Academy Faculty

Find out more about our expert 2022 Academy faculty by clicking on their pictures below.

Mark Rabideau

Author, speaker, educator, administrator, and artist-entrepreneur, Mark Rabideau is an international leader in reimagining how artists and institutions can thrive within the contemporary marketplace and respond to the challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century. Judd Greenstein, composer and co-founder of New Amsterdam Records said of Mark, “He’s a stalwart champion of contemporary music and an ally in the general opening-up of things culturally.” A compelling arts advocate, Mark has delivered recent talks at Juilliard, Curtis, Yale, Cornell, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Eastman Leadership Academy, American College in Greece, and American University in Cairo (Egypt) – where he was named Distinguished Visiting Researcher. Mark has served on The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, is President of the College Music Society (the largest collection of music professoriate in the U.S.), and was the founding Director of the 21st...
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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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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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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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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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