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Yamaha and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music have announced that they will be selecting five graduate students from an international pool of applicants to participate as fellows in the 2017 Eastman Leadership Conference.

The 2017 conference will run from June 21 to 24 and feature lead faculty members: Jamal J. Rossi of the Eastman School of Music; Toni-Marie Montgomery, Dean of the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University; and Robert Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

Because of the partnership between Yamaha and Eastman, the Yamaha Graduate Fellows Program at the Eastman Leadership Conference allows the fellows to collaborate and work with other faculty, staff, and administrators from across the country. As a result of the support from the Yamaha Corporation of America band & orchestral division, fellows also receive a full tuition scholarship.

 “Now more than ever, it is important that our field has talented, passionate, and dedicated leaders. Eastman is a pioneer in the field of music and arts leadership and we see the graduate fellows sponsorship as the perfect opportunity to help support and develop the next generation of music school leaders,” said Jonathon Breen, the director of sales for Yamaha’s band & orchestral division.

At the Eastman Leadership Conference, both current and future school leaders will be able to learn and discuss policies, programs, and strategies in a collaborative and professional environment.

“The Yamaha partnership is transformative for the Graduate Fellowship component of the Conference,” said Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “We are delighted to collaborate with such a venerable organization as Yamaha and welcome their commitment to support and train articulate music advocates and leaders of the next generation.



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