Join us in Rochester, NY for a one-day conference organized by the Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research! The title of the conference is INNOVATE. LEAD. MUSIC. and the day will focus on examining creativity, leadership, and vibrancy in today’s most innovative ensembles and organizations. Registration will open in July, and the registration fee is only $25 for a full day of discussions, events, and networking!
10:00am – National Sawdust: Where Creative Musicians and Communities Meet
Keynote Presentation by Paola Prestini, Executive and Creative Director, National Sawdust
10:45am – Igniting Innovation: Supporting Creative Artists and Ensembles
How do we create meaningful support, unique opportunities, and educational resources for today’s innovative and emerging musical artists and ensembles? What models of support have the greatest impact on the creative and professional success of musicians? How do we enable today’s artist-innovators with the essential knowledge and resources that they need to be successful in today’s marketplace?
Moderator: Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music
Paola Prestini, Composer, Executive and Creative Director, National Sawdust
Jason Price, Trumpet, Alarm Will Sound
Peter McDowell, Executive Director, Eighth Blackbird (expected)
Melissa Snoza, Flute and Executive Director, Fifth House Ensemble
Kate Sheeran, Provost and Dean, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
12:00pm – Lunch on your own
1:30pm – Vibrant Musical Organizations: New Structures – New Paradigms
What new models of organizational structure and leadership have shown promise in creating more vibrant, effective and sustainable musical organizations? How is the traditional model of the management and governance of our musical arts organizations evolving and changing? What happens to the artistic product and morale of musicians if they also assume management, leadership, and ownership responsibilities? Is it positive or negative?
Moderator: Phil Ying, Viola, The Ying Quartet, Associate Professor, Eastman School of Music
Vanessa Rose, Executive Director, International Contemporary Ensemble
Donna Milanovich, Executive Director, The Chicago Philharmonic Society
Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Co-Artistic Director, Eastman BroadBand, Professor of Composition, Eastman School of Music
Jeffrey Zeigler, Solo Cello Artist, Formerly with the Kronos Quartet
Victoria Paterson, Executive Director, American Modern Ensemble
3:30pm – Performance by the Eastman Saxophone Project
The Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) strives to promote the popularity of the saxophone through innovative programming and versatile performances, thereby providing an exciting and invigorating concert experience for a diverse audience.
Since their founding in 2010, the Eastman Saxophone Project has quickly become one of the most recognized saxophone ensembles in the world. They made their New York debut at Steinway Hall in 2011, were the featured ensemble at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, and have appeared on National Public Radio through WXXI’s Backstage Pass. The ensemble made their Kennedy Center debut in 2015, and completed a tour of China in 2016, where they were the featured ensemble in music festivals in Beijing and Shanghai. In addition to multiple outreach concerts, ESP performs two full-length productions a year in Rochester, New York.
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Cocktail Reception