Careers in Music

Careers in Music

Our internship network is growing all the time

Thanks to the help of our Career Services center and the fact that Santa Fe is the second-largest art market in the US. The Career Services staff spends their time developing new connections to make sure that you get hands-on experience before you leave campus – and that means working in the industry.

Internship work comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes. You can find work in venues including music festivals, broadcasting companies, recording studios, marketing companies, music education centers, and booking and scheduling offices. You could be working with musical groups, or on promotional videos, audio sound work, youth media projects, audio storytelling, and more. Just tell us what your passion is: we can help you make it a reality.

Our alumni do amazing things: whether it’s cutting an album and touring nationally and internationally with a band, creating scores and soundtracks for television and film, competing at festivals like South By Southwest, or going on to stellar graduate programs around the country. Our alumni get nominated for Grammies, win Independent Music Awards, compete on “The Voice,” hear their music on MTV, work with stars as vocal coaches, and so much more – and you’re going to join their ranks.

Examples of careers for Contemporary Music graduates:

Performance: Instrumental, Vocal, On-Air

Recording / Sound Engineer

Audio Technician / Sound / Production Mixer

Boom Operator

Production / Post Production

MIDI Engineering

Music Video Producer

Artist / Talent Representation & Acquisition

Promotion / Media Relations / Publicity / Booking

Music Business Management

Education: Elementary, Secondary, University

Private Instruction

Voice Over Artist

Composer / Arranger / Editor

Music Publishing and Editing

Music Librarian: Collection, Acquisition, Research, Archives

Stage Manager

Music License / Copyright Administration

Examples of employers for Contemporary Music graduates:

Conservatories / Studios

Orchestras: Philharmonic, Symphony, and Chamber

Armed Forces Bands and Orchestras

Small Ensembles / Local / Regional Bands

Rock or Jazz Groups

Dance Bands

Concert Soloists

Clubs and Restaurants

Opera / Ballet Companies

Musical Theatres / Theatre Groups

Radio, Television, and Motion Picture Industries

Cruise Lines / Amusement Parks

Record / Production Companies

Music Publishers


Virtual Reality Sound Environments: Internet Sites, Software Creators, Game Designers, App Designers

Visiting Artists: Contemporary Music

Every year, the Contemporary Music department brings in professionals and musicians from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with music students:

Alan Munde (Recording artist, banjo player)

Biggi Vinkeloe - Desert Sweets Trio (Composer, performer, flute, Alto Saxophone, has performed internationally with diverse musical groups)

Brian Allen

Dino J.A. Deane (multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, conductor)

Elliott Rogers

God-Des and She (Hip-hop/pop/soul duo, currently performing internationally)

Kate Reid (singer, songwriter, activist)

Ozomatli (seven piece band, known for their vocal activism and variety of musical styles, including: salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap)

Public Enemy (hip hop group, four certified gold or platinum albums, known for activism within African American community)

Sean Tyrrell (Irish musician, recording artist)

Thollem McDonas (pianist, improviser, composer, singer-songwriter, touring performer, musical educator)

The H@T

Roshan Bhartiya (Indian musician, sitar player, music educator specializing in classical Indian music)

Al Faaet

Wind Up Birds

Steve Smith and the Hard Road Trio (southwestern bluegrass group, regularly tours the country)