2017 WCFH: Panel Discussion

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Panel Discussion Details 
Date: Friday, March 31 | 2:45 pm
Location: Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford CT
Panelists: Marcia Killian, Luciana Arraes, Jessica Rudman, Jamie Leigh Sampson
The 2017 panel discussion’s theme is “Promoting Yourself as an Artist” and will touch on topics relating to marketing, websites and social media, traditional and self-publishing, finding and creating opportunities, balancing business and artistic aspects of a career, and more.  Panelists will share their experiences as performers, composers, educators, arts administrators, and music industry professionals.  Come with questions!

Marcia Killian, The Foundry Music Company
Marcia Killian is the owner of The Foundry Music Company, an independent sheet music retailer located in New Haven, CT.  Prior to her purchase of the business in November of 2014, Marcia worked in Information Technology for over 30 years.  She continues to do IT consulting part-time.

With 90% of its floor-space dedicated to sheet music, Foundry Music is one of the last remaining shops of its kind between NY and Boston.  Its customers include music teachers, school systems, universities, churches, large choral groups, solo musicians and small ensembles.  The shop often procures music from tiny specialty publishers and self-published composers for its clients.

Luciana Arraes, violinist
A Native of Belém do Pará, Brazil, Luciana Arraes is a Doctoral candidate at the Hartt School of Music – University of Hartford, currently finishing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the guidance of Katie Lansdale. She  holds a (MM) Master of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a (BM) Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Luciana studied with Nikolai Kith, Evguene Ratchev, Maria Constança de Almeida Prado, Pablo de León, and Elizabeth Chang, and has been a member of several professional and student orchestras in Brazil. Internationally, Luciana has been part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), The World Orchestra (Spain), Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada). Luciana is a graduate from YOA’s “Global Leaders” social entrepreneur training program and is the founder of “Projeto Cururu”, a social project in its 11th year that teaches music and arts to underprivileged children in Belém do Pará, Brazil. Besides an extensive teaching and orchestral experience, she has also been part of several chamber music groups and is a Suzuki trained violin teacher, having done the long-term training through Book 6 at The Hartt School, with Teri Einfeldt.

Jessica Rudman, composer
Described as a “new music ninja” by the Hartford Advocate, Jessica Rudman is a Connecticut-based composer, theorist, and teacher whose music unifies extended techniques with clear melodic development and narrative structures to create a unique and personal emotional expression..  Her works have been performed by groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Cadillac Moon EnsembleThe Omaha Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.  She has received awards from SCI/ASCAP, Boston Metro Opera, the College Music Society, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and others.   She is currently the Director of the Young Composers Program and the Chair of the Creative Studies Department at the Hartt School Community Division.

Jamie Leigh Sampson, composer and bassoonist
Jamie Leigh Sampson is a bassoonist, composer, and entrepreneur based in Western New York State. She is the author of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics, a resource containing the 271 multiphonic fingerings that work most consistently on the bassoon. She has presented her compositions and research at internationally respect ed conferences and festivals including the Society of Composers National Conference, Eastman’s NewBassoon Workshop, the International Double Reed Society International Conference, and the Women Composers’ Festival of Hartford. Her music has been performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, the Columbus Discovery Ensemble, and the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras.