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Laura Rice is Marching to Her Own Beat

By Miya Williams FayneMusic has been omnipresent in Laura Rice’s life. Growing up she took piano and recorder lessons and performed with her church’s children’s choir. “I so appreciate great musicianship and music’s ability to transform space, soothe the soul, move the crowd and fight the power,” she shared.

Clear Mission and Purpose: A Visit with Orbert Davis

By Brenna C. CroninFrom his school band program where he met the trumpet, to prestigious jazz degrees at Depaul University and Northwestern University, there is no question of the power of music over Orbert Davis’ life. He built his career path from a studio musician in the “jobbing” economy, to four successful business ventures, including

Unique DaCosta is Combining Work and Play

By Miya Williams FayneUnique DaCosta is interacting with music on a multitude of levels. She has a background in singing and is currently participating in the business side of the industry with like-minded people at Pandora. “The culture at Pandora is pretty awesome because everybody loves music and it’s a given,” she said. “It is

Leaders Rising, Dispatches from the SphinxConnect Conference

By Claudia EncinasAs MSLCE students, we often have the opportunity to dive deeply into the inner workings of many different arts organizations. We look at them through various lenses and strive to understand how and why they achieve success (or don’t).

Kayla DeSouza: A Dream Fulfilled

By Miya Williams FayneKayla DeSouza entered the MSCLE program knowing exactly what she wanted to do and now she is doing just that. DeSouza dreamed of working at an afterschool arts nonprofit and currently she is a fellow at The People’s Music School in Chicago.“I am very passionate about where I work and our mission,”

Jing Zhang is Continuing to Follow Her Love of Music

By Miya Williams FayneJing Zhang’s parents encouraged her to play an instrument as a child as they believed it would positively impact her future. At eight years old she chose the Chinese zither, a traditional string instrument, and has been playing ever since. She loves that playing an instrument makes people “more sensitive” and opens

Claudia Encinas Wants to Modernize Classical Music

By Miya Williams FayneClaudia Encinas grew up in a musical family. Both of her parents are classical musicians and she often attended their concerts and spent time backstage during rehearsals. “Music was and is my entire world since birth,” she said.

Music Biz Innovators Remain Optimistic in the Face of Change

By John Matthew Simon “Sometimes you have to stop, assess yourself, and start over,” extolled JMA founder, Jeff McClusky, as he spoke enthusiastically about the ever-evolving state of the music industry. Optimism appears to be the uniform of those poised with the task of shattering or mutating old business models that previously relied on standardized

MSLCE Student Wants to Fuse Music and Design

By Jacob Nelson Some overachievers will double major in college. Maris O’Tierney decided to triple major. The new MSLCE student studied vocal performance with a focus in opera as well as political science, and art history (with an architectural history concentration) while she was an undergrad at Northwestern. The fact that these majors are so

MSLCE Student Hopes to Work Behind the Scenes in Entertainment Industry

By Jacob Nelson Krystal Zheng’s parents thought she’d grow up to be a professional musician. They sent her to a private music school when she turned five, and she fell into a routine of singing and piano practice. It wasn’t exactly what Zheng had in mind as a life’s pursuit, but it wasn’t far off