College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


April 16, 2012

BUILDING A “PORTFOLIO CAREER” with special guest artist, flutist LINDSEY GOODMAN
What’s a portfolio career? It’s what many (if not most) music students say they aspire to have: a career made up of teaching, an orchestral job, and chamber/solo performing. Learn what it takes to build such a career from someone who’s out there doing it!

This Wednesday, 5:00-6:30, C-113

As always, free pizza and soda. And CONVO available this week!

Come hear Lindsey play on Faculty Tuesdays TONIGHT: 7:30 in Grusin (And yes, she happens to be playing your humble ECM Director’s music to boot!)

And mark your calendars for next week’s guest:

March 21: Dennis Paul, Elevations Credit Union, talks about managing your personal finances – a topic of importance to students of all career paths!

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK: the continuing conundrums of social media…

•    Even “sexy” brands struggle for engagement on Facebook:

•    Facebook’s latest tools blur the line between advertising & content:

•    How one social media fundraising campaign generated unexpected results:

P.S. Conundrums? Conundri? Conundrae?!??


Astrid Baumgardner & Lessons from Four Musician-Entrepreneurs: Part III

Astrid Baumgardner is a consultant and career coach who has become interested in the specific field of the arts and artist-entrepreneurs. If you’re not familiar with her Blog, you should check it out ( She conducted a panel discussion with four musician entrepreneurs, and I’m going to highlight each question (and occasionally expand on the commentary) for the next few weeks. Come along and follow the paths of these artists as they share their wisdom!

The panel included:

Timo Andres: freelance pianist/composer; Tina Hadari (a CU ALUM): violinist and founder of Music HavenPaul Murphy: free-lance trumpeter and teaching artist with the NY Philharmonic; and
Sam Quintal: violist and member of the Jasper String Quartet.

How to Launch a Career

The panelists gave a variety of answers to how to launch one’s careers.

1.    Start with your end goal and work backwards.

2.    Be persistent. Don’t take no for an answer if something does not go your way at first.
3.    Be prepared.
4.    Follow your passions and your version of success.  Don’t do something just because a teacher or a   mentor tells you that this is what you have to do in order to be successful.
5.    Get support, both personally and from your colleagues, your mentors and your network.
6.    Get yourself in front of as many people as possible.
7.    Nurture your relationships
8.    Strive for excellence wherever and for whomever you perform.  That means children’s concerts, educational concerts, festivals, marquee concerts because you never know what you might learn and what that performance might lead to.

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This is the perfect companion to this week’s Entrepreneurship Wednesdays guest, flutist Lindsey Goodman. Lindsey is here in town to play on my Faculty Recital tonight (Tuesday the 13th, 7:30 p.m., Grusin – how does that information keep sneaking in here?? J ). But while she’s in town she’s also speaking to my classes and coming to Entrepreneurship Wednesdays. I wanted to make sure that students had the opportunity to interact with her because, a) she’s awesome, and b) she’s building the exact sort of career that so many of you students have told me you aspire to have for yourselves (she is Principal of the West Virginia Symphony, plays contemporary music with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, teaches at Marietta College in Ohio, and travels the U.S. as a clinician and soloist. This is a great example of the “Portfolio Career,” and it’s the kind of career that is becoming increasingly common for 21st-century musicians. Full-time college or orchestral positions still exist, but they’re becoming increasingly rare – and even then are often combined with private teaching and outside music-making of various sorts. But the Portfolio model also has unique challenges and demands. Come hear about them this week on Entrepreneurship Wednesdays!

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And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

Thanks for Nicole Christen for sending this!

Okay guys, I’m running low on videos again: KEEP ‘EM COMING! J


The Entrepreneurship Center for Music • Jeffrey Nytch, DMA, Director  •  Office Hours: T/Th: 9-11 a.m.  W: 2-4 p.m. – or by appointment

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THE COLLEGE OF MUSIC announces the Fellowships for study at the Aspen Institute, 2012: 

Application Criteria:

Ø Current full-time graduate or undergraduate student in good standing, who will be continuing studies at CU in Fall 2012
Ø Accepted for summer study at the Aspen Music School
Ø Recommendation of applied teacher

Fellowships have ranged from $500 to $1,500.

Deadline for applications:  April 13, 2012 to Graduate Office C109

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS UMBRELLA, a Chicago area youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people, announces its summer fellowship program, Inspire Fellows. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector. For more information, contact Dr. Nytch in the ECM office.


RINN UMC (Frederick, CO) seeks a Choir Director for Easter 2012. 
Professional training required. Rehearsals leading to sing on April 8, 2012 Easter Sunday which may lead to a part time position for a choir director/music coordinator for the whole year. Choir Director is needed who enjoys singing, directing a church choir, and enjoys working with church singers in 4 parts.
Needs to begin immediately to meet the 20+ choir members, select three or four anthems appropriate for Easter, conduct rehearsals following church services beginning March 11 thru April 1 and Saturday morning, April 7, to sing on Easter Sunday April 8 at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service. Will sing three/four pieces to be sung at one portion of the Easter service. $350, with possibility of extending to a part-time position with the church. Interested parties should contact Rev. Barbara Johns-Schleicher at

ROAD OF CREATIVITY announces its first Summer Retreat on becoming a musician entrepreneur June 3-9. The retreat is a five-day immersion into the fundamentals of music entrepreneurship. Participants will engage in innovative training sessions with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, and will expose skills and attitudes imperative for success in today’s music world. Early Bird Discount for the first 20 registrants! For more info, visit:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY to participate in a benefit concert for “Teach for America” in April. Organizers are looking for a few different musical groups to volunteer their talents. The benefit will be on campus in Flemming 155 on either Friday, April 13th or Saturday, April 20th in the evening (the date will be finalized shortly).  Although this event does not pay, participants are invited to eat at the meal.  There is no piano available, but there is sound equipment.  This is a great opportunity for chamber groups and soloists to get some performance experience while helping out a very worthy cause.  Anyone who is interested should contact Andrew Marshall  

C4C GIGS AVAILABLE!  The C4C is continuing their special “Food Weeks” that feature different cuisines from around the world. They’re interested in having CU musicians play for the dinner hour on selected nights, in return for a modest honorarium and free dinner for all involved. A fun and tasty opportunity to perform in a relaxed setting, for solo performers up to a group of 4 players. World music performers and works featuring Latin, Asian, or Middle Eastern influence encouraged! Contact CU GIGS Coordinator Nathan Hall for more

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