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Blaire Koerner

Organization: Eastman School of Music
Title: Assistant Director, Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music
Program Graduation: MM, DMA, ALP Certificate 2015
Musical Studies: Bassoon
Musical Specialties: Chamber Music, Freelance, Higher Education, New Music
Non-Musical Specialties: Business Owner, Career Support, Leadership
Quote: “The ALP Certificate is directly responsible for where I am in my career today. It opened my eyes to the multitude of possibilities within and around the music field. The knowledge, connections, skillsets, and experience I gained through the courses and internship assisted me in getting to the next level of my career. I’m indebted to the program and looking forward to assisting others as they pursue the program. “


As the Assistant Director of the Institute for Music Leadership, Dr. Koerner’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities for creatives to envision, create and sustain successful careers in an ever-changing field. In this role, Dr. Koerner oversees the Arts Leadership Program curriculum, certificate, internship placements, and grants. She is also part of the career advising team, collaborating with students and alumni to help them discover personal, professional, and artistic goals. In addition to her work at Eastman, Dr. Koerner is an accomplished bassoonist and educator. She performs in a bassoon and harp duo (Hats+Heels) that focuses on storytelling and is a freelancer in the upstate New York area. As an educator, Dr. Koerner’s roles include adjunct bassoon professor at Syracuse University and instructor at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS), where she received the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.