Welcome to the Music Bridge!

The School of Music at Boston University 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. Developing the minds, the fingers, and the voices of our students is not only our daily routine, it is our core mission—it is our passion. The high level of pedagogical collaboration between faculty, staff, and students at BU frequently leads SOM students to a variety of post-graduation career options. Each of us in the SOM knows and expects that we will be continuously impressed, awestruck, and moved by the talents of our students.

Dr. Gregory Melchor-Barz, Director

 

 

Student Services Update May 15, 2020

By Cami SylviaMay 15th, 2020in News

You made it! Congratulations and farewell to our graduating students! You triumphed over adversity, powered through and crossed the finish line! I salute you all.
🎓🎖️🎉

I wanted to remind you about the credit-no-credit option that’s available to you this semester, about which you can read on the Registrar website. Remember, your faculty instructors will grade you with a letter grade as they always do, and you will have access to the Credit-No Credit (CR-NC) grading tool on your Student Link from 12:00 AM on May 13 to 11:59 PM on May 19. If you have any questions about this and/or what makes sense for your particular situation, please reach out in a timely manner because the window will close just before midnight next Tuesday, May 19th.

This weekend we'll host the Virtual International Trombone Convention (VITCON) through Facebook Live. Listen in as renowned guest artists discuss topics ranging from freelancing & recording to warming up & using imagination in your playing. The convention was developed by Ryan Shaw (BM'22) and will feature SoM trombone professors Gabe Langfur and Don Lucas. 

See the Convention here for session times and topics. You don’t have to be a trombonist to reap the benefits of this convention. This is for all musicians!

I also wanted to leave you with some great BU and non-BU career resources which are of particular relevance and help in these uncertain times. Our friends in the Center for Career Development have some terrific resources and offerings during the summer. And I belong to a network of music career development professionals called NETMCDO, which has published a list of far-reaching and comprehensive resources for musicians. 

Above all, know that I will miss you and wish you all the best! So take courage, take care, and stay in touch.

Student Services Update May 8, 2020

By Cami SylviaMay 8th, 2020in News

🌺 Happy Friday! Happy end of the school year! 🌴


If you've already filled out the CFA Student Satisfaction Survey, thank you!If you haven't, please take a few minutes to fill it out. The survey link will remain active for much of the remainder of the semester. Your responses will help us create a better CFA for you all. Your feedback is appreciated!

https://bostonu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SC4puC4xUbyXpb

School of Music students: Please note that the SOM Exit Survey, which you are expected to complete at the end of your degree program, is embedded within the Student Satisfaction Survey.


JAMKAZAN: Tool allows people to play music live and in sync with others

Has anyone tried this? If so, please feel free to share your experiences: https://www.jamkazam.com/

Rehearse without travel or space; Co-write and produce music live; Join open sessions to jam with others; Record and live broadcast sessions; Connect with other musicians and bands


Arneis Quartet

Where will YOU be on Saturday evening? Watch the Arneis Quartet on Facebook Live, Saturday May 9 at 8pm: Click Here


Summon the Heroes

The Boston Pops Orchestra performs a musical tribute, Summon the Heroes—featuring a John Williams composition —as a tribute to first responders providing critical and needed services during the Covid-19 epidemic. Boston Pops musicians provide a “virtual orchestra” to honor Covid-19 front line and essential workers. 80 musicians recorded parts in basements, kitchens, living rooms, or bedrooms. I spotted several CFA School of Music faculty including Lucia Lin, Steve Ansell, Ed Barker. John Ferrillo, Mark McEwen, Toby Oft, Mike Roylance, Tim Genis, and Jessica Zhou (forgive me if I missed anyone else): Click Here


The CCD has prepared webinars for the Summer – Job Search, internship search, interview preparation, resumes and cover letters and LinkedIn –Our event calendar --> http://www.bu.edu/careers/about-us/calendar/

Updated blog and Vlog with articles and videos (COVID-19 related)-https://bu-beyond.blog/

Student Services Update May 1, 2020

By Cami SylviaMay 1st, 2020in News

HAPPY FRIDAY! Woohoo, classes are over – good luck on your finals and semester-end projects!

Here are the updates for the week. Take care and stay well!


CFA Prison Arts Roundtable

CFA Prison Arts Roundtable will be held today, Friday, May 1 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm via Zoom.  Faculty, students, alumni, and collaborators will reflect on the experiences shared with the prisoners over this past year. There will also be discussion on the role of the arts in prisons more generally, and directions for future work. This is a public event. Here is the Zoom link: Click Here


Berlin Philharmonic Performs LIVE on Friday! There will be no audience according to the website, but they will nevertheless PLAY as an ensemble! Click Here


Are you writing a dissertation? The Educational Resource Center will be offering its Dissertation Writing Group this summer, May 11 – July 27, 2020. The group will meet remotely each Monday from 10am to 1pm. The DWG is a place for doctoral candidates to set tangible goals, engage in a solid chunk of writing, and share their successes and ongoing challenges. This summer, we will be using Zoom and Slack to facilitate communication, accountability, and community-building.


The Professional Musician’s Roadmap

Subscribe to Angela Beeching’s “Monday Bytes,” a weekly electronic newsletter for aspiring musicians. It is always insightful, helpful, and provocative. This week’s topic is “Stalled Music Career.” Angela is a coach for professional musicians: Click Here


The Center for Career Development is a particularly great resource in these uncertain times. They’ve launchedAsk Me Anything: Q&As with CCD Staff” to allow students to ask questions about career development in the current environment. They are accessed via Zoom links published in Handshake. Read more at http://www.bu.edu/careers/media-releases/

Student Services Update April 24, 2020

By Cami SylviaApril 24th, 2020in News

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here are the updates for the week. Take care and stay well!


Are you writing a dissertation? The Educational Resource Center will be offering its Dissertation Writing Group this summer, May 11 – July 27, 2020. The group will meet remotely each Monday from 10am to 1pm. The DWG is a place for doctoral candidates to set tangible goals, engage in a solid chunk of writing, and share their successes and ongoing challenges. This summer, we will be using Zoom and Slack to facilitate communication, accountability, and community-building.


The Professional Musician’s Roadmap

Subscribe to Angela Beeching’s “Monday Bytes,” a weekly electronic newsletter for aspiring musicians. It is always insightful, helpful, and provocative. This week’s topic is “Stalled Music Career.” Angela is a coach for professional musicians: Click Here


All student course evaluations in the CFA School of Music will be conducted online this semester. You may access the evaluations assigned to your registered courses at the following link: bu.campuslabs.com/courseeval.

Note: You will need to sign in with your BU ID and your Kerberos password. Your responses are anonymous. Spring 2020 SoM course evaluations will be accessible at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25th and remain open to students until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30th. Evaluations are accessible on both computer and mobile device platforms.


The Center for Career Development is a particularly great resource in these uncertain times. They’ve launchedAsk Me Anything: Q&As with CCD Staff” to allow students to ask questions about career development in the current environment. They are accessed via Zoom links published in Handshake. Read more at http://www.bu.edu/careers/media-releases/

Student Services Update April 17, 2020

By Cami SylviaApril 17th, 2020in News

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! Just a few more weeks of classes – Woohoo!

Registration opens up this Sunday, April 19th for our rising sophomores and is open for all other undergraduate classes and graduate students. If you have any trouble registering for any classes, please email Barb Raney at braney@bu.edu.

And Remember:

The Center for Career Development is a particularly great resource in these uncertain times. They’ve launchedAsk Me Anything: Q&As with CCD Staff” to allow students to ask questions about career development in the current environment. They are accessed via Zoom links published in Handshake. Read more at http://www.bu.edu/careers/media-releases/


Hey, are you doing research?

Call for Papers — Deadline extended — April 30, 2020

The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda in cooperation with the College Music Society is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2020 Biennial Convention of Pi kappa Lambda and Annual Meeting of the College Music Society. The meeting will be held October 22–24, 2020 at the Hilton Miami downtown.

We invite proposals for paper presentations. Presentations will be 25 minutes. Presentation rooms will contain projection capability, an amplified 2-speaker audio system, 4-channel mixer, but no piano.

Special consideration will be given to proposals that focus presentations related to music of Florida, the Southeast US, and the Caribbean. In addition to faculty and graduate students, undergraduate students who are achieving superb  excellence in undergraduate scholarship are encouraged to submit proposals. All presenters must register with CMS to attend the conference.

Proposals should include:
Presenter’s name
Presenter’s institution
Position at the institution (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student/senior or junior)
Abstract of the presentation.
Brief description of the presentation suitable for the program guide.
Brief biography of the presenter(s).

All proposals should be submitted electronically to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Office at music@pikappalambda.org

Student Services Update April 10, 2020

By Cami SylviaApril 10th, 2020in News

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! I hope you’re all hanging in there and taking care of yourselves. Here are some cool opportunities and helpful resources. ⬇️


DID YOU KNOW?

The Center for Career Development is a particularly great resource in these uncertain times. They’ve launchedAsk Me Anything: Q&As with CCD Staff” to allow students to ask questions about career development in the current environment. They are accessed via Zoom links published in Handshake. Read more at http://www.bu.edu/careers/media-releases/


A reminder that next week, 4/15, is the deadline for Leave of Absence/withdrawal. Undergraduate students can contact the University Service Center directly at usc@bu.edu, and graduate students can find the online forms here.


HathiTrust is the preservation bunker of print holdings in our academic library cohort. It includes still-under-copyright scores, books and many journals. Hathi links appear with available in titles in your results at http://www.bu.edu/library or directly at https://www.hathitrust.org/. Just log in with yellow button (name Boston University; do the Kerberos prompt). View is one person at a time and short but renewable loan except when requested by another.


TAKE A MINUTE TO HELP THE BU ARTS INITIATIVE

Every year, the BU Arts Initiative conducts a student survey that we use to improve upon our programs and services. All students – graduate and undergraduate can respond. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts, even if you don’t think you have attended any arts events this year. Three randomly chosen (end of May) respondents will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Take the Survey Now


The 2020 George Enescu International Competition in violin, cello, piano and composition is still going forward! Competitors can submit their applications until May 1, 2020. Registration is open online at www.festivalenescu.ro. Read more in the press release here.

Student Services Update April 3, 2020

By Cami SylviaApril 3rd, 2020in News

Hi everyone, and Happy Friday! But really, is there any difference in the days of the week now?!? I’m having trouble keeping track ☹ I hope you’re all staying sane and well in these crazy times!

Remember, managing your emotional well-being is an ongoing priority. Behavioral Medicine has gone virtual. All services can be accessed through Zoom. If you are feeling overwhelmed, BU Behavioral Medicine can be reached by calling 617 353-3569. Some tips from Behavioral Medicine.


FALL 2020 COURSE REGISTRATION continues for our undergrad rising juniors and seniors this Sunday, April 5th. If you’re having trouble registering, please be sure to check your compliance status, and contact me at braney@bu.edu if problems persist.


Virtual Career Building Workshop Hosted by the BU Center for Career Development!

“What can the CCD do for you”
Wednesday, April 8th, 6:00 – 6:30 PM followed by 10 minutes of Q/A.
Zoom Link : Join URL: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/936637879

Some topics to be covered:

  • VMock – Online resume reviews
  • Virtual Resume Reviews
  • Virtual Counseling Appointments
  • Virtual Workshops
  • How to use Handshake – Job Search, Networking
  • Navigating the CCD website


What if you could learn something new from the comfort of your home? We think you can, so we’re kicking off a little experiment.

We are in uncharted territory. Classes, workshops, and performances have been cancelled and people are craving new creative outlets and opportunities for connection.

That's what you'll get with Manifest at Home: Boston area creatives — artists, musicians, writers, and more — coming to you (virtually!).

Choose from a packed schedule of 45-minute evening sessions all week long. Come to one, two, or all!

Join us next week for 5 days of learning and creativity:

Live Painting with Adam O'Day | MONDAY, APRIL 6 | 7:30 PM
Join the renowned Boston-based artist to watch his quarantine masterpiece unfold and get insight into his process. Post-event, Adam will auction off this special work with all benefits going to a local food bank.

Creative Writing Workshop | TUESDAY, APRIL 7 | 7:30 PM
There’s certainly a lot to write home about these days. Hone those creative writing muscles with Daphne Strassmann of RE-KINDLE YOUR CRAFT in an intimate, small group writing workshop. Signups are limited.

Songwriting Salon | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 | 7:30 PM
Let’s sneak into the home of our friends Walter Sickert & Edrie Edrie for a tour of their playful abode full of songwriting inspiration. Bring an instrument (or a pot or your old recorder), your family (kid friendly!), and create their next song.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga | THURSDAY, APRIL 9 | 7:30 PM
Yoga classes should be accessible, culturally competent, welcoming and enjoyable for all bodies and all levels of fitness. Join Susan Lovett of Hands to Heart Center for a 35-minute slow-moderately paced Trauma Sensitive Yoga mat practice that can also be done in a chair.

Live Beat Mixing with DonYoyo | FRIDAY, APRIL 10 | 7:30 PM
In this collaborative process, you'll create a live beat/instrumental audio track with Yoyo, who will incorporate suggestions and feedback from the viewing audience. The final version will be shared post-event with all attendees in addition to being showcased on DonYoyo’s website!

Learn More & Register!

Student Services Update March 27, 2020

By Cami SylviaMarch 27th, 2020in News

Happy Friday, fellow remote CFA-ers!

I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected. Take care and take courage – we can all muddle through this together! Here are some updates and reminders:

BU Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council Applications Open!

- Deadline: April 3rd, 2020

- We're looking for students to serve a one-year term (starting FALL '20), assisting and supporting the BU Arts Initiative office. Council members are responsible for hosting and volunteering for on-campus events, spreading the word about arts opportunities to friends, and taking an active role in their respective committees. 

- Info about committees: www.bu.edu/arts/student-advisory-council

- APPLY at https://forms.gle/FkuqCr28QWKC8aLy5 

 

REMINDER: the deadline for Meeker Fellowships and Graduate Student Travel Assistance Fund is Friday, April 3. You can find details and applications on the Music Bridge.

It’s almost time for Fall 2020 Registration, which opens this Sunday, March 29 for our graduate students. Download a WebReg Worksheet here. Grad students: make an advising appointment with your faculty advisor (listed on the Academics tab of your Student Link) during the pre-reg period, and undergrads, your academic advisor is me, Barb Raney braney@bu.edu, and you should all have received information on remote advising.

ALL STUDENTS MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO REGISTER! Please be sure to check your Compliance tab on your Student Link and resolve any issues before registration opens.


HAVE A FEW MINUTES? Take a survey on the psychological study about emotion regulation in music practice. 

Dear Musicians,

We are looking for individuals with musical experience to take part in a psychological study about emotion regulation in music practice. The study is organized by the Institute of Musicians’ Medicine, University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, Germany.

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire (approx. 10-15 minutes). The questionnaire is in English. You can access the study by clicking the link below, which will also provide you with more information, and our contact information.

Access the study here: https://hfmdd.limequery.com/491243?lang=en

If you have some free time, we would very much appreciate your help!

Best wishes,

Dr. Gerard Madden
Institute of Musicians’ Medicine, University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden,
Leubnitzer Str. 17B, 01069, Dresden, Germany
gerard.madden@hfmdd.de

Student Services Update March 13, 2020

By Cami SylviaMarch 13th, 2020in News

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing as well as can be expected in these uncertain times. Here is some news and upcoming events that are hopeful reminders of life beyond the coronavirus! Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you on campus when this all blows over!


International Choral Workshop in Europe 2020

The ICM concert agency is organizing an international workshop for choirs which will take place in both Prague (Czech Republic) and Leipzig (Germany) with a final concert in a prominent St. Nicolai church in Leipzig: the historical church where J. S. Bach performed his pieces. The ICM Concert Agency is one of the pioneers of organizing masterclasses for conductors. We aim to use our experience in masterclasses to create a choir workshop with the highest standards for both attendees and instructors. The full description of the workshop can be found at http://conductingmasterclasses.eu/choral-workshop.php


Rewarding & Enjoyable Summer Teaching Jobs

Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

The Institute of Reading Development offers summer reading skills programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Since 1970, the Institute’s teachers have helped over 3 million students master valuable reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.  Programs designed by the Institute give students the right skills, books, and experiences that result in greater success in school and beyond.

We are currently hiring hard-working, encouraging people with a passion for reading to teach our summer programs. As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn up to $8,000 in one summer. Our full-time teachers typically earn $600-$750 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain over 400 hours of classroom teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to adults.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

We are seeking applicants from any academic discipline. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree or higher in their field before the start of our teaching season.

Successful Institute teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students

Learn more about teaching for us and apply today: Summer Teaching Jobs


GREAT GIG OPPORTUNITY!

The Navy Band is an outstanding job opportunity. It is extremely competitive and comes with some fantastic benefits, including a starting salary of $64,409-$67,469, 30 days paid leave annually and full healthcare coverage for members and dependents. Members may also be eligible for an enlistment bonus (up to $10,000) and/or the Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $65,000). Contact Peter DiCola, United States Navy Recruiter, at peter.dicola@navy.mil.


BU Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council Applications Open!

- Deadline: April 3rd, 2020

- We're looking for students to serve a one-year term (starting FALL '20), assisting and supporting the BU Arts Initiative office. Council members are responsible for hosting and volunteering for on-campus events, spreading the word about arts opportunities to friends, and taking an active role in their respective committees. 

- Info about committees: www.bu.edu/arts/student-advisory-council

- APPLY at https://forms.gle/FkuqCr28QWKC8aLy5 


Enescu International Competition (29 August – 20 September 2020, Bucharest, Romania)

The Enescu Competition is organized according to international standards for musical contests, within the George Enescu Festival, a top 5 Festival in Europe, and offers prizes over 100.000 Euros. George Enescu International Competition for Composition, Cello, Violin and Piano is open to participants of all nationalities, born after August 1st, 1987. The deadline for submitting the form is 15 April 2020. All competitors are required to submit video recording materials for the audition and qualified judges will evaluate them. The final selection of winners will be based only on the video recordings submitted.

The candidates can find the rules for the 2020 Enescu Competition on the Enescu Festival website following this link.


5th Manhattan International Music Competition

Open to ALL instruments - ALL ages

Piano - Strings - Voice - Wind - Chamber Music

Recitals at CARNEGIE HALL | Over $50,000 in prizes | CD recording distributed worldwide

Application Deadline: 31 MARCH 2020

Online Competition (Video Selection - No travel required): www.manhattancompetition.com

Student Services Update March 6, 2020

By Cami SylviaMarch 6th, 2020in News

🌷 HAPPY FRIDAY and HAPPY SPRING BREAK!! 🌷

Have a great time wherever you're going/whatever you’re doing, and stay safe!


GREAT GIG OPPORTUNITY!
The Navy Band is an outstanding job opportunity. It is extremely competitive and comes with some fantastic benefits, including a starting salary of $64,409-$67,469, 30 days paid leave annually and full healthcare coverage for members and dependents. Members may also be eligible for an enlistment bonus (up to $10,000) and/or the Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $65,000). Contact Peter DiCola, United States Navy Recruiter, at peter.dicola@navy.mil


Friday, March 20 at 6PM
1010 Commonwealth Ave, Room 101

FB Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/574146713178155/

 One hundred years ago, Congress launched the process that was completed in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, stating the right to vote could not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex. In January 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, 42 years after it passed congress. Equity seems to move slowly, and certainly not just for women. Today, there are still significant gender pay gaps and leadership representation gaps in the arts. Is Boston different? Join us for a lively conversation about equity, leadership, and innovation with three women who are driving forces in the arts ecosystem in Boston. http://www.bu.edu/arts/innovative-women/


Have a few minutes? Take a University of Baltimore survey on your
experiences as a student in a school of music.

Participants will be entered to win one of six $25 Amazon gift cards upon completion. The results of this research may be used in the future to help schools of music recruit and retain students, and to enhance student wellbeing while in training. Please follow this link to take the survey:

https://absubalt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_abZXuRPgA3tEmC9


BU Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council Applications Open!

- Deadline: April 3rd, 2020

- We're looking for students to serve a one-year term (starting FALL '20), assisting and supporting the BU Arts Initiative office. Council members are responsible for hosting and volunteering for on-campus events, spreading the word about arts opportunities to friends, and taking an active role in their respective committees.

- Info about committees: www.bu.edu/arts/student-advisory-council

- APPLY at https://forms.gle/FkuqCr28QWKC8aLy5