Student Spotlight: Michael Carr

Michael CarrMichael David Carr – born and raised in Orlando, Florida – holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music. There, he studied voice and trumpet, alongside music composition and theory. He was introduced to venue operations as an assistant to the Operations Director of the school.

After graduating in May, 2013, Michael moved to Manhattan to begin work, first with Carnegie Hall’s Subscription Campaign.  Following the 2013-2014 Campaign, Michael decided to seek venues work, and a Graduate degree from Teachers College. In 2014, Michael was hired by Lincoln Center’s Concert Halls, where he now works as a Front-of-House Staff Coordinator.

In addition to Graduate school, and working events at Lincoln Center, Michael is an archivist for Opera singer Thomas Hampson (Baritone), and has worked on projects at poster and event archives at the LGBT Center on 13th Street.

What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University? The human and academic resources at Columbia are like no other. I was excited about the idea of having access to the online libraries and other student resources, which were just as appealing as the curriculum and professional networks.

Furthermore, the idea of networking in the New York Arts scene through the required internship was also particularly appealing to me. My Jazz at Lincoln Center internship was an experience that I won’t soon forget.

How are your studies helping to advance your career goals? I’m able to pursue classes offered in the Organization Psychology, Conflict Resolution and Organization Leadership, and Learning curricula. These classes have enhanced my knowledge and experience, especially with regard to the collaborative events I work on with Lincoln Center Concert Halls, where I interface with multiple departments.

Describe student life as a member of the ARAD community. I’m impressed by the individuals and stories that are connected to the ARAD program. I think that our social events and curriculum design enhance our bonding and cohesiveness.

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