James Doser is the Director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to his career as a performing artist and educator, he also is Director of the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program, the Center for Music Innovation and Engagement, and Eastman’s Career and Professional Development Office. Doser received a bachelor of music education degree, master of music degree in jazz and contemporary media, and the performer’s certificate in saxophone, all from Eastman. Doser has forged a wide-ranging career creating national and local arts and education projects, teaching at Eastman and in the Penfield, N.Y., school district. Doser’s innovative projects include “PRISM: American History through New Music,” which received National Endowment for the Arts funding to integrate the study of American history with contemporary music through a series of composer residencies. Doser also developed “The Jazz Age in Paris” curriculum guide for the Smithsonian Institution, which recognized his work with its Award for Education. As a performer, Doser appears frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester and on their recordings Gershwin, Holiday Pops and Façade, respectively. He is tapped throughout the region for concerts requiring a “doubler,” a multi-instrument woodwind specialist.
Ann Drinan, Senior Editor, has been a member of the Hartford Symphony viola section for over 30 years. She is a former Chair of the Orchestra Committee, former member of the HSO Board, and has served on many HSO committees. She is also the Executive Director of CONCORA (CT Choral Artists), a professional chorus based in Hartford and New Britain, founded by Artistic Director Richard Coffey. Ann was a member of the Advisory Board of the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), and was the HSO ROPA delegate for 14 years, serving as both Vice President and President of ROPA. In addition to playing the viola and running CONCORA, Ann is a professional writer and editor, and has worked as a consultant and technical writer for software companies in a wide variety of industries for over 3 decades. (She worked for the Yale Computer Science Department in the late 70s, and thus has been on the Internet, then called the DARPAnet, since 1977!) She is married to Algis Kaupas, a sound recordist, and lives a block from Long Island Sound in Branford CT. Together they create websites for musicians: shortbeachwebdesign.com. Ann holds a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.
Robert Levine has been the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony since September 1987. Before coming to Milwaukee, Mr. Levine had been a member of the Orford String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, with whom he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States, and South America. Prior to joining the Orford Quartet, Mr. Levine had served as Principal Violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, and the Oklahoma City Symphony, as well as serving as guest principal with the orchestras of Indianapolis and Hong Kong. He has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the London Symphony of Canada, the Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), and numerous community orchestras in Northern California and Minnesota. Mr. Levine was chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians from 1996 to 2002 and currently serves as President of the Milwaukee Musicians Association, Local 8 of the American Federation of Musicians, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras.
Steve Danyew is a composer, saxophonist, teacher, and arts administrator based in Rochester, NY. Danyew composes works for chamber ensembles, large instrumental ensembles, choirs and more, and currently serves as Managing Editor of Polyphonic.org. His music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. Steve received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music.
Michael Reed is a marketer, web designer, video producer, tech savvy musician, and Arts Leadership Program instructor who teaches musicians how to incorporate technology into their brand. Michael holds a bachelors degree in Music Business and is a 2015 MBA candidate at the Simon Business School, University of Rochester. As the Assistant Director of the Center for Music Innovation and Engagement at the Eastman School of Music, Michael leads a team in the development and marketing of all online music theory courses (eTheory) for ESM’s Institute for Music Leadership.
Kristijan has a Masters and Bachelors of Music Performance in bassoon from Ithaca College, where he studied with Lee Goodhew Romm. He has also worked as an administrator at the University of Rochester Medical Center while continuing private bassoon studies, and has past experience as a private bassoon teacher, concert manager’s assistant and assisting students with learning music theory and piano.