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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. 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

CME Events: Fall 2019

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

  • Maestro Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will lead a live interactive video conference workshop about the life of an orchestral musician and taking auditions, in collaboration with the Center for Music Entrepreneurship, Distance Learning, and Orchestral Performance Programs and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

CME Past Events: Fall 2019

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.

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