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New "Renegade" Lecture Series Empowers Students to Forge Unique Career Paths in the Arts

Fri, Jan 20, 2017


WindSync, with alumna Emily Tsai (MM Oboe '13)


COLLEGE PARK, Md.— The School of Music is empowering students to forge unique and innovative career paths in the arts amid an increasingly challenging employment landscape. Through the School’s new “Renegade” series, arts entrepreneurs of all stripes — performers, scholars, educators and administrators — will demonstrate to music students that traditional orchestra jobs or tenure-track teaching positions aren’t their only professional options. Guest “renegades” will also teach students how to turn their creative ideas into a career, offering insight into the challenges they might face and the steps required for success.

“Many of our students dream of starting their own professional ensemble, establishing a nonprofit, or creating a community engagement program, but they may not know where to begin,” says School of Music Director Jason Geary. “I want them to get a real sense of what it takes to do something like this.”

The first Renegade lecture on March 16, 2017 features the trailblazing wind quintet WindSync in an interactive session on entrepreneurship and community engagement through chamber music. Known for initiatives that harness unconventional performance practice, creative placemaking based on civic design, and educational outreach, the ensemble will perform excerpts from concert programming as well as share ideas about turning your passion project into a career in music.


Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is a fresh and energetic wind quintet internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music.  Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition, the dynamic ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence.  Critics and audiences alike rave about programs that expand the wind quintet repertoire with newly commissioned works written for WindSync as well as a wide array of original arrangements of classical masterworks. The five virtuoso players perform exclusively from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages. For more information, please visit WindSync's website


Contact: Cara Fleck Plewinski, 301-405-7283