Come grab a seat and a slice of pizza as you listen to UO professor Brian McWhorter converse with each of our speakers.
Week One (Friday, October 4)
Antonio Anacan – “Bringing interactive performances to new audiences”
Antonio Anacan trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and has been featured in many of Eugene Ballet Company’s productions. He is also the co-creator of #instaballet, which has been called “choreography for the Twitter age” by NPR. #Instaballet offers a chance for the audience to choreograph a dance, which is immediately turned into a fully formed performance.
Week Two (Friday, October 11)
Kelly Kuo – “Building a national career as a conductor”
Distinguished UO alumnus Kelly Kuo has come a long way since growing up in Hermiston, Oregon. In addition to being the Artistic Director for Oregon Mozart Players, Maestro Kuo recently resigned from his position as Music Director and Conductor of the Butler Opera Center at UT Austin due to his increasingly high demand as a conductor around the country. Recent engagements include Seattle Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Brevard Music Center, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Week Three (Friday, October 18)
Ehren Ebbage – “From stage musician to composing music for commercial media”
Ehren Ebbage is a BMI Film and TV award winner and Northwest Emmy nominated songwriter and composer. His interest in writing and production led him away from the stage and into the studio. Highly prolific, he has written custom music for dozens of TV shows and his music has been licensed for hundreds of advertising, television, and film productions. His music can be heard daily on every major US network and many others around the world.
Week Four (Friday, October 25)
Eric Priest – “How a songwriter and producer became an expert in entertainment law”
Eric Priest is an associate professor at the UO School of Law, specializing in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on copyright law in the information age and creative industry ecosystems in the U.S. and China. Before entering the law field, Professor Priest spent a decade as a music producer and songwriter. Since 1999, he has worked in the Chinese music industry as a consultant, Web entrepreneur, songwriter, and producer.
Week Five (Friday, November 1)
Stephanie Pruitt – “Ending the starving artist syndrome”
Stephanie Pruitt is a poet and social practice artist. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and Essence Magazine named her one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” Stephanie is also a TEDx speaker and is the founder of the No Starving Artist Academy, which is committed to helping creators make a life and living with their art.
Week Six (Friday, November 8)
Peter Hollens – “Creating a new path to success in the music industry”
Peter Hollens is best known as a classically trained vocal artist specializing in a cappella music on YouTube and Facebook. He has over 5 million followers and subscribers and over a billion total views since 2011. Hollens has collaborated and performed with outstanding artists including David Archuleta, Brian Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, and Gladys Knight.
WORKSHOP: Kyle Hutchins –“Sustaining An Artistic Community”
Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm in Room 150
Kyle Hutchins is a performing artist, improviser, chamber musician, and educator. His work focuses on the creation and promotion of experimental art music, both as a soloist and in close collaboration with composers, performers, and interdisciplinary artists. In this workshop, Kyle will talk about his work with the arts non-profit 113 (One Thirteen) Composers Collective (113collective.com). Topics include fundraising, growing an audience, and organizing a national festival.
Ever wonder what it takes to break into the music business? Find out at UO’s Music Industry Fair. The event will feature more than 30 tables hosted by industry experts from leading local music businesses and organizations in a variety of categories, including: Venues & Events Management, Music Technology & Audio Production, Music for Film & Commercial Media, Classical Performing Arts, Music Business & Licensing, and Instrument Building & Trade Skills.