Author: Mark Rabideau

Mark Rabideau

Greencastle’s town center, named The Square, includes an array of hometown businesses – a local printing company, a quaint gift shop, a now-closed barber, the farmers market and City Hall. One can start the day at Starbucks and end it at Moore’s Bar without walking a city block.

The genesis of the project came about over a glass (or two) of limoncello shared between Yo-Yo Ma , the epitome of the 21st-century musician, and the former president of Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, president and CEO of NAVTEQ and DePauw alumnus Judson Green. Looking for a way to empower communities through the arts, Green believed in Greencastle's potential and swiftly found a willing creative partner in Dean Mark McCoy , who had been looking for opportunities to move beyond the footprint of campus and engage in meaningful ways with the community he calls home.

A dilapidated former Goodwill store became a symbol of possibility–the first step toward uniting the extended Greencastle community through music. Equipped with an entrepreneurial focus and artistic vision, and confident there was a great project in the making, Green and his wife, Joyce, donated the money, then with the dean purchased and renovated the building, drew up a list of ideas he wanted to chase down and invited me into the conversation to help make it a reality.

The possibilities for how this story might unfold seem limitless, but those who have hoped to bring about meaningful change will understand that with change comes risk and even necessary failure. As an institution of higher learning– and one focused on music entrepreneurship – we decided the process was as important as the result. So, to keep us honest, we chose to publicly record the experience on this blog.

The guiding principles going into the project are as follows:

  • Driven by the belief that music and the arts strengthen the cultural fabric of our shared community, Music on the Square fosters a space for courageous music making.
  • Gathering as a community of music lovers, we spark curiosity, expand creativity and cultivate collaboration through one-on-one lessons, adult-learning classes, coached ensembles and radical, breathtaking performances.

I am looking forward to wherever this road leads.

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment.

Mark's own entrepreneurial spirit has generated projects ranging from producing and hosting Live from Smoke (a radio show from NYC's
upper-westside), founding and serving as Executive and Artistic Director for Artists Now (a not-for-profit arts organization), producing Worlds End (an original work with the American Repertory Ballet), and founding Art in Unlikely Places (a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved).

Mark regards his bravest moments as a performer as those spent playing with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico) and those most cherished while commissioning, performing, and recording new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.

Mark has a job. He is the Director of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
Mark has only one hobby. He collects curious, creative people in his life.
Mark has a wife he adores and three beautifully talented children.

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Music on the Square, Part 1

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Greencastle’s town center, named The Square, includes an array of hometown businesses – a local printing company, a quaint gift shop, a now-closed barber, the farmers market and City Hall. One can start the day at Starbucks and end it at Moore’s Bar without walking a city block.

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Why Practice? – A Prologue

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I wonder if you are like me. Can you point to the very moment you got hooked on practicing? Not the moment, remembered so fondly by many of us, when we picked the instrument into which we would pour our blood, sweat and tears, but when you made the decision to embark on a journey to become a musician and all that goes with that.

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Joe Farnsworth – “See the drum. Hit the drum.”

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Drummer Joe Farnsworth has emerged as quite possibly the world’s leading jazz drummer. Fierce on the bandstand in laying down uncompromising and often lightning-fast time, he transports the audience back to the days when “Philly” Joe Jones proved to be the driving engine of what would become known as “The Quintet.”

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