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Staff Members


Alain BarkerAlain Barker has an entrepreneurial career that includes arts organization development, arts policy research, communications and marketing, teaching and performance and joined the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development as its founding director in July, 2014.

From 2004-2014, Alain directed Jacobs School of Music marketing and publicity operations. He was executive director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival from 1994-2004. He has also 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.

Alain was co-principal flute in the Orchestra of the Asturian Principality, in Oviedo, Spain, and principal flute in the Marion Philharmonic. He has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals around the U.S. and toured across the U.S., as well as to Mexico, Colombia, and Israel. He taught for four years as a visiting lecturer in flute during the Jacobs School’s summer semester.

Alain has served on a number of local board and commissions, including the City of Bloomington Arts Commission, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Board of Directors, WFIU (Public Radio) Community Advisory Board, and the IU Arts & Humanities Council.

He holds a BM from the University of Cape Town, and an MM and DM from the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Contact: 856-5719 | abarker@indiana.edu

Career Advisor

Nathan FischerFor twenty years Nathan has built a career that has taken him full swing around the world. At present, he is a Career Advisor with the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia.

Nathan has been a Senior Lecturer of Classical Guitar with the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia, a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo, and a Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory in Cairo, Egypt. In 2013, he was a recipient of the UiTM Outstanding Service Award.

Nathan has received grants from organizations including the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, AUC/UiTM Faculty Research Grants, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant. He is currently a co-researcher for a Bestari Perdana grant titled The Malaysian Art Song as a Unifying and Empowering Cultural Identity. Nathan has volunteered as a board member with the Guitar Society of Las Vegas, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, and in 2006 he founded the International Guitar Institute.

Performance research has included the Arab oud in addition to the classical guitar. Nathan has appeared on five continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the Silver Sands Guitar Trio. An advocate for commissioning and performing new music he has worked with many exciting composers world-wide.

Nathan holds a DMA and a MM from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from George Mason University. Upon graduation from Eastman in 2004, he received the Andrés Segovia Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor.

Contact: 855-4954 | nafische@iu.edu

Career Advisor

Joanie SpainJoanie comes to IU with sixteen years of experience in relationship management in nonprofit and higher education, and more than ten years’ experience in career advising, exclusively in the arts. Although an Ohio native, Joanie relocated to Bloomington from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she initiated and developed a comprehensive career services program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Joanie graduated from Antioch University with a BA in Humanities. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Her artistic interests include glass fusing/kilnforming. Of current importance to her is the declining quality control of McDonald’s fountain Diet Coke, nationwide. She’s also, unapologetically, a Trekkie [TOS/TNG].

Joanie is available to meet with students and faculty on a drop-in or appointment basis.

Contact: 855-4904 | jospain@indiana.edu