ROCmusic, an outreach program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music, recently hired Armand Hall as its director.
Hall comes to ROCmusic from the University of Memphis, where he was associate director of bands and coordinator of instrumental music education. He has experience teaching, adjudicating and working as a clinician at the middle and high school levels, in addition to collegiate teaching. He worked as a teaching artist in El Sistema-inspired community music programs around the country.
“The appointment of Dr. Hall signals the start of an exciting new chapter for ROCmusic,” said Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. “His extensive experience as a public school teacher, a university professor, as a presenter and panelist at national conferences, and as a recognized music leader will enable ROCmusic to grow in powerful ways. The commitment he has demonstrated in the past to his students and to the communities where he taught and lived bodes very well for the students of ROCmusic and their families.”
Hall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind conducting from Michigan State University.
“I am ecstatic to be selected to lead the ROCmusic program, a significant conduit between our community and our culturally rich city,” Hall said. “The institutional support for our program is unparalleled, which speaks volumes about our community partners. I look forward to strengthening and increasing opportunities and access to music for Rochester students and their families. Our team will continue to build a program that represents the city of Rochester, one of which the community is proud.”
ROCmusic is a partnership among The Hochstein School, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Gateways Music Festival, the city of Rochester, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rochester City School District.
“ROCmusic is one of the most unique programs available to children residing in the city of Rochester,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “To have Dr. Hall at the helm of this program means that not only will so many of our children continue to receive impeccable classical music education tuition-free, but that the program will continue to grow and thrive. The impact that ROCmusic has on our community’s youth helps bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of creating safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our students, which will ultimately lead to the creation of more jobs and an improved quality of life in our city.”