Published: Sept. 13, 2011


The next installment in our series on the essential tools every musician needs. Join CU Photographer Glenn Asakawa and College of Music Recording Engineer Kevin Harbison on the dos and don’ts of head shots and demo recordings.

5:00-6:30 in C-113. As always, Free Pizza & Drinks!
Eventually, every music student needs to face “life after music school.” Join the ECM for its annual Fall Intensive with special guest Justin Kolb, accomplished pianist and musical entrepreneur, for two great workshops:Inspiration and Motivation for Life After Music School in the 21st Century, and How the Business Really Works: Entrepreneurism, Community Engagement, and Self Promotion. We’ll also feature a panel discussion on the sometimes curvy path of the artistic career, as well as small group sessions with Justin for your ensemble or group. Registration is $20, and limited scholarships are available. Be on the lookout for fliers and registration forms, soon to be papered around the building! For more on Justin, check out his website:
See the ECM door for one additional slot for Friday’s photo shoot. First-come, first-served!
Entrepreneurial Success Story
Sophomore Erin Paton has founded the Tuturu Jazz Orchestra, with the assistance of the ECM and the CU New Venture Challenge. Check out this video about her venture, and congratulations, Erin!

Articles of the Week

•    Astrid Baumgardner: developing the entrepreneurial mindset  Developing an entrepreneurial approach to your goals is partly about your attitude and how you view both your world and what you have to offer it. 

•    The Long Wait of Artistic Careers Peter Spellman from the Berklee College of Music rejoins us with this post on the arc of artistic careers. 

•    Tips for Successful Bartering  Trading goods and services can be a very effective way for entrepreneurs to save money and lower costs. 
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Entrepreneurial Thought of the Week:

This past Sunday the College of Music presented a 9/11 Memorial concert. I was fortunate to have a composition of mine performed by a terrific ensemble of students, led by our opera conductor Nick Carthy. In addition to being part of a very special afternoon, the experience was meaningful to me personally because I don’t often to get to interact with students as composer-to-performer: we spend our time together talking about career goals and professional development, not making music. But this past weekend, we were co-creators of a musical experience.

I mention this because I think as people who are constantly performing and writing music it’s easy for us to take that experience for granted. And yet it is absolutely at the heart of what we’re about: we are musicians, and the ability to bring the healing and transformative power of music to a community that has come together (in this case, to bear witness to an emotional historical milestone) is our highest calling. It is something that we should never forget to celebrate.

There’s also an entrepreneurial lesson here, too. Entrepreneurs of all stripes must never lose sight of the fact that they are, at their core, about bringing their product to people. The most effective entrepreneurs value the product they offer and sincerely believe in its worth. The same is true for us. While it might make you uncomfortable to think about what we offered the packed Grusin Hall Sunday afternoon as a product, I argue that we should not shy away from that in the least. What we offered was a precious product of great value, and one that the enthusiastic audience clearly wanted. Let’s celebrate that! And let’s never lose sight of the fact that the artists who most effectively connect with their audience – and therefore, most effectively build a base of supporters necessary to fuel a successful career – are the artists who have an authentic love for what they offer, and a genuine passion to reach people with this very precious product we all have at our disposal: this thing called music.


And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

And speaking of the love of performing, check out this delightful performance with countertenor Phillippe Jaroussky. The fun staging and outstanding singing (!!!) aside, I love watching the pure joy of performing you can see on the faces of every one of these musicians. What a delight!


Please send me your fun music-related videos!! I know you’ve got them bookmarked and stashed away on your iPhones… Send them my way and share the wealth! J



The Entrepreneurship Center for Music • Jeffrey Nytch, DMA, Director


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OPPORTUNITY UPBEAT September 13, 2011

Young Performers Career Advancement 2012 YPCA, a program of the Arts Presenters Classical Connections initiative, is designed to assist classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers by offering opportunities to meet and work with established presenters, managers, agents and artists. The YPCA program provides a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry, expert instruction in the development of audience engagement skills and the chance to perform live in front of a wide array of professionals from the field in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. For more information on applying, visit: 

The Louisville Cultural Council is seeking musicians for its fledgling Chamber Coffeehouse series held in the Louisville Center for the Arts, approximately one Sunday afternoon per month from October through April. The series is loosely modeled after the popular Coffeehouse series which is held on Friday nights (again about once per month) and which features folk and bluegrass types of music. Musicians receive 80% of the collected admissions (admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, $5 for children). For more information, contact: LCC Board Member

Susan Honstein at 303-666-0032 or by email at

Tenor Section Leader, Paid position. Grace Lutheran Church, 13th and Euclid, Boulder. For job description, contact Director of Music Joyce Shupe Kull:

PART-TIME CHOIR DIRECTOR Westminster Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Pastor Jack Cabaness:

FALL INTERNSHIP at PARLANDO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Parlando is looking for an intern who can work in the Development/Fundraising area of one of Boulder’s leading community music schools. Hours flexible, but 10 hrs/week is a minimum. Available for academic credit. For more information, contact Travis LaBerge, Executive Director:

ARS NOVA SINGERS is seeking a new Executive Director. Click here for more information:

Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder is seeking a part-time jazz band instructor to do two classes a week with high school students. Approximately 15 high school students (combo style with rhythm section and horns). Two classes a week (Tuesday 10:15-11:00 Friday 1:25-2:10). Pay is hourly at approximately $40/hour. Weekly music department meetings TBA. For more information contact:

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL is looking for a Developing & Marketing intern for the Fall semester. For more information, contact Brandi Numedahl, Marketing Director:

The Boulder Symphony (the community orchestra of Boulder County) currently has the following opportunities for musicians for the 2011-2012 Season (all positions are volunteer unless otherwise noted): Concertmaster (Contracted Position), Principal Cello (Contracted Position), All Strings (some Associate Principal positions available), Principal Oboe, Second Oboe, Principal Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Associate Principal Tuba, Percussion, Harp. Subs in other instruments: the Boulder Symphony maintains a highly active substitute list.Auditions for the upcoming season take place 8/29-8/31 at the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder.  You may view more information and the 2011-12 Schedule online at: or inquire by email:

FORD FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS Starting September 1, 2011 Applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at:

Eligibility Requirements: U.S. Citizen or National; Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of Science, social science or humanities.

•   Predoctoral–$20,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years
•   Dissertation–$21,000 for one year
•   Postdoctoral–$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution

Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. For more information, email: