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 (1992) and a Visiting Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. In 2015 she was appointed as a Global Academic Advisor for the Cyprus Centre of Research and Study in Music Education. Dr. Fox is currently responsible for faculty affairs, including promotion and tenure reviews, annual activity reports, studio assignments, and hiring of part-time faculty. She supervises the program areas of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs (Residential Life and Student Activities), along with the Eastman Writing Center, Eastman Community Music School, and Summer Session. She chairs the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Professional Development Committee, and supervises the Certificate in Community/Collegiate Music Teaching. In music education, Dr. Fox taught undergraduate and graduate classes, served as the doctoral academic advisor, and supervised research projects of doctoral and master’s students, including more than two dozen dissertations. She founded (1992) and continues to direct the summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education course, and is director of the early childhood music program in the Eastman Community Music School, now in its 32nd program year. Based on her practice and research in early childhood music education, she has given presentations and clinics around the world, including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Spain, China, and Canada. Dr. Fox has written articles for a variety of music education publications, including the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Orff Echo. She co-authored a three-volume curriculum for teaching music in early childhood classrooms, Classroom Music for Little Mozarts (published by Alfred), earning a Parents Choice Award for Volume 1. She has received grants from the Music Educators National Conference, Paul Foundation, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Texaco Foundation, and the New York Council on the Arts, for research and program models related to early childhood music education and to music teacher education. In 1996, Dr. Fox received Eastman’s Eisenhart Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2016 was recognized by the University of Rochester with the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award. She has received alumni achievement awards from the School of Music at both The Ohio State University and Ohio University, and a Music Educators Award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for community contributions.