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Innovation Institute

Catalyzing change. Propelling boldly forward.

Fueling the pipeline for leadership in new ideas, projects, and programs in classical music and beyond.

  • Support for both alums and fellows to create solutions
    and solve problems
  • Embracing creativity, ideation, digital content,
    and leadership development
  • Uplifting and deploying the goldmine of skills that
    exceptionally talented artists have developed
    as classically trained musicians

Alumni Enterprise Awards

The annual Alumni Enterprise Awards (AEA) is a significant grant and business development program for trailblazing endeavors. A keystone of the Innovation Institute’s expanding, year-round offerings, Alumni Enterprise Awards provide significant financial and entrepreneurial support for projects designed to propel the classical music ecosystem boldly forward. 

More about the Alumni Enterprise Awards & Awardees

2022 fellow Siri Storheim

“I enjoy being immersed in music and surrounded by so many inspiring people. I also love that the Music Academy is open minded about pursuing different paths in the industry… I’m enjoying the Innovation Institute a lot.

2022 fellow Siri Storheim

Recent Summer Offerings

  • Alumni Enterprise Award winners worked with leaders/educators of Stanford’s (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) – Director of Executive Education Perry Klebahn and Lecturer Dr. Kathryn Velcich
  • Industry innovators sessions included Prototyping an Idea to Reality, Playing to your Audience, Tools for Developing Your Ideas, and Developing Projects that Engage Communities.
  • Intensive workshop with AEA winner/cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and Musical America 2022 Conductor of the Year Teddy Abrams
  • Innovation teaching artists worked with Competition winners to produce creative recital presentations
  • Technology upgrades and enhancements in Hahn Hall to generate a platform for multi-media performances, recording, and streaming

Past Innovation Teaching Artists

Innovation Institute seminars are led by top-tier changemakers in music and business

Innovation & Career Development

The Innovation Institute
is generously supported by:

Ladera Foundation
Mary Myers Kauppila
George Myers

With additional support provided by:

Marcy Carsey
Roberto Arboleda and the Arboleda Family
Cheryl and Peter Ziegler



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