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, April 16, 2021

By Cami SylviaApril 16th, 2021in News

Happy Friday!

Remember, we need your feedback on the 2021 Student Satisfaction Survey, as it helps us to assess and enrich student life at the College of Fine Arts. Your input is particularly valuable as we make plans to return to normal operations.

Link: https://is.gd/cfasurvey2021

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.


Hey rising sophomores and juniors! Apply to be a peer mentor for incoming first years! https://www.bu.edu/cfa/current-students/peer-mentoring/


Registration news:

Fall registration opened last Sunday, April 11th for grad students. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor before registration opens to review your course choices, degree progress and receive your academic advising code. Also check out the new graduate student advising tools page!

For undergrads: rising juniors and seniors will register this Sunday, April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th. Meetings with Barb Raney by major and cohort started the week of March 29th.


Upcoming semester dates:

April 19, 2021 Patriots’ Day Holiday, Classes Suspended
April 21, 2021 Substitute Monday Schedule of Classes
April 29, 2021 Last Day of Classes
April 30 – May 3, 2021 Study Period
May 4, 2021 Final Exams Begin
May 8, 2021 Final Exams End

Mirror Visions Ensemble Young Composers Competition

Mirror Visions Ensemble Young Composers Competition

Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of “mirror visions” — settings of the same text to music by different composers. The group's passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming. Typically featuring three voices and piano, often joined by other instrumentalists, MVE’s programs take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing both well-known and oft-neglected pieces that set texts by poets and historical figures.

Now in its 29th season, Mirror Visions Ensemble has fostered the work of new composers through the commissioning of over 100 works by more than 35 composers. The ensemble has presented its programs, residencies, and masterclasses both in the U.S. and abroad at concert halls, schools, libraries, and museums such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, Le Poisson Rouge, California State University at Fullerton, University of Southern California, New York University, Yale University, and France’s Musée Carnavalet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and American University of Paris.

Mirror Visions Ensemble is:

Justine Aronson, soprano
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Abigail Levis, mezzo-soprano
Scott Murphree, tenor
Daniel McGrew, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Gary Chapman, piano
Alan Darling, piano
Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Grant Wenaus, music director and piano
Richard Lalli, artistic director
Tobé Malawista, executive director

Student Services Update Friday, April 9, 2021

By Cami SylviaApril 9th, 2021in News

🌞 Happy Friday! 🌞

Remember, we need your feedback on the 2021 Student Satisfaction Survey, as it helps us to assess and enrich student life at the College of Fine Arts. Your input is particularly valuable as we make plans to return to normal operations.

Link: https://is.gd/cfasurvey2021

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.


Hey rising sophomores and juniors! Apply to be a peer mentor for incoming first years! https://www.bu.edu/cfa/current-students/peer-mentoring/


Registration news:

Fall registration opens this Sunday, April 11th for grad students. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor before registration opens to review your course choices, degree progress and receive your academic advising code. Also check out the new graduate student advising tools page!

For undergrads: rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th. You’ll be meeting with Barb Raney by major and cohort starting the week of March 29th.

Student Services Update Friday, April 2, 2021

By Cami SylviaApril 2nd, 2021in News

Happy Friday! Remember that today, Friday, April 2nd, is the last day to drop a class with a W grade, and April 14th is the last day for students to take a spring leave of absence.


**April 5-9 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week!**

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPAW) was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) as a way to demonstrate appreciation for graduate and professional students nationwide. Boston University is celebrating this year with virtual events focused on recreation and self-care, a small gesture to demonstrate the University’s appreciation for the important role graduate and professional students play within our community. All programs are free and open to all BU graduate and professional students. Find the full schedule of free events open to all graduate and professional students here.


Overcoming Procrastination & Perfectionism with the Educational Resource Center

Thursday, April 8, 4-5 PM

Do you find it difficult to start on projects without the pressure of a looming deadline? Has fear of failure held you back and contributed to writer’s block? This workshop will help you understand your procrastination triggers and how to overcome them. You will come away from this workshop with strategies to help you get started on projects, make consistent progress toward completion, and find satisfaction at each stage of the process. Register here.


Non-Academic Job Search Strategies 

For STEM PhDs: Tuesday, April 13, 12-1PM (Register here)

For Humanities/Social Science PhDs: Wednesday, April 14, 12-1PM (Register here)

Now, perhaps more than ever, PhDs are pursuing a myriad of opportunities outside the academy. Although finding a non-academic job may not be as structured as most academic searches, there are many resources available to support you in this process. Most importantly, there are tools available to help you to identify fulfilling, intellectually challenging career opportunities that are aligned with your skills, interests, and values. This workshop will guide participants through developing a strategic approach to job searching, as well as providing information, tips, and advice on career opportunities for PhDs in STEM, Humanities, and Social Science fields.


Office Hours for PhD Students 

Thursday, April 15 from 5-6 PM EST on Zoom

Drop-in virtual office hours provide students with a space to ask Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs staff questions, receive professional development advice, and learn about available resources. We can help with:

  • Advising on mentoring, dissertating, or departmental challenges
  • Navigating the job search and reviewing application materials
  • Strategizing about career planning and skill development
  • Connecting you to resources at BU and beyond

PDPA Trivia Night


Trivia is hosted by Peter Kotiuga, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Classical Studies currently researching how Homer changes up the rhythms of speech for different characters and contexts in the Iliad. He’s also been known to play guitar and make some tasty guacamole. Join your fellow BU doctoral students and postdocs from across campus for a fun evening of Zoom trivia! Meet new people and enjoy some lighthearted competition! Register here.


Summer Priorities: Planning for Productivity

Friday, April 23, 12-1 PM

The unstructured summer months can be excellent for making progress on research, writing, and skill-building. But this time should also be used to catch up on sleep, socializing, and self-care. Join PDPA for a workshop focused on making the most of this time by developing a plan, setting goals, and designing a sustainable structure for your time. Register here.


So many opportunities! Where to start?

It's our biggest series of workshops to date! As markets and venues begin opening up, it's time to zero in on strategies for recovery, care, and growth in your creative enterprise. Join us, the Mass Cultural Council, and our partners around the region for three packed months of artist-led and artist-centered business and financial development classes. Enrollment is limited, so register early!

Webinar Details & Registration link

"The Nuts & Bolts of Being a Performing Artist"
w/ Seth Lepore, Deen Rawlins-Harris, and Amy Smith
Mondays & Thursdays, May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 & 20 | 5 – 7:30 PM | For MA, CT & RI
NEW OFFERING!

MEET-UP: “Artist-to-Artist Feedback: Performers” facilitated by Billy Dean Thomas
Friday, April 16, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM | For MA, CT &  RI
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM | For MA, CT &  RI

“Crowdfunding for Artist Projects” w/ Laura Christensen
Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | For MA only
NEW OFFERING!

SERIES: “Navigating Housing & Studio Spaces for Artists: Know Your Rights and Resources”
w/ Ngoc-Tran Vu and expert guest speakers (For MA only) NEW OFFERING!

PART 1: Renting & Evictions | May 19, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

PART 2: Alternative Artists' Living | June 23, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

PART 3: First Time Home Buying for Creatives | July 21, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

“Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty” w/ Laura Baring-Gould
Thursdays, May 20 & 27, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | For MA, CT & RI

Online Sales and e-Commerce for Craft Artists” w/ Ayumi Horie and Alicia Goodwin
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | For MA only

“The Business of Writing: How to Successfully Research and Submit to Literary Journals, Publishers, and Agents” w/ Kristina Marie Darling
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | For MA only
NEW OFFERING!

“Financial Strategies for Artists” w/ Amy Smith
Monday, June 3, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | For MA only

“Elevating Online Sales” w/ Han Cao & Ayumi Horie
Thursdays, June 10 & 17, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM | For MA only
NEW OFFERING!

“Marketing in a Time of COVID” w/ Jessica Burko
Monday, June 15, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | For MA only

“Creative Practice Within Virtual Communities” w/ Shey Rivera Rios
Tuesday, June 9, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM | For MA only
or Wednesday, July 7, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM | For Valley only

SERIES: “The Basics of Building a Grant” w/ Yara Liceaga Rojas (MA only)

PART 1 Project Development & Where to Find Grants | June 22 or July 8

PART 2 Getting Your Materials Ready & Writing | June 29 or July 15

PART 3 Building a Project Budget & Addressing Financial Trauma  | July 6 orJuly 22

“Staying Authentic While Marketing Your Work” w/ Daniel Callahan
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | MA only

“The Essentials of Digital Marketing” w/ Francesca Olsen
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | MA only

Student Services Update Friday, March 26, 2021

By Cami SylviaMarch 26th, 2021in News

Happy Friday!

The 2021 Student Satisfaction Survey has launched! Your anonymous feedback on this survey will help us to assess and enrich student life at the College of Fine Arts. Your input is particularly valuable as we make plans to return to normal operations. Here is the link: https://is.gd/cfasurvey2021

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.


Registration news:

Fall registration opens on April 11th for grad students. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor before registration opens to review your course choices, degree progress and receive your academic advising code. Also check out the new graduate student advising tools page!

For undergrads: rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th. You’ll be meeting with Barb Raney by major and cohort starting the week of March 29th.


Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

Also check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities.

And most of all, remember we’re here to support you every step of the way with Student Well Being Resources.


With Boston area art museums reopening, BU Students can access free tickets the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. BU Students may access information about free museum memberships at this web page:

bu.edu/arts/memberships.


Giving Day 2021, BU’s one-day online fundraising drive during which schools generate bonus funds, is on April 7th. If you’d like to express gratitude about aid the aid you’ve received, contact Denise Savino, Senior Development and Alumni Relations Associate, at dsavino@bu.edu.


ONE WEEK REMAINING!

The deadline for Composers & the Voice applications is April 1st (ONE WEEK AWAY!) with fellowships being announced in July. Join us!

The two-year fellowship includes a year of working with the company’s Resident Ensemble of Singers and professional instructors followed by a year of continued promotion and career development through AOP and its strategic partnerships. Since launching in 2002, C&V has fostered the development of 71 composers & librettists.

Apply Now!

Student Services Update Friday, March 19, 2021

By Cami SylviaMarch 18th, 2021in News

🌼 Happy Friday! 🌷

Registration news:

  • Fall registration opens on April 11th for grad students, and you can access the course planner as of March 19th. Meet with your academic advisor before registration opens to review your course choices, degree progress and receive your academic advising code. Also check out the new graduate student advising tools page!
  • For undergrads: rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th. You’ll be meeting with Barb Raney by major and cohort starting the week of March 29th.

Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

And remember to check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities and competitions.


Hey, do you know about the BU Arts Initiative? Check out the events and grant opportunities.

With Boston area art museums reopening, BU Students can access free tickets the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. BU Students may access information about free museum memberships on this web page: bu.edu/arts/memberships.

And remember we’re here to support you every step of the way with Student Well Being Resources.


Giving Day 2021, BU’s one-day online fundraising drive during which schools generate bonus funds, is on April 7th. If you’d like to express gratitude about aid the aid you’ve received, contact Denise Savino, Senior Development and Alumni Relations Associate, at dsavino@bu.edu.


Join the Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council

We are looking for undergraduate & graduate students who are passionate about facilitating BU student engagement in the arts. Council members plan and host arts events and assist us with large scale events like the Fall Arts Fair and the BU Global Music Festival.

Apply Now!

Application Deadline: March 26th

Student Services Update Friday, March 12, 2021

By Cami SylviaMarch 12th, 2021in News

🌞 Happy Friday! 🌞

Registration news:

  • Summer registration is open, and courses will be offered in a LfA format.
  • Fall registration opens on April 11th for grad students, and you can access the course planner as of March 19th. For undergrads, rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th.

Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

And remember to check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities and competitions.


Hey, do you know about the BU Arts Initiative? Check out the events and grant opportunities.

With Boston area art museums reopening, BU Students can access free tickets the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. BU Students may access information about free museum memberships on this web page: bu.edu/arts/memberships.


Remember we’re here to support you every step of the way with Student Well Being Resources.

Additionally, join the BU Arts Initiative and College of Fine Arts, School of Music as we explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health, the taboo surrounding mental health, and the connection between well-being and the arts in this panel discussion on Thursday, March 18.

Art is a celebration of life and a way to acknowledge that every person, regardless of their personal circumstances, can contribute beauty to this world; however, the oft-stated concept of the tortured artist is prevalent and often true. Competition and extreme subjectivity in the art world encourage unhealthy lifestyles, and the artist is celebrated as a product, rather than as an individual.

During this panel discussion we’ll explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health and illness, the taboo surrounding mental health, possible steps forward, and the connection between wellbeing and the arts. RSVP required.

About the Panelists

  • Tanya Gabrielian (Chair of Piano Department, BU School of Music)
  • Peter Andrew Danzig (Director of Training and Capacity Building, Mayor's Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Philadelphia)
  • Caroline Whiddon (Executive Director, Me2/Orchestra)
  • Edson Filho (Associate Professor of Sport Psychology and Counseling, BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development)

Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021

The Institute of Reading Development is now hiring summer teachers for our live online reading skills programs for students of all ages. Our programs provide students with the skills, books, and experiences they need to achieve greater success in school and beyond.

As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn between $600-$700 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain valuable teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to high school students.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support for our teachers, so we do not require teaching certification or experience to apply. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must be available to teach classes five days a week, including both weekend days. We are looking for full-time teachers with availability to work 37-40 hours per week during the summer. There will be some opportunities for continued employment with the Institute after the summer.

Successful Institute teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure.
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Are comfortable and confident with technology.
  • Are patient and supportive with students and parents.

Apply Now

Learn more about us and our reading programs at readingprograms.org/about-us/.


Join the Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council

We are looking for undergraduate & graduate students who are passionate about facilitating BU student engagement in the arts. Council members plan and host arts events and assist us with large scale events like the Fall Arts Fair and the BU Global Music Festival.

Apply Now!

Application Deadline: March 26th

Student Services Update Friday, March 5, 2021

By Cami SylviaMarch 5th, 2021in News

Happy Friday!

TODAY! BU Spring Career Fair – Friday, March 5th, virtual, through Handshake. Students need to register for the event.

Summer registration is open, and courses will be offered in a LfA format.

Fall registration opens on April 11th for grad students, and you can access the course planner as of March 19th. For undergrads, rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th.


Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

And check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities and competitions.


Check out this super CFA-specific workshop offered by the Center for Career Development:

  • CFA: Identifying your skills and transferring them to different careers
    Thursday, March 11, 9:30-10:30am

    The pandemic has hit the creative sector hard and with artists in need of pivoting to a new career. It is important to understand what skills artists have that can easily be transferred to another industry. This workshop is for CFA students only where students will identify transferable skills and brainstorm industries that one can apply to.
    Komal Shah, Career Counselor

Hey, do you know about the BU Arts Initiative? Check out the events and grant opportunities.

With Boston area art museums reopening, BU Students can access free tickets the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. BU Students may access information about free museum memberships on this web page: bu.edu/arts/memberships.


Virtual Book Launch with Kính T. Vũ and André de Quadros - TODAY!

Join music education faculty and book editors Kính T. Vũ and André de Quadros on today, March 5th at 4:00pm ET for a virtual book launch and discussion of My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement. This one-hour event will feature stories told by contributing musicians, educators, and scholars who work among or are themselves displaced. They will discuss ideas from the first-ever publication that connects music education with displacement.

Please RSVP at this link. Once submitted, you will receive the Zoom link and password in a separate email. This event is free and open to everyone.


Remember we’re here to support you every step of the way with Student Well Being Resources.

Additionally, join the BU Arts Initiative and College of Fine Arts, School of Music as we explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health, the taboo surrounding mental health, and the connection between well-being and the arts in this panel discussion.

Art is a celebration of life and a way to acknowledge that every person, regardless of their personal circumstances, can contribute beauty to this world; however, the oft-stated concept of the tortured artist is prevalent and often true. Competition and extreme subjectivity in the art world encourage unhealthy lifestyles, and the artist is celebrated as a product, rather than as an individual.

During this panel discussion we’ll explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health and illness, the taboo surrounding mental health, possible steps forward, and the connection between wellbeing and the arts. RSVP required.

About the Panelists

  • Tanya Gabrielian (Chair of Piano Department, BU School of Music)
  • Peter Andrew Danzig (Director of Training and Capacity Building, Mayor's Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Philadelphia)
  • Caroline Whiddon (Executive Director, Me2/Orchestra)
  • Edson Filho (Associate Professor of Sport Psychology and Counseling, BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development)

Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2021

The Institute of Reading Development is now hiring summer teachers for our live online reading skills programs for students of all ages. Our programs provide students with the skills, books, and experiences they need to achieve greater success in school and beyond.

As an Institute teacher you will:

  • Earn between $600-$700 per week.
  • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
  • Gain valuable teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to high school students.
  • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support for our teachers, so we do not require teaching certification or experience to apply. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and must be available to teach classes five days a week, including both weekend days. We are looking for full-time teachers with availability to work 37-40 hours per week during the summer. There will be some opportunities for continued employment with the Institute after the summer.

Successful Institute teachers:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure.
  • Are responsible and hard-working, with strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Are comfortable and confident with technology.
  • Are patient and supportive with students and parents.

Apply Now

Learn more about us and our reading programs at readingprograms.org/about-us/.


Join the Arts Initiative Student Advisory Council

We are looking for undergraduate & graduate students who are passionate about facilitating BU student engagement in the arts. Council members plan and host arts events and assist us with large scale events like the Fall Arts Fair and the BU Global Music Festival.

Apply Now!

Application Deadline: March 26th


Eastman School of Music presents:

Disruption. Action. Change: Creating a More Just and Equitable Arts Ecosystem
March 11, 18, & 25

This FREE three-part online series features five performing arts change-makers who will discuss the role of disruption as an essential force in pursuit of a more just and equitable arts ecosystem. The series, aimed at the next generation of arts leaders (students and young professionals), centers the notion that upending existing organizational policy, bias, and protocols are vital to the future of the performing arts as we know it. Join our guests virtually each week for in-depth discussion and Q&A featuring audience questions.

Eastman Leadership Academy
Deadline March 15th

This 3 ½ day summer program is for upperclassmen, graduate students, and young professionals. Attendees will collaborate with like-minded musicians and engage on topics such as innovation in the arts, application of entrepreneurial thinking and business skills, and crafting a personal mission. The academy brings Eastman musicians, faculty, and leaders together to assist participants in identifying career goals in music, while also making an impact on the community and music field. Due to a sponsorship from Yamaha, when applicants get accepted the Academy tuition is free!

Student Services Update Friday, February 26, 2021

By Cami SylviaFebruary 26th, 2021in News

Hi everyone, and Happy Friday!

A reminder that this coming Monday, March 1st, is the last day to drop a course without a W.

Summer registration is also open, and courses will be offered in a LfA format.

Fall registration opens on April 11th for grad students, and you can access the course planner as of March 19th. For undergrads, rising juniors and seniors will register April 18th and sophomores will register April 25th.


BU Spring Career Fair – Friday, March 5th, virtual, through Handshake. Students need to register for the event.

Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

And check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities and competitions.


Check out this super CFA-specific workshop offered by the Center for Career Development:

  • CFA: Identifying your skills and transferring them to different careers
    Thursday, March 11, 9:30-10:30am

    The pandemic has hit the creative sector hard and with artists in need of pivoting to a new career. It is important to understand what skills artists have that can easily be transferred to another industry. This workshop is for CFA students only where students will identify transferable skills and brainstorm industries that one can apply to.
    Komal Shah, Career Counselor

Hey, do you know about the BU Arts Initiative? Check out the events and grant opportunities.

With Boston area art museums reopening, BU Students can access free tickets the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. BU Students may access information about free museum memberships on this web page: bu.edu/arts/memberships.


Remember we’re here to support you every step of the way with Student Well Being Resources.

Additionally, join the BU Arts Initiative and College of Fine Arts, School of Music as we explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health, the taboo surrounding mental health, and the connection between well-being and the arts in this panel discussion.

Art is a celebration of life and a way to acknowledge that every person, regardless of their personal circumstances, can contribute beauty to this world; however, the oft-stated concept of the tortured artist is prevalent and often true. Competition and extreme subjectivity in the art world encourage unhealthy lifestyles, and the artist is celebrated as a product, rather than as an individual.

During this panel discussion we’ll explore the environment and effects of the arts industry on mental health and illness, the taboo surrounding mental health, possible steps forward, and the connection between wellbeing and the arts. RSVP required.

About the Panelists

  • Tanya Gabrielian (Chair of Piano Department, BU School of Music)
  • Peter Andrew Danzig (Director of Training and Capacity Building, Mayor's Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Philadelphia)
  • Caroline Whiddon (Executive Director, Me2/Orchestra)
  • Edson Filho (Associate Professor of Sport Psychology and Counseling, BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development)

Race, Prison, Justice: Illuminating Story Through the Arts

Explore the intersection of social justice and the arts with this 4-session interdisciplinary arts collaboration. Designed to explore race and incarceration as systemic injustice and the intersection of social justice and the arts, this program will feature guests with a history of incarceration and arts activism, including Halim Flowers, artist and social justice entrepreneur. 

Students will have the opportunity to cultivate creativity through theatre, music, dance, visual arts, etc. and learn how to use the arts as a powerful tool for storytelling, transformation, and healing. 

Register today!


Virtual Book Launch with Kính T. Vũ and André de Quadros

Join music education faculty and book editors Kính T. Vũ and André de Quadros on Friday, March 5 at 4:00pm ET for a virtual book launch and discussion of My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement. This one-hour event will feature stories told by contributing musicians, educators, and scholars who work among or are themselves displaced. They will discuss ideas from the first-ever publication that connects music education with displacement.

Please RSVP at this link. Once submitted, you will receive the Zoom link and password in a separate email. This event is free and open to everyone.

Student Services Update Friday, February 19, 2021

By Cami SylviaFebruary 19th, 2021in News

Happy Friday!

Be sure to check the Competitions and Awards page! Upcoming deadlines include:

And check out the Jobs page for awesome performance opportunities and competitions!

Hey, do you know about the BU Arts Initiative? Check out the events and grant opportunities.


Check out this super CFA-specific workshop offered by the Center for Career Development:

  • CFA: Identifying your skills and transferring them to different careers
    Thursday, March 11, 9:30-10:30am

    The pandemic has hit the creative sector hard and with artists in need of pivoting to a new career. It is important to understand what skills artists have that can easily be transferred to another industry. This workshop is for CFA students only where students will identify transferable skills and brainstorm industries that one can apply to.
    Komal Shah, Career Counselor

Race, Prison, Justice: Illuminating Story Through the Arts

Explore the intersection of social justice and the arts with this 4-session interdisciplinary arts collaboration. Designed to explore race and incarceration as systemic injustice and the intersection of social justice and the arts, this program will feature guests with a history of incarceration and arts activism, including Halim Flowers, artist and social justice entrepreneur. 

Students will have the opportunity to cultivate creativity through theatre, music, dance, visual arts, etc. and learn how to use the arts as a powerful tool for storytelling, transformation, and healing. 

Register today!


New Artist in Residence Program 

The Brattleboro Music Center seeks an emerging musical artist of color for a significant new Artist in Residence program. Since 1952, BMC has been enriching the lives of the more than 10,000 residents of southeastern Vermont and neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts counties. Hundreds of classes, workshops, concerts and other events bring people together to learn, listen, and join together in celebration of music and community. The selected artist will spend up to two years engaged with the BMC, an estimated two months each year on site in Brattleboro, Vermont. This is a paid position. Full details of the residency follow - in .pdf form that can be printed. The deadline for the Artist in Residence Program is March 15, 2021.


The Eastman Leadership Academy is a 3½-day college-level summer program for upperclassmen, graduate students, and young professionals. Participants will collaborate with like-minded musicians and engage on topics such as innovation in the arts, application of entrepreneurial thinking and business skills, and crafting a personal mission. Participants learn from and will interact with Eastman musicians, faculty, and leaders in learning activities designed to be immersive, interactive, and participatory. Here is short clip of past attendees talking about the experience. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Yamaha, all participants accepted into the program receive a full-tuition scholarship! ELA is a competitive application process to fill our 25 available seats. Also, to note: it is our intention to have the academy in person on Eastman’s campus for Summer 2021. If that is not feasible, we will go fully online. A decision will be made in early Spring. More information and a link to the application can be found here: https://iml.esm.rochester.edu/leadership-academy/.


Looking for a summer job?

Located on Lake Luzerne in New York State’s Adirondack Park, LMC is a summer festival for orchestra and piano students ages 9-18. Working with our faculty and counselors, these students perform and witness over 30 concerts and masterclasses each summer (including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet)! The dates for summer employment are June 13—August 22; see the attached flyer.


Future of Music Faculty Fellowship

The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals considering and/or currently pursuing an academic career path. By spotlighting and preparing exceptional future faculty leaders, the competitive fellowship takes aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide. The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is powered by a grant from the Sphinx Venture Fund.

"The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship has bold ambitions: to catalyze change within our institutions now and for years to come," said CIM President and CEO Paul W. Hogle. "Educators have a profound influence on students and on discourse. As our field works to actualize diversity on our campuses, on our stages and in our audiences, it is vitally important that we place musicians of color in positions of leadership and power — including our classrooms."

Transformative Educators, Transformational Curriculum
A cohort of up to 35 Fellows will engage in a powerful series of virtual convenings led by some of the most influential artists, academicians and thinkers of today. Keynotes by resilience researcher Dr. Angela Duckworth and leadership expert Simon Sinek will inspire, and program faculty—including university presidents, music school deans and teaching artists from institutions ranging from The Juilliard School to the University of Richmond to the Heifetz Institute—will blend practical advice, skill building and creativity. (Learn more about the speakers and faculty.) The program concludes with an in-person convening coinciding with SphinxConnect in January 2022. Through purposeful curriculum and personalized mentorship, Fellows will gain a competitive edge in the complex world of academia.

Focus Areas and Key Dates

  • The Academic Job Market: June 25-27
  • Navigating the Search Process: July 30-August 1
  • Effective Teaching: August 27-29
  • The Politics of Academia: October 22-24
  • Peak Performance and Influencing at All Levels: December 3-5
  • Putting it All Together (in person at SphinxConnect): January 27 - 29, 2022

A Community of Future Faculty Leaders
The Fellowship is open to Black and Latinx music professionals by competitive application. Candidates should aspire to a career in academia, or may already be pursuing a career in an adjunct or junior faculty position. The fellowship is offered at no cost to participants, and Black and Latinx musicians and scholars from across disciplines and genres—from classical to jazz, from performance to pedagogy—are eligible to apply.

The cohort of exceptional future faculty leaders will learn and grow together, gaining the skills, insights and networks to flourish professionally and influence generations of musicians.

Applications are due May 1, 2021.

Are you an ally?
Many musicians follow an academic path because one of their own teachers or mentors inspired them. Please consider sharing this opportunity with Black and Latinx music professionals who may benefit. Click here for a shareable link.