NETMCDO — CELEBRATING 23 YEARS

 

History

History

The Network of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO) was founded in 1995 by Angela Beeching, of New England Conservatory at the time, and John Blanchard, of Manhattan School of Music.

The original goal was simply to gather together colleagues at similar music schools throughout the U.S. to discuss issues and get to know each other. When we began to widen our circle and advertise our annual meetings in New York, we saw more and more interest from schools without career centers for musicians or course work on the business of music. We have grown into an inclusive organization where “veterans” and “novices” alike share viewpoints, experiences, and knowledge.

NETMCDO is now a thriving network with members across the world. The Network communicates via an active Listserv, with over 130 participants, and holds an annual conference. The two-day conference is generally held in the days immediately preceding the Chamber Music America conference, since many of our members attend both conferences.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2005, a conference in London was convened for April 6–8 — coordinated by Sue Sturrock of the Royal College of Music — in addition to our January meeting in New York.

For the first 11 years, the New York conferences were held at Manhattan School of Music. Beginning in 2007, we moved our venue to the historic Players Theatre in Greenwich Village. Our 2012–15 conferences were back at Manhattan School of Music, coordinated by the MSM “ground crew” of John Blanchard, Angela Beeching, and Casey Molino Dunn. For several years now, John Steinmetz has be an integral ingredient in our successful organization. And for the 2016 year we are looking forward to moving the conference to the Colburn School.

We hope that you will consider becoming a part of our history as well, by joining our listserv discussions online or at an annual conference.