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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.

About CME Events

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. Past workshops are listed below.

Every student is encouraged to attend as many as possible; however, as part of their graduation requirements, students in many majors need to attend at least five workshops over the length of their degree program. Details are below, including opportunities to complete this requirement with off-campus events, plus webinars and podcasts. Be sure to explore the following drop-down menus by clicking on the “+”. 

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

Unless otherwise noted, all online Setting the Stage events are open to MSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni. For on-campus events, due to current restrictions, only current in-person MSM students, faculty and staff are open to attend. RSVP links for each event are provided below.

SETTING THE STAGE WILL RETURN IN FALL 2022

 


PAST CME EVENTS: FALL 2021

OCT 7 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:00PM
Creativity & Career
(A-401/Online)

  • with guest speaker John Glover, Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.PN, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 14 | THURS | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Orchestral Life: A Discussion with Maestro Alexander Shelley
(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.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers, The Orto Center, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • There will be a Q&A at the end. Please submit questions when you email to RSVP.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

OCT 20 | WED | 11:00 AM – 12:30PM
Career Path discussion with Netflix’s Charlene Huang
(A401)

  • Netflix Music Production Executive Charlene Huang (MSM alum, ’03 Violin), joins us to discuss her career, its pivots, and long-term planning.
  • There will be a Q&A at the end. Please submit questions when you email to RSVP.

OCT 21 | THURS | 4:00 – 5:00PM
“Building a Successful Business”, with Nashville Guitar Guru Dave Isaacs
(Online)

  • Musician, artist, teacher, & author Dave Isaacs (MSM alum, ’91 Classical Guitar), shares his background building a business in Music City USA.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 2 | TUES | 9:00 – 9:50am
Injury Prevention and Wellness for Musicians
(Online)

  • With guest speaker, movement educator, and professional musician Kayleigh Miller
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 2 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:00PM
Cultivating New Audiences, with Hans Schuman
(Online)

  • Guest Speaker Hans Schuman (Founder & Executive-Artistic Director of JazzReach) joins us to discuss his organization’s 27-year track record, and not-for-profit business models as a pathway to artistic and creative fulfillment.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 11 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:50PM
The Art of Finance and Budgeting
(A-401/Online)

  • with guest speaker Rachel Colbert, Strategic Fundraising Consultant and Arts Producer.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.PN, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

NOV 18 | THURS | 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Deliberate Practice + Peak Performance
(Online)

  • with guest speaker Jason Haaheim, Musician/Scientist, and principal timpanist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

DEC 2 | THURS | 11:00AM – 12:30PM
“Tenure in a New Era”
(Online)

  • Flutist, coach and artist advocate Elizabeth Rowe (Principal flutist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra), joins us to discuss her advocacy for gender equity in the performing arts, and her coaching business, which supports young professionals navigating the orchestral tenure process.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

DEC 9 | THURS | 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Personal Finance for Musicians
(Bossi-Comelli Studio/Online)

  • With guest speaker Zoë Martin-Doike, Violinist/Violist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
  • Presented as part of ME 1600.OP, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers.
  • Online access information was sent to those who registered.

JAN 25 | TUES | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Following the Muse: A Q&A with Ingrid Jensen
(A401/402)

  • Guest faculty Ingrid Jensen discusses forty years of improvised muse following, and finding a balance between making plans and living your dreams
  • Q&A to finish. Bring your questions!
  • Presented as part of ME 2001.10, CME’s Advanced Practicum Course

JAN 28 | FRI | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
For International Students: Life After F-1/J-1 Visa Status
(Online)

  • The ins and outs of visa possibilities for living and working in the US after graduation, with immigration lawyer Matthew Galati.
  • Presented with MSM’s Office of International Student Services.

FEB 20 | SUN | 3:00 – 5:00PM
Auditioning as a Medium:
Presenting Yourself and Your Art at the Same Time
(Neidorff-Karpati Hall)

  • MSM Artist Scholar in residence and American Baritone Lucia Lucas leads us through a typical audition, followed by a discussion and Q&A.
  • Presented in collaboration with the MSM Vocal Arts Division.

FEB 22 | TUES | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Embracing Flexibility, with Theo Bleckmann
(Room A401/402)

  • Guest Speaker Theo Bleckmann (MSM Faculty: Jazz Arts: Voice, Small Ensemble) joins us to discuss how flexibility informs what it means to be a working, thriving, and creative musician.

FEB 24 | THURS | 4:00 – 6:00PM
“The Business of the Music Business” with Erika von Kleist
(Room 707)

  • Presented by multi-instrumentalist, producer and entrepreneur Erica von Kleist, “The Business of the Music Business” is an interactive lecture focusing on professional life after college. After cultivating a career in jazz in NYC performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Addams Family on Broadway, Erica relocated to Montana where she started two arts-based companies focusing on music booking. Having obtained an objective view on what makes musicians most successful and employable, she now works with artists on how to think about and shape their careers in order to find success and stability.
  • Presented by MSM Jazz Arts; All are encouraged to attend.

MAR 14 | MON | 12:30 – 2:15PM
Discussion with Meredith Wong of connect2culture®
(Online)

  • With guest Speaker Meredith Wong, (Director of connect2culture® and Professional Education at CaringKind, The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving)
  • “Connect2Culture creates unique cultural opportunities for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Ms. Wong will discuss best practices for engaging audiences impacted by Alzheimer’s/dementia.”

CANCELLED/RESCHEDULED FOR 4/12
MAR 15 | TUES | 12:30 – 2:00PM

Creating Transformational Change for Underserved Youth through Music Education
(Room 507)

  • With guest speaker Shelly Bauer-Sarmiento, Director of Arts for the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy Charter Schools.
  • Ms. Shelly Bauer-Sarmiento is the Director of Arts for the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy Charter Schools.  Under her leadership, she has built music education programs for thousands of students in the Harlem community. She is the NYSSMA Zone 12 Representative and has recently been appointed to the NYSSMA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee.  She is a professional composer, clarinetist, and flutist.  Ms. Bauer-Sarmiento’s musical credits include: composer for the New York Times produced and award-winning film “Bill Cunningham New York,” soloist in the Finzi Clarinet Concerto at Alice Tully at Lincoln Center,  flutist in the revival of “Dougla” with the Dance Theater of Harlem at City Center.  Ms. Bauer-Sarmiento holds advanced degrees in music performance and educational leadership and administration.  She has a master’s from the College of Saint Rose, the New England Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.  

MAR 21 | MON | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Guest Speaker: Karen Kennedy with 24/Seven Artist Development
(Room A401/402)

  • Karen Kennedy is the owner and president of 24/Seven Artist Development, one of the leading artist management firms based in New York City. She founded 24/Seven Artist Development as an independent marketing and management firm designed to provide full-range career planning.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers in Jazz.

MAR 29 | TUES | 4:00PM – 5:50PM
Building a 21st Century Career in Music, with Guest Speaker Gina Izzo
(Mikowsky)

  • MSM alumni Gina Izzo (BM ’09, Flute), flutist/recording artist (ladyybirdd, RighteousGIRLS), Co-Founder of bespoken (a mentorship program for women in classical, contemporary and jazz music), and Manager of Learning and Engagement programs at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, joins MSM Woodwind lab to discuss her career.
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Woodwind Lab

APR 1 | FRI | 4:00 – 5:00PM
Extending Your Artistry Beyond the Stage
(Room A401/402)

  • With guest speakers Carleen Graham Ed.D. (MSM Dean of Vocal Arts) and  Stuart Holt (Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild).

CANCELLED
APR 5 | TUES| 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Orchestral Life: A Discussion with Maestro Alexander Shelley
(Miller Recital Hall)


APR 11 | MON | 10:00 – 11:50AM
A Conversation with Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director and Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery
(Room A401/402)

  • As Artistic Director and the Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery, Rio Sakairi has played a prominent role in advancing the careers of several of today’s prominent jazz musicians, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda Oh, and Aaron Parks. We couldn’t be more excited to have her join us at Manhattan School of Music for a conversation with CME faculty, Remy Le Boeuf, on her role in shaping New York’s jazz scene.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC, CME’s Practical Foundations for Entrepreneurial Music Careers in Jazz.

APR 12 | TUES | 12:30 – 2:00PM
Creating Transformational Change for Underserved Youth through Music Education
(Room A401/402)

  • With guest speaker Shelly Bauer-Sarmiento, Director of Arts for the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy Charter Schools.
  • Ms. Shelly Bauer-Sarmiento is the Director of Arts for the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Academy Charter Schools.  Under her leadership, she has built music education programs for thousands of students in the Harlem community. She is the NYSSMA Zone 12 Representative and has recently been appointed to the NYSSMA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee.  She is a professional composer, clarinetist, and flutist.  Ms. Bauer-Sarmiento’s musical credits include: composer for the New York Times produced and award-winning film “Bill Cunningham New York,” soloist in the Finzi Clarinet Concerto at Alice Tully at Lincoln Center,  flutist in the revival of “Dougla” with the Dance Theater of Harlem at City Center.  Ms. Bauer-Sarmiento holds advanced degrees in music performance and educational leadership and administration.  She has a master’s from the College of Saint Rose, the New England Conservatory of Music, and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.  

APR 18 | MON | 12:30 – 2:15PM
Creating Inspirational Opportunities for Musicians with Disabilities
(Online)

  • Guest Speaker David Stanley, UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for Arts and Culture joins us to discuss his professional and personal journey of creating inspirational opportunities for musicians with disabilities
  • All are encouraged to attend this remote discussion. Zoom details will be sent in your confirmation email

APR 19 | TUES | 10:00 – 11:50AM
“Beyond the Excerpt”, with Guest Speaker Mark Dover
(Room A401/402)

  • Clarinetist and MSM alum Mark Dover (MM ’12) of Imani Winds joins us to discuss what it means to be a working musician today without following the traditional orchestral model.
  • Presented as part of ME 2001.10, CME’s Advanced Practicum Course

APR 19 | TUES | 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Woodwind Panel: Important Resources and DMA Pathways
(Remote)

  • MSM Woodwind lab invites Dr. Josh Anderson (clarinet, University of Nevada, Reno), Dr. Jennifer Grim (flute, University of Miami Frost School of Music), and Dr. Yoshiyuko Ishikawa (bassoon, University of Colorado, Boulder) for a panel discussion on instrument-specific resources, and how you can leverage your DMA
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Woodwind Lab

APR 28 | THURS | 3:00 PM – 5:00PM
“Technical Proficiency → Emotional Vulnerability: Connecting the Dots”
(Miller)

  • Netflix Music Production Executive Charlene Huang (MSM alum, ’03 Violin), returns to MSM to discuss the importance of soft skills, self-reflection, and how to identify true passion.
  • Chris Vaughn (Associate Director of Career Readiness and Community Impact), will moderate.
  • There will be a Q&A at the end. Please submit questions when you RSVP.

APR 28 | THURS | 6:00 PM – 7:00PM
Liberated Performer: A Performance Workshop
(Rahm Hall)

  • Liberated Performer is a program that empowers musicians to perform their best at auditions, competitions, and concerts by teaching strategies to overcome performance anxiety. This power workshop offers a survey of solutions to the mental and physical blocks of anxiety such as shakiness, tense muscles, shortness of breath, increase of adrenaline, dry mouth, sweating, lack of confidence, and negative thoughts. Liberated Performer achieves success by developing new performance experiences, building adaptive mindsets, creating inner confidence, and forming a pre-performance routine. Since 2011, Liberated Performer has helped musicians of all ages and development stages dominate conservatory auditions, international competitions, top 5 professional orchestra auditions, management competitions, and most importantly, develop the foundation for a long,  successful, and enjoyable performance career.

MAY 12 | THURS | 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Working in Musical Theatre Panels
(Remote)

“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