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IU Jacobs School of Music appoints two undergraduate career advisors

July 28, 2016

Meryl Krieger

Meryl Krieger

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointments of Meryl Krieger and Joanie Spain as undergraduate career advisors.

As part of an expanded program for career preparation, the two specialists will work closely with the Jacobs School Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development and the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Records to provide resources, training and career advising to undergraduate students as they prepare for a professional life in music and ballet. The two positions are supported by an Indiana University-wide initiative to enhance student career preparation.

“The addition of Joanie Spain and Meryl Krieger is very exciting for the Jacobs School of Music,” said Joey Tartell, director of the Undergraduate Office. “Our students are fortunate to benefit from everything Joanie and Meryl are bringing to these new positions.”

“Joanie and Meryl are extremely knowledgeable, and they have years of experience that will benefit us as we introduce more services to the school,” said Alain Barker, director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

With a Master of Music Theory from the Jacobs School and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from IU Bloomington, Krieger most recently worked as an academic advisor in the IU University Division and the College of Arts and Sciences.

A Michigan native, Krieger graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in clarinet performance and minored in piano and creative writing. She attended Northwestern University, where she studied clarinet performance before ultimately graduating with a B.S. in Speech in Communication Studies. She pursued an M.A. in Anthropology and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts, studying with Ludmilla Lazar, before traveling to Bloomington. Her recent research focuses on the recording industry and the impact of technology and social media on how musicians create performances and construct identities as performers.

Spain comes to IU with 16 years of experience in relationship management in nonprofit and higher education, and more than 10 years’ experience in career advising, exclusively in the arts. For the past four years, she worked as director of career development at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico, where she initiated and developed a comprehensive career services program. She graduated from Antioch University with a B.A. in Humanities.

Krieger and Spain join Barker and four Project Jumpstart students as a team that will substantially increase resources and services to Jacobs School of Music students this academic year. Initiatives to look forward to include synchronization with academic advising activities, a new app for career development activities in the school, an alumni mentorship program, one-on-one career advising, multiple career days and increased online resources and services.