Archive: NYC 2011

Archive: NYC 2011

Network of Music Career Development Officers 2011 NYC Conference:

The $64,000 Question *

* What should music students get in terms of career preparation while they are in school?

16th Annual Conference of the NETWORK of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO)

Wednesday and Thursday,
January 12 and 13, 2011
in New York City


Undergraduate Learning/Teaching Recommendations for Career Development in Music
2011 NETMCDO Session Reports

NETMCDO is the only annual conference specifically dedicated to developing and strengthening career services for musicians! Devote two days to music career development issues and leave energized and motivated to better assist your students and alumni.

The conference is an opportunity to exchange ideas and information on assisting musicians in developing careers. We’ve kept the cost to a minimum and the networking, information-sharing, and peer-learning at a maximum.

Info found on this page:

  • Conference Overview
  • About "Open Space"
  • Who Attends
  • Benefits
  • Our Facilitator
  • Our Venue
  • Chamber Music America
  • NETMCDO Conference Costs
  • Registration

Conference Overview

Our 2011 conference theme is big and over-arching: What should music students get in terms of career preparation while they are in school?

We will examine all sides of this question – one with which many schools and/or career centers have struggled. We plan to arrive at some common goals for all music schools that pass the “SWABT” test: “Students Will Be Able To . . .” (by the time they graduate) . . . We will also explore concrete ways for schools to deliver on each of these goals.

Due to the positive feedback from years past, we will be using "Open Space Technology" again this year for a portion of the conference.

  • Details and Timeline for the 2011 Conference will be available on this site soon.

Open Space Wha?!? explains: Open Space Technology (OST) offers a method to run meetings of groups of any size. ("Technology" in this case means tool — a process; a method.) OST represents a self-organizing process; participants construct the agenda and schedule during the meeting itself...OST seems to enable groups of any size to address complex, important issues and achieve meaningful results quickly. OST meetings have a single facilitator who initiates and concludes the meeting and explains the general method.

More traditional (tired-old, been-there) technology such as "Internet" and "PowerPoint" and "Computers" will be replaced by more user-friendly forms, such as flip-charts and magic-markers...

Who attends our conference?

We generally have 40 – 45 music schools and organizations represented at the conference, from universities and colleges, to training orchestras and conservatories. We’ve had a wide range of participants: career center professionals, faculty, support staff, and independent career counselors... Some attendees are brand new to the career services field and some general university career services staff seek to enhance their offerings for music students. This variety makes for rich discussions and great information and idea sharing. So bring along a colleague from your institution to get even more out of the conference.

NETMCDO holistic view: We have grown to realize that teaching, performing, advising, and administering are all part of being in career development -- so be prepared to be challenged on all fronts!

Read comments from past conferences. See past participants list.


Here are a few reasons for you (and your institution) to attend the network conference:

  • Gather up-to-date info on new services and programs for music career development in the U.S. and abroad
  • Hear how other institutions deal with similar issues
  • Learn how to maximize your time and effort
  • Get answers to your questions about music career development programs and services

Our Facilitator -- John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz will once again help us explore our conference theme, reflect on our work, re-envision our future, and get the most out of our conference time together.

John is principal bassoonist for Los Angeles opera and a Southern California freelancer who also composes music. He serves as an education consultant for computer and record companies. He writes and speaks about the state of the arts and about technologies of learning and expression: his article “Resuscitating Art Music,” which has been widely distributed in the concert music field, is on the web at

Our Venue -- The Players Theatre

As in previous years, we are happy to be holding our NYC conference at the conveniently located Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Located at 115 MacDougal Street, this unique space is easily accessible by subway lines A/B/C/D/E/F/V: All at the West 4th Street stop! A historical venue for theater and now also for music rehearsals and performance, the Players Theatre was fairly recently purchased by the entrepreneurial percussionist Michael Sgouros, founding member of the Ethos Percussion Group. Michael will be on hand to welcome our group and talk about his venue venture.

Why Mid-January in NYC?

We meet on these dates to make it convenient for people to also attend both the Community Engagement meeting on January 14 (contact: and the Chamber Music America Conference, January 14–16, in NYC. CMA a terrific resource for info on performance, recording, funding and presenting issues in a range of genres (classical, jazz, and other musics). You can register online for CMA at or call (212) 242-2022.

In addition, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference is January 7-11

NETMCDO Conference Costs

  • "Early Bird" registration rate (before November 1): $150 per organization or school for the first participant; $50 for each additional participant from that institution
  • After November 1: $200 per organization or school for the first participant; $75 for each additional participant from that institution
  • Attendees from over-seas, contact Angela about possible discounts
  • Deadline: December 10; no registrations accepted after (sorry!)

The registration fee includes our meeting space rental, facilitator’s fee, continental breakfasts both days, and lunch on one day. Lunch on the other day and your dinners are on your own. (Note that a portion of the conference fee goes toward the nominal, annual cost of this website.)

Information on inexpensive New York hotel room rates is available on this site.

Note: Many past participants have remarked that this is the most economical conference they have ever attended ... and the most fulfilling ... and enlightening! We plan to keep it that way.


Remember: Deadline is December 10, 2010, for receipt of the registration form (on this site), emailed survey (on this site), and payment. An Early-Bird discount is available until November 1.

Note: Spaces are limited.


E-mail/call: Angela Beeching
(617) 585-1117

Schools/Organizations that registered last year:

  • Astral Artists
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Colburn
  • College of Charleston
  • Curtin University, Australia
  • Curtis
  • Duquesne
  • Eastman
  • Honens Competition, Canada
  • Juilliard (2)
  • Kobe College, Japan
  • Loyola University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Mannes College The New School for Music
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • Mellon Music Management
  • Millar College of the Bible
  • The New School(Office of Career Development)
  • The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Rice University
  • Royal College of Music, England
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Showa University of Music, Japan
  • Tokyo College of Music
  • Toho School of Music, Japan
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of North Texas
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

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