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Van Daalen-Dobson Organ

The Kilian and Caroline Schmitt Organ Recital Hall houses the custom-built Van Daalen organ. While students frequently perform their degree recitals on one of the many spectacular instruments in local churches, Schmitt Hall is Eastman’s premier on-campus space for lessons, workshops, and jury performances. The instrument has mechanical key action and electric stop action, and…

Toni Paz 2022

Instructor of Music Leadership

Toni Paz Instructor of  Music Leadership DEPARTMENTMusic LeadershipCONTACT INFOEmail Ms. PazBIOGRAPHY Toni has spent over 25 years in the nonprofit industry as an agent of influence and change, engaging donors as a relationship-builder and mission connector. As a veteran in the profession, her passion is to deepen ties between individuals, foundations, corporations and volunteers with…

Melissa Ngan 2022

Instructor of Music Leadership

Melissa Ngan Instructor of  Music Leadership DEPARTMENTMusic LeadershipCONTACT INFOEmail Ms. NganBIOGRAPHY Melissa Ngan cultivates personal and organizational growth through creative acts and collaborative practices. As Fifth House Ensemble’s Founder and Executive Director, Melissa drives the organization’s creative and training partnerships. She has led long-term projects with universities and conservatories nationwide that redefine the training process…

Lisa Dixon French

Instructor of Music Leadership

Lisa French Instructor of  Music Leadership DEPARTMENTMusic LeadershipCONTACT INFOEmail Ms. FrenchBIOGRAPHY Lisa Dixon French is the Executive Director of Nashville Ballet, a dynamic arts nonprofit focused on its mission to create, perform, teach, and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community. Ms. French moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 following a…

1896 Hook and Hastings Organ

In the early Fall of 2006 it came to the attention of Kerala Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology at Eastman School of Music, that Carolyn and Noel Nilson of Sandisfield, Massachusetts were looking for a new home for their Hook & Hastings pipe organ. The organ had been purchased by the Nilsons through the Organ…

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Returns in 2022 Featuring Eastman School of Music Musicians

Media Only: Katey Padden, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, (585)451-8492,  kpadden@esm.rochester.edu   The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! Eastman School of Music (ESM) musicians — current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as students and faculty from the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) — will be appearing throughout the 2022 CGI Rochester…

The Italian Baroque Organ

The Eastman School of Music has brought the sounds of the past to Rochester by installing an historic full-size Italian Baroque organ in the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. The magnificent instrument, originally built around 1770 in the region of central Italy, represents the genesis of Baroque organ music played and taught worldwide. With…

Still learning at the library: Sibley’s Jon Sauceda

Jonathan Sauceda just completed his first academic year as Associate Dean and Head of the Sibley Music Library. It has been a very full year. As head of the library, he oversees all aspects of the library’s programs and services, including collection development, personnel management, budget management, technical services, client services, and library technology development.…