2017 Conference Career Advising
Don’t miss this great opportunity to get a career tune-up from a veteran in the ensemble music field. Conference attendees may schedule individual appointments at registration.
A musician and educator who presents innovative solo and chamber music recitals, John-Morgan Bush is the founder of Tuxedo Revolt, an arts consultancy and think tank that re-imagines how to connect live music to today’s audiences. His Tuxedo Revolt blog is now read by more than 10,000 people in sixty countries. He has performed on French horn under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, Mark Wigglesworth, Osmo Vänska, David Zinman, and others. Executive director of the UMass Lowell String Project, he is also a lecturer in the UMass Lowell Music Department.
Area(s) of Specialty: Audience Engagement, Community Music, Music Entrepreneurship, Music Education, Personal Branding, and Arts Administration.
Avid musician, educator, and administrator Andy Chau works in New Student & Family Programs at the Berklee College of Music and was formally the director of career services and student programs at the Boston Conservatory. He has worked as an ensemble manager for many youth ensembles and all state and district festivals in Massachusetts. Chau is a freelance clarinetist, conductor, and clinician in the Greater Boston Area, and also sings as a tenor/soloist with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. He holds a MM in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory and a BM in Music Education/Clarinet Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Area(s) of Specialty: Basic career advice; résumé building and editing; large ensembles and small chamber ensembles; community music; and music education.
Casey Molino Dunn is director of the Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship, where he utilizes a broad background in public relations, production, and performance to help students and alumni advance their careers. An active baritone vocalist, actor, and keyboardist, he is also the director of music at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian in Chatham, New Jersey, where he founded and currently produces the Concerts on Main series. He has additionally worked as a music publicist and has held positions at both Eastman and Juilliard.
Area(s) of Specialty: Developing and publicizing projects; diversifying a music career; concert series and ensemble start-ups; collaborating with other art forms and partnering organizations, including houses of worship; budgeting and fundraising.
Dana Fonteneau (LMFT) is a somatic psychotherapist and creator of the WholeHearted Musician™, a business dedicated to helping individuals, ensembles, and artistic organizations with career coaching, mediation, business development, and enhancing peak performance on stage. A former concert cellist and avid chamber musician, Fonteneau has a BM and MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she also served on the faculty of the Preparatory and Adult Extensions Divisions.
Area(s) of Specialty: Career counseling for ensembles and artistic organizations; conflict management; how to prepare for auditions and competitions; branding, marketing, and vision.
Performing pianist Eunbi Kim crafts dynamic and informative presentations for organizations, universities, and institutions committed to bolstering their emerging artists’ abilities to build a sustainable career in the arts. Her lectures and panel discussions have included: "The Entrepreneurial Artist: Producing and Performing Your Own Projects," for Catholic University of America; "Art of the Start: Dream Projects into Reality" for Texas Southern University; and "Self-Producing for Artists" at the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Area(s) of Specialty: Music entrepreneurship; self-producing; developing projects; booking and promoting your own performances, concert series and ensemble start-ups; collaborating with other art forms and partnering organizations; résumé building and editing
Justin Kolb is a concert pianist, educator, and lecturer. He performs 50 solo recitals annually from Budapest to Santa Barabara. His one-on-one and small-group “career power sessions” are popular at universities and competitions. An Albany Records artist, he is on the board of directors of the American Liszt Society and serves as chairman of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.
Area(s) of Specialty: Career development for ensembles, personal career development for soloists and faculty, successful festival-building.
Author of Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music, career coach Angela Myles Beeching loves helping musicians book more work to live the life they desire. Her experience includes directing the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at Manhattan School of Music as well as directing career programs at New England Conservatory and Indiana University. Her popular weekly blog, Monday Bytes, offers career tips and inspiration to help you clarify your goals and take the right next right steps.
Area(s) of Specialty: Next step planning to “uplevel” your career—whether you’re a performer, composer, manager, educator, and/or presenter.
Anya Nykyforiak has been a Music Specialist at the NEA since 1997. From 1987 to 1995, she directed the Endowment’s Arts Administration Fellows and Internship programs. In 1996, Anya was a grants administrator for Central and Eastern Europe at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC. Previously, she has worked for PBS, the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife, Meadow Brook Music Festival (MI), and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (VA). Nykyforiak holds an M.A. in arts administration from Indiana University and a B.S. in music from Oakland University (Rochester, MI).
Janet Rarick, associate professor of music career development at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, coaches chamber music, teaches classes in professional development and performance skills, and directs outreach activities. She is additionally the program administrator for the school’s Music Career and Skills Enhancement courses, an innovative initiative for performance majors in the master’s program, and creator of the website Navigating Music Careers, which explores many aspects of building and sustaining a career in music performance.
Area(s) of Specialty: Careers in classical music—both traditional and alternative.