Eastman Leadership Conference

Conference Schedule

Below is the current conference schedule for June 2022. (Please note that the schedule below is subject to change.) After completing the conference and participating in the sessions below you will have practiced:

  • Identifying and analyzing critical issues and challenges facing music schools
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the essential operational components of higher education administration
  • Developing successful strategies for implementing initiatives designed to meet these challenges
  • Exploring and implementing best practices for effective leadership in music schools
  • Understanding the leader’s role in fulfilling an institutional vision
  • Developing skills for building, leading and engaging successful teams

Wednesday, June 22

1:00pm

Registration and Welcome Reception

As everyone begins arriving from colleges and universities from all over the country, we’ll set you up with a name badge, conference booklet, and some snacks so you can mingle and meet your cohort of fellow conference attendees.

1:30pm

Conference Welcome

Director of the IML, Rachel Roberts, will welcome everyone to the conference. You’ll also get a chance to introduce yourself as we go around the room and meet everyone!

2:00pm

Keynote Address: Challenges, Opportunities, and Beautiful Music

Faculty: Jamal Rossi

Addressing challenges and embracing opportunities are inevitable responsibilities of leadership. This session will consider how leaders can prepare to engage in foreseeable situations, as well as those that are unanticipated.

2:30pm

Workshop #1: The Administration / Faculty Relationship

Faculty: Mary Ellen Poole

How does the effective music school leader engage in transformative change at their institution?

4:00pm

Break

Stretch, refill your coffee, catch up on some emails, or take some time to digest what you’ve just heard. Snacks and beverages will be there to fuel you!

4:15pm

Deans Panel Discussion #1: Leadership Journeys

Faculty: Jamal Rossi, Toni-Marie Montgomery, Todd Queen, Mary Ellen Poole

Our first panel of deans will discuss transitioning from faculty to administration. We’ll ask: How do you get there? What have you learned? How has the position changed over time?

5:45pm

Group Dinner

We’ll walk a few blocks to Branca Midtown, a local Italian eatery in the center of downtown Rochester, to continue getting to know one another while enjoying some great food and drinks. Afterward, we’ll have shuttles to bring you back to your hotel. You can also choose to walk back, or head back to Gibbs St. to take in the Rochester International Jazz Fest.

Thursday, June 23

8:00am

Coffee, Treats, and Conversation

Breakfast will be provided by your hotel, but we’ll have hot coffee, tea, water, and some snacks to keep you going throughout the day. This is also a great time to build your network and connect with other participants and faculty.

8:30am

Dean Strategy Session #1: Best Practices for Effective Leadership

Faculty: Toni-Marie Montgomery

What are ways to exemplify effective leadership? How do you build trust and navigate challenges? What are strategies to continue development, including identification of mentors?

10:30am

Break

Stretch, refill your coffee, catch up on some emails, or take some time to digest what you’ve just heard. Snacks and beverages will be there to fuel you!

10:45am

Deans Panel Discussion #2: Reflecting on Leadership

Faculty: Jamal Rossi, Toni-Marie Montgomery, Todd Queen, Mary Ellen Poole

In our second panel with the deans, we ask how to talk about change and navigate an organization’s ability to adapt to changes? (pandemics included!) What are strategies for navigating a change in leadership – your own leadership role, or the role of a University President or Provost.

12:00pm

Lunch & Conversation

We’ll walk to a nearby hot-spot: Mercantile on Main. This historic building turned restaurant row has something for everyone – a famous Rochester deli, fresh pasta, Spanish food, salads, fresh steaks and chops – even phở! Talk about the day’s session or just get to know your colleagues.

1:30pm

Workshop #2:
Do’s and Don’ts of Finances

Faculty: Susan Lopez

What are the factors that drive the music school budget process? What are strategies for understanding and managing the music school budget?

3:00pm

Break

Take some time to reflect on what you’ve heard and reset for the next session. Oh, and we’ll still have plenty of coffee and snacks.

3:30pm

Workshop #3: Changing Tempos – How Music Programs Navigate This New Landscape

Faculty: Crystal Sellers-Battle

Anchored in the scholarship of inclusion and transformative practice principles, we will explore and engage with the conditions that mitigate bias and discrimination while promoting a sense of belonging in our learning environments.

5:00pm

Group Dinner

We’ll take a walk down to the Memorial Art Gallery (the MAG) and head inside to the Brown Hound – a wonderful restaurant situated inside the beautiful MAG space. Shuttles will again be there at the end of dinner to bring you back to your hotel, or you can continue exploring Rochester or walk back to Gibbs St. for more of the International Jazz Fest.

Friday, June 24

8:00am

Coffee, Treats, and Conversation

Breakfast will be provided by your hotel, but we’ll have hot coffee, tea, water, and some snacks to keep you going throughout the day. This is also a great time to build your network and connect with other participants and faculty.

8:30am

Dean Strategy Session #2: Leading Change

Faculty: Todd Queen

Leading change is a necessary part of leadership, but it comes with both opportunities and pitfalls.  This session will explore how to effectively lead change in your unit, and how understanding and embracing the identity, values, and brand of your institution will help you in your efforts in creating an identity and effectively advocating for your unit.

10:30am

Break

Stretch, refill your coffee, catch up on some emails, or take some time to digest what you’ve just heard. Snacks and beverages will be there to fuel you!

10:45am

Deans Panel Discussion #3: The Balancing Act

Faculty: Jamal Rossi, Toni-Marie Montgomery, Todd Queen, Mary Ellen Poole

Managing stress is an inevitable part of leadership, and the demands from the pandemic have only exacerbated the overload and burn-out of our society. This session will discuss strategies for taking care of your mental and physical health, as well as that of your community.

12:00pm

Lunch & Conversation

We’ll head back to Mercantile on Main to talk about the day’s sessions or just get to know your colleagues over a satisfying lunch.

1:15pm

Tour of Eastman (Optional)

For those interested, we’ve arranged a tour of the Eastman School of Music. Otherwise, you can use the time to catch up on emails, rest, or enjoy a leisurely, extended lunch break.

1:45pm

Workshop #4: Advancement Essentials

Faculty: Aubrie Willaert

What are the essential elements of a music school advancement program? This session will explore strategies towards building relationships with advancement teams and steps to grow advancement results.

2:45pm

Break

Take some time to reflect on what you’ve heard and reset for the next session. Oh, and we’ll still have plenty of coffee and snacks.

3:00pm

Workshop #5: Recruitment and Enrollment

Faculty: Matthew Ardizzone

What are the unique issues that face admissions directors and enrollment managers at music schools in the 21st century?

4:00pm

Break

Take some time to reflect on what you’ve heard and reset for the next session. Oh, and we’ll still have plenty of coffee and snacks.

4:15pm

Workshop #6: Making Career Changes

Faculty: Mary Ellen Poole

How do you navigate career changes? This session will explore ways to seek opportunities, interview with the intention of exploring whether a school/program will be a good fit, and successfully transition into a new position.

5:45pm

Group Dinner

We’ll take a walk over to Ox and Stone just down the street for some incredible food in a beautiful space building in Rochester. Afterward, shuttles will take you back to your hotels, or you can head down to the Rochester International Jazz Festival for one more night of jazz!

Saturday, June 25

8:00am

Coffee, Treats, and Conversation

Breakfast will be provided by your hotel, but we’ll have hot coffee, tea, water, and some snacks to keep you going throughout the day. This is also a great time to build your network and connect with other participants and faculty.

8:30am

Dean Strategy Session #3: Vision and Strategic Planning

Faculty: Jamal Rossi

This session will consider how to advance ideas into action, and transforming institutional visions into strategic plans that are focused on achieving goals.

10:30am

Break

Stretch, refill your coffee, catch up on some emails, or take some time to digest what you’ve just heard. Snacks and beverages will be there to fuel you!

10:45am

Deans Panel Discussion #4: Open Q&A

Faculty: Jamal Rossi, Toni-Marie Montgomery, Todd Queen, Mary Ellen Poole

Our final panel with the deans will be an open session where you can pose the questions you’ve been dying to ask all conference long! We’ll start the conversation off by asking the deans: what are ways that you see hope, optimism, and possibility for the future of our music schools?

12:00pm

Farewell and Lunch To-Go

After the final panel, we’ll wrap everything up, say our goodbyes, and all head back to our respective homes. We’ll have to-go lunch options you can grab on your way to the airport as well as a token of our appreciation for attending.