Renée Fabian, originally from Pennsylvania, gave more than 150 performances as a saxophonist, taught private lessons and served as the music supervisor for an after-school music program in Washington, D.C., before changing careers to journalism. Currently working as a digital content producer for The Recording Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., she also assists the director of Making Music & More LLC with creative and administrative projects, and has written for publications such as VICE, Healthline, The Fix, The Week, The Daily Dot, Ravishly, BlogHer, She Knows, The Establishment, and The Culture Trip, among others. Renée holds a B.M. in Saxophone Performance from West Chester University and an M.A. in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California. She currently resides with her two cats in the sunny metropolis of Los Angeles.
2014 University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
Master of Arts – Specialized Journalism (The Arts)
2009 West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Pa.
Bachelor of Music – Saxophone Performance
Summa Cum Laude, Honors College
2015 – Present The Recording Academy, Producer, Content Development
Former Creative Services Assistant/Assistant Editor. Pitching, writing and posting
content for The Academy's digital properties. Copy-editing/proofing of print and
web content, print collateral, and other items. Feature, news, website, and marketing
copy-writing as needed. Researching photos and creating website graphics as needed.
2005 – Present Freelance Writer and Editor
Writing experience includes articles, blogs, press releases, greeting card verses,
newsletters, and marketing materials. Work published at VICE, The Fix, Healthline, The
Week, The Daily Dot, The Establishment, She Knows, BlogHer, and The Culture Trip,
among others. Editing experience includes copy-editing as well as managing editor roles
for mxdwn.com (2015) and Melinda Fabian, Illustrator.
2012 – Present Making Music & More LLC, Administrative/Creative Assistant
Designing and writing regular newsletters and other educational materials, website
design and maintenance, social media presence, email correspondence, creation of
marketing materials, research, and data entry.
2014 – 2015 SMS Talent, Receptionist
Answering and transferring phone calls, submitting talent through Breakdown Express,
processing mail, entering payroll information, and other administrative duties.
2012 – 2014 Brian Davis & Associates, CPAs, Administrative Assistant
Answering phones, data entry, bookkeeping, invoicing, generating spreadsheets,
processing payroll and taxes, processing incoming/outgoing payments, scheduling,
marketing, mailing, filing, ordering office supplies, and other administrative duties as
Fall 2013 Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),
Entertainment Media Intern
Data collection assistance for the National Responsibility Index (TV) and Studio
Responsibility Index (film) and writing entertainment-related blog articles as assigned.
2011 – 2012 Springboard After School, Music Supervisor and Teacher
Supervisor of after-school music program at 10 schools. Included curriculum creation and
development, scheduling, hiring, and general program oversight. Director of bands and
music teacher for pre-kindergarden through eighth-grade level instrumental music.
2010 – 2012 Freelance Saxophone Performance
Saxophone performances at Senior Centers and other venues. Over 150 performances
given in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
2004 – 2012 Private Music Instructor
Private instruction for individual saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano students. Taught
independently and for Making Music & More, Lessons In Your Home, EnPointe
Productions, and West Chester University High School Summer Music Camp.
2008 – 2010 Music & Arts Center, Retail Sales Associate
Sales, customer service, phones, merchandising, inventory management, and cashier.
2005 – 2009 Rocking Chair Studios LLC, Associate
Children’s games, puzzles and greeting card company. Writing press releases and
greeting card verses, data entry, inventory management, assembly, mailings, packaging,
customer service/sales, and administrative assignments.
2007 – 2008 Maternal & Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Office Assistant
Work study program. Data entry, filing, mailings, and materials assembly.
2017 – Present Self Injury Foundation blogger
2012 – 2015 Trevor Project
2005 – 2007 Maternal & Child Health Consortium
2006 Habitat For Humanity
AWARDS & HONORS
2016 Honorary Mention, Memoir/Personal Essay
85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition
2008 Pi Kappa Lambda — National Music Honor Society
2006 Omicron Delta Kappa — National Academic Honor Society
2006 Who’s Who Among College Students
2006 AmeriCorps/Bonner Leader & Scholarship
2006 National Dean’s List
Computers: Mac, PC
Programs: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Internet: Browser proficient (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox)
Email: Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Constant Contact
Blogging/Web Platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Drupal
Basic Website Design/Maintenance: Muse, WebStudio, Limited HTML
Social Media: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube
Design/Editing/Graphics: Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, Acrobat Pro
WRITER, EDITOR, CREATIVE SERVICES