Director’s Welcome

The School of Music in Boston University’s College of Fine Arts is the oldest degree-granting music school in the United States, and today it is one of the country’s most vibrant, forward-thinking institutions in the arts. Students in the SOM participate in a true conservatory-style educational environment, while simultaneously studying in a top-tier research university. Historically, the sounds of great European composers filled our studios and practice rooms. Today, such works are in concert with great musical traditions from around the world and from world-class Black and other underrepresented and sometimes overlooked composers. The CFA School of Music is committed to the inclusion of a diversity of musical traditions in its repertoires and classroom course content. It is also committed to providing an antiracist living and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

During our challenging times, teaching and making art during a pandemic may seem misguided. However, it is the right time to continue to develop the minds, fingers, and voices of our students; it is our core mission—it is our passion. At this time of COVID-19, art matters. MUSIC matters!

Dr. Gregory Melchor-Barz, Director

READ: BU CFA SCHOOL OF MUSIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS

 

Student Services Update Friday, October 16, 2020

By Cami SylviaOctober 16th, 2020in News

Happy Friday! Here are the updates for the week.


2021 SOLOISTS’ COMPETITION

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Soloists’ Competition for Performance with Orchestra is open to all School of Music students who are registered for lessons AND enrolled in one of the following programs of study: BM, MM, DMA, PD, AD, OI.
  • Previous winners of the Soloists’ Competition are not eligible to enter while still enrolled in the same degree or diploma program.
  • Contestants must present a substantial work.  Repertoire may not be a transcription or an arrangement unless authorized by the conductor of the ensemble.  Complete works must be presented on the recording.  Participants must perform from memory – no exceptions will be made – and the recording must be done in one complete take (see next section for more details). Each contestant must provide his/her own collaborative pianist.  If a contestant is unable to secure a collaborative pianist, the student may record their concerto unaccompanied.

ENTRY FORMS, VIDEO RECORDINGS, AND DEADLINE

  • Students wishing to participate in the Competition must submit their proposed repertoire via the 2021 Soloists’ Competition Repertoire Approval Form by Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET.  Repertoire is subject to the approval and confirmation of repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, November 20, 2020.
  • If a student’s initial repertoire request is not approved, the student has until Friday, December 4, 2020 to submit an alternative request. Repertoire submission is again subject to the approval and confirmation of second repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, December 11, 2020.
  • Upon receiving repertoire approval, students must submit the Soloists’ Competition Application and links to pre-recorded video electronically by Friday, January 29, 2021, no later than 11:59 PM ET. The Soloists’ Competition Application will go live on Monday, December 14, 2020.
  • Applicants must obtain the approval of their applied teacher.  Proof of approval must be sent from the appropriate faculty member via an email to the Student Life and Honors Committee Chair, Prof. Daniel Doña (dldona@bu.eduby the application deadline (1/29/21).
  • Please plan ahead to account for the extra time video uploads and faculty approval emails will take to get a complete application in by the deadline.  NO LATE/INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE STATED APPLICATION DEADLINE.

      Download the Guidelines for more details.



      Welcome to the Wellbeing Project

      The Wellbeing Project is a new campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellness during their time at BU. We believe that everyone deserves to feel good and that how students feel matters. Our collective goal – as administrators, faculty and staff – is to inspire our students to feel fulfilled each day, despite the ups and downs of life on campus.


      Check out the Center for Career Development Virtual Career Fair on 10/21. Students need to register beforehand.


      Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants for Spring 2021 Projects

      Apply by Friday, October 30

      Applications are now open for Spring 2021 projects looking for up to $2,000 in funding. If you, a colleague or a BU student are planning a program that is open to any BU student, engaging them in the arts or exploring the intersection of arts and other academic disciplines, this grant opportunity is for you!

      Priority will be given to projects that embrace the university priorities of inclusion and enhance the student-life experience.

      For a full list of criteria and to access the application, visit our website.

      Student Services Update October 9, 2020

      By Cami SylviaOctober 9th, 2020in News

      🍁 H A P P Y 🍂 F R I D A Y 🍁

      Enjoy the long weekend and remember we’ll be on the BU Monday class schedule next week.

      Monday, October 12, 2020 Columbus Day, Classes Suspended
      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Substitute Monday Schedule of Classes


      BU at Carnegie Hall Competition and Concert

      Announcing the Rules & Guidelines and Application form for this year’s BU@Carnegie Hall Competition and Concert!! Students wishing to participate in the Competition must submit an entry form and pre-recorded video electronically by Friday, October 30, 2020, no later than 11:59 pm ET.

      The competition to perform in the “BU at Carnegie Hall” concert is open to all BU School of Music Seniors (in their final two semesters of study) and Grad Students who are registered for lessons (both fall and spring semesters 2020-21) AND enrolled in one of the following programs of study: BM, MM, PD, AD, or DMA in the Voice (including Opera Institute), Piano, String, and Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Depts. Please see the above Rules & Guidelines document for more details, including changes for 2020. Live performance in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall is still TBD, depending on university and government health & travel restrictions and the status of NY performance venues re-opening. Whether a live concert in Carnegie is ultimately possible or not, there will be a streamed Winners’ Concert, produced and promoted by the School of Music and CFA.


      PIANO ACCOMPANIST ASSIGNMENT PROCESS FOR INSTRUMENTAL MAJORS

      Graduate student collaborative pianist hours are available for assignment to instrumental performance majors presenting degree recitals on campus.

      Two rounds of assignment will occur:

      If you seek a pianist for a degree recital to be performed between November 20 and February 29: SUBMIT REQUEST FORM & SCORES BY 5 PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16.

      If you seek a pianist for a degree recital to be performed between March 1 and May 10: SUBMIT REQUEST FORM & SCORES BY 5 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4.

      (Avoid the spring rush…… the earlier your recital date, the higher the likelihood that you will receive a pianist!)

      All instrumental majors and teaching faculty will receive an individual email with attached Form and Policies governing assigned partnerships.

      • There is no guarantee that every request will be granted.
      • Requests without scores will not be considered.
      • Requests without faculty approval signatures will not be considered.

      Request forms must be filled out completely and must include the applied teacher’s signature verifying all repertoire. Please scan and email completed forms to Professor Shiela Kibbe, Chair of the Collaborative Piano Department. [skibbe@bu.edu]

      Scores for all repertoire may be submitted in person to the Music Office or scanned and submitted digitally with the completed request form.

      Assignments will be determined and announced during the week of October 19-23 and no later than December 10. All students who submit a request will receive emailed notification of the assignment decision. Those instrumentalists not assigned a pianist will be responsible for making their own pianist arrangements.

      Please direct questions to Professor Shiela Kibbe, Chairman of the Collaborative Piano Department, at skibbe@bu.edu.


      Check it out! BU Museum & BSO Memberships ➡️ http://www.bu.edu/arts/memberships/

      BSO College Cards are back!

      The BSO is excited to continue offering ways for college students to engage with the BSO during these unprecedented times with a new Online College Card program, including online music offerings and opportunities to learn about the BSO and their community. With the BSO College Card students can access the Encore BSO Recitals Series, the Pathways to the BSO webinars, and additional BSO performances as they become available.

      BU Students can register for a free BSO College Card (normally a $20 value) by visiting this unique BU link and using their BU email address. If you previously had a College Card account not under your college email address, please create a new account.


      Essential Tips to Manage Your Time & Reach Your Goals Workshop

      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

      Does it feel like there are never enough hours in the day? Are you pulling all-nighters to complete assignments at the last minute? Or, perhaps, you have all of your classes and extracurricular activities color-coded in your iCal or Google Calendar, but you aren’t sure how to optimize your study time. In this workshop, you will learn essential time management principles and strategies for overcoming procrastination. You’ll also discover prioritization tools to help you confidently navigate your weekly routine and set achievable goals that build toward your long-term objectives. This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom. Register via Eventbrite here.


      Redefining a Thriving Orchestra Career – A Virtual Conversation with Sonja Thoms

      Wednesday, October 14 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

      Next Wednesday, October 14, BU School of Music will host a virtual talk with Sonja Thoms, the Vice President of Operations at the Nashville Symphony, from 2:30-3:30pm ET. Sonja will share her 15 year journey from oboist in music school to VP of Operations. A career in Orchestra Operations was not something Sonja knew about until after graduate school. While all her training as a musician has been critical to her success as manager, there have been some key lessons she has learned along the way that students can benefit from now. Sonja’s pursuit of professional growth and life-long learning has been put to the test as the orchestral industry experiences devastating impact from the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

      Prior to coming to Nashville in 2015, Sonja worked at the Pittsburgh Symphony for nine years in Orchestra Operations. In Pittsburgh, Sonja held the positions of Operations Coordinator, Operations Manager and Director of Operations and Touring. Sonja has a BM (Eastman School of Music) and MM (Rice University) in Oboe Performance and studied with Joanne Rehkopf, Ray Still, Allan Vogel, Richard Killmer, and Robert Atherholt.

      Come hear about life behind the scenes and bring your questions about all things related to orchestra careers! To register and receive the Zoom link, please email Ryan Shaw at rmshaw@bu.edu. Questions for Sonja can also be submitted in advance to Ryan.


      Other Cool Opportunities:

      Call for Papers for musicology conference in Valencia, Spain. The call for papers is open until October 15th, and the Conference will take place 18-20th November 2020 ➡️ https://tempuscidm.com/en/conference/

      • • •

      The Fondation des Etats-Unis is currently accepting applications for its annual Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship. Eligible candidates are graduate and post-graduate visual artists and musicians of exceptional talent who wish to pursue advanced artistic studies in Paris, France during the upcoming academic year. The deadline for all application materials is January 31st of the current academic year. Full details can be found on the following website: www.fondationdesetatsunis.org/bourse-hhw.

      Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship:
      The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship is a private grant awarded under the auspices of the Fondation des Etats-Unis. It offers its winners numerous advantages, including: 

      - A 10,000 € stipend (may vary subject to fund earnings) for the upcoming academic year

      -  A rent-controlled live-in artist atelier or music studio at the Fondation des Etats-Unis

      - Access to on-site performance and exhibition facilities, including a private art gallery and a historically significant concert hall. 

      Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship:
      Since last year, the FEU also has a new partnership with the Fulbright program. The deadline for this scholarship is coming up within the next ten days. It is not possible to apply for both the HHW and the Fulbright-HHW: www.fondationdesetatsunis.org/fulbright-hhw

      The Fondation des Etats-Unis:
      The Fondation des États-Unis (FEU) is a student residence and cultural center serving Franco-American cultures since 1930. It is one of the first of 45 residences to have been built on the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CiuP) campus. With its 274 individual rooms, the FEU offers great living conditions in an American-style campus: classic or comfort rooms, a few studios, and art or music ateliers. Our cultural program offers a wide range of concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and performances, and showcases our artists-in-residence and alumni, who are always ready to come back “to the FEU”. It is open to the general public.

      Student Services Update October 2, 2020

      By Cami SylviaOctober 2nd, 2020in News

      H A P P Y 🍂 F R I D A Y


      This is a friendly reminder that Wednesday, October 7 is the last day students can drop a class without a “W” grade (the class will not appear on their transcript for the fall semester at all). You can continue to drop a class, with a W grade, until November 6. Additional academic dates can be found on the Registrar's website, http://www.bu.edu/reg/calendars/semester/. And also remember that no changes to your registration can be made unless you’re in compliance with all university regulations (check the “Compliance” tab on your Student Link).


      The Educational Resource Center is open for business and running most of their programming online. They have a lot of different, interesting-looking events coming up, including topics like reading strategies, academic integrity, and effective time management. Students can also check out their Academic Resource Guide to find additional academic support across the campus.


      Check it out! BU Museum & BSO Memberships http://www.bu.edu/arts/memberships/


      Hey, DMA students! Planning Ahead: Your Individual Development Plan

      Have you created an individual development plan (IDP) as a way of outlining your career plans? IDPs are a customized roadmap for your professional training and goals and will enable you to make the most of your doctoral education. The IDP process will prompt you to reflect on your skills and your career aspirations and help you translate those into specific actions and achieve new skills and professional goals.

      Join us to start your own IDP via an introduction to the online tools ImaginePhD and MyIDP, which are available to BU doctoral and postdoctoral students for career exploration and professional planning. Register here. And check out the workshop on presentation skills!

      October 5, 3:30-5 PM EST

      Presenting: A Presentation Skills Workshop Series

      This three-part series of workshops offered by PDPA will equip participants with strategies to clearly and effectively present their research in a variety of mediums, to a broad range of audiences. As a result of these sessions attendees will: learn the importance of preparation, understand how to design an arc of a presentation, and build the skills needed to easily navigate the common pitfalls of academic presentations. In "Basics of Presentations" participants will be introduced to techniques that aid in building a presentation that is attuned to audience, goal, and core message.  In "Public Speaking" participants will work on crafting their elevator pitch and learn strategies for putting physical presence in service of presentation. Finally, in "Conference Presentations" we will discuss how to make the best use of slides and visual aids and how to approach fielding questions. Register here for one workshop or the entire series. 

      October 14, 2:30-4 PM EST
      October 21, 2:30-4PM EST
      October 28, 2:30-4PM EST


      Want to be able to combine your tech degree with your passion for music? Come learn more about SiriusXM + Pandora tech internships! We’ll share important information with students about open internships, who can apply, and ultimately how to ace the interview portion. You will hear from intern managers and former interns about the innovating work being done at the largest audio entertainment business in North America!

      Be sure to RSVP early, spaces are limited. See below for our upcoming October 2020 University Recruiting events. We look forward to seeing you!

      Student Services Update September 25, 2020

      By Cami SylviaSeptember 25th, 2020in News

      H A P P Y 🍂 F R I D A Y

      Upcoming deadlines and important notes:

      ARE YOU READY TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR IN JANUARY OR MAY 2021? If so, you need to apply for graduation. You can look at your graduation status on your Student Link in the Academic Tab under Academic Summary. Please remember that your curricular requirements will be assessed as listed in the University Bulletin according to your program, major and year of matriculation, which you can find in the Bulletin archives.

      IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY DATES and DEADLINES:

      • Wednesday, October 7 — Last Day to Drop Standard Courses (without a “W” grade) &
        Last Day for Graduate Students to Change Standard Courses from Credit to Audit Status
      • Monday, October 12 — Columbus Day, Classes Suspended
      • Tuesday, October 13 — Substitute Monday Schedule of Classes

      Check out the BU Global Music Festival on Thursday, October 1st!


      SoM Book Reading Group - Black Music Matters

      Prof. Melchor-Barz will be convening a book reading group this fall semester, focusing on Ed Sarath’s book Black Music Matters: Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies. Jazz and the Transformation of Music Studies is “one of the first books to promote the reform of music studies with a centralized presence of jazz and black music to ground American musicians in a core facet of their true cultural heritage.” Our Music Library has digital rights that allow multiple readers, so access will not be an issue. If you’d like to join the once-per-month reading group, kindly email the Director at barz@bu.edu by end of day Sunday, September 27th. The first group meeting will occur in October.

      Student Services Update September 18, 2020

      By Cami SylviaSeptember 18th, 2020in News

      Happy Friday!

      Upcoming deadlines and important notes:

      DMA STUDENTS ONLY:
      DMA Qualifying Examinations and Language Proficiency Examinations are coming up in just a few weeks! Be sure to click on the QE registration link for important deadlines and forms to complete.

      ARE YOU READY TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR IN JANUARY OR MAY 2021? If so, you need to apply for graduation. You can look at your graduation status on your Student Link in the Academic Tab under Academic Summary. Please remember that your curricular requirements will be assessed as listed in the University Bulletin according to your program, major and year of matriculation, which you can find in the Bulletin archives.

      IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY DATES and DEADLINES:

      Wednesday, September 16 Last Day to Add Standard Courses
      Last Day for Undergraduate Students to Change Standard Courses from Credit to Audit Status

      And our friends in the Mugar Music Library have provided a fall update here: https://www.bu.edu/library/music/


      Check out these super opportunities!

      CFA Social Impact Seed Grants:

      https://www.bu.edu/cfa/current-students/seed-grants/

      Community Arts Engagement Intern at the Harvard Ed Portal (Paid - Graduate Level):

      Salary Range: $19/hr (academic credit available)
      Location: VIRTUAL
      TO APPLY: Email cover letter and resume to Philana Brown (philana_brown@harvard.edu) with job title in subject line.

      Job Summary:

      An innovative collaboration involving Harvard University, the City of Boston, the Harvard Allston Task Force, and the Allston-Brighton community, the Harvard Ed Portal is the Allston-Brighton community's front door to Harvard's educational, arts, wellness, and workforce and economic development programs. Within the work of the Ed Portal, the Arts Program has a primary mission of identifying arts and culture programs and resources within the University and making them available to public audiences in Allston-Brighton and beyond. The Arts Program team works to make north Allston-Brighton a cultural destination and identifies opportunities to support and amplify local artists, creatives, and cultural workers, often in close collaboration with the Ed Portal's economic and workforce development staff. This internship position reports to the Assistant Director for Arts Programming and works closely with the Arts Program Coordinator, as well as external collaborators as needed. It will be remote in 2020-21.

      During a yearlong internship, the Community Arts Engagement intern will work closely with the Arts Program team to research, develop and help design a new intensive cohort program for emerging and mid-career artists in Allston-Brighton, Cambridge and Boston. With a prospective launch of Fall 2021, the program will provide local artists an accelerated learning environment for technical assistance, capacity-building, networking and collaboration. The Community Arts Engagement intern will also provide administrative support for current Ed Portal arts programs (online) and core departmental systems, as needed.

      The Community Arts Engagement intern will be part of an online cohort of interns from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that are working remotely for the Ed Portal, mostly in the Public School Partnership program. As a learning community, all interns are expected to attend weekly cohort meetings on Zoom with guest speakers from Boston Public Schools and Harvard University. The goal of this community is to create a network in which students can learn from peers and discuss issues they encounter in their internships or through academic courses.

       Responsibilities: Artist Cohort Program

        • Research and develop the framework for a multi-disciplinary cohort model for artists through a cultural equity lens.
        • Identify local artists and creatives who might be interested in this program.
        • Recommend possible topics, speakers, consultants or projects.
        • Draft materials to be used when the program launches, such as application, promotional content and evaluation forms.

      Program Support & Outreach:

        • Increase engagement of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ identifying artists and audience members from Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, and Boston.
        • Create contact lists for Harvard arts and culture networks and Allston-Brighton organizations.

      Required Qualifications:

        • Interest in arts program development
        • Attention to detail, ability to take initiative and implement feedback
        • Strong written and verbal communication skills
        • Proficient knowledge of Zoom, Microsoft Office, and Google Apps
        • Comfortable working on collaborative projects in a virtual setting

      Optional: Prior experience in arts, event or program planning; adult education; community-based or virtual programming a plus.

      BIPOC AND/OR LGBTQIA PEOPLE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

      Opportunity for Learning:
      The Community Arts Engagement Internship is an opportunity for a graduate student to practice the real-world skills of equitable program development in collaboration with community partners and stakeholders. With guidance from the Arts Program staff, the intern will research and propose a new arts program that leverages institutional resources to support the creative communities of Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, and Boston. The intern will also gain experience in outreach strategies and evaluating program success.

      Preferred Contact Information:
      Philana Brown, Arts Program Coordinator
      philana_brown@harvard.edu

      Location of Supervisor/Mentor: Harvard Ed Portal (remote Fall 2020)
      Number of Openings for this Position: 1
      Internship/Project Term (Work Period): September 2020 - May 2021; possible summer extension
      Required Work Schedule (if any): Flexible; weekly cohort Zoom meetings (time TBD)
      Mandatory Orientation: TBD
      Internship Schedule (Hours per Week): Minimum 12 hrs (Flexible)
      Compensation: Hourly rate - $19/hour; Academic Credit option. Transportation costs to meetings will be provided (if applicable)

      Student Services Update September 11, 2020

      By Cami SylviaSeptember 11th, 2020in News

      Happy Friday! Here are the updates for the week. Stay safe and be well!


      A few important reminders that bear repeating:

      • Be sure to visit Back2BU for the latest updates and information on BU's response to COVID-19.
      • Check the Music Bridge a few times a week for important updates, deadlines, news on competitions and awards, and gigs which are posted on the Jobs page
      • Our friends at the Center for Career Development have posted some super helpful videos for the virtual world and have an entire calendar of workshops, employer events, and industry insights. And for our sophomores and juniors who are interested in a funded internship, check out the CCD Funded internships
      • We've compiled the 2020-2021 Student Life Guide for helpful BU calendars & resources, and for getting around & exploring Boston!
      • Refer to the CFA Building Hours 2020-21 for information on when we're open
      • And remember, I am here to support and help in any way! You can find me in the School of Music office suite, room 246, or email me at braney@bu.edu

      Upcoming deadlines and important notes:

      DMA STUDENTS ONLY:
      DMA Qualifying Examinations and Language Proficiency Examinations are coming up in just a few weeks! Be sure to click on the QE registration link for important deadlines and forms to complete.

      ARE YOU READY TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR? The deadline to apply for graduation in January or May 2021 is September 30, 2020 – just weeks away! This early deadline helps the Dean’s Office and School of Music track your academic progress over the year. You can look at your graduation status on your Student Link in the Academic Tab under Academic Summary. Please remember that your curricular requirements will be assessed as listed in the University Bulletin according to your program, major and year of matriculation, which you can find in the Bulletin archives.

      IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY DATES and DEADLINES:

      Wednesday, September 16 Last Day to Add Standard Courses
      Last Day for Undergraduate Students to Change Standard Courses from Credit to Audit Status

      And our friends in the Mugar Music Library have provided a fall update here: https://www.bu.edu/library/music/


      Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
      The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a university-wide program that helps undergraduates find and participate in faculty-mentored research projects in all disciplines.

      Application Information
      Applications for fall 2020 are due by noon on Monday, September 14. Students apply for funding to work between 5-10 hours per week, for which the following support is available:

      • Student Research Award (SRA): funded entirely by UROP;
        · Faculty Matching Grant (FMG): funding split equally between UROP and the faculty mentor's research funds;
        · Supplies Award: up to $500 for research supplies, transferred directly to faculty mentor's department.
      • 5 hours/week = $650 total for the semester
        · 8 hours/week = $1040 total for the semester
        · 10 hours/week = $1,300 total for the semester

      Apply at http://www.bu.edu/urop/


      And check out this cool opportunity for wind players and composers!


      Welcome! Student Services Update September 4, 2020

      By Barbara RaneySeptember 4th, 2020in News

      Welcome to the first edition of weekly Friday Student Services Updates for the new academic year. You made it through the first week of school, no small feat in these challenging times!

      A few important reminders as we start the year:

      • Be sure to visit Back2BU for the latest updates and information on BU's response to COVID-19.
      • Check the Music Bridge a few times a week for important updates, deadlines, news on competitions and awards, and gigs which are posted on the Jobs page
      • Our friends at the Center for Career Development have posted some super helpful videos for the virtual world and have an entire calendar of workshops, employer events, and industry insights. And for our sophomores and juniors who are interested in a funded internship, check out the CCD Funded internships
      • We've compiled the 2020-2021 Student Life Guide for helpful BU calendars & resources, and for getting around & exploring Boston!
      • Refer to the CFA Building Hours 2020-21 for information on when we're open
      • And remember, I am here to support and help in any way! You can find me in the School of Music office suite, room 246, or email me at braney@bu.edu

      Upcoming deadlines and important notes:

      DMA STUDENTS ONLY:
      DMA Qualifying Examinations and Language Proficiency Examinations are coming up in just a few weeks! Be sure to click on the QE registration link for important deadlines and forms to complete.

      ARE YOU READY TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR? The deadline to apply for graduation in January or May 2021 is September 30, 2020 – just weeks away! This early deadline helps the Dean’s Office and School of Music track your academic progress over the year. You can look at your graduation status on your Student Link in the Academic Tab under Academic Summary. Please remember that your curricular requirements will be assessed as listed in the University Bulletin according to your program, major and year of matriculation, which you can find in the Bulletin archives.

      IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY DATES and DEADLINES:

      Monday, September 7 Labor Day, Classes Suspended
      Wednesday, September  9 Official Registration Deadline for Standard Courses for Continuing, New, and Transfer Students

      Wednesday, September 16

      Last Day to Add Standard Courses
      Last Day for Undergraduate Students to Change Standard Courses from Credit to Audit Status

      BU Sport & Performance Psychology Team

      As we all know, music is a demanding field that requires the ability to manage high-pressure situations and perform consistently at one’s best. Good news for SoM students from BU’s Dr. Marla Zucker. Masters and doctoral students in BU’s Sport and Performance Psychology program at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development are offering to help SoM students with free and confidential “Performance Enhancement Training” to:

      • Maintain attention and focus
      • Conquer performance and audition anxiety
      • Strengthen the ability to perform under pressure
      • Manage emotions to achieve consistent performance
      • Remove mental and emotional blocks to optimal performance
      • Develop a plan for handling stress, setbacks, and challenges
      • Overcome the effects of injury/strain or a poor performance

      Attached is a flyer with more information as well as a referral form to pass along to any interested students. This is a terrific resource that is being made available specifically to SoM students. All SoM students are encouraged to take advantage of this generous offer.

      Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
      The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a university-wide program that helps undergraduates find and participate in faculty-mentored research projects in all disciplines.

      Application Information
      Applications for fall 2020 are due by noon on Monday, September 14. Students apply for funding to work between 5-10 hours per week, for which the following support is available:

      · Student Research Award (SRA): funded entirely by UROP;
      · Faculty Matching Grant (FMG): funding split equally between UROP and the faculty mentor's research funds;
      · Supplies Award: up to $500 for research supplies, transferred directly to faculty mentor's department.

      · 5 hours/week = $650 total for the semester
      · 8 hours/week = $1040 total for the semester
      · 10 hours/week = $1,300 total for the semester

      Apply at http://www.bu.edu/urop/

      And check out this cool opportunity for wind players and composers!

       

      New Offering Fall 2020 — Performance Enhancement Training

      By Cami SylviaAugust 14th, 2020in News

      BU Sport & Performance Psychology Team

      As we all know, music is a demanding field that requires the ability to manage high-pressure situations and perform consistently at one’s best. Good news for SoM students from BU’s Dr. Marla Zucker. Masters and doctoral students in BU’s Sport and Performance Psychology program at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development are offering to help SoM students with free and confidential “Performance Enhancement Training” to:

      • Maintain attention and focus
      • Conquer performance and audition anxiety
      • Strengthen the ability to perform under pressure
      • Manage emotions to achieve consistent performance
      • Remove mental and emotional blocks to optimal performance
      • Develop a plan for handling stress, setbacks, and challenges
      • Overcome the effects of injury/strain or a poor performance

      Attached is a flyer with more information as well as a referral form to pass along to any interested students. This is a terrific resource that is being made available specifically to SoM students. All SoM students are encouraged to take advantage of this generous offer.

      EQUIPMENT TO LEARN FROM ANYWHERE—RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SoM MUSICIANS

      By Cami SylviaAugust 5th, 2020in News

      5 August 2020
      Boston, Massachusetts

      Gentle BU CFA School of Music Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

      Attached is a quick Tech Sheet that serves as a guide for the coming Fall 2020 semester. Questions? Send them my way.

      I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

      Best,
      Gregory

      Gregory Melchor-Barz, Ph.D.
      Director and Professor
      Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music

      School of Music / College of Fine Arts
      855 Commonwealth Avenue
      Boston University
      Boston, MA 02215  USA
      telephone: 617-353-8789; email: barz@bu.edu