Emerging Musicians Showcase set for Oct. 31

School of Music students learn to promote themselves after college

Photo of a flute laying on sheet musicGraduate students in the NIU School of Music are taking notes on more than just melody and theory.

Students enrolled in MUSP 798, “Launch Your Business,” are being taught how to successfully promote and market their talents following graduation.

One component of the course, the Emerging Musicians Showcase, will allow students to display their musical prowess in front of an audience at the School of Music Recital Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will immediately follow in the lobby.

Eight students will each have 10 minutes to introduce and perform their chosen piece. Performing artists include pianists, pannists and a tenor aria.

MUSP 798 instructor Faye Seeman said that the concert gives the public a glimpse into the lives of young musicians and the talent found at NIU.

“The performances will be very short and concise,” Seeman said. “It’s like going to a tapas bar—you can sample all kinds of great and interesting music in small bites.”

The showcase also presents an opportunity for students to work on their oral communication skills, highlight their talents and perform at their highest level in front of an audience.

“The course and the Showcase are unique because, unless they get a minor in business, they need to learn how to market themselves and get publicity,” Seeman said. “They’ve learned a lot at NIU in regards to music, but this gives them an introduction into the business side. There’s nothing really like this outside of NIU, but it’s bound to be more prevalent.”

For more information, contact Faye Seeman at kitharatrio@comcast.net or (847) 209-9031.

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