Introducing the 2022-23 Team
Project Jumpstart empowers and supports entrepreneurial, innovative thought and action among Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for a meaningful life in the arts.
We offer presentations, workshops, discussions, networking events, conferences, and publications on innovation and entrepreneurship. Central to these initiatives are partnerships with student groups and ensembles, Jacobs School departments, the IU Bloomington community, as well as organizations and creative individuals in the City of Bloomington and beyond.
THE 2021-22 PROJECT JUMPSTART TEAM
Aislin Carpenter, Communications Specialist
Aislin Carpenter, 20, is a third-year undergraduate student at the Jacobs School of Music, where she studies trumpet performance with John Rommel. Her love for the instrument began at the age of 10 and was cultivated by the vibrant musical community in the DC-metro area of which she is a native. During her time at IU, Aislin has performed in a variety of ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir/Band, and her long-standing quintet, the Limestone Brass. She also studies Baroque trumpet and early music under Dr. Kris Kwapis.
Aislin’s musical engagements are numerous. Most recently, she attended the Round Top Festival Institute as a 2021 Fellow, was named a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition, and was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. She is also a participant in several contemporary music projects and maintains an active teaching career as a sectional coach and private instructor.
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 of the future. She holds administrative positions in various outreach organizations, including IU’s Classical Connections and the award-winning HHART Student Arts Gala. As the new Communications Specialist for Project Jumpstart, she is ecstatic to bring her experience, creativity, and enthusiasm to the larger Jacobs community.
Caroline Goodwin is a soprano pursuing a Master of Music in Voice under the tutelage of Brian Horne at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Voice with an Outside Field in History from IU in 2021. Caroline has most recently appeared on the proscenium stage as the Second Spirit in IU Opera Theatre’s The Magic Flute. Her past roles include Maria in West Side Story, Liesl in The Sound of Music, and Lou Ann in Hairspray, along with chorus experiences in Xerxes and Bernstein’s Mass with IU Opera Theatre and The Jungle with New Voices Opera. Caroline has also been highly involved with ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids, which is an outreach organization that commissions and produces children’s operas for performances at Indiana grade schools.
In addition to performance, Caroline has held various leadership and administrative positions. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she served as the Undergraduate Representative on the School of Music Council. During her term, she founded and co-chaired the Student Representative Committee in order to effectively channel student voices to the administration. In 2020, Caroline was elected to the IU Student Body Congress as the Jacobs School of Music Representative, where she served on the Title IX Committee and the Education Committee. During the summer of 2021, Caroline completed a Clowes Internship with the IU Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, where she learned about museum and gallery curatorship. During the 2021-2022 school year, Caroline will also be working with the Jacobs Community Engagement Initiative, an organization that fosters musical connections with rural communities in the area surrounding Bloomington.
Caroline is looking forward to using her varied experience to serve the Jacobs community through her role as the Engagement Specialist for Project Jumpstart.
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 studied music education at DePauw University, during which time she spent six months studying saxophone performance and music history in London. In 2017, she completed her Master of Arts in Musicology here at Indiana University. Currently, Sarah’s research interests center on exploring the intersections of cybernetics and experimental art, emphasizing questions of agency.
Outside of her musicological work, 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 enjoys scuba diving, cooking and eating good food, running, swimming, and going on adventures with her husband, Brian, and Manford, their charismatic (and outrageously adorable) Shetland sheepdog. She is very much looking forward to serving in her new role as the student manager for Project Jumpstart during the 2021-2022 academic year!