Published: Jan. 24, 2012
A very special panel discussion on THE FUTURE OF THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

If you only make one Entrepreneurship Wednesday this semester, this is the one you should attend. Join me as I moderate a panel discussion with Jim Copenhaver (Interim CEO of the Colorado Symphony), Kevin Shuck (Executive Director of the Boulder Phil), our own Professor Lewis (Music Director of the Midland-Odessa Symphony), and Susan Bowles (CSU Musician and Board member). We’ll be talking about one of the most pressing issues facing classical musicians today: what is the future of the symphony orchestra? I hope you’ll come to what I hope will be a useful and spirited discussion!

This Wednesday, 5:00-6:30, C-199/Chamber Hall  <<special location this week to accommodate the crowd!

No pizza this week, but convo credit is available for this session.

If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you grab a card with the line-up for Entrepreneurship Wednesdays this Spring: we have a great series of speakers on a wide range of topics that YOU have requested!


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ARTICLES OF THE WEEK: The kerfuffle over SOPA, PIPA, and Megaupload

•    Hand grenades for prairie dogs gophers?

•    Megaupload / Megasaga:


Flute performance graduate Roberta Michel (2004) credits the ECM with helping her gain the tools she still uses to help build her career as a freelance performer, teacher, and founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble. “With its unique combination of flute, violin, cello, and percussion, Cadillac Moon is dedicated to retaining the intimacy and artistry of traditional chamber music, while expanding its palette of sonice possibilities.” The group is focused on commissioning new works, and forging close working relationships with composers – which they translate into close interactions with their audience. Their first full CD recording will soon be released on the New Dynamic Records label, and is quickly establishing itself as a presence in the New York City recital scene.

Many thanks to Margaret Romero for assembling alumni success stories! Got a success story of your own? Share it with us!


ENTREPRENEURIAL THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: Why I hope you’ll come to E-Weds this week

This week we kick off the Spring 2012 line-up of Entrepreneurship Wednesdays with a very exciting panel discussion on the current state of the American symphony orchestra – and what kind of future that venerable institution has. Our guests will include a music director of a professional symphony, an executive director of a regional orchestra, a orchestral performer and Board member, and a CEO of a large urban orchestra. I chose this mix to represent the broad spectrum of organizational sizes and missions represented by American symphony orchestras, and to provide a variety of perspectives on a complex and multi-faceted challenge.

The need for discussion on the state of the symphony orchestra is, I hope, obvious: a large number of students here at CU are studying classical music in hopes of someday playing in a professional orchestra. Others will end up playing with orchestras as soloists, collaborating with orchestras as composers, and/or working within an orchestra’s administration. Moreover, the symphony is at the heart of our classical music landscape, and the struggles that many orchestras face have become a kind of symbol for the broader issues facing concert music in general. As an educational institution charged with preparing our students for professional lives as musicians, there are few issues more pressing for us to address.

But the other reason I hope you’ll come to this week’s discussion is for the sake of hope. Folks who are concerned about the state of concert music often fall into a discouragement in the face of yet another orchestra in bankruptcy or still more news of declining audiences. But there are bright spots, too, and individuals and orchestras who are working to create new business models in order to insure the future of an institution we revere and need.

So bring your thoughts and your questions to what I hope will be an informative and engaging conversation!

And without further adieu…

The Video of the Week!

A very cool gesture-recognition microphone!

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LONGMONT YOUTH SYMPHONY seeks  candidates for a part-time Administrator to help  us sustain and grow our organization. The Administrator reports to the LYS Board of Directors and works closely with the board and volunteers.  Responsibilities include organizing and participating in all  aspects of the LYS operations, managing LYS resources, coordinating and communicating with key stakeholders (students, parents, volunteers and music directors).   The Administrator serves as the main contact for the LYS and as the “go-to” person for LYS parents. To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume and references to:

BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL is seeking Summer Interns in Marketing, Production, Development and Education. Please provide a cover letter and resume via email to Deadline is Feb. 27.

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER & SUMMER: As you start thinking about your spring schedule, consider doing in internship at a local music business or non-profit. We have a wide range of internship opportunities that can be great learning experiences and valuable additions to your resume. Internships can be done for academic or not, and the choice is pretty much up to you. Stop by the ECM Office for more information!

DO SOMETHING.ORG announces their Do Something Grants. Grants are for up to $500 and should address issues of interest for teens. Check them out:

LOOKING FOR AN ACADEMIC JOB? In addition to The Chronicle for Higher Education, which you should be checking regularly, and the College Music Society, which you should join, another potential source for listings of academic jobs is this site:

ARTS ENTERPRISE, the national student-led arts entrepreneurship organization, is excited to announce our next Arts Enterprise Summit: The Creative Economy and You will be held March 23-25, 2012 at the Drucker School of Business at Claremont Graduate University. For more info, check out:

C4C GIGS AVAILABLE!  The C4C is now sponsoring 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. A fun and tasty opportunity to test out some repertoire in a relaxed setting. Contact CU GIGS Coordinator Nathan Hall to sign up: