Slide Make a difference in your world through music. Eastman Leadership Academy 2021 June 23-26

Academy Faculty

Glenn Cerosaletti

Glenn Cerosaletti is Assistant Dean of Students and Director at the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Rochester.  Glenn is a Rochester alumnus, having earned both BA (English) and MA (Global Studies) degrees from the University. He also served as a VISTA volunteer, coordinating a literacy program in the state of Wyoming, and as a Peace Corps volunteer, working as a crop extensionist in Bolivia, South America. His community leadership includes serving as a board member for the Rochester Cycling Alliance; board member for the UR (Iota) Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; a founding member of the Rochester Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Rochester. He is an avid bicycle commuter.
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Blaire Koerner

Blaire Koerner is the Career Advisor for both Eastman School of Music’s Office of Careers and Professional Development and University of Rochester’s Gwen M. Greene Center. In this role, Ms. Koerner is part of a team focused on providing resources, skill-development, and guidance for students heading into numerous musical and cultural fields. She is available for both one-on-one meetings and group sessions to collaborate with students on discovering personal, professional, and artistic goals and opportunities. Having been most fortunate to discover incredible mentors through-out her life, Ms. Koerner hopes to offer the same type of life-long support to Eastman and University of Rochester students and alumni. In addition to her advising position, Ms. Koerner is an accomplished musician and bassoonist. As a freelancer, she has performed in a variety of large ensembles, operas, musicals, recitals, and studio recordings. Some...
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Jay Stetzer

Jay Stetzer is a familiar fixture on the Rochester stage and radio-broadcasting scene. He performs regularly in the area as a solo artist, and he can often be found sharing the stage with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the creative voice behind the “Tales in Two Minutes” that have been delighting and inspiring listeners daily since 1987 on WXXI-FM (91.5) and North Coast Radio (105.9) and is also a permanent artist-in-resident at the esteemed Harley School, where he inaugurated a unique program of performing arts for children in the elementary grades. A popular storyteller throughout the US, Jay has been a performing member of Young Audiences since 1983, was elected as a finalist for their “Artist of the Year” award in 1988, and has five storytelling CDs to his credit. Jay studied at the Eastman School of Music (BM...
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Armand Hall – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Armand Hall is the Executive and Artist director of the ROCmusic Collaborative and an adjunct professor at the Eastman School of Music. ROCmusic offers free instrumental music instruction to the children of Rochester, New York in the neighborhood community centers. Dr. Hall came to ROCmusic from the University of Memphis, where he was Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hall has taught, adjudicated, and been a clinician at the middle school and high school levels, in addition to collegiate teaching, and worked as a teaching artist in El Sistema-inspired community music programs around the country. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind conducting at Michigan State University. Additionally, Dr. Hall is the Board Chair for El Sistema USA...
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Steve Danyew

Steve Danyew is a composer and educator whose music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. He serves as an Instructor in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music and is the Managing Editor of the Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research at the Eastman School, where he writes and curates content for musicians, ensembles, and organizations. Danyew received a B.M. from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music.
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Melissa Ngan – Keynote Speaker

Melissa Ngan cultivates personal and organizational growth through creative acts and collaborative practices.As Fifth House Ensemble’s Founder and Executive Director, Melissa drives the organization’s creative and training partnerships. She has led long-term projects with universities and conservatories nationwide that redefine the training process for emerging artists, including those at DePauw University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her work with arts organizations result in bold new directions in arts integration and civic practice. With The Cleveland Orchestra, Melissa guided the creation of the Prometheus Project, which connected teaching artists, classroom teachers, and students at the Cleveland Institute of the Arts to explore Beethoven and Prometheus through the lens of the Hero’s Journey. Through co-created, cross-disciplinary curriculum in multiple classrooms, the project culminated in a curated performance at Severance Hall featuring student work illuminating stories of their personal heroes and...
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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...
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John Hain

Dr. John Hain currently serves as Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at the Eastman School of Music, where he is the primary resource for undergraduate students and faculty regarding issues of undergraduate programs of study. Among his many advising duties, Dr. Hain provides guidance regarding Eastman’s academic integrity standards and serves as an ex-officio member of the Academic Integrity Committee. He represents the Office of Academic Affairs on various committees across the School and the University, and as Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, he is responsible for development, implementation, oversight, and reporting on the assessment work of the School. Dr. Hain received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Northwestern University and received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the prestigious...
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Jack Langerak

Jack Langerak is an Arts-in-Education (AIE) consultant providing leadership to a broad range of particulars including: project design, strategic planning, assessment and evaluation, funding, grant-writing, and professional development. A retired English and Theatre teacher, he led Penfield High School’s award-winning drama program for twenty-eight years. Upon retirement from teaching Jack became the Associate Director of Young Audiences of Rochester, serving in that capacity for four years. His work as an independent consultant followed and continues to this day. He is the recipient of the Excellence in the Teaching of Drama Award given by the NYS English Council, the Citibank Teacher of the Year Award, the Smithsonian Exhibition Award for Education, and is a member of the NYS Academy for Teaching and Learning. In 1992 he was selected by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as one of thirty-one of the most “Outstanding...
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