"The title of this book gives just a glimpse of the breadth of information that is actually included. Author Angela Myles Beeching is director of the Career Services Center at the New England Conservatory, and it is clear that she draws from her personal experience advising hundreds of musicians in all aspects of their careers. Although the book is written primarily for musicians aspiring for full-time professional performing careers, the chapters include practical tips and guidelines that can also be applied to music teachers, composers, and freelancers...This book could easily be used as a textbook for a group of musicians to discuss, ponder, and creatively experiment with promoting their own music making and creating their own 'career paths.'"--American Music Teacher
"The director of New England Conservatory's Career Services Center offers practical advice on a host of topics ranging from performance anxiety and repertoire decisions to creating a web site to managing daily expenses. The book is rife with checklists, short case studies, and what the author calls 'accumulated wisdom of the faculty, alumni, and guest speakers who regularly present career strategy workshops at New England Conservatory.'"--Symphony
"An excellent manual for musicians at all levels. Full of practical advice and important information, simply presented, easily understood and ready to use."--Janet Bookspan, Stage Director and Performance Coach
"Career specialists and students are hungry for this information. When it is packaged as clearly, concisely, and entertainingly as this book is, it is easy to imagine its addition to the shelves."--Simone Himbeault Taylor, Director, Career Center, University of Michigan
"Beyond Talent is a wonderfully helpful book for the professional future of any young musician. Beeching writes clearly and comprehensively. Her book is a must for the library of any professional musician."--Robert Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, the University of Texas at Austin
About the Author
Angela Myles Beeching
directs the New England Conservatory Career Services Center, a comprehensive career resource office, internationally recognized as a model of its kind. Ms. Beeching has presented workshops for Chamber Music America, Eastman School of Music, the University of Kentucky, Boston University, and University of Texas, Austin. Since 1997 she has designed and facilitated the annual Young Performers Career Advancement seminar for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conferences. Her articles on career issues have appeared in the National Business Employment Weekly, Inside Arts, Chamber Music magazine,
and in Managing Your Career,
published by the Dow Jones. She co-chairs the annual conference of the Network of Music Career Development Officers, a group dedicated to improving music career development services.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Beeching taught cello at California State University, Fresno, and at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. A Fulbright Scholar and Harriet Hale Woolley grant recipient, Ms. Beeching also received fellowships at Banff and Tanglewood Music Center. An alumnus of Boston University and New England Conservatory, she holds a doctorate in cello performance from SUNY Stony Brook.