Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts serves on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester as the Associate Professor of Music Leadership and Graduate Degree Program Director; as of June 1, 2021, she will also serve as the next Director of the Institute for Music Leadership. Currently, she teaches and leads Eastman’s new Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program. Roberts holds degrees from Eastman (BM, flute performance) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; she has also started doctoral studies at University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. Roberts has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where she served as its first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement. She arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, having worked with orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta. Prior to returning to Eastman, Roberts served as the founder and director of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory from 2009-2018, where her students created and led numerous innovative entrepreneurial initiatives and organizations in the arts.