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2016 Performing Arts Roundtable Conference

The University of Maryland School of Music is excited to welcome you for the 2016 Performing Arts Roundtable Conference! Be sure to check this page as the conference approaches as it will be updated with more important information. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Lang.

Registration for the conference is now closed due to a lack of space for the college fair. If you are still interested in attending, without representing at the college fair, please contact Jenny Lang.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, June 28

12pm to 3pm


Clarice Grand Pavilion (main lobby)


Tour of The Clarice

Clarice Grand Pavilion



Band Room (2540)


Session #1: Combating STEM - Communicating the value of an arts education

Band Room (2540)



School of Music Lobby


Optional dinner with colleagues

Off –campus


Wednesday, June 29


Continental Breakfast

Faculty/Staff Lounge


Session #2: What does the early FAFSA filing mean for the performing arts?



Session #3: Recruiting outside of general college fairs



Catered Lunch

Faculty/Staff Lounge


Session #4: Recruitment challenges/opportunities faced by thriving music departments at liberal arts colleges



Session #5: International Recruitment



Dinner, set up for College Fair

Faculty/Staff Lounge

5:00pm to 7:00pm

College Fair

Clarice Grand Pavilion


Thursday, June 30


Continental Breakfast

Faculty/Staff Lounge


Session #6: Working with faculty in recruitment


10:45am to 12:00pm

Open Forum, Closing Remarks

Faculty/Staff Lounge


Optional lunch with colleagues, departure


Session Topics

Session #1: Combating STEM - Communicating the value of an arts education
Megan Abernathy, Director of Admission, The Hartt School, University of Hartford

This discussion will cover the current push in the media and in schools for students to enroll in degree programs that lead to a specified job/career outcome (the arts not being a valued option). If time allows, we’ll delve a little deeper into our own USP’s (unique selling proposition) and the communication of the value of the education each of us provide (sort of cutting through the clutter to help families assess best educational fit for their student).

Session #2: What does the early FAFSA filing mean for the performing arts?
Katie Drago, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Services, Longy School of Music at Bard College
Malina Heng, Associate Director of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Management, University of Maryland

This will be a presentation about how the early FAFSA filing will affect our students from two different perspectives: the conservatory/private institution and the public university.

Session #3: Recruiting outside of general college fairs – A roundtable discussion
Colby Carson – Director of Recruitment and Enrollment, Carnegie Mellon University

How can we use best practices to recruit smarter? NACAC PVA Fairs aren’t reaching our true target audience in many cases, and music/performing arts specific college fairs (Upstate NY/Northwestern/Denver/LACHSA/Etc) are few and far between. What can we do to recruit smarter and better use our recruitment resources? What has worked for you? What hasn’t? Let’s discuss.

Session #4: Recruitment challenges/opportunities faced by thriving music departments at liberal arts colleges.
Sara Adams – Music Admissions Coordinator, Susquehanna University
Jennifer Markovich – Admission Counselor for the Visual and Performing Arts, Otterbein University

This conversation will focus on the unique recruitment challenges / opportunities faced by thriving music departments at liberal arts colleges. Topics may include staffing, recruitment, advertising, and audition procedures and practices.

Session #5: International Recruitment
Shaun Ramsay – Assistant Director of the School of Music for Admissions & Student Affairs, Boston University School of Music
Patrick Zylka – Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Students Services, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University

This will be a panel discussion about international recruitment, including recruiting in Asia and Latin America, and possibly other countries.

Session #6: Working with faculty in recruitment
Erica Helm – Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Associate Professor of Dance, Shenandoah Conservatory
Holly Standard – Admissions Events Coordinator, Shenandoah Conservatory

Some topics may include: creating and maintaining a healthy relationship between faculty and admissions, providing faculty members with the necessary tools to recruit effectively (and with the correct language!) and helping faculty to see the big picture in recruitment.


Traveling to Maryland

There are three different airports that are close to us. The three airports are Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), Washington-Dulles (IAD), and Reagan National (DCA). This gives you quite a few options to choose from for traveling to campus. There are public transportation options from all three, though Reagan is the easiest, as there is a metro train stop at the airport. DCA information is available here. BWI has an Express Metro bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro Station (info here), and Dulles has a Silver Line express bus which connects to the Silver Line train (info here). If you have questions, let us know.

Getting to campus

All activities will be held in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Directions and parking for the building can be found here. Please make note of the parking information at this link. Since events are during the day, the best option for parking will be to park in the Stadium Drive Garage. Parking in this garage is $3 per hour, with a $15 daily maximum. There is also information at this link about public transportation options.

Where to stay

There are a number of hotels in the area. A list of off-campus accommodations can be found at on the UMD Conference and Visitors website. Of the hotels on the list, the most convenient location would be the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. If you choose to stay at this hotel, we are a short walk through a parking lot, about 5-10 minutes away from the hotel. All other hotels would require either public transportation or a car.


Shipping Materials for College Fair

Our college fair will take place on Wednesday, June 29 from 5pm to 7pm. To ship materials ahead of time, please address them as follows:

Jenny Lang
UMD School of Music
2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Packages should arrive between June 6 and June 27th, 2016.