Finding my footing in film music: Interview with Rachel Elizabeth Jacobs

Composer Rachel Elizabeth Jacobs (née Matthews) received a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music…
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Performing and creating in Omaha: Interview with Stacey Barelos

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Omaha native Stacey Barelos is a sound artist who actively performs, creates and teaches throughout the Omaha community and surrounding area. In 2023 Dr. Barelos…
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Life in a string quartet: Interview with Sean Neukom

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Composer, instrumentalist, and producer Sean Neukom is the violist and founding member of Beo String Quartet. Prior to Beo, Sean played with the Nashville Symphony,…
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Exercising my creative brain: Interview with Richard An

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Richard An (b.1995) is a composer, pianist, percussionist, singer, conductor, and more. Richard has a BM in Composition from the University of Southern California and…
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Product-Market Fit for Composers

Composers might not think of themselves as entrepreneurs, but they should, if they want opportunities to come their way. In this post, I want to…
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Personal branding for composers: Part 1

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The idea of a “personal brand” has been a hot topic for some time now. And you need to find yours. I can hear you…
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Music composition as research

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My main job is directing a program that supports undergraduate research and creative projects. Personally, I define research very broadly–simply “creating new knowledge.” But it…
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The Performer’s CV

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I’ve written previously about the Composer’s CV, so it’s high time that I have an entry for performers as well. This post is specifically about…
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Leadership in Music: Interview with Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh
Dan Cavanagh recently became Director of the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously interim Dean of the College…
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