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March 18, 2015

James Doser named director of Institute for Music Leadership

James Doser ’79E, ’84E (MM), an award-winning educator and administrator, musician, and businessman, has been named director of the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership. He will be responsible for overseeing all institute activities and programs, including the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, the Center for Music Innovation and Engagement, and the Orchestra Musician Forum. 

Doser has forged a wide-ranging career creating national and local arts and education projects, teaching at Eastman and in the Penfield school district, performing with regional and national jazz artists and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and directing Tritone Music Inc., which organizes and manages jazz camps for adults in New York and Wisconsin.

“Jim Doser exemplifies the ideals of an Eastman education,” says Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “He is an outstanding musician, an accomplished educator, an entrepreneurial thinker, and a person who is constantly striving to grow and improve. Jim has the knowledge and experience to lead new innovative programs to help students face challenges and succeed in the evolving music marketplace.” 

In recognizing the groundbreaking work of Ramon Ricker, the institute’s first director, Rossi said, “Ray’s stellar and visionary leadership over the last 14 years made the institute an international model for developing entrepreneurial music school curricula.”

The institute provides courses, internships, mentoring, programs, and activities that focus on developing and maximizing musicians’ leadership potential by providing professional development opportunities, supporting innovative ideas, and bridging the gap between the academic and professional worlds.  One of the first centers of its kind in the country, the institute has been cited in Kaplan/Newsweek, The Fiske Guide to College, and Hollywood Reporter rankings that place Eastman among top music schools nationally and internationally. 

“The exceptional programs and initiatives developed through the Institute for Music Leadership make a significant and positive impact on Eastman students, alumni, and the evolving music world,” says Doser. “I look forward with great excitement to being a part of the IML team and Eastman community to continue this vital and vibrant work.”

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