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Workshop Faculty

The Savvy Musician in ACTION faculty includes innovative musicians and entrepreneurs who have changed the world.

2015 Workshop Faculty

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David Cutler: Pianist; Composer; Author of “The Savvy Musician”

Dr. David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate and entrepreneur. (In fact, a recent career diagram illustrated that he maintains no less than 24 income streams! Ah, the life of an artist…) In all these pursuits, he works to push boundaries while connecting with new audiences. One of the world’s leading voices on arts leadership, career and entrepreneurship training, he has offered ground-breaking interactive workshops for organizations such as the Julliard School, Dutch Classical Music Meeting, New World Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University, and Italy’s soundSCAPE music festival. Cutler’s book, "The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, and Making a Difference," was heralded by Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet as "Hands down, the most valuable resource available for aspiring musicians." Following 11 years of teaching at Duquesne University, Dr. Cutler joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina as the director of music entrepreneurship in fall 2012, where he is working to create a culture of entrepreneurship across and beyond curriculum.

Greg Sandow

Greg Sandow: Arts Journal Blogger on The Future of Classical Music

Greg Sandow is a veteran critic, composer, writer, teacher and consultant who works on projects involving the future of classical music. He’s a member of the graduate studies faculty at Juilliard, writes an influential blog about classical music’s future, and as a consultant has had clients ranging from individual artists to the DePauw University School of Music, where he worked intensively with students, faculty and the dean, helping to develop a new curriculum. From 2009 to 2011 he was artist in residence at the University of Maryland where he helped classical music students find an audience their own age. He’s much in demand as a speaker, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has given commencement addresses at the Longy School of Music and the Eastman School of Music. He thinks classical music must adapt to contemporary life, a quest that’s not always easy. It involves rebranding, reimagining performances and presentations, and approaching the wider culture with an open-minded interest about all the art being made throughout our world, outside what we normally call the arts.

Adam Huttler

Adam Huttler: Founder and Executive Director of Fractured Atlas

Adam Huttler is a self-taught software developer. Since forming Fractured Atlas in 1998, he has grown the organization from a one-man-band housed in an East Harlem studio apartment to a broad-based national service organization with an annual budget of $20 million. Huttler serves on a number of boards and steering committees, including those of the Performing Arts Alliance, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, NYC's One Percent for Culture campaign, and the Policy Leadership Circle of the Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability.

Dave Kusek

Dave Kusek: Founder of Berklee Online; author of "The Future of Music"

Dave Kusek is a consultant, entrepreneur, digital music pioneer, author, speaker, educator and artist development manager at New Artist Model. Kusek was vice president at Berklee College of Music in Boston for 14 years, where he created Berklee Online, the world’s largest music school reaching over 30,000 students in 170 countries. He founded the New Artist Model online music business school in 2013 as an alternative music business program for independent musicians, songwriters and producers. Prior to that, Kusek helped develop the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), was co-inventor of the first electronic drums called “Synare,” and founded the first music software company, Passport Designs. He also produced Master Tracks, Encore and MusicTime software. His efforts, along with others, set the stage for the multi-billion dollar digital music market that exists today. In 2005 he co-authored the best selling music business book, “The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution,” which predicted much of what has happened in digital music, including the iPhone, Apple’s SIRI, Spotify, streaming music and the decline of the recorded music industry. Kusek has written for or been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Billboard, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Boston Business Journal, MTV, CNBC, SF Chronicle, Forbes, NBC-TV, Nightly, Business Report, NPR, Financial Times and the Guardian. Kusek has been a speaker at Midem, Music Hack Day, Digital Music Forum, NAMM, AES, IEBA, MacWorld, Comdex, SXSW, ADISQ, Digital Hollywood and a featured guest on radio and television stations around the world.

Bobby Owsinski

Bobby Owsinski: Author of "Social Media Promotion for Musicians" and 23 other books

Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best selling authors in the music industry with 24 books that are now staples in audio recording, music and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the "Deconstructed Hits" series, "Social Media Promotion For Musicians," "The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook" and more. He’s also a contributor to Forbes writing on the new music business, his popular blogs have passed five million visits, and he’s appeared on CNN and ABC News as a music branding and audio expert. 

Anna Schaum

Anna Schaum: Sociometrist

Anna Schaum is a professional musician, certified psychodramatist and licensed counselor. A graduate of the New England Conservatory in viola performance, Schaum has concertized with many esteemed conductors including Leonard Bernstein, and in acclaimed halls including Carnegie. She has been a member of the New World, Jacksonville, and most recently Oregon Symphonies, as well as an active chamber and new music performer for over 30 years. Ever seeking to better understand the complexity of human relationships, Schaum earned an advanced degree in psychology in 2003 and a certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy in 2009. Her well-received presentations at national and international conferences uniquely blend her embodied musical acuity with the science of enhanced personal relationships. Schaum is director of a thriving healing arts studio in Portland, OR, The Center for Sound Relationship™, where she facilitates through storytelling, improvisational theater, psychodrama and music. 

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Michael Harley: Bassoonist; Founding member of Alarm Will Sound; Director of Southern Exposure New Music Series

Michael Harley enjoys a varied career as a teacher, performer and music advocate. He teaches bassoon, chamber music and music literature classes at the University of South Carolina where he also serves as artistic director of the award-winning Southern Exposure New Music Series. Southern Exposure, a nonprofit concert series that presents free concerts exploring the rich variety of contemporary classical and world music, has hosted the Columbia debut of many of today’s most exciting and adventurous ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the JACK and Calder string quartets and Imani Winds. Southern Exposure won the 2007 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.Harley’s playing has been called “spectacular” (Washington Post) and “exquisite” (Columbus Dispatch). As a founding member of the contemporary music chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, called “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American musical scene” by The New York Times, Harley has worked with and premiered pieces by many of today’s most accomplished composers including John Adams, Derek Bermel, Caleb Burhans, Donnacha Dennehy, Michael Gordon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Roger Reynolds, Wolfgang Rihm and Augusta Read Thomas.

Nancy Christensen

Nancy Christensen: Artist Manager; Founder and President of Christensen Arts, LLC.

Nancy Christensen is the Founder and President of Christensen Arts, LLC – a management company comprised of innovative and vibrant artists committed to advancing and enhancing specific programmatic and career goals. She also holds the position of program director for William Paterson University’s “Music After School” program as part of the university’s music education department. Her prior work experience has included booking classical music and dance with Diane Saldick, LLC and MCM Arts & Entertainment. In the late 1990s, Christensen held the position of education director at Chamber Music America where she created and implemented the Education and Residency Institute for chamber ensembles and presenters and administered the NEA/Chamber Music America Rural Residencies Program. Christensen was also employed as part of Carnegie Hall’s programming team as well as the educational organization, Midori & Friends, where she was acting director/program director. Christensen is currently serving a second term on the Western Arts Alliance’s Board of Directors.

Tayloe Harding

Tayloe Harding: Dean, University of South Carolina School of Music  

Tayloe Harding is a passionate advocate for the impact of higher education music study on American communities and national society and is devoted to an array of organizations whose missions are consistent with this vision. As president of the College Music Society from 2005-2006, he founded the Engagement and Outreach Initiative where efforts of the music professoriate are articulated with national constituents, including other higher education disciplines/populations, music businesses and industries, and general audiences to meet common musical and civic goals. As dean of the USC School of Music, he brought a bold idea to fruition: to more fully prepare tomorrow’s professional musicians by combining conventional music study with a systematic exploration of advocacy, entrepreneurship and community engagement, forming SPARK: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory. A presenter of a TedX talk in 2014 titled “Music and Hope: Towards a More Musical America,” he remains active as a composer earning commissions, performances and recordings around the world.