Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development
Merrill Hall, MU011, IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
ALAIN BARKER, Director
Office: (812) 856-5719
Alain Barker has an entrepreneurial career that includes arts organization development, arts policy research, communications and marketing, teaching, and performance. He joined the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development as its founding director in July 2014.
From 2004-2014, Alain directed Jacobs School of Music marketing and publicity operations. He was executive director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival from 1994-2004. He has also worked as a consultant to the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia where he served as agent, organizer and publicist for local not-for-profits, concert series, and artists, as well as manager of three international tours.
Alain was co-principal flute in the Orchestra of the Asturian Principality, in Oviedo, Spain, and principal flute in the Marion Philharmonic. He has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals around the U.S. and toured across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Israel. He taught for four years as a visiting lecturer in flute during the Jacobs School’s summer semester.
Alain has served on a number of local board and commissions, including the City of Bloomington Arts Commission, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Board of Directors, WFIU (Public Radio) Community Advisory Board, and the IU Arts & Humanities Council.
He holds a BM from the University of Cape Town, and an MM and DM from the IU Jacobs School of Music.
NATHAN FISCHER, Career Advisor
For twenty years, Nathan has built a career that has taken him full swing around the world. Currently, he is a Career Specialist with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.
Faculty appointments have included Senior Lecturer of Classical Guitar with the University Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post Doctoral Fellow at the American University in Cairo, and Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory in Cairo, Egypt. He also held adjunct positions with the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and SUNY Fredonia in Upstate New York. He received the UiTM Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for teaching and advancing students.
As a performer, Nathan has appeared on five continents as both soloist and chamber musician with the Silver Sands Guitar Trio, the Orphika Duo, and other collaborations. An advocate for commissioning and performing new music he has worked with many composers worldwide.
His research portfolio has included grants from the Howard Hanson Institute of New Music, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant recipient. He is currently co-researcher for the Bestari Perdana grant entitled The Malaysian Art Song as a Unifying and Empowering Cultural Identity. AUC/UiTM faculty grants enabled study of the works of Antonio Lauro with Luis Zea in Caracas, Venezuela, and presentations on Tazul Tajuddin in Istanbul, Turkey and on John Duarte at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. He is an Associate Editor of Soundboard Magazine and co-founder of a new music incubator for composers and musicians called the Twisted Spruce Music Foundation (www.twistedspruce.org). He has published with the Malaysian Music Journal and Soundset Recordings.
Nathan holds a DMA and MM from the Eastman School of Music with Nicholas Goluses. He attended the Accademia di Musicale Chigiani in Siena, Italy, studying with Oscar Ghiglia. He earned his BM from George Mason University. Upon graduating from Eastman in 2004 he received the Andrés Segovia Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor.
JOANIE SPAIN, Career Advisor
Office: (812) 855-4904
Joanie has more than twenty years of experience in relationship management in nonprofit and higher education and more than fifteen years experience in career advising, exclusively in the arts. Although an Ohio native, Joanie relocated to Bloomington from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she initiated and developed a comprehensive career services program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Joanie graduated from Antioch University with a BA in Humanities. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Her artistic interests include glass fusing/kilnforming. Of current importance to her is the declining quality control of McDonald’s fountain Diet Coke, nationwide. She’s also, unapologetically, a Trekkie [TOS/TNG].
Joanie is available to meet with students and faculty on a drop-in or appointment basis.
Each year, the OECD invites talented student leaders to join the team to help with programming and student engagement. Meet this year’s team:
Aislin Carpenter, Communications
Aislin Carpenter is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Jacobs School of Music, where she studies trumpet performance with John Rommel and Baroque trumpet and early music with Dr. Kris Kwapis.
In addition to performing in IU music ensembles, Aislin has received orchestral fellowships at the Music Academy of the West and the Round Top Festival Institute. In 2021 she was named a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition. She is also an avid chamber musician. Her long-standing brass quintet, Limestone Brass, was selected as a 2022 fellowship quintet at the Aspen Music Festival and maintains an active performing presence in the Bloomington area.
A passionate arts advocate, Aislin is pursuing additional studies in arts management and ethnomusicology in hopes of broadening the classical music canon and expanding educational accessibility for aspiring musicians. She has held administrative positions in various engagement organizations, including IU’s Classical Connections and the award-winning HHART Student Arts Gala. As a second-year intern on the OECD’s student leadership team, she hopes to use her enthusiasm and expertise to empower the student body at the Jacobs School of Music.
Sarah McDonie, Project Manager
Sarah Adele Kirkman McDonie is a PhD candidate in musicology with a minor in Media Studies from St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s of music education degree from DePauw University and a Master of Arts in musicology from IU. During her undergrad, Sarah also studied music history and saxophone performance at City University London and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Sarah’s research interests explore cybernetics, the American counterculture, experimental art, and questions of non-human agency. She is currently working on a chapter for a special edited volume that will be published in 2024.
Outside of musicology, Sarah is a freelance editor and, along with her husband, owns a custom music composition business, Opus One, LLC. When she is not doing professional work, Sarah is an avid runner and swimmer, and enjoys scuba diving, cooking and eating delicious food, and going on adventures with her husband, Brian, and Manford, their charismatic (and outrageously adorable) Shetland Sheepdog.
Known for her captivating performances and her expressively rich and lively soprano voice, Olivia Prendergast is currently pursuing her performance diploma in voice at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Professor Heidi Grant-Murphy. With Indiana University Opera Theater, she performed Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes and as Lisette in La Rondine by Puccini.
This summer, she joins the Merola Opera Company as First Spirit and Papagena (cover) in their production of Die Zauberflöte. She will also perform as one of the Niñas in Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov, and as a soloist in the American Songbook, Finale and Schwabacher Concerts.
While an undergraduate at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Olivia appeared often on the Opera Theater stage, most notably Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and as the young daughter, Lisa, in David T. Little’s visceral modern opera, Dog Days.
Ella Torres, Media
Ella Torres is a first-year MM voice student at Jacobs, studying with Carol Vaness. Before coming to IU, Ella received a B.M. in performance and an arts leadership certificate from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Through the certificate program, she took coursework in donor relations, grant writing, business plan development, audio recording, media, promotion, and marketing. In 2021, Ella interned with the chamber music group Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, IL) and with The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Rochester, NY). Ella is also a new board member for the non-profit organization What Is Opera, Anyway?.
Through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) at Eastman, Ella was also an HSF Scholar during the 2021-22 academic year and attended their 2021 Media and Entertainment Summit. Ella is a proud alumna of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) and held leadership positions in her collegiate chapter every semester. In her free time, Ella enjoys biking, reading, and playing board games.