June 12 – 15, 2024

Join a community of leaders

As leaders in today’s music schools, we are charged with navigating a continually evolving professional musical world for our graduates and our institutions. We share the common goal of preparing students for a field that is shifting paradigms, business models, and essential skills. We must understand the opportunities and challenges that these changes present and engage faculty, staff, students, boards, and donors in the visionary evolution of our institutions in such a way that acknowledges tradition while embracing innovation.

Are you ready?

What It Is.

A 3 1/2-day intensive and immersive conference that will enhance your leadership effectiveness and develop new perspectives, skills and tools to effectively lead and manage your school, department, faculty, and students in today’s modern music school landscape.

Who It’s For.

Capped at only 35 participants, this intimate conference is for current and aspiring deans, associate/assistant deans, department chairs, and any faculty or staff members of music schools currently in or aspiring to leadership positions.

What You Gain.

Enhanced individual leadership effectiveness and the development of new perspectives, skills and tools all accomplished through specific learning objectives and goals incorporated throughout the conference.

Conference Faculty

Jamal Rossi
Jamal Rossi
Eastman School of Music
Messinger Dean
Susan Van Vorst
Baldwin Wallace University
Conservatory of Music Dean
David Gier
University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dean

Conference Setting

Eastman Leadership Conference guests will participate in hands-on workshops, intensive study sessions, and lively, vibrant discussions in the spacious East Wing 415. It’s a bright and warm space designed for lectures and rehearsals – perfect for the transformative work you’ll be engaged in.

But in between sessions, we hope to show you some of our favorite spots in downtown Rochester. We’ve arranged for a series of lunches, dinners, and cocktails that not only give you the chance to connect and build your network more deeply, but will stimulate your senses as well. Some of the restaurants are within walking distance, while others are just a short shuttle ride away. After each dinner, we’ve arranged for shuttles to bring you back to your hotels nestled in the downtown cityscape where you can choose to turn in for the night, or head out to the city to explore.

Room EEW415
The 2024 Eastman Leadership Conference will be held in EEW415, seen here set up for a rehearsal.

Travel & Accommodations


Fly into the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). The airport is a 15-minute drive from downtown Rochester, NY.

Note: While we have arranged for any transportation you may need during the conference, we will not be providing transportation to and from the airport; however, Rochester does have taxis, or you can order an Uber or Lyft.


Charter buses to/from the hotels will be provided once in the morning and once in the evening. Most restaurants and bars for conference lunches and dinners will be a 2-3 block walk. We will provide shuttles for any meals that are a bit farther away.

Hotel Stay

To help accommodate your stay, we’ve set up a blocks of rooms at the following hotels. After you’ve registered for the Conference, you will receive information for booking one of the rooms from our special, discounted block. You’re also welcome to stay at another hotel or Airbnb during your time here.

Please note that the Conference begins at 9AM on Wednesday, June 12 and concludes on Saturday, June 15 around 1 PM. The room blocks are for 4 nights, (6/11-6/14).

Hotel Information

Strathallan Rochester Hotel and Spa (map) (website)
Conference Rate: $169 per night
Breakfast included

Hyatt Regency Rochester (map) (website)
Conference Rate: $129 per night
Breakfast included


Breakfast will be provided by your hotel, courtesy of the Eastman Leadership Conference. We will also supply you with plenty of coffee, tea, water, and snacks throughout the sessions. Lunches and dinners will highlight some of the top restaurants in our thriving food scene here in Rochester. Specific restaurants will be detailed in the conference schedule you receive after registration, but below are some examples of restaurants we’ve used in the past (and plan to use again because they’re just so good!).

Logo Image of Mercantile on Main

*Note: We do our best to accommodate all dietary needs and food allergies. If you have any dietary requests, there will be a space in your registration form to let us know.

COVID Guidelines

The Conference will adhere to all the guidelines set forth by the University of Rochester. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the UR COVID-19 Resource Center.

Take the Next Step

Make the case for your attendance

2024 ELC Justification Packet

Scholarships are available for individuals from Yamaha Institutions of Excellence. Please contact your institution for more information, or contact us with questions.

More Questions?

Email IML Program Manager Jeff Dunn