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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!



Why Intern? Summer Internships and Jobs in Music

Although summer festivals are great, summer internships and jobs in music can also be a great way to explore the music industry. Join us to learn whether an internship would be a good fit for you, gain summer job search strategies and how to stand out as an applicant. 

Thursday, January 18, 5:30-6:30 PM
Music Building M145

Interlochen and Blue Lake Summer Opportunities

Interlochen and Blue Lake are recruiting at the College of Music. Don't miss talking to their recruiters about summer 2018 opportunities to teach, counsel, or work!

Interlochen: Wednesday, January 24, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Blue Lake: Tuesday, January 30, 12:15-3:00 PM
Music Building Lobby

Running Start Competition Live Pitch 

Join us as eight students from the College of Music pitch their ideas for innovative projects or businesses in music. Vote for your favorite idea in our People's Choice Award and meet other people from the Greater Lansing community who are excited about entrepreneurship and the arts.

Sunday, January 28, 1:00-3:00 PM
Hart Recital Hall


Wait, Someone Will Pay Me for That? Diversifying Your Income Streams in Music

MSU Alum Lance La Duke shares his career journey, from military band to brass quintet to euphonium teacher, entrepreneurship faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and comedian.

This appearance of XO Brass Artist Lance LaDuke has been made possible, in part through an Educational Grant from XO Professional Brass.  Lance LaDuke performs exclusively on XO Trombones and Euphoniums

Thursday, February 15, 5:00-6:00 PM
Music Building M245

Coffee Chats with Lance La Duke

Not sure what your professional path might look like after MSU? Take thirty minutes to ask questions of another MSU Alum, who can help you brainstorm how your skills might translate into the communities you work and live. 

This appearance of XO Brass Artist Lance LaDuke has been made possible, in part through an Educational Grant from XO Professional Brass.  Lance LaDuke performs exclusively on XO Trombones and Euphoniums.

Friday, February 16, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Music Practice Building 219

Beyond the Usual Suspects: Careers Outside Performance and Teaching

Dreading those questions from your family and friends during spring break, "so what are you going to do with that?" Tune in to our virtual panel of MSU alum from across the country who are doing interesting--and unexpected--things only a few years after graduation.  See what the possibilities could be and connect with some Spartans who want to help you succeed too!

Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-6:30

Online: tune in via Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/7717348574

Maximizing Your Student Teaching Experience

This event is designed to help music education students learn how to maximize their future student teaching experience by connecting them with alumni educators of a variety of experience levels, backgrounds, and district types. Students will have the chance to interact with teachers in small-group and ask questions.

Sunday, February 25, 4:00-5:30 PM

Life & Careers in the Military Band

Join Pat Furlo, a 2016 MSU alum and horn player for Pershing's Own Army Band for a discussion on what it looks like to establish a career as a member of a military marching band.

Monday, February 26, 7:00-8:00 PM


Summer Job and Opportunities Showcase

Staying in Michigan for the summer? Meet organizations from across the state who offer paid and volunteer opportunities where you are.

Friday, March 16, 12-3 PM
Music Building Lobby

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Audition Masterclass

Members of the Detroit Symphony Wind Section provide insight on the orchestra audition process for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone.

Monday, March 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
Cook Recital Hall


Career Q&A with yMusic

Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman. Meet with yMusic's trumpeter, CJ Camerieri, and cellist, Gabriel Cabezas, to talk about their multifaceted careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and (sometimes) even rock stars.

Thursday, April 5, 11:30AM-12:20PM
MPB 102

Composition Reading with yMusic

Join College of Music composition area as yMusic reads MSU student compositions.

Thursday, April 5, 7:00-9:30PM
MSU Community Music School

Path, Passion, Profession

Nadia Sirota, violist of yMusic and the International Contemporary Ensemble, is also the founder of the Meet The Composer podcast, an award-winning podcast that profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. Talk to Nadia about how she got the project started, how she has diversified her career, and what it's like to make an idea come to life.

Friday, April 6, 10:20-11:10AM
MB 207