The Eastman School of Music has announced the hiring of Dr. Armand Hall, who will serve as Director of ROC Music, an innovative arts-outreach program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music, and offers tuition-free classical music instruction and instrument lessons to students in grades 1-12 who reside in the city of Rochester, NY.
Dr. Hall comes to ROCmusic from the University of Memphis, where he was Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hall has taught, adjudicated, and been a clinician at the middle school and high school levels, in addition to collegiate teaching, and worked as a teaching artist in El Sistema-inspired community music programs around the country.
Here's a Feb 2018 interview with Dr. Hall from the University of Memphis.
"Dr. Hall brings wonderful experience as a music educator, conductor, and passionate advocate for El Sistema-inspired programs across the country,” says Dr. Margaret Quackenbush, President and Excecutive Director, The Hochstein School. “As the next leader of the ROCmusic program, I'm confident that he'll strengthen and build our program to serve even more of Rochester's children and youth."
ROCmusic is a partnership between The Hochstein School, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Eastman Community Music School, Gateways Music Festival, City of Rochester, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rochester City School District.