PRJC Conference

The Paul R. Judy Center will organize a biennial conference emphasizing research and opportunities for evolution of current ensemble models.


October 8, 2016

Thank you to those that attended the October 8, 2016 Paul R. Judy Center Conference – INNOVATE. LEAD. MUSIC. The event brought together musicians and leaders from around the country to think about and discuss innovation in music ensembles, institutions, and organizations. Thank you to the outstanding group of panelists and moderators who inspired us with their ideas and stories.  And thank you especially to our keynote speaker, Paola Prestini, the visionary leader of National Sawdust.  Click the links below to view photos and video from the event. 




Keynote Presentation


Morning Session

Afternoon Session


Full Schedule for October 8, 2016

Sproull Atrium, Miller Center, Eastman School of Music – 25 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY

9:00am – 10:00am – Check in at Conference Registration Desk – Sproull Atrium, Miller Center

10:00am – National Sawdust: Where Creative Musicians and Communities Meet
Keynote Presentation by Paola Prestini, Executive and Creative Director, National Sawdust

10:45amIgniting 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, Solo Trumpet Artist, formerly with Alarm Will Sound

Peter McDowell, Managing Director, Eighth Blackbird; and Founder, Peter McDowell Arts Consulting

Melissa Snoza, Flutist 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: Phillip 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, Violinist & 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

Hotel Accommodations

A limited number of rooms are available for $120 per night at the Radisson Rochester Riverside Hotel. When making your reservation, mention the group name Paul R. Judy Conference. The cutoff date for reserving these rooms is September 7th, so please make you reservation prior to September 7th. This hotel is .5 miles from the Eastman School – about a 10 minute walk. A shuttle will also operate between the hotel and the Eastman School.

Radisson Rochester Riverside
120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Website Link
(585) 546-6400

Other hotels nearby:

Hyatt Regency
125 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-1234
Website Link
.4 miles from the Eastman School of Music. A shuttle will also operate between the hotel and the Eastman School.

Strathallan Rochester
550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 461-5010
1 mile from the Eastman School of Music


Please email any questions you may have to Steve Danyew:


Previous Conferences


For 2015, the Paul R. Judy Center collaborated with Chamber Music America to present the pre-conference day at the Chamber Music America National Conference, January 2015 in New York City.

Chamber Music America Pre-Conference Day: How to Succeed In A Changing Musical World

Presentation slides from Thursday, January 15, 2015 – Click on the links below to download presentation slides

John Nugent and Marc Iacona – What Makes it Work? – The Elements of Successpdf

Judith Ricker – Keeping Your Brand Hotpdf

Michael Reed – You Don’t Have to Be a Geek… to Make Technology Work for Youpdf

Steve Haase – Putting Your Audience Center Stagepdf

Darrell Grant – Don’t Go It Alone: Enrich Your Performances Through Collaborationspdf