Founder, Chairman and
Michael Drapkin is the Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for Entrepreneurialism in the Arts, Inc., a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to addressing the oversupply of arts graduates in America and the lack of demand for their skills by teaching performers how to become entrepreneurs for the arts and create demand for what they do. He will be directing the National Conference and Seminar on Entrepreneurship in Music at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina on July 13-17, 2005.
Mr. Drapkin is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with acclaimed master clarinet teacher D. Stanley Hasty, toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger, and played Principal Clarinet in the Eastman Philharmonia under David Effron. He also studied clarinet with Gary Gray, Charles Bay and Harold Wright.
Mr. Drapkin was chair of E-Commerce Management at Columbia University's Executive Information Technology Management program and taught a course on Web, Internet & E-Commerce. His students included senior managers and directors of major firms seeking to become CEO/CIO/CTOs. He was a regular lecturer on E-Commerce at the University of Chicago and for Citibank.
As a Clarinetist he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, as Associate Principal and Bass Clarinet and the New York City Opera Touring Company and Lake George Opera Festival, as Principal Clarinet. He has spent summers playing at Aspen and at Tanglewood as a Berkshire Music Center fellow, and is solo clarinetist and Executive Director of Music Amici, Rockland County, NY's oldest professional chamber music group and one of the finest in the New York City area. Mr. Drapkin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Lucas Foss, Christopher Keene, Klaus Tennstedt, Frederick Fennell, and many more celebrated orchestras and maestros.
Mr. Drapkin is one of the most recognizable names in the bass clarinet in the United States as author of Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume One, which has become standard literature worldwide, and his recently released Volume Two. Volume Three will be released in the summer of 2005, and his fourth series book, Transposed Orchestra Parts for the Bass Clarinet, will be released in 2006.
Mr. Drapkin is an accredited Music Performance Adjudicator with the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA), the Musical Arts Conference and Cavalcade of Bands. He judges music at marching band shows in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He has judged at both individual shows and at championships. He also conducts clinics and festival adjudication for concert bands, string orchestras and jazz bands for Classic Festivals & Tours. In the upcoming season, he will conduct clinics at festivals in Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal and Quebec.
He is also in demand as a guest lecturer, and for master classes at music schools and institutions across the country, including Eastman, Juilliard, University of Texas, and University of Florida.
With more than 20 years of management and technical experience at Fortune 1000 and new-media companies, Drapkin is also an expert at business solution delivery. He served as senior technologist at the web agencies Razorfish and Avalanche, and Drapkin was CTO of DMS Corp., a quarter billion dollar multinational logistics firm, where he managed technology across four continents. He was a vice president at Lehman Brothers, overseeing the firm's deployment of client/server technology, including their first company-wide data warehouse for brokerage client business intelligence.
He has been commissioned by the New York Times to write about why businesses succeed and why they fail. His articles have appeared in numerous trade periodicals, and he has been quoted in Fortune, Wired, PC Week, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications, and on camera with CNBC and CNET, and on the radio with CBS Marketwatc. He also has been a regular public speaker at major conferences, including Comdex, Internet World, PC Expo and eVenture World. He has moderated panels for Akamai, Linkshare, the New York E-Commerce Association and other firms and conferences. He is the lead author of a book on E-Commerce strategy, organization and project management, Three Clicks Away, published in 2001 by John Wiley and Sons, with a foreword by Dr. Pehong Chen - CEO and founder of BroadVision. Three Clicks Away was ranked #20 in sales on Amazon in New York City.