Michael Drapkin, Executive Director

Brevard Music Center, North Carolina

July 14-16 2006

BCOME Speaker Roster

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Dr. Judith Coe
Michael Drapkin
Maestro David Effron
Catherine Fitterman
Dr. Robert Freeman
Dr. Tayloe Harding
Maggie L. Harrer
Dr. James Kalyn
Gerd Leonhard

Other speakers to be announced.

Dr. Judith Coe, University of Colorado at Denver
Director of Commercial Voice and Music Business Faculty

Dr. Judith Coe is Director of the Commercial Voice Program in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She teaches applied voice and courses in commercial singing and improvisation, pop songwriting, women in contemporary music, and Irish music, among others. She also teaches in the Online Music Business Certificate Program and directs the singer/songwriter ensemble. Coe's 2003 Irish music class researched, compiled and annotated extensive bibliographies and webliographies that have been placed into her award-winning Cyberspace Music Resources site, integrating research into her teaching.

As National Board Member for Performance for The College Music Society, Coe has organized and facilitated entrepreneurship panels and initiatives for National meetings. CU-Denver's 2003 Campus Winner for the President's Faculty Excellence Award for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Technology, Coe has developed several grant-sponsored digital portfolio projects which showcase student and faculty artist work and entrepreneurial expertise.

An eclectic composer and singer, Coe specializes in classical and commercial genres, avant and contemporary explorations, and music of our time which utilizes technology and extended vocal techniques. She was one of 12 singers chosen nationwide to participate in the 1992 NATS Internship Program for Young Voice Teachers, a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and an erstwhile singer with The Stan Kenton Big Band. A composer, songwriter, and synthesist, she has performed, composed, taught, and recorded in traditional classical, avant, and commercial genres, and has performed and given scholarly presentations and world premiere performances throughout North America, Western and Central Europe, the British Isles, and in the Caribbean.

A March 2004 jazz tour in Eastern Europe was the subject of Coe's Keynote Address at the 2004 CMS Regional Conference, entitled "Postcards from the Czech Republic: Thoughts on Music, Teaching, and Cultural Ambassadorship." Coe shared her thoughts on music and teaching in higher education through a discussion of her experiences in taking American jazz into Czech music conservatories and working with students and faculty in Eastern Europe. Previous tours and work with students and faculty in the Czech Republic in the spring of 2000 paved the way for this current project, and she discussed both of these experiences as artist and teacher. She shared her passionate belief in the importance of student and faculty study abroad, new ways of thinking about old hegemonies, traditional curricula and teaching music in the academy, and the power of cultural ambassadorship for transformative learning, scholarship, entrepreneurial opportunities, and collaborative artistic expression.

Coe is particularly interested in mentoring artists as entrepreneurs and architects of their own futures, utilizing electronic resources as expressive creative tools and developing strategies for electronic promotion, and exploring the confluence and intersection of art, technology, and commerce.
Michael Drapkin, Director, NCSEM
Executive Director of The Foundation for Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Former Chair of ECommerce Managment at Columbia University

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.

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.

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.

Maestro David Effron, Indiana University, Artistic Director of BMC
Former Conductor of New York City Opera, Faculty at Curtis and Eastman

David Effron is the Brevard Music Centers's third artistic director and principal conductor. He is an alumnus of BMC and spent his first summer here, studying piano, when he was fourteen years old.

Mr. Effron earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the University of Michigan. After receiving his master's degree in piano with Sidney Foster at Indiana University, Mr. Effron received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rockefeller Grant and worked as an assistant to Wolfgang Sawallisch at the Cologne Opera. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the New York City Opera, serving on the conducting staff for eighteen years.

For seven seasons Mr. Effron was head of the opera department and conducted many symphony concerts as a faculty member of The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Then he spent twenty-one years as head of the orchestra program at the Eastman School of Music. He joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in 1998.

With a repertoire of over 100 operas and equally at home in the symphonic literature, Mr. Effron has conducted in Europe, Taiwan, Israel, Mexico, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States. Numerous recordings include the Grammy Award-winning Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland (with the Eastman Philharmonic) and John Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy with flutist James Galway.

Catherine Fitterman, Music Business and Entrepreneurship Professor, NYU
Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at University of Colorado at Boulder

Catherine Fitterman has been working with musicians for more than 20 years. A classical pianist by training, Ms. Fitterman's many roles in the music industry include concert promoter, talent buyer, entrepreneur, artist manager, strategic planner and fundraiser, college teacher and vocal accompanist.

In 1998, she founded the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She produced a video for high school and college musicians entitled, "The Ride of Your Life: Musicians as Entrepreneurs," which won a prestigious Telly Award in 2003.

Ms. Fitterman has held jobs at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Columbia Artists Management Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Currently, Ms. Fitterman is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Music Business Program at New York University's Steinhardt School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Dr. Robert Freeman, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin
Former Director of Eastman and New England Conservatory.

Dr. Robert Freeman, an accomplished pianist and musicologist who served as director of the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester for 24 years, is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

During his tenure at Eastman from 1972 to 1996, Freeman strengthened the faculty and the concept of faculty self-governance, improved alumni relations and oversaw $50 million in new construction and $20 million in rebuilding on campus. He also reorganized the school's admissions program, resulting in a 90 percent increase during the period 1974-92 in numbers of completed applications, and he played a leading role in the University's fundraising efforts. In its most recent rankings, the U.S. News & World Report named the Eastman School of Music the nation's leading music school.

Freeman received an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1957 and his master's degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Before becoming the director at Eastman, Freeman taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, and was a visiting associate professor at Harvard University. Most recently, he served as president of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Freeman has written articles and delivered numerous papers on the subject of musical education. He also has received several fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, and research grants from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1982, he received the Civic Medal from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce for his efforts in downtown revitalization.

Dr. Tayloe Harding, Dean of the School of Music, University of South Carolina
President of the College Music Society.

Tayloe Harding became Dean of the School of Music at University of South Carolina on July 1, 2005. He also serves as Composer-in-Residence for the Valdosta (GA) Symphony Orchestra. He was most recently the Head of the Department of Music, Professor of Music, and Chief Advancement Officer for the Arts at Valdosta State University (VSU) as well as serving as Executive Director of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served in faculty and administrative capacities at North Dakota State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Georgia State University.

Dr. Harding's works have received performances throughout the United States, Canada and on six continents. He has received grants for new works and premiers from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Foundation, Philip Morris, Inc., and a variety of state and local agencies in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Commissions for his new works have been received from Thamyris, the Atlanta Winds, the African-American Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Community Orchestra, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, the Gainesville (FL) Civic Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, and from numerous individuals and Universities His has been a fellow of the Ragdale and UCROSS Foundations, as well as of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center for the Arts, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. A member of ASCAP, his works are published by Mareba Music, and Collected Editions, Ltd.

He is currently serving as President of the College Music Society, the nation�s only comprehensive professional and scholarly membership organization in music in higher education has been active in many national and international organizations, but most recently the Society of Composers, Inc. and the National Associations of Schools of Music.

Maggie L. Harrer, Artistic Director of the Oradell Arts & Business Coalition, Inc.
Producing entrepreneur, freelance director and choreographer

Maggie L. Harrer, a 2003 Graduate Fellow of Leadership New Jersey, is a producing entrepreneur, director, and choreographer whose work ranges from avant-garde to opera, music theater and television. She is the Founding President and current Artistic Director of the Oradell Arts and Business Coalition, which produces two annual arts festivals, WINTERFEST and SUMMERFARE and is dedicated to creating an active arts environment in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Ms. Harrer has worked in the United States, Europe, regional theaters, opera companies and Off-Broadway. While running her own dance/theater company, The PH Factor, Ms. Harrer was nominated for a MacArthur Fellowship. Ms. Harrer founded and was the Producing Director of the National Music Theater Network in New York, an organization which served as a conduit between creators (of new musicals and operas) and producers. She also directed "Another World" for NBC Television.

In California, she produced The Johnny Grant Show, a live talk show at Universal Studios for KTLA Television. She also developed and produced a series of educational film strips and television specials. One television special with Buckminster Fuller, an iconoclastic architect and planning and resources visionary, altered her way of looking at the uses of space and architecture.

As Production, Design and Marketing Manager for Rick Henly Music, Ms Harrer designed, produced and marketed two CD's, "Love Like Fire" and "Christmas Present." A third CD is in the works.

Ms. Harrer also works as a consultant to arts organizations facilitating board retreats and seminars on topics ranging from board development to mission identification and branding to fund raising, and board, volunteer and membership development

Ms. Harrer for many years served as an On-Site Evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, examining and reporting on the artistic and fiscal viability of theaters and opera companies all over the East Coast. She also served as a dramaturg for the NEA, reporting on the merits of scripts and musical scores. She served on: the Opera and Music Theater Panel and the Performing Panel for the New Jersey Arts Council; the Block Grants Panel for Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs; as an On-Site evaluator for both the NJ Arts Council and Bergen County; the Playwriting Panel for the Connecticut Commission for the Arts; the Grants Committee for Opera America; and as a Consulting Director for the New York University Music Theater Program. She also was a director and served as a dramaturg for the Eugene O�Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.

As the Founding President and Project Director for the Water Works Conservancy, Inc. (WWC), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, she led the 11-year preservation battle to save the Historic Hackensack Water Co. site on Van Buskirk Island. Under her direction, a preservation and museum proposal was created, the site was listed on the NJ and National Registers for Historic Places and a Statewide and National Coalition was formed to Save the Waterworks.

Ms. Harrer was appointed a member of the Bergen County Hackensack Water Company Task Force; and was awarded a 2004 Commendation Resolution by the New Jersey Assembly for her work publishing The Hackensack Water Works by Clifford W. Zink. The book fully documents the National Landmark eligible historic site; won both the 2004 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Award and was a National Book Award Nominee. She is currently producing a second book, The History of the Hackensack River Valley. In 1998, she received the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts to preserve the nationally important Water Works.

Ms. Harrer received her BA from Brown University in English. She began her career as a dancer/actress and working as an OTC stockbroker with Gardner and Preston Moss in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999, she was awarded Bergen County Chapter of NJAWBO�s "Woman of Achievement - Rose and Scroll Award."

Dr. James Kalyn, North Carolina School of the Arts
Director of the NCSA Graduate Music Entrepreneurship Program

Saxophonist James Kalyn has performed on concert stages, recordings, and radio throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Argentina and Japan. He won the Grand Prix at the Canadian Music Competitions, and as a member of a saxophone quartet won first place in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Diversity is fundamental to James Kalyn�s musical philosophy, which seeks to unite the rigor and richness of the orchestral and pedagogical traditions in music with modern trends in technique and interpretation. James Kalyn is both Saxophone Professor and Wind Ensemble Director at the North Carolina School of the Arts, having previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. His CD Brillance: Virtuoso French Music for Saxophone and Piano was released in 2001.

In addition to his career as a concert saxophonist, James Kalyn is a well known as a performer on clarinet. He is a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and frequently appears with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Carolina Chamber Symphony. An experienced theater musician, Mr. Kalyn is also accomplished on the flute and bassoon, and has played for numerous productions including the Toronto runs of Phantom of the Opera and Crazy for You.

James Kalyn holds degrees from the University Of Western Ontario (B.Mus.), Michigan State University (M. Mus.), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.).

Gerd Leonhard, Co-author of "The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution"
Author, speaker, music and media futurist, thought-leader, advisor

Gerd Leonhard is a respected digital music expert, futurist and often-quoted visionary and thought-leader. He is well-known as a music industry innovator (LicenseMusic, Sonific) a sought-after strategic adviser and music industry 'super-node', with a background as a performer (guitar), writer, and producer. A native of Germany, Gerd has spent almost twenty years in the music, e-commerce, and entertainment-technology industries, and is equally at home in the U.S. as well as in Europe. He currently resides in Basel, Switzerland and maintains an office in San Francisco. He recently co-authored the critically acclaimed book "The Future of Music" (Berklee Press / Boston). Gerd lectures extensively at tradeshows, conferences, conventions and think-tanks and other leading events around the world, as well as on podcasts and Net forums such as ITConversations, Corante and "Inside Digital Media".

During the first wave of Internet innovations, Gerd was the Founder and President/CEO of, Inc. in San Francisco, an influential start-up that revolutionized the process of music licensing and B2B transactions for labels and publishers. Gerd recently continued his activities in this sector by founding SONIFIC, a B2B music services company. He is also is the Founder and CEO of ThinkAndLink (TAL), a strategic consulting agency, often collaborating with AllAccess Group and its CEO, Kelli Richards. TAL connects companies, and resources in the converging sectors of entertainment and technology; clients include companies such as PolyphonicHMI, DigImpro, MusicChoice Europe, SDC AG / DWS, Media Rights Technologies, Bluebeat, PassAlong Networks, SUISA, BerkleeMusic, Gracenote, Sony Net Services / StreamMan, Mercora, PassAlong Networks, Musicrypt, and many others. Gerd is also the Founder, Chairman and Executive Producer of the annual Popkomm "Innovations in Music & Entertainment Awards" in Berlin / Germany, and works with many cutting-edge start-ups and new ventures in the entertainment and technology industries worldwide.

In the 90s, Gerd served as Founder and Executive Producer of the pan-European talent event EuroPopDays, as Expert Advisor on the Cultural Industries to the European Commission in Brussels (1993-1996), and as Senior Strategic Adviser at Rightscom Ltd. (London). In the 80s Gerd graduated with a diploma in Jazz Performance (Guitar) from Boston's Berklee College of Music (1987), and won the college's highly acclaimed Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award. His performance credits include touring internationally, including opening engagements for major acts such as Miles Davis. Gerd has been interviewed and / or quoted in Billboard, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The San Francisco Chronicle, Business2.0, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC Online, NBC, and Wired, and continues to speak, moderate, and/or present at the music and media industry's biggest events. He publishes his thoughts on digital music on his blog at; his presentations and writings can be viewed at, and his newsletter signup is at