Jamal Rossi

Jamal Rossi


Professor of Woodwinds



Prior to his recent appointment as Dean of the Eastman School of Music, Jamal Rossi served as the Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Woodwinds at Eastman since 2005.  As the Executive Associate Dean, he was responsible for oversight of all elements of the academic program and personnel (900 students, 13 departments, 160 full-time and part-time faculty) including faculty hiring and promotions; academic and student affairs; student recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and registrar; oversight of the Sibley Music Library (largest academic music library in North America); and the Eastman Community Music School (1500 students, 85 full-time and part-time faculty).  Rossi served as Interim Dean (2006-07), Acting Dean (2011-12), and he led multiple projects including the Eastman Theatre Renovation and Addition ($46.9 million).  Most recently, Rossi founded RocMusic, a collaborative partnership among six Rochester-area arts and civic organizations to provide tuition-free, after-school music instruction to economically disadvantaged children in inner-city neighborhoods.

Previous academic leadership appointments include serving as Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina (2000-05), and Assistant and Associate Dean of the Ithaca College School of Music (1989-2000).

An active saxophone soloist and chamber musician, Rossi is featured on numerous recordings, he has commissioned/premiered more than twenty compositions, and he has been a soloist with symphony orchestras and military/college/university bands.  His articles and reviews have appeared in leading wind publications.  A founding and current member of the Kilbourn Saxophone Quartet, Rossi was formerly a member of the Carolina and Empire saxophone quartets.  Rossi earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from Ithaca College (summa cum laude), the Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music.

Rossi is active with numerous national, regional, and local arts and civic organizations including the National Association of Schools of Music, the New York State Association of College Music Programs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rochester Cultural Center Commission, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and the North American Saxophone Alliance.