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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 The Center for Career Readiness & Community Impact (CCRCI) 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.

CCRCI WORKSHOPS: Spring 2024

MAR 15 | FRI | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Guest Speaker: Rhoslyn Jones
(Room 607)

  • World-class soprano, arts blogger and educator Rhoslyn Jones (San Francisco Conservatory of Music voice faculty, voice teacher for the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, San Francisco Opera Merola Program faculty, and Chautauqua Institute faculty) joins us to discuss the ins and outs of successfully running a vocal program.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.VX, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Voice)
  • Students not in ME 1500.VX can click here to RSVP.

MAR 21 | THURS | 10:00 – 11:50AM
“Gigs: The Art of Booking Yourself”
(Room 507)

  • Approaching venues for performances as a bandleader is an important step when advancing your career. How and when you make your move is an art that takes preparation and follow through. Guest presenter Svetlana Shmulyian, a successful working musician/vocalist at the helm of her many projects, will share her methods and expertise.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.JC, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Jazz).
  • Students not in ME 1500.JC can click here to RSVP

MAR 28 | THURS | 12:30 – 2:20PM
Guest Speaker: Christina Placilla
(Room 507)

  • A discussion with Christina Placilla, Executive Director at Church Street School for Art and Music.
  • Presented as part of PT 1050, Arts & Education Training.
  • Students not in PT 1050 can click here to RSVP

APR 9 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:50PM
Career Essentials for the Orchestral Musician
(The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall)

  • Join Jessica Phillips, Acting Principal Clarinet of the MET orchestra and CCRCI Faculty for an introductory holistic look at what students should consider as they prepare their career portfolios, including personal mission/purpose story, bio, resume, website, digital content, and social media presence.
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Woodwind Lab.
  • Students not in Woodwind Lab can click here to RSVP

APR 10 | WED| 4:00 – 6:00PM
Ethics of Social Media
(Room A401/402)

  • With guest speaker Jesse Markowitz, a jazz promoter specializing in social media with a robust client roster that includes Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Melissa Aldana, Fred Hersch, Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl, Allison Miller, Buster Williams, and Roy Hargrove.
  • Presented in collaboration with the Jazz Arts department.
  • Students should click here to RSVP.

APR 12 | FRI | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Amanda Crider – Mezzo-Soprano
(Room 607)

  • Guest Speaker Amanda Crider (MM ’01), Mezzo-Soprano soloist and recitalist, joins us to discuss her career, founding a nonprofit, grant writing, and more. Amanda is the Founder of IlluminArts, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with museums, galleries, and other community organizations to present curated, site-specific programs of music. She has performed with many prestigious ensembles including the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, and is Executive Director of the Grammy-winning vocal band Roomful of Teeth.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.VX, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Voice).
  • Students not in ME 1500.VX can click here to RSVP.

APR 16 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:50PM
Practice Techniques – Developing a Pre-Performance Mental Training Routine
(The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall)

  • Dr. Christine Carter (DMA ’13), Clarinet Professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland and published author on performance psychology for musicians, joins Woodwind Lab for a discussion on what students can do to mentally prepare for any type of performance situation.
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Woodwind Lab.
  • Students not in Woodwind Lab can click here to RSVP

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS – Fall 2023

NOV 7 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:50PM
“Financial Literacy” with Zoe Martin-Doike
(Room 509)

  • Join guest speaker Zoe Martin-Doike, violist of the Met Opera Orchestra, and accountant/tax preparer, as she discusses organizational finance basics, taxes, personal business best practices, and how to prepare now for retirement/investing.
  • Presented as part of ME 2600.OP, Career Essentials for the Orchestra.

NOV 9 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:50PM
Identifying as a Pianist
(Room 516)

  • Being a pianist can mean so many different things in the modern world. Join guest speaker Han Chen to discuss what is it that makes one a pianist and how to embrace this identity in a post-pandemic environment.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.PN, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Piano Section).

NOV 29 | WED | 10:00 – 11:50AM
Guest Speaker: Sean Ritenauaer
(Room 421)

  • One of New York City’s most in demand percussionists, Sean Ritenauer has performed on Broadway, as a concerto soloist, for film and television, and with the world’s most prominent symphony orchestras. Well versed  in classical, contemporary, and popular music styles, the Ohio native’s multi-genre fluency has led to his similarly disparate career.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.OC, Practical Foundations for Music.

DEC 1 | FRI | 10:30 – 11:50AM
Guest Speaker: Justin Hines
(Room 507)

  • Percussionist, composer, and CCRCI Faculty member Justin Jay Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
  • Presented as part of ME 2700.11 (PPD Seminar).

DEC 1 | FRI | 12:30 – 2:20PM
Guest Speaker: Andy Blanco
(Room 516)

  • Percussionist Andy Blanco joins us to discuss the many roles he plays as a freelancer, as well as how musicians can create a strong network of opportunities.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.OC, Practical Foundations for Music Careers.

NOV 30 | THURS | 2:00 – 3:50PM
Guest Speaker: Eunbi Kim
(Room 516)

  • A discussion with pianist and alumna Eunbi Kim (MM ’12), co-founder of bespoken, a mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary musicians.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.PN, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Piano Section).

FEB 8 | THURS | 12:30 – 2:20PM
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jessica Goring
(Room 507)

  • Dr. Jessica Goring (Principal, The Bronx School of Law and Finance) discusses the challenges and joys of being a high school principal in an urban school setting.
  • Presented as part of PT 1050, Arts & Education Training.

FEB 8 | THURS | 4:00 – 5:50PM
Marketing, PR and Social Media Presence
(Room 329)

  • with guest speaker Grace Freeman, Social Media Manager at Diamond Press.
  • Presented as part of ME 1500.MT, Practical Foundations for Music Careers (Musical Theater)

FEB 13 | TUES | 4:00 – 5:50PM
Exploring Entry Points in Chamber Music: The What and How of Connecting with your Audience
(The Solomon Mikowsky Recital Hall)

  • Percussionist, composer, and CCRCI Faculty member Justin Jay Hines (New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit) joins Woodwind Lab to explore ways chamber musicians can engage with audiences.
  • Presented in collaboration with MSM Woodwind Lab.

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