College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


October 23, 2012


This Week on Entrepreneurship Wednesdays: “NAILING YOUR AUDITION” with CU Horn professor and Colorado Symphony Principal Michael Thornton

Whether you’re preparing for an orchestral audition or any number of others sorts of auditions, solid preparation is essential. Come hear about how to prepare for your audition and nail it when the time comes – from one of the best in the business!

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00
C-113 (Conference Room)
Free Pizza!
NVC is the campus-wide venture plan competition, where your entrepreneurial ideas come to life. Curious about what the heck that means? Check out the official kick-off on Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:15pm in the Wittemyer Courtroom on the first floor of the Wolf Law Building.  Admission is free but please register here. Or, better yet, come to the New Venture Challenge Open House on Entrepreneurship Wednesday, Oct. 31: we’ll have past NVC Music Track winners Joey Howe and Anthony Green talking about their experience with the NVC, as well as representatives from Deming Entrepreneurship Center. Stop by – and see the FAQs below for a little more about what this is.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK: The future of arts in the digital age…

Andrew Sullivan on print media

Greg Sandow on the “new media trap”

“Our mission isn’t just the physical audience”

Once again we’ll put our discussion of “commoditization vs. value” on hold while we take some time to answer a few questions regarding the New Venture Challengewhat is it and how does it work and why should you care about it?

What is the New Venture Challenge (NVC)?  The NVC is the campus-wide venture plan competition. Teams of students from disciplines across campus compete amongst themselves in “tracks” (Music, Clean Tech, I.T., and Social Impact) and then the winners of each track compete in a Finals competition for the grand prize. Music Track winners receive a $3,000 prize; the Grand Prize winner receives up to $10,000 more in prizes and other perks.

What is a Venture Plan?  A venture plan (also commonly called a “business plan”) is an outline of any sort of operation: a for-profit business, all manner of non-profit organizations, an ensemble, a music festival…anything can be a venture. The plan describes the venture (what it does, who it’s for, how it operates) and outlines a plan for launching and sustaining it.

Do I have to have a plan already in order to participateNO. In fact, that’s the whole point of the NVC: to guide you through the process of developing your idea and creating a plan to make it happen. So at this stage, a mere notion of something you’ve been thinking of doing is enough!

That sounds intimidating. What sorts of help will I have? That’s the other point of the NVC: it’s not just the competition (which doesn’t happen until next Spring). It’s workshops, mentoring, lectures, and practice sessions, all designed to help you develop your ideas, polish your plan, and present it convincingly. You’ll have lots of help & resources to do this – including other students, if you decide to form a team.

Okay…I think I’m maybe interested…what’s next? Come to the Kick-off Night on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Wolf Law School building (information and sign up link here). And/or, come to Entrepreneurship Wednesdays on the 31st and meet with past NVC Music Track winners and other folks to get more information and find out about the experience. You don’t have to commit to participate in the competition until January. So at this point, just be developing your idea, meet with some folks, find out if you’ve got an idea worth pursuing. There’s no commitment yet: just find out what’s up!

I dunno…I’m still not sure… Then come visit Prof. Nytch and let’s talk about it!


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And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

Videos! I need videos! (That potbelly pig playing a plastic piano is still waiting in the wings…)

Bobby McFarin and the power of the Pentatonic scale (thanks Maddy Cort for sending):


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 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!

THE COLORADO STATE MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION is currently seeking a Fund development intern to help develop a tuition assistance scholarship fund for pre-college music study. The goal of the fund, once established, is to partially pay music tuition costs for promising young students who cannot afford music lessons. For a full description of this opportunity, stop by the ECM bulletin board and get in touch with Professor Cremaschi.


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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