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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!


Incorporating Technology in Music Teaching

Interested in expanding your future classroom beyond the traditional ensemble set-up? Want to learn more about using technology, popular music, and composition to reach students in creative ways? This event for music educators will feature John Churchville, Grammy-nominated music educator and consultant from Ann Arbor. John focuses on modern band, non-Western music, and using technology for music composition and has presented on many of these topics at the Michigan Music Conference. Bring your computer or tablet and learn how to create outside the box lessons for your future students.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 5:30 PM
Music Building Rm. 145

Real Life Series: Negotiating Contracts

Trying to hammer out a successful deal is a terrifying experience for most people, but it doesn't have to be! This hands on workshop will explore numerous techniques that thriving musicians use every day when negotiating their rates and salary. Join MSU Alum and Hollywood film composer Chad Rehmann to learn how to get compensated fairly as an artist, better evaluate gigs and what they can do for your career, or simply learn how to effectively change a "no" into a "yes."

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5-6:30 PM
Music Building Rm 145

Making a Career of It: New Music, Outreach, and the Art of Connecting Communities

This event will combine virtuosic improvisation, storytelling, a bit of oversharing, and a heavy dose of audience participation to explore the ways a career arc can unfold for music majors. In this session we’ll learn how to dream better for ourselves while exploring the connections between our many musical disciplines and the communities we serve. It will include talk of career options, the inescapable need for experience in education and community engagement, and practical approaches to communicating with people of wildly different ages than yourselves.

Thursday, January 31, 2:40-4 PM
Cook Recital Hall


Running Start Competition Live Pitch

Each year, College of Music students have an opportunity to design a project or business that features creative content, uses a unique model or approach, reaches a new audience, or does something better in the world of music. Eight students pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges as they compete for awards of up to $2,500, generously sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Cynthia Kay & Co, the MSU Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship, and other donors. You can get in on the action by witnessing the energy and creativity of today’s students and voting for your favorite project ideas for the People's Choice Award.

Sunday, February 3, 1-3 PM
Music Building Room 120

Career Q+A with Andres Cardenes

Join us for a conversation with MSU Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Andrés Cárdenes about multifaceted music careers, the orchestral scene today, and classical music. Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances. Since capturing the Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as soloist with over one hundred orchestras on four continents. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Utah, and University of Michigan, and currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Violin Studies and the Dorothy Richard Starling / Alexander Speyer Jr. Endowed Chair at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music. Mr. Cárdenes has conducted orchestras across the globe: Munich Radio Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and many more.

Wednesday, February 6, 5:30-6:30 PM
Music Building Room 145

Recording Your First Album

To record or not to record, that is the question! Whether you’re recording your own music, new music, or great standards, there is a lot to plan for, from choosing a studio to marketing your record and setting up a release tour. Join Johnny Gandelsman, violinist of the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, to learn about how you can make a recording project a success for your goals. From Gandelsman's most recent project--an album of Bach Partitas and Sonatas that was featured on NPR's Fresh Air to 8 albums with Brooklyn Rider, Gandlesman has a diverse perspective on recording projects and how to make your first a success.

Wednesday, February 13, 5-6:15 PM
Music Building Room 207

Coffee Chats: Brandee Younger

Interested in the overlap between classical and jazz worlds? Curious about how to forge your own career outside of the typical options? Sign up for a coffee chat with Brandie Younger, harpist.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30-1:30 PM
Music Building Room 141
Sign Up will be on the door of MPB 202

Summer Arts Opportunities Showcase

Are you interested in staying around Michigan for the summer? Looking for summer employment opportunities that are actually related to your area of interest and feed your artistic/musical/dramatic soul?

Visit the Summer Arts Opportunities Showcase to plan out your summer and meet representatives from a variety of arts and entertainment organizations who offer paid or unpaid internship opportunities, as well as part time work and volunteer opportunities. 

Friday, March 15, 1-4 PM
MSU Auditorium (Main Lobby)
Enter on the Farm Lane side of the Auditorium

On the Road: Michigan Opera Theater

Ever wondered how an opera company is actually run? Join the College of Music for a Career Exposure On-The-Road event to the Michigan Opera Theatre. You'll tour the house and costume shop, meet with current MOT young artists (and MSU alums!), learn the inside scoop on YAP auditions,  and meet with administrative professionals to understand the many roles available--performance and administrative--in a professional opera company.

Friday, March 29, 8 AM-2:30 PM
Leave from the Music Building Lobby

Running Start Headshot Day

Looking for affordable headshots to update your portfolio? The Running Start Headshot Day will be a two day opportunity for College of Music students to have their portraits taken with student photographers. For $21.50 you will receive two edited headshots. Upon registering for the event, you will be asked to provide payment online. After payment you will be redirected to our booking website to sign up for a time and location for photographs.

For more information on photographers, location, and registration, click the link above.

Sunday, March 31, 10 AM- 5 PM
Monday, April 1, 3 PM - 7 PM


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

Eight 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, 4:30-7:00 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