Navigating Music Careers

Shepherd Careers Forum
October 12-14, 2007
Houston, Texas
Careers Forum Outcomes
Shepherd Careers Forum 2007
Distinguished Guests
Forum Participants
Forum Coordinators

  Eric Booth, Juilliard School faculty member, nationally recognized consultant for the arts, and author, has been an award-winning actor (six plays on Broadway), producer, and small businessman. He founded the company Alert Publishing, which became the largest company of its kind in America in seven years, and launched him as a trend analyst with three books, a nationally syndicated radio program on the Business Radio Network; regular appearances on CNN and NBC. He has published over 80 articles and was the Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal--the first peer-reviewed professional journal for the field. He writes the regular Edifications column for Chamber Music Magazine, and his last book, The Everyday Work of Art (Sourcebooks, 1997), won two awards and was a Book of the Month Club Selection. It is still used as a course textbook at over 20 universities. He has lectured and been a visiting scholar at over 40 universities, and gives over 60 workshops and lectures a year at major arts organizations. He is an active consultant, with current clients including seven of the nation's ten largest orchestras, Americans for the Arts, Opera America, Chamber Music America, Chorus America, Sundance, The Kennedy Center, and many others. Mr. Booth serves on the Mellon Foundation Orchestra Forum faculty and also mentors young conductors who are engaged by major symphony orchestras as a part of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Conducting Fellows Program. He coaches young musical ensembles at music conservatories across the U.S. on their audience interaction, and education programs.

He has taught at Stanford and N.Y.U., served as Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program (the largest arts in education experiment in the U.S.); held one of six chairs on the College Board's Arts Advisory Committee for seven years. Former director, Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center, he is currently on their Board of Directors. He has taught for The Kennedy Center (11 years), Tanglewood (5 years), and Lincoln Center Institute (25 years).

At Juilliard, Eric Booth founded the Art and Education program and became the Artistic Director of the Mentoring Program at the Juilliard School. He was the 2006 closing keynote speaker at UNESCO's first-ever worldwide arts education conference in Lisbon, and the closing keynote speaker at the European Union's first-ever worldwide conference on orchestras and their community relations in Glasgow.

Eric Booth will be the Student Careers Forum moderator
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