Career Development Residency

A Career Development Residency with Dana Fonteneau is a unique opportunity for young musicians to work and interact with an influential thinker in the music world who brings extensive experience working with top soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestral musicians, and educators, as well as with leading administrators, board members, and managers throughout the music industry. Participants will focus intensely on how to harness their talents to create a successful life in music. 

Drawing on Dana’s diverse background in music, business, finance, and psychology, the residency includes a sequence of talks, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble coachings, and one-on-one sessions. She will work with students, resident ensembles, faculty, and administrators on topics including: 

  • Goal setting 
  • Building a career path and business plan 
  • Financial planning 
  • Time management and prioritization 
  • Handling challenge and managing setbacks 
  • Branding and marketing
  • Performance anxiety and stage presence
  • Interpersonal dynamics and conflict resolution 

The residency will expand ambitions, share specific tools and strategies, and stoke the entrepreneurial spirit. Most importantly, this work will help all involved to recommit to a life in music by building a strong foundation for personal, professional, and financial success. 

Past engagements: 

  • Juilliard School 
  • San Francisco Conservatory 
  • Shepherd School of Music - Rice University 
  • University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance 
  • Butler School of Music - University of Texas at Austin
  • United States Marine Band
  • Avaloch Farm Music Institute
  • Yellow Barn Music School and Festival
  • Chamber Music America National Conference 
  • California All-State Music Educators Conference

Possible residency schedules: 

Dana Fonteneau will work to develop an optimal schedule for each organization based on your specific needs and who will participate. Here are some past residency schedules though to give an idea of what is possible. 

One-day residency at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music: 

Finding Your Why — public talk open to all students and faculty  
Consultations arranged through the Business and Entrepreneurship program
Masterclass for small ensembles arranged through the Chamber Music Program

Three-day residency at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Day 1 — 
Guest presentation for Business of Chamber Music class
Consultation with staff psychologist and staff therapist 

Day 2 — 
Masterclass for individuals and ensembles
Workshop for the EXCEL department (career development and entrepreneurship) 
Guest presentation for the Chamber Music Forum 

Day 3 —
Consultations with faculty members
Guest presentation on performance anxiety 

Five-day residency at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music: 

Day 1 — 
Consultation and coaching with graduate quartet-in-residence
Guest presentation for the opera department
Secrets to Success: Design a Fulfilling Career — public talk for students and faculty
Consultations with faculty members 

Day 2 —
Guest presentation for entrepreneurship class
Consultation and coaching with faculty quartet-in-residence (Miró Quartet) 
Consultation with administrators and faculty members

Day 3 —
Guest presentation and masterclass for the UT Symphony Orchestra
Consultation with administrative staff
The Brilliant Function of Fear — public talk for students and faculty
Consultations with faculty members

Day 4 — 
Guest presentation for music education students
Guest presentation for the Foundation of Music Business class
Q&A “Happy Hour” for graduate students
Consultations with faculty members 

Day 5 —
Guest presentation for undergraduate lecture class Music and Culture
Guest presentation and masterclass for the UT Wind Ensemble
Consultations with faculty members
Consultation and coaching with graduate quartet-in-residence
Attend evening faculty concert
Wrap-up meeting with faculty and administration

Learn more by contacting Dana Fonteneau at (415) 820-1691 or