Higher Music Education Pre-Conference

Intersections and opportunities

Abra Bush. Photo by Will Kirk
Stefan Gies
Abra Bush by Will Kirk


Chaired by Abra Bush (USA), senior associate dean of institute studies, The Peabody Institute at the Johns Hopkins University

and Stefan Gies (Germany/Belgium), chief executive, Association Européenne des Conservatoire, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC);

Classical music is hungry for new opportunities, audiences and patrons. Excellent musicians who can engage with new audiences are needed. Higher education wants to see their graduates employed and fulfilled as creative artists and/or curators. That's why employers and Higher Education institutions should join forces to achieve this. This year’s pre-conference will explore intersections and opportunities within the classical music ecosphere. This workshop will be interactive using the Design Thinking methodology.

Topics include: how might we prepare students with the artistic skills and entrepreneurial mindset needed for a successful career in the music sector? How might we achieve sustainability in their professional lives through challenging the status quo? How might we re-think artistic excellence and quality and how do we re-imagine what we consider success? How might we increase cultural and societal diversity to overcome systemic power relations and inequities in music higher education and in the professional music sector?