Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Entrepreneurship Series

With the generous cooperation of Seven Days of Opening Nights and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the College of Music is pleased to announce the speakers for the 2014 Entrepreneurship Lecture Series:

  • Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra’s visiting artists Time for Three (Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass) defy traditional classifications. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500.

Returning to Tallahassee as part of the Seven Days of Opening Nights line-up, eighth blackbird is the Grammy Award-winning ensemble composed of Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Tim Munro, flutes; Yvonne Lam, violin & viola; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Lisa Kaplan, piano; and Nicholas Photinos, cello. eighth blackbird holds ongoing Ensemble in Residence positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Richmond, and University of Chicago. The ensemble has won three Grammy Awards, for the recordings strange imaginary animals, Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, and Meanwhile.

But just what is entrepreneurship, anyway?

“An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. An entrepreneur is an agent of change. Entrepreneurship is the process of discovering new ways of combining resources.”

- Russell S. Sobel, Professor of Economics and James Clark Coffman Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at West Virginia University

Corinne Stillwell, Associate Professor of Violin at the FSU College of Music, expands on that idea, explaining how the concept relates more specifically to students in the College of Music.

“Entrepreneurship is a buzzword in many circles of society, especially in the business world,” she explains. “Although the concept is not new to musicians, it is something that our professional training programs have not typically addressed. Most music schools were designed to prepare students for the musical culture of the mid-20th century, but our world has changed.”

“Talent alone no longer ensures success,” Stillwell continues. “We need to empower our students to thrive in a changing and challenging environment.”

Recognizing this need, the College of Music has initiated an Entrepreneurship Series of guest artist residencies. These individuals and ensembles, world-class musicians and scholars all, are invited to the College to speak with students on a very direct level about the business of being a musician.

Past guests have included David Cutler (author of The Savvy Musician and Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina), Rachel Roberts (Director of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory), and Jessica Meyer (violist, composer, teaching artist, and entrepreneurship consultant for The Academy, a joint program of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School). 

This year, in addition to eighth blackbird and Time for Three, students will have the opportunity to attend entrepreneurial lectures and workshops presented by several other prominent artists, including Housewright Eminent scholars Jeremy Denk, the Penderecki String Quartet, and Rhythm and Brass