James Undercofler

James Undercofler

Currently, I work as a consultant in higher education in the arts, specializing in issues of governance. Most recently, I have served as Interim Director of the Conservatory of Music and Professor of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at Purchase College SUNY, where I created a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Prior to my position at Purchase College, I held positions as Artistic Director of the National Orchestral Festival and Institute at the University of Maryland, Professor of Arts Administration at Drexel University, President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dean of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Founding and Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Arts Education and Director of the Educational Center for the Arts, as well as horn teacher, chamber music coach and youth orchestra conductor at the Neighborhood Music School. My background includes extensive activity as a French horn player. My education includes degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, and extensive post-masters study at the University of Connecticut. I have initiated and served on numerous not-for-profit boards. Over my long career, I have been the recipient of numerous awards and citations, and have been a featured speaker at national and international conferences. My wife, Wendy, and I have both taught at the Neighborhood Music School in the 1970’s and 80’s. Our children, Jenny and Kate, who also took classes at NMS, continue to be active in music, as are their own children.