Academy Faculty

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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Lee Koonce

Lee Koonce is President & Artistic Director of Gateways Music Festival, a summer series of chamber and orchestra concerts featuring professional classical musicians of African descent. Based in Rochester, New York, the Festival attracts approximately 125 musicians from around the United States who perform before a combined audience of more than 7,500. Gateways participants are professional freelancers, conservatory faculty and members of nearly 20 major US symphony orchestras. Lee has served in leadership roles at Third Street Music School Settlement (New York), Opus 118 Harlem School of Music (New York), Sherwood Conservatory of Music (Chicago) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He earned a bachelor of music in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a bachelor of arts in Spanish Literature from Oberlin College, and a master of music in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of...
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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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Joseph VanderStel

Joseph VanderStel is a musician, educator, and web developer based in Rochester, NY. As a musician, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and has delivered talks at music conferences across North America. As an educator, he offers courses on web design, development, and usability in Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership and the Pre-College curriculum of the University of Rochester. As a full stack web developer, Joseph builds web-based educational tools for musicians and music educators. Chief among these tools is an online learning platform for music theory, which he is currently developing at NextCorps, a startup incubator in Rochester. Joseph’s latest project is Websites for Musicians, a web development and consulting business designed specifically around the professional needs of musicians.
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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 director of its new Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program. Roberts, who has been the Director of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at the New England Conservatory of Music since 2009, holds degrees from Eastman and the Harvard Graduate 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. At the New England Conservatory, where she founded the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, her students have created and led numerous innovative entrepreneurial initiatives and organizations in...
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Jim Doser

Jim Doser is an educator, administrator, musician and entrepreneur. As the Director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music, he administers the Arts Leadership Program, The Center for Music Innovation and Engagement, The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research, and the Career and Professional Development Office. Recent projects include the launch of the Eastman Career and Leadership Certificate: Online and The Eastman Case Studies. Doser teaches classes in Entrepreneurial Thinking, Career Skills, and Leadership Issues in Music. For twenty years he was co-owner of Tritone Music, Inc., a company specializing in jazz instruction for adults. Doser received a BM (MUE) and MM (Jazz), and the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman, and is recipient of the Smithsonian Award in Education for his work on the Smithsonian’s exhibit The Jazz Age in Paris.
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Cathy Hain

Cathy Hain has fifteen years of experience working in development for the performing arts and higher education. She is currently Assistant Vice President of Advancement for the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, she has led the school to successfully complete an $86 million campaign, surpassing the original goal by over $20 million. In addition to raising financial support, she has experience building successful volunteer leadership groups and engaging alumni. Prior to coming to Eastman, she held development positions at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and University of Rochester. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
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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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Donna Brink Fox

Donna Brink Fox is Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York. Dr. Fox joined the Eastman music education faculty in 1984 and was named Eisenhart Professor of Music Education in 1998, the first endowed professor to be named at the School. Earned degrees are a PhD in Music Education (The Ohio State University, 1982); an MM in Music (Ohio University, 1975); and a BA in Music History and Music Education (Calvin College, 1972). Additional study includes Harvard’s Management Development Program (1996) and a semester as Provost’s Bridging Fellow in the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester (2006). Previous full-time collegiate teaching positions were at Illinois State University (1980-1984) and Ohio University (1975-1976). She has been visiting faculty at Sydney Conservatorium in Australia...
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Elizabeth Bucura

Elizabeth Bucura is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises graduate research. Her research interests center on musical creativity among adolescent and community populations, including secondary general music classes within and outside of public schools. She has published her work in the Journal for Music Teacher Education and Research & Issues in Music Education.
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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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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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