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Eastman Takes Musical 'Lead'

The Eastman School of Music formed a new organization last year to help establish its alumni in leadership positions in the music world.

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The biomedical engineering program was one of only six in the country to receive a development award from the Whitaker Foundation. The award of $3 million will be used to enhance laboratories, hire new faculty, and provide support for departmental activities.

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Music Leadership was formed to ensure that Eastman students, alumni, and professional musicians obtain the skills, education, and experience they need to take leadership roles. The institute will also bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds.

"The institute will become a vital 'hub' for creating, sharing, and implementing cutting-edge ideas to ensure the vitality and relevance of music in the 21st century," said Eastman Director and Dean James Undercofler.

Under the direction of Eastman Professor Ramon Ricker, the institute will also serve as the umbrella structure for Eastman's certificate, diploma, and partnership programs.

Outside of Eastman, the institute will also participate in Mellon Foundation- sponsored forums to assist 14 other American orchestras that are grappling with issues of organizational structure and dynamics, leadership, and culture.

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