Owen Broder is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (M.M., 2015) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M., 2012), having received both degrees in Jazz Performance.

Owen visits high school and collegiate music programs around the country, ardently preparing students and young musicians for careers in music and the various avenues available to pursue within that path.

Over the extent of one week, Mr. Broder worked directly with the saxophone students in private lessons, led saxophone sectionals, directed a full rehearsal of the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, and performed for our students. Since I assumed the role of director three years ago, I can confidently say that this residency has been the single most valuable experience for the progression of our ensemble and saxophone students.
- Dylan Smith [director, Meadows Jazz Orchestra, SMU]

Owen Broder is available for performance masterclasses, ensemble clinics, guest artist appearances, and entrepreneurship lectures. Private lesson packages for in-person or Skype sessions are also available.

Guest Clinician at Southern Methodist University




  • The Music of Heritage

    • Perform the music of Heritage with your student ensemble, featuring Owen and, optionally, any number of musicians from the American Roots Project’s album. This residency could include up to three rehearsals culminating in a performance.

  • Guest Artist

    • Feature Owen as a guest soloist with your school’s large ensemble, performing your programmed music. This residency could include up to three rehearsals culminating in a performance.

  • Masterclass

    • For classrooms of any size, a masterclass can include a solo performance, a small group performance along side faculty or student musicians, and discussions of jazz improvisation, composition / arrangement, and developing a professional career in music.

  • Ensemble Clinics

    • Large or small ensembles can perform material they have been working on and receive feedback. The goal is to refine the ensemble sound and performance by supplementing what has been taking place in rehearsals with an outside perspective, and reinforcing the lessons the students have been getting from the program.


  • The Musician Launch Kit

    • A customizable workshop for collegiate music students preparing to transition into the professional arena in a variety of markets. It is designed to introduce the different roles emerging freelance musicians will need to take on, avenues available to pursue, and skills to develop in the early stages of their careers as they build themselves into thriving artists. The emphasis is on providing an overview of the industry and an understanding that there are many ways to navigate it, along with a few strategic solutions. Ideal for residencies with multiple sessions to address each topic.

    • Download outline here.

  • Financial Management for Freelance Musicians

    • When entering the professional arena, it is important to develop a financial plan and strategies for managing your resources, and forging reliable sources of income. Topics include establishing an expense budget, taxes, business-related bank accounts and credit cards, non-profits and fiscal sponsors, artist contracts, accounting software, and the financial realities of creating or leading a musical project.

  • Building a Loyal & Reliable Network

    • Musicians rely on a strong network of colleagues, fans, and industry professionals to maintain an active performance career. The network is a source of professional opportunities, and supports your creative endeavors in a number of ways. This workshop offers tools to cultivate a loyal audience and a reliable professional community, and explores the role of social media and digital promotion.

  • Booking a Tour

    • Touring is an important piece of the puzzle in developing a performance resume, growing a following, and selling CDs - particularly in an era when CDs don’t sell! Traveling with your music is the best way to get your music out there. And until you have a strong enough of a following to connect with a booking agent, you’ll need to book the tours yourself. From this workshop, you’ll develop strategies for effectively reaching performance venues, planning tour routes, and managing the income and expenses related to traveling with your music.

  • Recording Music

    • Recording your material is a great way to document where you are in your journey and musical development. It is also an essential tool to grow your following, and a critical calling card for talent buyers. This workshop sheds some light on planning a recording session, establishing the financial and creative goals, financing the project, release methods and strategies, and monetizing the product in the age of streaming.

Previous Visits

College / University
University of Denver
Eastman School of Music
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Slippery Rock University
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Lawrence University
Manhattan School of Music
Southern Methodist University
Tarrant County Community College
Arkansas State University
New England Conservatory

Middle / High School
Orange County School of the Arts
Baltimore School for the Arts
Oxford High School
Royal Oak High School
Fort Hayes Metropolitan
New Trier High School
La Villa School of the Arts


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