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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2014-2015 Project Jumpstart Team

Curtis Smith | Contact Curtis

Curtis SmithComposer, artist, instructor, mentor, and current Jumpstart Team lead—Curtis N. Smith is a second-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) and an album critic for the progressive rock think tank 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 He is currently collaborating with IU MM violist Bryan Lew on a new solo work—commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Curtis and his wife Charlotte are native Californians, BYU alumni, and—as of this summer—proud parents of twin boys Ellis and Julian.

Rafael Porto | Contact Rafael

Rafael PortoBrazilian bass-baritone Rafael Porto recently performed the role of Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Studying voice, Porto is a second-year master’s student under the tutelage of Tim Noble and is currently the Wilfred C. Bain Fellow. Combining his undergraduate work at Butler University, Indianapolis Opera, and music festival productions, Porto has sung sixteen different roles in the past five years. Outside the realm of music, Porto runs his business, Rafael Porto Media Services (see work at, which provides, design, photography, and recording services. Porto enjoys transforming inner visions into reality. Texture, color, sound, composition, angle, light, passion – all are tools of transformation. He was worked for various clients and organizations throughout Indiana including the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, American Guild of Organists, major landscaping companies, Butler University, and has also worked alongside photographers from ESPN and US

Rachel Rodgers | Contact Rachel

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers is a jazz & classical flutist from the New York metropolitan area. She is currently in her sophomore year, majoring in Flute Performance under Professor Thomas Robertello, with a minor in jazz studies. Rachel has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Gibson Guitar Stage in Nashville, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, NPR’s “From the Top,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and at a variety of jazz and classical venues across the United States. In addition to flute, she is a pianist and composerand has entered the commercial scoring world, composing and performing the music for a Domino’s International TV campaign. In 2011, Rachel created “Visiting Young Musicians”, an ongoing program recognizing the healing powers of music that recruits young local musicians of all genres to perform at children’s hospitals and senior centers—a project that earned her the Gold Award by the Girl Scouts of America. In the media, she has been profiled in Westchester Magazine, in many newspapers, and online at Outside of music, Rachel is a photographer, especially interested in multimedia. She was the Media Manager at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute during summer 2014, is a production management assistant at MacGuffin Films in NYC, a student photographer for IU Media, and runs her own photography business (Rachel Rodgers Photography) – with a website releasing later this year. For now, you can see her work at

Patricia Wallinga | Contact Patricia

Patricia WallingaPatricia Wallinga is a composer, double bassist, vocalist, and new music advocate in her second year of undergraduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music who specializes in vocal composition and new music performance. As a member of the NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, she has premiered and recorded works by Zachary Wadsworth, Aaron Travers, and Dominick DiOrio and toured with the ensemble to Carnegie Hall in New York City and the American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. She also premiered her own piece Portraits of Wartime with the ensemble in March 2014, as the winner of the 2013 NOTUS Student Composition Contest. In addition, she has had numerous instrumental solo, chamber, and large ensemble works performed and recorded by members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the DePaul School of Music, the Northern Illinois University School of Music, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music. She is a member of ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. Originally from Naperville, IL, she currently resides in Bloomington, IN.

Alain Barker | Contact Alain | LinkedIn

Alain BarkerAlain Barker was appointed Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at the Jacobs School of Music in July, 2014 and has extensive experience in arts organization development, arts policy, communications and marketing, teaching and performance.

Between 2004 and 2014, Barker directed Jacobs School of Music marketing and publicity operations. Initiatives during this time included a rebranding of the school, development of numerous communications platforms, and integration of social media into school life. With a team of talented professionals, he led publicity and media relations for more than 1,100 events annually, as well as 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.