Project Jumpstart

Individual Advising

Need some guidance? Individual advising is available by phone, in person, or over email. Contact Alain Barker at jumpstar [at] indiana [dot] edu.

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Project Jumpstart is grateful for support and assistance from The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business.

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2013-2014 Project Jumpstart Team

Kate Haldrup | Contact Kate

Kate HaldrupKate Haldrup is a senior Jacobs School of Music and Hutton Honors College student pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Recording Arts and minor in Informatics. Kate was raised in Carmel, Indiana where she developed a strong love for music, technology, and multimedia. She plays drumset in multiple community ensembles and has toured the United States with her music. One of the ensembles received recognition from Musical Family Tree as one of the Top 50 Indiana Albums of 2012. In early 2012, Kate co-founded Second Kitchen Collective, a student- run music and video blog dedicated to capturing a unique live sound experience that allows local artists an opportunity to showcase their work.  She received a grant from the Hutton Honors College to pursue this endeavor, which she co-wrote with members of Recording Arts faculty. While pursuing her JSoM Recording Arts degree Kate has participated as a crew member in a number of student performances including IU Opera Theater’s production of La Bohème, the Jazz Extravaganza, and The Nutcracker. In her spare time Kate enjoys camping, snowboarding, biking, rock climbing and traveling.

Rosa Li | Contact Rosa

Rosa LiPianist, economics, and arts administration student, Rosa Li was raised in Portland, Oregon. She has performed both solo and orchestral recitals at home and abroad with such diverse ensembles as the Oregon Ballet Theatre Company and the Far Eastern Symphony Orchestra in Khabarovsk, Russia. She was a seven- time featured soloist in the annual "Ten Grands" Snowman Foundation Concert that raises money to support music programs in public schools around Oregon. In 2009, Rosa produced, directed, and marketed her own benefit concert which united student musicians and community supporters to raise money for the Red Cross efforts in response to the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. As a Project Jumpstart team member, she hopes to continue helping her peer musicians explore their entrepreneurial potential. Rosa earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a minor in Economics with an honors notation from Indiana University. Currently, she is pursuing a Performer Diploma in piano performance.

Sheh Feng Ng | Contact Sheh Feng

Sheh Feng NgSheh Feng Ng is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education at the Jacobs School of Music on a full scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. She completed her BM (with Honors) at the University of Birmingham in the UK, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Prior to joining the Jacobs School, Sheh Feng was an arts education officer in music at the Student Development Curriculum Division, Ministry of Education in Singapore, where she led teams in large-scale national projects such as the Singapore Youth Festival and the Music Talent Development Centre. Apart from being involved in educational policy, she also trained music teachers, organized workshops and master classes for music directors and instructors, and processed grants to school music programs. She is honored to serve on the Project Jumpstart team, and looks forward to using her experience and unique perspectives as an international student to help the students here at the Jacobs School achieve their career goals.  

Curtis Smith | Contact Curtis

Curtis SmithComposer, artist, instructor, mentor and small business owner—Curtis N. Smith is a first-year DM composition candidate with a variety of interests and professional pursuits within and without the field of music. His undergraduate and master’s studies in guitar and composition were filled with side projects from Balinese gamelan, church choir directing, and curriculum development to residence life, community outreach, librarianship and management. His research interests have resulted in successful grants, updated score holdings, and new curricula for Brigham Young University. He is a contributing writer for the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI), album critic for the progressive rock think tank, and is currently compiling a book-length annotated bibliography of progressive rock. Curtis’s compositional activities explore an equally broad spectrum of styles ranging from solo to ethnic ensembles to large orchestral works—always infused with elements of folk, rock, popular, and classical music and driven by an intense desire to create (get to know his music at His Master’s thesis, Symphony No.1, was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition 2011/12 Student Award. Curtis and his wife, Charlotte, are native Californians, BYU alumni, and proud Hoosiers.

Alain Barker | Contact Alain

Alain BarkerFor the past nine years, Alain Barker directed Jacobs School of Music marketing and publicity operations. Initiatives during this time included a rebranding of the school, a new website, development of a number of communications platforms, and integration of social media into school life. He also hired and led a team of talented professionals who handle publicity and media relations, as well as annual marketing campaigns for IU Opera & Ballet Theater, Admissions, Development, Alumni Relations, school departments, and the Summer Music series.

Barker was executive director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival from 1994-2004, a time during which a small collection of concerts was transformed into an early music festival of national significance. He has 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 by Aguavá New Music Studio; and manager for two US tours of the Legêne, Kuijken, Gibbons Chamber Trio.

Barker was co-principal flute in the Orchestra of the Asturian Principality, in Oviedo, Spain, and principal flute in the Marion, Ind. Philharmonic. He has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals around the U.S. and, with the Aguavá New Music Studio, toured across the U.S., as well as to Mexico, Colombia, and Israel. He taught for four years as a visiting lecturer in flute at the Jacobs School’s Summer Semester.

Receiving his MM with honors in performance from the Jacobs School in 1989, Barker went on to complete his DM at the Jacobs School in 2000. He is a member of the Bloomington Arts Commission and has been a member of a number of local not-for-profit boards and advisory committees.