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Partnered with the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, Project Jumpstart offers high-impact programming, including career development and entrepreneurship workshops, and networking events.

The student-led project is part of the Jacobs School of Music's Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

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Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month


Matthew VanBesienA native of St. Louis, Missouri, Matthew VanBesien earned a bachelor of music degree in French horn performance from the Jacobs School of Music. He performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans from 1992 to 2000 and then completed the League of American Orchestras' Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. The highly selective year-long program designed to develop orchestral leadership talent provided an opportunity for him to work at the Aspen Music Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Since then, his career path to being hired as Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic -- and just last week, President of the New York Philharmonic, in recognition of his exemplary leadership -- included managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and major administrative positions at the Houston Symphony. He is a member of the Board of Overseers for The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a former Board Director for Symphony Services International (formerly Symphony Australia).

Project Jumpstart recently had the opportunity to speak with VanBesien about his illustrious career, the people who inspired him, the changing world of the 21st century orchestra, and planning for a career in music.

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