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Business, Entrepreneurship and Career Planning

School of Music
Music Industry Leadership
April 2nd, 2022 

The Speakers



12:00pm - 12:50pm (ET)


Global Head at Live Craft Global, NY

Bolivsing (pseudoname) is an accomplished singer & music producer who now works as Global Head of a Podean LLC. branch (a Global Amazon Marketplace Marketing Company). In her role, Bolivsing faciliates virtual events for celebrities, social media influencers, celebrity gamers. Moreover, she oversees the operation of the specialist marketing agency that authentically immerses brands in live streaming environments by designing and activating custom programs for progressive brands that build genuine connections with fans across all live platforms. Bolivsing’s team pioneers emerging discipline of live commerce and work with leading brands delivering real-time experiences that are at the intersection of influencer, social, gaming and e-commerce.

Sherrie Maricle

Maricle's musical education began in the fourth grade when she started with the clarinet after being told that the trumpet was off-limits to girls. She moved on to the cello and settled on the drums in the sixth grade after seeing Buddy Rich play. Maricle began playing professionally, performing locally with Slam Stewart, while studying music (BA 1985) at SUNY-Binghamton. She then moved to New York City and attended New York University where she completed a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000. In the late 1980s, she was appointed director of percussion studies at NYU. Maricle directed Saturday jam sessions at the Village Gate from 1987 until the venue closed in 1993. Beginning in 1987, she also began collaborating and leading small groups with Peter Appleyard. In the 1990s, she performed with the New York Pops, Clark Terry, and Al Grey and began working with the group DIVA. Maricle currently leads the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the DIVA Jazz Trio, and the quintet Five Play. She teaches on the jazz faculty of the New York State Summer Music Festival, as well as running her own private drum and percussion studio. In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.


1:00pm - 1:50pm (ET)

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2:00pm - 2:50pm (ET)

Kevin Kwan Loucks

A Juilliard-trained concert pianist, arts entrepreneur, and nonprofit executive with more than 15 years of experience in the performing arts industry, Kevin Kwan Loucks employs a diverse skill set that has inspired the cultivation and development of creative projects across various platforms. He performed hundreds of recitals worldwide in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Prösels Castle, and Seoul Arts Center, and is regularly featured in seminars, educational masterclasses, and performance residencies in the world’s top academic institutions and centers for arts and culture. He is a founding member of Trio Céleste, a chamber music ensemble hailed as “unfailingly stylish” by The Strad, and earned recognition from Orange County Business Journal and OC Weekly who named him one of Southern California’s most influential people.


Mr. Loucks was appointed CEO of Chamber Music America in 2021 after serving as Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. He also served as Director of Innovation and Program Development at the Music Academy of the West where he was responsible for administering new impact programs and mentored both fellows and alumni in entrepreneurship, career building, and project management. In 2012, he co-founded the arts organization Chamber Music | OC which was hailed by the LA Times for "keeping classical music going in Orange County" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Loucks studied at The Juilliard School, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he was Teaching Assistant of the Emerson String Quartet and received the distinguished 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. He holds an Executive MBA from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University, and completed his executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Megan Gillis

Executive Director of City Lyric Opera, NY

Megan Gillis is a New York City based performer, producer, and educator. In 2015, Megan earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied under soprano, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.  While at MSM, Megan performed roles such as Gertrude Stein in Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Rose in Delibes' Lakme. She also appeared in scenes from Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Written on Skin, and Nixon in China. In 2014, Megan was awarded runner-up in the Eisenburg-Fried Concerto Competition for her interpretation of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.


Megan is also an accomplished opera producer and arts-administrator. In 2016 she co-founded City Lyric Opera (formerly ARE Opera) with colleague, Kathleen Spencer. City Lyric Opera was created to redefine the way opera is perceived and produced by putting the artist first in a welcoming and collaborative environment and bringing this incredible art form to the greater New York City community. City Lyric Opera will launch it's fourth season in September of 2019 with productions of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium and Humperdink's Hansel und Gretel. For more information about City Lyric Opera please visit

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3:00pm - 3:50pm (ET) 


4:00pm - 4:50pm (ET)

Richard Germanson

Germanson started playing piano at a young age. After winning the grand prize at the American Pianists Association's Jazz Piano Competition in 1996, Germanson left Milwaukee for New York City. Since 2001, Germanson has been a member of the Cannonball Legacy Band headed by Louis Hayes, who was a drummer for Cannonball Adderley. He has toured with Pat Martino's tribute to Wes Montgomery. He has worked with Elvin Jones Regina Carter, Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Frank Morgan, Eric Alexander, Frank Lacy, Marlena Shaw, Donald Harrison, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Charles McPherson, Charles Davis, Craig Handy, Cecil Payne, George Gee, Gerald Hayes, Joe Magnarelli, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, and Gerald L. Cannon. Since 2014 Rick has been professor of Jazz Piano at The Jackie McLean Institute, Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford.

5:00pm - 6:00pm (ET)

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"Let Us Hear & Help You With Your Dream"

Q&A Panel for Students featuring UF School of Music Professors:

José Valentino Ruiz, Scott Wilson, Jasmin Arakawa, Angela Santiago-Santana and Thaddaeus Bourne.

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12:00pm - 12:50pm (ET)

1:00pm - 1:50pm (ET)

2:00pm - 2:50pm (ET)

3:00pm - 3:50pm (ET)

4:00pm - 4:50pm (ET)

5:00pm - 6:00pm (ET)

"Let Us Hear & Help You With Your Dream"

Q&A Panel for Students featuring UF School of Music Professors: José Valentino Ruiz, Scott Wilson, Jasmin Arakawa, Angela Santiago-Santana and Thaddaeus Bourne.

The Venue



On behalf of the School of Music and COTA's Business, Entrepreneurship, and Career Planning initiative, this Saturday, April 2nd from 12:00pm to 6:00pm ET, we are hosting our 1st Music Industry Leadership Day! Students, if you’re ready to take your leadership skills to the next level and aspire to learn how to obtain, manage, and build a music/arts-focused company, then come join us and learn from great experts who are leading businesses, corporations, sole-proprietorships, and partnerships in various sectors of the music and entertainment industry!




April 2nd, 2022, 12pm-6pm ET via Zoom


Zoom Link:


Schedule & Guest Presenters:


12:00pm - 12:50pm (ET) | Nicole Rechtszaid, Global Head at Live Craft Global, NY

1:00pm - 1:50pm (ET) |  Sherrie Maricle, Director of DIVA Jazz Orchestra, NY

2:00pm - 2:50pm (ET) |  Kevin Kwan Loucks, CEO of Chamber Music America, NY

3:00pm - 3:50pm (ET) | Megan Gillis, Executive Director of City Lyric Opera, NY

4:00pm - 4:50pm (ET) |  Richard Germanson, Jazz/Commercial Recording Arts & Entrepreneur, NY


Closing Session:


5:00pm - 6:00pm (ET) |  "Let Us Hear & Help You With Your Dream" Q&A Panel for Students featuring UF School of Music Professors: José Valentino Ruiz, Scott WilsonJasmin ArakawaAngela Santiago-Santana, and Thaddaeus Bourne. 

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