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Speaker Series

Each semester, Spark hosts a series of presentations that addresses issues related to our Pillars of Leadership. The inaugural session this spring included sessions on musicians' health, becoming a successful chamber musician, starting a private music studio and much more. See the past schedule and stay tuned for the next Speaker Series.

Spring 2013 Speaker Series

Musicians’ Health I and II
Like athletes, a healthy body is crucial for musicians. Dr. Swamy Venkatesh, a neurologist, spoke on important topics around musicians’ health in a series of two parts.

Photo Shoots
Photographer Larry James offered headshot photography at a discounted rate for USC students and faculty.

Becoming a Successful Chamber Musician
The Opus Two Duo, William Terwilliger and Andrew Cooperstock, has performed extensively across the country and recently finished a residency in Ghana. The duo addressed issues relating to chamber music careers and successful practice.

Entrepreneurial Musician Clinic
Jeff Conner, trumpeter from Boston Brass, presented the significance of the “Three P’s: People, Passion and Perseverance” when it comes to becoming a successful entrepreneurial musician.

Make Me An Instrument: Building A Musical Identity
Polygraph Lounge presented a thought-provoking session.

Efficient Skill Acquisition
A presentation for musicians and teachers who want to explore new ways to practice and learn by clarinetist Daniel Silver.

Setting up Internships
Celia Carroll works with the USC Career Center to provide a direct contact between students and potential employers. Carroll helps USC students secure internships, externships, co-op opportunities and job shadowing options.

Starting a Private Music Studio from Square One
USC faculty member Rebecca Hunter spoke on the various aspects of starting a private music studio, including marketing, business practice, resources and how to write a studio policy.

The Power of Interactive Performance
Members of the New York group, The Declassified, discussed interactive performance.

Revealing the Rules of Engagement
Members of the New York group, The Declassified, hosted an interactive presentation for students on creative engagement.

Music for Musicians’ Health
An interactive clinic by percussionist and music therapist Samuel Rodgers-Melnick addressed tension, stress and anxiety in musicians. Participants experienced a variety of practical strategies to benefit their health.