DO NOT enter via the 155 Claremont entrance or you will be asked to go around to the Riverside entrance.
  • This workshop will focus on several foundation elements of diversity, equity and inclusion and include discussion time as well.

DEC 6 | FRI | 1:00 – 2:50 PM
Taking the Stage: Career Panel for Singers
(Pforzheimer Recital Hall)


JAN 14 | TUES | 7:30 PM
Conversation with composer Gabriel Kahane
(Carnegie Hall, Resnick Education Wing)

  • Moderated by Renée Fleming

  • Seniors in the classical voice and composition programs as well as second year graduate students in the contemporary performance program were offered complimentary admission.

JAN 13 – 14 |SUN – MON
Jazz Congress: Jazz at Lincoln Center
(Jazz @ Lincoln Center)

  • Seniors in the Jazz program were offered complimentary admission.

JAN 16 | THURS | 7:30 PM
Conversation with soprano Julia Bullock (Recitals Without Limits)
(Carnegie Hall, Resnick Education Wing)

  • Moderated by Renée Fleming
  • Seniors in the classical voice and composition programs as well as second year graduate students in the contemporary performance program were offered complimentary admission.

JAN 16 – 19 | WED – SAT
Chamber Music America Conference
(Westin Times Square)

  • Full schedule included a number of workshops on activism, finances, fundraising, promotion/social media, and more).
  • All classical and jazz students were invited to attend for free.

See below for past workshops.

Attending CME events is a requirement for certain degree programs. Please read the following information:

Images from some recent CME events held at Manhattan School of Music.

“All the Setting the Stage workshops give valuable insights for traditional and innovative career paths. They are equally valuable for their insights on the business models transforming our profession.”

President of Manhattan School of Music

Contact the CME

Room 113