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Music business at St. Thomas prepares students to lead in the evolving business of music and entertainment.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Eric Johnson ’07, is the Chorus Manager for the Boston Symphony.

Dejen Tesfagiorgis '08, is the founder and President of ArtsApp.

Brian Casey '05, is a composer/performer with In the Groove.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. We have internships that span the country, with many in the twin cities. Because here more money is spent per capita on the arts than in any other city in the United States, there is a thriving arts business community near St. Thomas that provides many opportunities for internships. Listed below are just a few examples.

Courtney Wosick (current student)  Hal Leonard Music Publishing
Works in advertising and promotion.  Duties include management of the company website, advertising sales and billing, working with on Kindle versions of music publications
Rachel Siteman (current student)
Sony Music Entertainment
Markets and promotes artists and events in the Twin Cities area.  Plans events such as pre-release screenings, contests, etc.; pre-concert marketing, and social media
Bo Bodner ’12,
Essential Sessions; works in studio management and client relations.  Serves as a recording and mix engineer, as well as staff composer/producer
Josh Schwalbach ’07
and Erik Johnson ‘08, Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis), worked in artistic planning, specifically The Composer Institute, and marketing. Johnson also interned at In the Groove Music, working on jingle and advertising music.
Joe Kerber ’08, Tinderbox Music Promotions (Minneapolis), contacted college radio stations around the country promoting Tinderbox's clients.
Jon Redwine ’08, Capital Records (Los Angeles), worked in artistic administration, production and artist development.

Study abroad. A great percentage of our students studies abroad. They tend to go to a number of different places that UST offers. Global exposure certainly enhances every student’s perspective on the working world, and in music business, international experience helps students get a better understanding of music’s effect outside of the United States.

Faculty at work

Our faculty consists of international conductors and performers appearing as guest artists in countries across Europe, the United Kingdom, South America, China, Japan and Australia. Our faculty also has delivered papers nationally and internationally, sometimes appearing as headline speakers at major scholarly conferences. Faculty members who teach in our music business program are immersed in local professional organizations and have key ties to influential local and national art organizations and businesses.

What jobs are possible with a Music Business major?

  • Personal manager (or artist manager, agent)
  • Booking agent (or talent agent)
  • Entrepreneur (music business)
  • Retail sales management
  • Business manager
  • Music business consultant
  • Record company executive
  • A&R coordinator
  • A&R administrator
  • Regional sales manager
  • Marketing representative
  • Field merchandiser (or merchandiser)
  • Consumer researcher
  • Music publisher
  • Song plugger (professional manager)
  • Road manager
  • Record producer

  • Entertainment attorney
  • Music supervisor (music licensing/clearance)
  • Concert promoter
  • Independent radio promoter
  • Director of publicity (or public relations director)
  • Publicist (or staff publicist, press agent)
  • Assistant publicist
  • Promotional staffer
  • Tour publicist
  • Contractor (or leader)
  • Artist relations representative (artist development representative)
  • Advertising account executive
  • Salesperson (record label)
  • College representative (or campus Representative)
  • Tour coordinator
  • Sound technician
  • Recording engineer
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