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Project Jumpstart presents composer and entrepreneurship specialist Jeffrey Nytch in mini-residency

March 19, 2012

Bloomington, Ind. - Project Jumpstart, the music entrepreneurship and career development initiative at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will present composer, performer, and educator Jeffrey Nytch on March 22 and 23 in two workshop events exploring music's evolving role in modern culture. The events are open to the public and free of charge, and will be held at the Jacobs School of Music on the IUB campus.

On Thursday, March 22 at 8 pm in M 340 (Simon Building), Jeffrey Nytch will present Artistic Planning & the Future: Programming, Engagement & Identity. Nytch will discuss how artistic planners of tomorrow must take an active role in shaping the identity of their groups, connecting with their audience, and creating a valued niche for themselves in their communities.

On Friday, March 23 at 12:20 pm in MA 405 (Music Addition), Nytch will present "Why Don't We Riot Anymore? New Concert Paradigms for the 21st Century." He will be joined by Kevin Noe (IU guest conductor and Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble) for a dynamic lecture & discussion on what we can do to bring the classical concert back into the American mainstream. Using the infamous riot at the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring as a point of reference, this provocative lecture explores how technology and changing audiences have marginalized traditional concert music.

Nytch currently serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and maintains a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, and consultant. He formerly served as the Managing Director of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and also co-founded a non-profit service organization in Houston. His compositions have received significant critical acclaim and have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. His works have been performed by ensembles including the National Repertory Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and he has released several recordings on the MMC and Koch International labels. In demand as a performer, Nytch is a countertenor and specializes in contemporary repertoire.

Jeffrey Nytch's visit marks Project Jumpstart's third mini-residency of the 2011-12 academic year. Planned in partnership with the Indiana University Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IU Kelley School of Business), other residencies of 2011-12 have featured arts entrepreneur Kevin Woelfel, and author and JSoM alumnus, David Cutler.

Project Jumpstart is a student-centered and student-driven initiative offering a variety of career furthering resources to students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Now in its second year, Project Jumpstart is led by interim coordinator Peter Thoresen and the Project Jumpstart student team: Forrest Wu (BM Viola), Joanna Helms (MA Musicology), and Jerome Síbulo (DM Voice). For more information, visit