Career Coaching

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a career tune-up! Veterans in the ensemble music field counsel registrants in individual sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to choose the career coaching option during conference registration. Additional instructions will be sent before the conference.

Registration for 2022 consultations has closed.

Angela Myles Beeching

Angela Myles Beeching
Career Consultant | Author

  • Goal setting and planning in the “new reality”
  • Promotional materials assessment and recommendations
  • College teaching job market
  • Creative Productivity
  • Networking Know-How

Dana Fonteneau
Psychotherapist | Executive Coach

  • Career guidance for ensembles including branding, marketing, and networking
  • Strategic planning for boards, managers, presenters, and administrators
  • Communication skills and conflict resolution
  • Health, wellness, and addressing burnout
  • Mental health challenges in higher education

Ashleigh Gordon
Artistic/Executive Director & Violist, Castle of our Skins

  • Developing culturally responsive programming/education
  • Developing interdisciplinary collaborations 
  • DIY career/self-starting tips
  • Grant writing and non-profit management skills
  • Finding a mission-aligned life

Darrell Grant
Faculty, Portland State University | Composer | Pianist

  • Personal career development for artists and educators
  • Community-building and social advocacy
  • Ensemble leadership
  • Collaboration & project development
  • Integration of jazz & chamber music

Amy Iwano
Executive + Artistic Director, Performance Santa Fe

  • Presenting
  • Personal career development for arts administrators
  • career guidance for ensembles from a presenter’s perspective
  • collaborations
  • developing concert series and projects

Michelle A. May
Musician | Counselor | Ensemble Leader | Producer | Coach for Creative Professionals

  • Mental health and wellness
  • Entrepreneurship for creative professionals
  • Developing projects
  • Self-producing and recording
  • Booking and promoting performances, concert series, and ensemble start-ups
  • Marketing and Branding on Social Media

Casey Molino Dunn
Vice President of Innovation & Program Development, Music Academy of the West | Baritone Vocalist

  • Developing and publicizing projects
  • Diversifying a music career
  • Concert series and ensemble start-ups
  • Collaborating with other art forms and partnering organizations
  • Budgeting and fundraising

Melissa Ngan
President and CEO, American Composers Orchestra | Founder, Fifth House Ensemble | Consultant | Flutist

  • New venture start-up
  • Strategic visioning
  • Civic practice initiatives
  • Arts-integrated educational programming
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration

Roderick Vester
Educator | Pianist | Entrepreneur | Consultant 

  • Entrepreneurship and a varied music career
  • Leadership and staff capacity
  • Program design, implementation, and execution
  • Strategic planning for administrators
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and belonging initiatives
  • Collaborating with others in and outside of the arts
  • Social media branding, marketing, and growth

Sarah Whitney
Violinist, SYBARITE5 | Founder, Beyond the Notes | Success Coach for Musicians

  • Removing barriers to reach one’s full potential
  • Strategic marketing for musicians
  • Mastering your mindset so you don’t hold yourself back
  • Launching projects/producing shows on your own terms
  • Attaining the perfect work/life balance
  • Strategic networking