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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!


Music Licensing is for Everyone: Music and Money

A discussion about the world of music licensing from a veteran of the Hollywood entertainment industry. What is ‘music licensing’? How does it work? How can you start generating income right now as a student or music professional? What kind of full-time or freelance jobs and opportunities exist for musicians, performers, composer, or even people who are interested in music licensing business? How does the industry source music for television, movies, games, radio, internet, toys, educational products, advertising, etc. and how can you make this part of your career mosaic as a working musician, both locally and globally? Brian Roth is an award-winning sound designer and composer with over 20 years in the Hollywood entertainment industry, including music used in over 300 television shows across the major networks. You can see his work at http://www.brianrothmusic.com

Tuesday, April 2, 6-7:15 PM
Music Building Room 145

Eighth Blackbird: New Music Discussion

Eighth Blackbird will discuss approaches to writing for each instrument group (strings, winds, piano/percussion) and groups using mixed instrumentation. Other topics may include orchestration, commissioning, score organization, and meeting deadlines. This workshop is primarily for composers, but other instrumentalists are welcome.

Monday, April 8, 8-9 PM
Music Building Room 206

Eighth Blackbird: Composition Reading

Hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), Eighth Blackbird began in 1996 as a group of six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory students and quickly became “a brand-name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality” (Detroit Free Press). Over the course of more than two decades, Eighth Blackbird has continually pushed at the edges of what it means to be a contemporary chamber ensemble, presenting distinct programs in Chicago, nationally, and internationally, reaching audiences totaling tens of thousands. Join College of Music composition area as Eighth Blackbird reads MSU student compositions.

Tuesday, April 9, 4:30-6:30 PM
MSU Community Music School

Eighth Blackbird: The Business of Chamber Music

Members of Eighth Blackbird will discuss building a career chamber music, how to form and maintain a chamber music ensemble, how to communicate effectively in rehearsals and meetings, how to choose and prepare repertoire, and how to perform with conviction for an audience.

Wednesday, April 10, 11:30-12:20 PM
Music Building Room 141


Summer Send-Off

Are you graduating this semester? Do you have exciting summer projects? Come tell us your accomplishments and next career steps over fresh bagels and coffee.

Monday, April 22, 8:30-10:30 AM
Music Practice Lobby