Archive: NYC 2010

Archive: NYC 2010

Network of Music Career Development Officers 2010 NYC Conference:

Integrating Music Career Development: Making It Sexy *

(* Sexy = relevant, compelling, necessary, appealing, innovative)

15th Annual Conference of the NETWORK of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO)

Tuesday and Wednesday,
January 12 and 13, 2010 in New York City

  • To read Discussion/Session Reports from our 2010 Conference, click here.

NETMCDO is the only annual conference specifically dedicated to the developing and strengthening of career services for musicians! Devote two days to music career development issues and leave energized and fueled 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 on this page:

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

Conference Overview

Our 2010 conference theme is Making It Sexy (i.e. relevant, compelling, necessary, appealing, innovative), and will divide the issue into two parts that deal with (1) our "internal" constituents: students, faculty, administration and (2) our "external" constituents: the audiences and employers of our musician-clients.

Each of the two days will consist of panel discussions and small group break-out sessions exploring the issues that face musicians today.

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

For the 2010 Conference Schedule & Agenda, visit this page.

Open Space Wha?!?

Open Space Technology will be used again this year for a portion of the conference. 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 this 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: faculty, staff, some who are brand new to the career services field, and general university career services staff seeking 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

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

John Steinmetz is principal bassoonist for Los Angeles opera and a Southern California freelancer who also composes music; serves as education consultant for computer and record companies; and 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

Again this year, 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.

Chamber Music America

We meet on these dates to make it convenient for people to also attend both the Community Engagement meeting on January 15 and the Chamber Music America Conference, January 15–17, in NYC. It’s 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 CMA at (212) 242-2022.

NETMCDO Conference Costs

  • "Early Bird" registration rate (before November 1): $150 per organization or school for the first participant; each additional participant for that institution is $50
  • After November 1: $200 per organization or school for the first participant; each additional participant for that institution is $75
  • Deadline: December 10; no registrations accepted after (sorry!)

The registration fee includes our meeting space rental, facilitator’s fees, continental breakfasts both days, and lunch on Tuesday. Lunch on day two and 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, 2009 for registration form (on this site), emailed survey (on this site), and payment. An Early-Bird discount is available until November 1.

  • All details and forms are on the Registration page.

Note: Spaces are limited.


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

Schools/Organizations that have registered (as of 12/15/09):

  • 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
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • Mellon Music Management
  • Millar College of the Bible
  • The New School
  • 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

Schools/Organizations that were represented at the 2009 Conference (last year):

  • Anderson University
  • Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Brandon University
  • The Colburn School
  • Connecticut College
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Highgate Global (UK)
  • Honens Competition (Canada)
  • The Juilliard School
  • Loyola University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • McGill University
  • Mellon Music Management
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • The Peabody Institute
  • Prairie Bible College (Canada)
  • Prince Claus Conservatoire Groningen/Royal Conservatoire, The Hague
  • Rice University
  • Royal College of Music (UK)
  • Royal Northern Conservatory of Music (UK)
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Arizona
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Westminster Choir College
We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

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