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The Project Jumpstart team changes every year and constantly strives to bring new voices to the table. Check out what some of our Project Jumpstart alumni have to say about their time on the team and how it has influenced where they currently are in their careers - both in and outside of the Jacobs School of Music.
2016-2017 Daniel Mallampalli | Elleka Okerstrom
Matthew Recio | Kathryn Sherman
2015-2016 Natalie Martell | Elleka Okerstrom
Rafael Porto | Christian Purdy
2014-2015 Rafael Porto | Rachel Rogers
Curtis Smith (Lead) | Patricia Wallinga
2013-2014 Kate Haldrup | Rosa Li
Sheh Feng Ng | Curtis Smith
2012-2013 Joanna Helms | Rosa Li
Lindsay Medina (Coordinator) | Kevin Miescke
2011-2012 Joanna Helms | Jerome Sibulo
Peter Thoresen (Coordinator) | Forrest Wu
2010-2011 Clair Condit | Angela Kloc Heron
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Rosa Li (BM '14) was a member of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Project Jumpstart teams. 


Pianist Rosa Li is a recent graduate of Columbia University where she earned a Masters in Arts Administration. Prior to moving to New York, Rosa attended Indiana University where she graduated with honors from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music and Performer Diploma in Piano Performance, as well as a minor in Economics. Rosa recently served in marketing, special events, and development roles for Portland Piano International, Chamber Music Northwest, and The Metropolitan Opera. As a member of the 2012-13 and 2014-15 Project Jumpstart teams, she continues her work in artistic entrepreneurship as the Coordinator of the Center for Music Entrepreneurship at the Manhattan School of Music. This Fall, Rosa will attend The Julliard School.

"Being a part of Project Jumpstart encouraged me to 'think outside the box' about cultural entrepreneurship and artistic career development, both fields of interest which I continue to explore in my current work. I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Jumpstart team!"

Daniel Mallampalli (BM '17) was a member of the 2016-2017 Project Jumpstart team.

Daniel MallampalliDaniel Mallampalli is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Maestro Mark Gibson. He serves as Assistant Conductor for CCM's Opera d'Arte, and will be performing a triple-bill production of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Menotti's The Telephone and Bucci's Tale for a Deaf Ear in February 2018. Awarded Graduate Assistantships in both orchestral conducting and opera coaching, Daniel's responsibilities include musical preparation at both the podium and piano for this season’s symphonic and operatic productions, including Bernstein’s Candide, Handel’s Ariodante, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Since 2015, Daniel has served as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Jörg Birhance (Austria) with the Blütenburg Kammerphilharmonie (Munich, Germany), La Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (México) and La Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (México). He looks forward to returning to México in March 2018 for return engagements in Zacatecas and performances in Mexico City with La Orquesta Filharmónica de la Ciudad de México.

Daniel has incorporated his experience from Project Jumpstart with his activities in music administration. Employed as Artist Liaison for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center for the 2017 season, Daniel worked closely with Maestro Andris Nelsons and numerous guest conductors, soloists and agents. In this capacity, he provided key artistic support for the BSO's summer productions of Wagner's Das Rheingold and Puccini’s Tosca. Daniel has previously held similar positions at the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Vienna State Opera, and Brevard Music Center.

Natalie Martell (BM '16) was a member of the 2015-2016 Project Jumpstart team.

NMNatalie graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Certificate in Arts Administration. With  a focus in merging these two worlds together, Natalie is pursuing a  dual Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Master of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she will be working as the opera department graduate assistant at the UC College-Conservatory of Music, under opera and film director Robin Guarino. Natalie is thrilled to be entering this presitgious program and is looking forward to a career in arts management post-graduation.

"Project Jumpstart had a tremendous impact in my professional life in terms of allowing me to discover the many possibilites for careers in music outside of performance. In addition, I learned a lot about the power of networking and relationship building, a skill that is so essential in today's world. The skills I developed while working for this great team are ones I will take with me into graduate school and throughout my professional work."

Kevin Miescke (DMA '16) was a member of the 2012-2013 Project Jumpstart team.

KMKevin is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music, and plans to complete the degree of Doctor of Music in Horn Performance in the fall semester of 2016. In May of 2015, Kevin was selected as the Instructor of Horn at Eastern Illinois Universiy in Charleston, Illinois and will continue his appointment as a full time faculty member starting this fall. Kevin recently helped launch a professional horn quartet, The Skylark Quartet. The mission of the ensemble is to share the rich heritage of American art song, with a specific focus on composers from Indiana. Kevin's experience with Project Jumpstart provided him with the skills necessary to accomplish many of his professional and musical achievements to date. This program exposed him to the possibilites available to modern, musicians, and showed him how to create the life and career he wanted.

Elleka Okerstrom (MM '17) was a member of the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Project Jumpstart teams.

EOSoprano Elleka Okerstrom recently completed the first year of her her MM degree at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Dr. Brian Horne. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePauw University in 2014 and was a member of the music honors society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Prior to her work with Project Jumpstart, Elleka spent a year working for the DePauw University School of Music as the Graduate Intern for the school's 21st-Century Musician Initiative (21CM)- a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past.

"My time with Project Jumpstart has been a truly eye-opening experience that has greatly influenced the way in which I view the world of music. Through my work on the team I have been able to deepen my understanding of my role as a musician in society and how we can all use our passion for music as a way to catalyze positive change in our communities. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this wonderful organization for a second year and I can't wait to see the progress that we make."

Christian Purdy (BME '17) was a member of the 2015-2016 Project Jumpstart team. 


Christian is entering his fifth year of undergraduate work at Indiana University, pursuing a degree in General Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music and the Johnson Certificate of Music Entrepreneurship from the Kelley School of Business. As an advocate for high-quality music education, Christian is dedicated to educational entrepreneurship and innovation. He served as president of Indiana University’s award-winning student chapter of the National Association for Music Education, and recently completed a 2-year term as the collegiate representative on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Music Education Association. Christian is currently student teaching at Binford Elementary School with Lisa Zorn, and will return to campus to complete coursework in spring 2017.

“Working with the Project Jumpstart team was an experience that challenged me in new and diverse ways. Project Jumpstart encouraged me to explore all areas of a career and life in music, and I developed many of the skills I now know I’ll need to advance myself professionally.”

Matthew Recio was a member of the 2016-2017 Project Jumpstart team, and is currently part of the 2016-2017 team.

Rachel Rodgers (BM '17) was a member of the 2014-2015 Project Jumpstart team.


Rachel Rodgers is a rising senior at the IU Jacobs School of Music, currently pursuing a degree in Flute Performance with a minor in jazz studies and earning a certificate in Music Entrepreneurship from the music school and the Kelley School of Business. She currently has a full private music studio, comprised of both piano and flute students and is in the beginning stages of writing and planning a new jazz/contemporary music CD to be released post-graduation. Rachel also continues to run and shoot for her photography business, Rachel Rodgers Photography.

"Project Jumpstart was one of the best experiences of my education and career yet. It gave me skills in many different fields - advising, arts administration, public speaking, social media, and entrepreneurship, within the music world. I have Project Jumpstart to thank for the opportunities I was able to implement them."

Kathryn Sherman (BM '17) was a member of the 2016-2017 Project Jumpstart team.

Kathryn ShermanKathryn is a vocalist, arranger, and educator currently based in Bloomington, IN. A recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jazz Studies program, she has studied with Dr. Steve Zegree, Ly Wilder, Darmon Meader, Duane Davis, and Jeremy Fox. She has performed as a member of IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1, the Singing Hoosiers, and several student combos, having her arrangements premiered by these groups as well. Kathryn works with Bloomington Expressive Arts Training (BEAT) as the Vocal Director for Revelation (BEAT’s high school women’s show choir) and Assistant Director for VocalWERKS (BEAT’s specialty choir that performs vocal jazz and a cappella music). Additionally, Kathryn runs her own private studio where she teaches voice, music theory, and beginning piano lessons.

“Working at Project Jumpstart changed the way I approach being a musician. It’s not just about talent and practice – it is necessary to also have your own perspective as an artist and understand all of the creative ways you can put your training to work. Every skill I learned from working with this team has proven to be extremely helpful as I take the next steps in my career.”

Curtis Smith (DMA '17) was a member of the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Project Jumpstart teams.

Curtis SmithCurtis Smith is doctoral candidate (DMA, composition, Fall 2017) and current executive director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). His recently-completed dissertation, E Pluribus, will receive its premier in December 2017 by the IU Jacobs Concert Orchestra. From 2015-2017 his work at the CLL has expanded summer youth arts and STEM programming nearly 200% and he is currently working on developing the Ivy Tech Bloomington CLL into a program that can be adopted at Ivy Tech Community College’s 27 campuses across the state. As a member of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 team, Curtis helped develop the Jumpstart Digest, Well-Advised Lunch Series, and worked closely with director, Alain Barker in the early development stages the OECD.

“My work with the Jumpstart team and OECD director Alain Barker was a period of intense learning. It changed the way I think about music, art, and careers and equipped me to tackle the open-ended nature of making a creative life in the 21st century. What a blessing and opportunity to work with such a great team!”

Patricia Wallinga (BM '17) was a member of the 2014-2015 Project Jumpstart team.

Patricia WallingaComposer and mezzo-soprano Patricia Wallinga specializes in writing and performing English-language art song, opera, and contemporary choral music. Her work has been referred to as "powerful" by Peter Jacobi of the Bloomington Herald-Times and "damn brilliant" by composer Eric Whitacre. Wallinga’s 2014 tenor song cycle Dreams in War Time, received a 2015 BMI Student Composer Award, and its companion choral cantata Portraits of Wartime won the 2013 NOTUS Student Composition Contest and was performed by IU’s elite contemporary vocal ensemble NOTUS, in which she sang from 2013 to 2017. Wallinga has also worked as a performer, composer, and orchestra manager for Bloomington student opera initiatives New Voices Opera, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Originally from Naperville, IL, she is currently a graduate student at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studies composition with Elinor Armer.

“Composers spend so much time learning how to perfect the music they write, but barely any time learning how to manage everything that happens after the double bar line is written. That's where Project Jumpstart has helped me the most-- the skills I learned working with the team, from organization and design to scheduling, communication, and problem-solving, have been instrumental in helping me recruit musicians, engrave scores, lead rehearsals, and otherwise get my music to the stage. Being on the Jumpstart team also helped me get hired for my current job at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (where I'm also attending grad school), where I'm the receptionist for the office of the dean, president, and the rest of the school's executive staff.”