Committee Structure and Membership

Leadership Groups

Department Chairs

Department

Representative

Term Expires

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi

 

Chamber Music

Anne Harrow

June 2022

Composition

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

June 2024

Conducting & Ensembles

William Weinert

June 2024

Humanities

Glenn Mackin

June 2023

Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media

Jeff Campbell

June 2023

Musicology

Holly Watkins

June 2022

Music Teaching & Learning

Philip Silvey

June 2024

Music Theory

Jonathan Dunsby (F21 Betsy Marvin)

June 2022

Organ, Sacred Music, & Hist. Keyboards

David Higgs

June 2024

Piano

Alan Chow

June 2024

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

James VanDemark (Co-chair)

Phillip Ying (Co-chair)

June 2023

June 2023

Voice, Opera, & Vocal Coaching

Katherine Ciesinski

June 2022

Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion

Mark Kellogg

June 2022

 

Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

The SLT meets regularly with the Dean to discuss matters of importance to the School. The group comprises leaders from the offices listed below along with the Senior Advisor to the Dean.

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi*

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Marie Rolf

Executive Director of Operations

Kevin Gibson

Executive Director – Finance and Administration

Jennifer Horn

Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Matthew Ardizzone

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

John Hain

Assistant Vice President of Advancement

Aubrie Willaert

Director of Communications

Jessica Kaufman

Director of the Institute for Music Leadership

Rachel Roberts

Associate Dean & Director, Eastman Community Music School

Petar Kodzas

Senior Advisor to the Dean

Lee Koonce

 

Eastman Leadership Council (ELC)

The ELC, comprising the Senior Leadership Team and the 13 Department Chairs, meets to review policies as well as to discuss and make recommendations on topics with a school-wide impact. This committee meets as scheduled by the Dean.

Enrollment Management Committee (EMC)

The EMC meets regularly to review policies and practices related to the admissions and retention of students.

Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Matthew Ardizzone*

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Robert Bones

Registrar

Jenne LaPlaca

Director of Financial Aid

Sheri deNormand

Executive Director – Finance and Administration

Jennifer Horn

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi

Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Marie Rolf

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

John Hain

 

Safety and Security Committee

Kevin Gibson, Executive Director of Operations, chairs this committee with representatives from the University Department of Public Safety and various Eastman offices, along with students and one faculty member. Regular meetings often include officers from the Rochester Police Department.

Executive Director of Operations

Kevin Gibson*

Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Matthew Ardizzone

Executive Director – Finance and Administration

Jennifer Horn

Summer Session Director

Sylvie Beaudette

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Robert Bones

Director of Public Safety

Mark Fischer

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Associate Dean & Director, Eastman Community Music School

Petar Kodzas

Public Safety Work Leader

Michael LaBrake

HR & Administrative Operations Director

Elaine Tennity

Associate Dean and Head Librarian

Jonathan Sauceda

Director of ESM Facilities

Mike Zavaglia

Deputy Director of Public Safety

Gerald Pickering

Faculty Representative

TBD

Assistant Director of Public Safety

Dana Perrin

Director of Concert Activities

Michael Stefiuk

Undergraduate Representative

TBD

Graduate Representative

TBD

 

Eastman Faculty Advisory Committee

The EFAC is a 5-member faculty group that considers a wide range of issues brought to them by colleagues or identified by committee members, meeting with the Dean to address concerns. Members are nominated and elected from among the full-time tenure-eligible faculty, with one position delegated for a pre-tenure person; the committee self-elects a chair.

Renee Jolles*

Professor of Violin

Russell Miller

Professor of Vocal Coaching & Repertoire

Timothy Long

Associate Professor of Opera

Michael Burritt

Professor of Percussion & Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professor

Jonathan Baldo

Professor of English

 

Eastman Centennial Committees

The following committees serve as support for the Eastman Centennial Celebration during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Centennial Executive Events Committee

Sylvie Beaudette*

Director of Summer Session

Mark Scatterday*

Professor of Conducting & Ensembles

Taylor Booth

Assistant Vice President of Advancement

Wendy Borden

Events and Activities Manager

Jessica Kaufman

Director of Communications

Michael Stefiuk

Director of Concert Activities

 

Centennial Operations Committee

Sylvie Beaudette*

Director of Summer Session

Mark Scatterday*

Professor of Conducting & Ensembles

Wendy Borden

Events and Activities Manager

Greg D’Hont

 

Kevin Gibson

Executive Director of Operations

Jessica Kaufman

Director of Communications

Mitch Moore

Professor of Musicology

Julia Ng

Assistant Director of Concert Activities

Mary Santiago

Housekeeping Supervisor/Asst. Supervisor of Facilities

Helen Smith

Director of Communications

Nana Stotz

Associate Professor of Contemp. Media & Film Composition

 

Eastman Diversity Committee (EDC)

The EDC meets regularly to develop diversity-related programming and to review EDDI proposals for guest presenters from departments. Committee members also meet with EDDI guests during their campus visits.

Katherine Ciesinski*

Professor of Voice

Clay Jenkins*

Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media

David Raymond

Director of Publications

Eron Smith

Graduate Student

Samantha Andrew

T&MP Project Manager

Gaelen McCormick

Director of Eastman Performing Arts Medicine

Helen Smith

Director of Technology & Media Production

Jean Pedersen

Associate Professor of History

Mara Culp

Assistant Professor of Music Teaching & Learning

Matthew Ardizzone

Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Petar Kodzas

Associate Dean and Director, Eastman Community Music School

Rachel Roberts

Director of the Institute for Music Leadership

Jamal Rossi**

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Donna Brink Fox**

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

 

Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM)

EPAM is a collaboration between ESM and the University of Rochester Medical Center to improve the health and wellness of our community.

Director of EPAM

Gaelen McCormick*

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Assistant Vice President of Advancement

Aubrie Willaert

CEO URMFG, Senior Vice President URMC

Michael Rotondo

Vice Provost & Director of University Health Services

Ralph Manchester

Vice President for Advancement – URMC

Kellie Anderson

Music Therapist

Rosemary Obi

Director of The Strong Commitment

Jaqueline Beckerman

URMFG Administrator

Kara Halstead

Associate BP & Director of Marketing (URMC)

Karl Withers

URMC Professor

Dr. Sahler

 

Academic Committees

Academic Integrity Committee (AIC)

The AIC includes faculty and student representatives who serve on integrity hearing panels when needed. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, John Hain, manages academic integrity cases. In addition to the members listed below, 7 undergraduate students and 5 graduate students also form the pool of AIC members. When a hearing is required, appropriate members are identified for the case.

John Hain

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

Zachary Bernstein*

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Elena Bellina

Assistant Professor of Italian

Jonathan Retzlaff

Associate Professor of Voice

Alden Snell

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Gary Versace

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media

Anaar Desai-Stephens

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Matthew Brown

Professor of Music Theory

Mark Kellogg

Professor of Euphonium and Trombone

Janet Ying

Associate Professor of String Chamber Music

 

Graduate Professional Committee (GPC)

The GPC governs the MM and DMA programs, with two meetings per semester for the business of the committee. Each department offering MM and DMA degrees is represented.      

Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Marie Rolf*

Chamber Music

Andrew Harley

Composition

David Liptak

Conducting & Ensembles

William Weinert

Contemporary Media & Film Composition

Mark Watters

Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media

Dariusz Terefenko

Music Teaching & Learning

Lisa Caravan

Music Theory

Ben Baker

Musicology

John Kapusta

Organ, Sacred Music, & Historical Keyboards

David Higgs

Piano

Alan Chow

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

David Ying

Voice, Opera, & Vocal Coaching

Jonathan Retzlaff

Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Chien-Kwan Lin

Joan and Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi**

Eastman Writing Center

Susan Uselmann**

Registrar

Jenne LaPlaca**

 

Graduate Research Committee (GRC)

The GRC governs the MA and PhD programs, with two meetings per semester for the business of the committee. Each department offering MA and PhD degrees is represented, along with one faculty member from a performance department.

Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Marie Rolf*

Applied Music

James VanDemark

Composition

Robert Morris

Music Leadership

Rachel Roberts

Music Teaching & Learning

Alden Snell

Music Theory

David Temperley

Musicology

Roger Freitas

Director, Eastman Writing Center

Sue Uselmann**

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi**

Registrar

Jenne LaPlaca**

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The UCC governs the BM degree, meeting bi-weekly for the business of the committee. Each of the 13 departments is represented; up to four undergraduate student positions are available.

Chamber Music

Margery Hwang

Composition

TBD

Conducting & Ensembles

Brad Lubman

Humanities

Glenn Mackin

Jazz & Contemporary Media

Gary Versace

Music Teaching & Learning

Alden Snell

Music Theory

Zachary Bernstein

Musicology

Michael Anderson

Organ, Sacred Music, & Historical Keyboards

David Higgs

Piano

Alexander Kobrin

Strings, Harp, & Guitar

Masumi Rostad

Voice, Opera, & Vocal Coaching

Jan Opalach

Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion

Michael Wayne

Undergraduate Student Representatives (up to 4)

TBD

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

John Hain**

Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Matthew Ardizzone**

Joan & Martin Messinger Dean

Jamal Rossi**

Registrar

Jenne LaPlaca**

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox**

Academic Affairs Administrator

Amanda Sharpe**

 

Musical Arts Advisory Committee

Applications for this self-designed major are accepted in the sophomore year. The committee reviews proposals and advises students on final projects.

James VanDemark*

Professor of Double Bass

John Hain

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

Roger Freitas

Professor of Musicology

Timothy Scheie

Associate Professor of French

Reinhild Steingrover

Professor of German

 

Student Opinion Survey Group

This ad hoc group was formed in November of 2020 to review and revise the content and format of student opinion surveys.  

Donna Brink Fox*

John Hain

Dariusz Terefenko

Reinhild Steingrover

David Ying

Michael Anderson

Chien-Kwan Lin

Samuel Reenan

Leslie Scatterday

 

Funding Groups

All-Eastman Events Committee (AEEC)

The AEEC awards funds for faculty-initiated programming that will benefit a broad population of Eastman students. Events must be co-sponsored by at least two funding sources to be eligible for these AEEC funds. Application forms, available on the Academic Affairs webpage, are reviewed by a four-person faculty committee. Applications are accepted until the annual budget cap is reached.

Jean Pedersen*

Associate Professor of History

Michael Anderson

Associate Professor of Musicology

Kathryn Cowdrick

Professor of Voice

Peter Kurau

Professor of Horn

 

Eastman Departmental Diversity Initiative (EDDI)

EDDI provides funding for on-campus presenters in support of diversity and inclusion activities. Departments may request up to $1,200 in support of guests and must submit application requests (available on the Academic Affairs webpage) for review by the Eastman Diversity Committee.

Professional Development Committee (PDC)

The PDC meets five times a year to review proposals for funding for professional activities in the categories of faculty, individual student, and chamber group. Guidelines for submissions are posted on the Office of Academic Affairs webpage.

Area

Representative

Title

Administration

Donna Brink Fox*

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Academic

Sarah Marlowe

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Chamber Music

Janet Ying

Associate Professor of Violin

Applied Music

Robert Swensen

Professor of Voice

 

Awards

Eisenhart Teaching Award

The Eisenhart Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member at the May commencement ceremony. Nominations are solicited in the spring semester, and a committee of former recipients meets to select the new awardee. Full-time and part-time faculty may be nominated, and the committee retains nominations for up to 5 years.

Lecture-Recital Prize

The Graduate Studies Office manages the annual Lecture-Recital Prize, given for exceptional presentations of the lecture-recital and their presentations are reviewed by a standing committee of faculty members.

Pi Kappa Lambda

Academic deans nominate outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for recognition through membership in this music honorary society. Nominees are voted on by members of the Eastman PKL chapter, which inducts new members in May of each year.

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Marie Rolf

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

John Hain

Director of Graduate Advising and Services

Zachary Peterson

Associate Professor of MTL /Chapter President

Alden Snell

Assoc. Director of Admissions /Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Christina Crispin

 

Teaching Assistant Prize

The annual TA Prize is given each spring, following a rigorous process of review by students, nomination by departments, and observations by a faculty committee. Up to six individuals may be recognized each year. The overall process is managed by the Office of Academic Affairs in collaboration with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  

 

Student Affairs Groups

Student Support Team (SST)

The SST group meets weekly with the Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs to address issues of concern reported about students. The CARE Network is one primary source for identifying students of concern, and when reports are submitted, the SST responds as appropriate.

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

John Hain

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Robert Bones

Director of Graduate Advising and Services, CARE Liaison

Zachary Peterson

Academic Counselor

Louise Ly

Assistant Director for Student Activities and Engagement

Willord Simmons

Assistant Director for Residential Life

Rachel Grzejka

Assistant Director of Public Safety

Dana Perrin

 

Eastman Students’ Association

The Eastman SA is the undergraduate student government and policy group at Eastman. The SA holds bi-weekly open forums in the Dean’s Dining Room (SLC); additional weekly SA meetings are schedule along with another weekly meeting of the SA board members with the Assistant Director for Student Activities. The SA also oversees the Eastman Programming and Interest Council (EPIC).

Eastman Graduate Students’ Association

The Eastman GSA is the graduate student government and policy group at Eastman. Regular meetings are scheduled for the group, along with weekly meetings of the officers with the Assistant Director for Student Activities.

Resident Advisors, Student Living Center

Eleven Eastman students are employed as resident advisors in the Student Living Center, in support of the 350 residents of the building at 100 Gibbs St. This group meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 10pm with the Assistant Director for Residential Life.

Resident Fellows, Student Living Center

Five Eastman students form a programming group for celebratory events at the SLC. These events include holiday celebrations, birthdays, and community building events. The group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 5pm with the Assistant Director for Residential Life.

1st-year Experience Team

This four-person team meets bi-weekly for late-night programming (9-11pm) at the SLC. The group hosts two late-night events per month: one recreational and one educational.

Wellness Advisory Committee

Director of EPAM

Gaelen McCormick

Sr. Physical Therapist

Sue Callan-Harris

Professor of Medicine M&D – General Medicine

Ralph Manchester

Sr. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs

Donna Brink Fox

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Robert Bones

 

* Denotes Chair
**Denotes Ex Officio member


Revised, October 2021


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