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Staff Members


Alain BarkerAlain Barker has an entrepreneurial career that includes arts organization development, arts policy research, communications and marketing, teaching and performance and 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; agent, organizer and publicist for local not-for-profits, concert series and artists; 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 U.S., as well as to 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.

Contact: 856-5719 | abarker@indiana.edu

Career Advisor

Meryl KriegerMeryl joined the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development in May, 2016, after a wide range of experiences as a performer and arts administrator.

A Michigan native, she graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in clarinet performance and minored in piano and creative writing. She attended Northwestern University where she studied clarinet performance before ultimately graduating with a BS Speech in Communication Studies. Positions following her early studies included grant development and program management in the Chicago performing arts community. She also began teaching piano and clarinet, while performing with a woodwind quintet and a variety of pickup orchestras and ensembles. She pursued a MA in Anthropology and a BM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts, studying with Ludmilla Lazar. She then came to the Jacobs School of Music for her MM in Music Theory, after which she completed a PhD in Ethnomusicology at IU.

Prior to joining the staff of the OECD, she worked as an academic advisor in the University Division and the College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on the recording industry and the impact of technology and social media on how musicians create performances and construct identities as performers. Meryl is thrilled to return to the Jacobs School and looks forward to seeing you all.

Meryl is available to meet with students and faculty on a drop-in or appointment basis.

For appointments, use the Career Portal scheduler or contact her directly: 855-4954 | kriegerj@indiana.edu

 Career Advisor

Joanie SpainJoanie comes to IU with sixteen years of experience in relationship management in nonprofit and higher education, and more than ten 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.

Contact: 855-4904 | jospain@indiana.edu


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