College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


September 4, 2012

Hi Gang! If you’re like me, you’re wondering how we could already need that Labor Day holiday as much as we did… But now it’s time to dive back in! Lots of things cooking at the ECM, so check ‘em out:
This Week on Entrepreneurship Wednesdays
We start off our series of seminars with a spotlight on three of our alums speaking about Life After Music School. Find out how these folks have fashioned lives for themselves in music, the lessons they’ve learned, and their advice on how best to plan for What Comes Next!
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30
C-113 (Conference Room)
Free Pizza!
And coming up on E-Weds: Your Basic Career Toolkit
Start off the year by getting your basic career tools in order over the coming four weeks of Entrepreneurship Wednesdays:
            9/12: Tips for recordings & head shots
            9/19: Press Kits and Web pages
            9/26: Resumes and CVs
            10/3: Writing great Bios and Program Notes
Don’t miss this opportunity to gather these basic career tools in one fell swoop!
ECM Photo Shoot returns!
This is the best deal you’re ever going to get on headshots! $20 bucks gets you 20 minutes with a professional photographer and a disk of the resulting pics. This semester’s photo shoot is Friday, Sept. 14, 2:30-6:00pm in Grusin. Sign up on the ECM door, and get your payment into the office by next Monday. For tips on how to make the most of your photo shoot, come to next week’s Entrepreneurship Wednesdays and meet photographer Glenn Asakawa.
CU GIGS is your source for extra $$ and performing opportunities
CU GIGS is the College of Music’s gig booking service, and an entrepreneurial venture of the ECM. If you’re interested in being part of a database for all manner of gig requests we get here at the College of Music, just fill out the informational form (on the door of the ECM Office) and turn it in to the ECM. Our CU GIGS Coordinator Nathan Hall will then work to connect you with gigs that come into our Musician Referral Line. For more info, contact Nathan at: musicreferral@Colorado.EDU
It’s time…
I have a confession: I’ve never liked the name “Entrepreneurship Wednesdays.” It’s clunky and long-winded, and “the e word” is just too fraught with misunderstanding. So we’re going to have a contest to come up with a new name. I haven’t quite decided to how to structure it yet, but there will be a cool prize and your idea will live on in perpetuity! So start thinking & stay tuned… -JN
A CU Two-fer this week: College of Music alum Jennie Dorris penned this terrific article on the symphonic audition process, featuring our own percussion instructor Mike Tetreault. A terrific read, if also heartbreaking and thought-provoking:
And here’s a commentary in response by cellist Kenneth Woods, asserting that it’s time to change the audition system. What do YOU think? I don’t have a position on this question, but I think dialogue about it is something we should be engaged in at a college of music like ours!
With our shortened schedule this week, I’m going to hold off on my entrepreneurial homily and work on beginning a new series next week on the qualities of entrepreneurs – and what that has to do with us as musicians. Stay tuned!

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And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

Send me your videos! Pleeeeease! J

This one is pretty cool, though:



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The Opportunity UPBEAT! is your weekly listing of job postings and other professional opportunities that come the way of the ECM. Check this space out for jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships, grants, festival auditions, and more!

ERIE MIDDLE SCHOOL in Erie (about 30 minutes east of Boulder, in the St. Vrain Valley School District) is looking to hire a part-time music teacher. It is a half-time position which includes a small orchestra program as well as some possible additional music electives like piano class. The program is definitely in its infancy and needs someone who is willing to work hard to produce a successful middle school program. Those who are interested in applying should visit this website:


Questions? Email Nick Roseth at:


THE LONGMONT YOUTH SYMPHONY is currently looking for a conductor for their Wind Ensemble. The group has about 20 students, and rehearses weekly in Longmont on Saturdays.  See the website below for details and contact information. Interested applicants should write or call: (303) 351-1452

CENTER FOR THE CONTINUATION OF ARTS AND CULTURE, in Thornton, is looking for Guitar and Piano Teachers. The CCAC is an arts school dedicated to the enrichment of students in the visual and performing arts. We provide classes in a wide variety of dance styles, music, and visual arts.

You should have a degree or be in pursuit of a degree in Music Performance or Music Education.

Past teaching experience preferred. Outgoing and friendly personality along with consistent professional demeanor. Works well with elementary ages through adults. Someone who is knowledgeable and skilled in more than one instrument area is preferred. Especially knowledgeable and confidant in teaching basic/beginning piano skills in a group and private setting. Knowledge in music theory and aural skills.

You should be dependable and have reliable transportation.

Looking for someone who can teach 5-15 hours a week

Our website is

Please contact Director of Music Nick Garcia-(720)-341-4975 for further information

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE! The ECM offers a broad range of internship opportunities for students, ranging from positions with non-profit arts groups to for-profit businesses. Internships can be for academic credit or not, and can often be customized to suit your schedule and interests. If you’re interested, stop by the ECM office and we’ll talk about the options!

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