Below is a partial list of individuals with important Summit roles.

Innovation Concert

Roomful of TeethRoomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.
Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Commissioned Composers include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, Ted Hearne and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.

Projects in 2016-2017 include The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with A Far Cry and Nick Zammuto of The Books; appearances at new music festivals in the US, Canada and Sweden; and partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.

Summit Director

David CutlerOne of the world's leading voices on arts entrepreneurship, leadership, and curriculum development, David Cutler has offered ground-breaking seminars for organizations such as the Julliard School, Dutch Classical Music Meeting, New World Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Music America. In 2013, Cutler founded The SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge, an experiential workshop that trains participants to innovate, collaborate, and build arts-businesses from the ground up. He is a frequent consultant for music schools internationally, and is Director of the Carolina/CMS Summits on 21st Century Music School Design.

Cutler's acclaimed book The Savvy Musician helps readers 1) build a career, 2) earn a living, and 3) make a difference. His 2015 publication The Savvy Music Teacher unveils a step-by-step blueprint for independent teachers to generate $50,000-100,000 annually while increasing impact. He serves as the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

Cutler balances a varied career as a classical and jazz composer, pianist, educator, author, and speaker. He is the Director of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.


Richard KesslerDescribed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a "firebrand," Richard Kessler holds a dual appointment as executive dean for the Performing Arts at The New School and dean of Mannes College, the century-old music conservatory at The New School. In his role as executive dean for the Performing Arts, Kessler is working to unify the performing arts schools of The New School. As dean of Mannes, Richard Kessler developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan designed to make Mannes the most progressive high-quality music conservatory in the world. The plan leaves little untouched and has resulted in a significantly expanded curriculum reflecting a rethinking of the nature of music education in the 21st century. The plan created new degree programs, minors, and core proficiencies and a wide range of new activities in partnership with the other colleges of The New School.

Dean Kessler's career in the arts spans three decades and is marked by a record of distinguished vision and leadership as a musician, educator, teaching artist, advocate, and organizational officer. Before his appointment as dean of Mannes in 2011, Kessler served as executive director of The Center for Arts Education (CAE) from 2004 to 2011. Kessler led CAE through a period of significant expansion, which included growth in the areas of advocacy, government affairs, media relations, and coalition building. Under Kessler's leadership, CAE secured two highly competitive grants from the United States Department of Education and $17 million in support from Walter and Leonore Annenberg.

Core Summit Team

David Cutler. University of South Carolina (SC)
Mark Rabideau. DePauw University (IN)
Tayloe Harding. University of South Carolina (SC)
Jennifer Snow. Frances Clark Center (CA)
Jeff Nytch. University of Colorado-Boulder (CO)

Summit Discipline Liaisons

Eliza Brown. DePauw University (IN); composition
Mark Clague. University of Michigan (MI); musicology/ethnomusicology
Kevin Geraldi
. University North Carolina Greenboro (NC); ensembles
Toby Koenigsberg. University of Oregon (OR); applied (all genres)
Greg McCandless. 
Appalachian State University (NC); music theory
Rachel Roberts. New England Conservatory (MA); music entrepreneurship
David Stringham
. James Madison University (VA); music education
Keith Ward. University of Denver (CO); administration
Betty Anne Younker. University of Western Ontario (Canada); administration

Partnering Organizations

American Choral Directors Association. Representative: Alicia Walker
American Musicological Society. Representative: Paula Bishop
American String Teachers Association. Representative: Brenda Brenner
Canadian University Music Society. Representative: Stephanie Lind.
Center for Music Theory Pedagogy. Representative: Jennifer Snodgrass
College Band Directors National Association
. Representative: Mark Spede
College Orchestra Directors Association. Representative: Joel Neves
Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
. Representative: Jennifer Snow
Music Teachers National Association. Representative: Scott McBride Smith
National Association for Music Education. Representative: Kathy Sanz
National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Representative: Heather Peyton
National Association of Schools of Music. Representative: Dan Dressen
National Association of Teachers of Singing
. Representative: Karen Brunssen
Network of Music Career Development Officers. Representative: Nathaniel Zeisler
Society for American Music. Representative: Sandy Graham
Society for Ethnomusicology. Representative: Gregory Bartz
Society of Composers, Inc. Representative: Thomas Couvillon

Featured Summit Voices

Below is a list of presenters and leaders for Summit 2.0, representing a diversity of disciplines (applied, ensembles, education, history, theory, business, entrepreneurship, administration) and institution types.

Deanna Badizadegan. New England Conservatory (MA)
Alain Barker. Indiana University (IN)
Eliza Brown. DePauw University (IN)
Judy Bundra. Cleveland Institute (OH)
Jonathan Caldwell. Virginia Tech (VA)
Brian Chin. Seattle Pacific University (WA)
Mark Clague. University of Michigan (MI)
Fabiana Claure. University of North Texas (TX)
Julie Combs. Missouri State University (MO)
Tracy Cowden. University of Texas San Antonio (TX)
David Cutler. University of South Carolina (SC)
Robert Deemer. SUNY Fredonia (NY)
Jim Doser. Eastman School of Music (NY)
Aaron Flagg. The Juilliard School (NY)
Kathryn Fouse. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
Adrian Fung. University of Oklahoma (OK)
Jason Geary. University of Maryland (MD)
Kevin Geraldi. University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC)
Arris Golden. UNC Chapel Hill (NC)
Sandra Graham. Babson College (MA)
Joyce Griggs. Manhattan School of Music (NY)
Sean Hagon. Berklee College of Music (MA)
Tayloe Harding. University of South Carolina (SC)
Eileen M. Hayes. President, CMS 2019-20; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI)
Sarah Hoover. Peabody Institute (MD)
Kimberly James. University of Las Vegas (NV)
Larry Kaptain. University of Colorado-Denver (CO)
John Kennedy. California State University, Los Angeles (CA)
Richard Kessler. Mannes College (NY)
Toby Koenigsberg. University of Oregon (OR)
Lance LaDuke. Carnegie Mellon (PA)
Nicole Lamartine. University of Wyoming (WY)
Melanie Lowe. Vanderbilt University (TN)
Kristina MacMullen. Ohio State University (OH)
Jeff Magee. University of Illinois (IL)
Greg McCandless. Appalachian State University (NC)
Nicole Molumby. Boise State University (ID)
Mellasenah Morris. DePauw (IN)
Quinton Morris. Seattle University (WA)
David Myers. University of Minnesota (MN)
Jeff Nytch. University of Colorado-Boulder (CO)
William O’Hara. Gettysburg College (PA)
Douglas Owens. Old Dominion University (VA)
Jennifer Parker-Harley. University of South Carolina (SC)
William Pelto. The College Music Society (MT)
Brian Pertl. Lawrence Conservatory (WI)
Mary Ellen Poole. University of Texas at Austin (TX)
André De Quadros. Boston University (MA)
Todd Queen. Louisiana State University (LA)
Mark Rabideau. DePauw University (IN)
Leila Ramagopal. Lawrence Conservatory (WI)
Clint Randles. University of South Florida (FL)
John Richmond. University of North Texas (TX)
Rachel Roberts. New England Conservatory (MA)
Charles Rochester Young. Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
Nancy Rosenberg. Brown University (RI)
David Rosenboom. California Institute of the Arts (CA)
Jennifer Rosenfeld. iCadenza (CA)
Jamal Rossi. Eastman School of Music (NY)
David Rudge. SUNY-Fredonia (NY)
Mark Samples. Central Washington University (WA)
Ed Sarath. University of Michigan (MI)
Dan Senstock. Apple (CA)
Matthew Shaftel. Ohio University (OH)
Julie Shields. Millikin University (IL)
Jennifer Snow. Francis Clark Center (CA)
John Spilker. Nebraska Weslyan (NE)
Sandy Stauffer. Arizona State University (AZ)
Michael Stepniak. Shenandoah Conservatory (VA)
Danny Stevens. University of Delaware (DE)
David Stringham. James Madison University (VA)
Marty Sweidel. Goucher College (MD)
Deanna Swoboda. Arizona State University (AZ)
Heather Taves. Wilfred Laurier (ON, Canada)
Linda Thornton. Penn State (PA)
David Wallace. Berklee College of Music (MA)
Robert Walzel. University of Kansas (KA)
Keith Ward. University of Denver (CO)
Mihoko Watanabe. Ball State (IN)
Peter Webster. University of Southern California (CA)
Susan de Weger. University of Melbourne (Australia)
Alan Williams. UMass Lowell (MA)
Peter Witte. University of Pacific (CA)
Betty Anne Younker. University of Western Ontario (ON, Canada)
Nathaniel Zeisler. Colburn (CA)