Boston University College of Fine Arts announces Are We Listening?

in CFA, CFA Newsmakers, Music
September 13th, 2013

School of Music presents symposium on music, change, and challenge — October 25–26

Boston, MA – The School of Music at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University is pleased to announce Are We Listening?, a symposium on music, change, and challenge — October 25–26, 2013.

Are We Listening?
A symposium on music, change, and challenge.
Presented by Boston University School of Music
Dates: Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Greg Sandow, veteran critic, composer and member of the Graduate Faculty at Juilliard, who specializes as a writer, teacher, speaker, and consultant on the future of classical music.
Location: Boston University (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215)
Free and open to the public. Register now at bumusicsymposium.org.

Are We Listening? brings together School of Music faculty, students, and alumni with industry experts, musicians, educators, music scholars, and composers to address and explore the challenges and opportunities for this and the next generation of musicians. This two-day conference focuses on key issues for today’s musicians including: effective entrepreneurship models, the ethics of music degrees, the future of the orchestra, music for social change, and audience building.

“In a very short time, entire music industries have to find new avenues for disseminating music, reaching audiences, and developing support,” said Richard Cornell, Director ad Interim, School of Music. “Which new models are proving sustainable? Is music finding new functions in society? How do we reach our audience in an age where conventional media are also looking for new models?”

“As musical institutions grapple with these changes, some experiments fail and others succeed. In this symposium, musicians and their colleagues consider the current impacts of economic forces, social change, technology, digital culture, and other factors on the way they practice their art.”

The School of Music welcomes veteran critic, composer, and member of the Graduate Faculty at Juilliard, Greg Sandow to give the symposium Opening and Closing Keynotes. Sandow specializes as a writer, teacher, speaker, and consultant on the future of classical music.

Session topics include:
A Degree in Music: The Ethics of Educating Professional Musicians
The Philanthropy Fix: Delivering to Donors; Orchestra Evolution: Status Quo, Survival, Solution
The Citizen Artist: Music and Social Engagement
Sustainable Entrepreneurship: What Models Work
Inside the Industry: The Shifting Landscape of Recording and Publishing
Building New Audiences: Marketing, Music, and Millennials
The Multimodal Musician: The Success of Adaptability.

Are We Listening? closes Day 1 of the symposium with a special performance by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra at the Tsai Performance Center.

Boston University Symphony Orchestra
David Hoose, conductor | Peter Zazofsky, violin
Date and Time: Friday, October 25, 8pm
Program: Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 1 in B-flat, “Spring”; Joan Tower: Violine Conerto; Edward Elgar: Cockaigne (In London Town)
Location: Tsai Performance Center
Free and open to the public.

On Day 2 of the symposium, the BU Arts Initiative and Barnes & Noble at Boston University celebrates BU Authors with short readings and casual conversation with four BU Authors including CFA School of Music Professor and author of Recondite Harmony: Essays on Puccini’s Operas, Deborah Burton.

BU Arts Initiative and Barnes & Noble at BU Celebrate Authors
Date: Saturday, October 26, 1–3pm
Location: 24 Cummington Street (LSEB), Room 103
Free and open to the public. All books will be for sale on site with a 10% discount for Boston University Alumni.

For symposium information, a complete schedule of events, and registration, please visit bumusicsymposium.org.