The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has announced the launch of a new master’s degree program designed for individuals who are musicians but who also desire to lead traditional and non-traditional musical arts organizations.

The Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree is a 14-month program to help students develop and hone both artistic and managerial skills.

 Eastman alumni lead many of the country’s most prestigious traditional and non-traditional musical arts organizations, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Fifth House Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.

“By providing students with the opportunities to develop a deep, personal understanding of the artistic process, along with high-level skills in business, governance, marketing, finances, entrepreneurial thinking, and advancement, we will nurture articulate and effective leaders of our arts organizations, leaving a legacy that will benefit our entire musical landscape,” states Jim Doser, the director of Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership.

 “Through its Arts Leadership Program, Eastman has been committed to producing musical artist-leaders who have been committed to making a difference in the world for more than two decades,” said Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of Eastman. “The MA in Music Leadership will provide musicians with the opportunity to delve even deeper into the issues that will face the music leaders of the future.”  

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