Black Students at Eastman (BSE)

We, the students of the Black Students at Eastman (BSE) at the Eastman School of Music, with the intent to promote social and cultural awareness, to foster diversification, and develop community relations within the School do hereby express the purpose of this organization:
1. To provide a vehicle and forum for the articulation and expression of views and interests of the black students at the Eastman School of Music;
2. To provide educational, cultural, and social programs relevant to the needs of black students at Eastman;
3. To enhance relations amongst the organization, and Eastman’s student body;
4. To establish channels of communication between the organization and that of the City of Rochester;
5. To foster the recognition of the educational and cultural needs of black students at Eastman;
6. To promote black cultural awareness in all areas, and to establish a platform which provides as such.

Board Members:

Dalanie Harris, President

Johnathan Rhodes, Vice President

Marcus Jefferson, Vice President of Finance

Alexis Peart, Vice President of Communications

Katie Brown, Graduate Affiliate Advisor 

BSE Constitution 2018

Weekly Meetings:  Sundays – 8:30pm-9:30pm – Dean’s Dining

Catholic Newman Community at Eastman (CNCE)

Called together as members of the body of Christ, The Catholic Newman Community of Eastman seeks to encourage all to strive toward the highest ideals of Christian spiritual, moral, and intellectual development as lived and taught in the rich tradition of the Catholic Church.

Board Members:

Livio Fasullo, President

Catholic Newman Community at Eastman Constitution

Weekly Meetings:  Tuesdays – 10pm-11pm – Dean’s Dining

Eastman Americana (EA)

Eastman Americana is a cultural awareness student organization created for the purpose of educating Eastman students on the history and importance of traditional American music (bluegrass, celtic, old time, etc). The group welcomes any students interested in learning about the cultural impact of traditional American music and how to play it.

Board Members:

Caroline Samuels, President
Katie Knudsvig, Vice President

Eastman Americana Constitution

Eastman Programming and Involvement Council (EPIC)

The purpose of Eastman Programming & Involvement Council (EPIC) is to enrich co-curricular life at Eastman by encouraging involvement of all Eastman undergraduate students. EPIC sponsors programs, activities, and events for Eastman undergraduate students and members of the Eastman community including, but not limited to social, educational, recreational, cultural, traditional, community building, co-sponsorships and on- and off-campus events. While EPIC is open to collaborating with faculty, staff, departments, alumni, and other student organizations, the target audience for all programming shall be Eastman undergraduates.

Board Members:

Henry Dean, President
James McCarthy, Vice President/Treasurer
Kelly Whitesell, Secretary/General Events Co-Chair
Emma Jane Geisler, Publicity Chair
Ashley Fong, Welcome Weekend & Freeze Fest Co-Chair
Katie Knudsvig, Fright Fest & Spring Fling Co-Chair
Juliana Kilcoyne, General Events Co-Chair

EPIC Constitution

Weekly Meetings:  Tuesdays – 8:30pm-9:30pm – Dean’s Dining (SLC)

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Eastman Tabletop Community (ETC)

We play games on tabletops… come join us!

Board Members:

Tim Hommowun, President

Eastman Tabletop Community Constitution

Weekly Meetings & Game Nights:  6pm-8pm – Orchesra Pit (SLC)


Jewish student life here at Eastman is vibrant, pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive. Hillel helps to foster student growth, Jewish learning, and relationships.

Our programs reflect the great diversity of our students lives. We have weekly Shabbat opportunities, free meals, social and cultural programming, alternative breaks, holiday services and celebrations, two Birthright Israel trips a year, and so much more!

Our campus and Hillel cultures encourage student personal development through spiritual, social, and intellectual channels. Our students pursue social justice, embrace and support the State of Israel, and are learning to become participating members of the global Jewish community.

Here at Hillel, we provide a safe space for our students to come into their own, explore Judaism, and develop leadership and professional skills. We are here to guide and support them through their journeys in becoming active members of the Jewish and adult communities and in their own personal practices.

Board Members:

Adam DeSchriver, Head Chair
Robert Sanders, Elect Chair

Hillel@Eastman Constitution

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)

Purpose Statement
In response to God’s love, grace, and truth:
The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
is to establish and advance
at colleges and universities
witnessing communities of students and faculty
who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord:
growing in love for God,
God’s Word,
God’s people of every ethnicity and culture
and God’s purposes in the world.

Vision Statement
Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed.

Board Members:

Benton Gordon, President
Hannah Dick, Vice President

InterVarsity Constitution 2017

Large Group: Saturdays 6:30-7:30pm, Dean’s Dining (SLC)
Morning Prayer Meetings: 8am Monday-Friday, Betty’s Cafe (Main Bldg.)
Evening Prayer Meetings: 10:30pm Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Dean’s Dining (SLC)

Mu Phi Epsilon

As a chapter of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, we will foster the ideals of service to school and community,, and provide opportunities for strong artistic and personal abilities. We will organize philanthropic events that will be open to the entire Eastman community in hopes of developing a stronger musical relationship with the Rochester community.

Board Members:

Henry Dean, President
Nate Malkow, Vice President
Henry Bond, Treasurer/Secretary

Mu Phi Epsilon Constitution

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The purpose of this organization is to:

  1. make available to members opportunities for professional development;
  2. acquaint students with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession;
  3. provide all members with the opportunity to become acquainted with leaders in the music education profession through participation in programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, and performances planned by this chapter, the state music educators association, and NAfME.

Board Members:

Matthew Nedvin, President
JT Ngiaw
, Vice President
Henry Dean, Treasurer
Alexandra Deitrich, Secretary
Deepti Kumar, Director of Public Relations

NAfME Constitution 2018-2019

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)

The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music. Our purpose is to form chapters of women college students and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music; to uphold the highest standards of music; to further the development of music in America and throughout the world; to give inspiration and encouragement to members; to organize the cultural life of Sigma Alpha Iota members as a contributing factor to their educational growth; to support the ideals and goals of the member’s Alma Mater; and to adhere to the highest standards of citizenship in school, community and fraternity life.

Board Members:

Elizabeth Smith, President
Tong Li, Vice President of Membership
Ellen Robertson, Secretary
Alexis Peart, Treasurer
Reagan Casteel, Sergeant at Arms
Nicole Toms, Musicale Chair
Kelly Whitesell, Community Service Chair

SAI Constitution

Weekly Meetings:  Sundays – 6pm-7pm – Dean’s Dining (SLC)


Our mission is to provide a safe space for Eastman students of all backgrounds to discuss gender and sexual identity. We want to maintain a positive, supportive, and enjoyable environment where students are comfortable to have fun, make friends, learn about issues of gender and sexual identity, and discuss personal experiences with gender and sexual identity. We want to maintain an environment of equality and freedom of expression for all.

Board Members:

Ben Barron, President
Rita Monahan, Treasurer

SPECTRUM Constitution

Weekly Meetings:  Fridays – 6:30pm-7:30pm – Dean’s Dining (SLC)