Artistic Director, National Orchestral Institute
Ithaca, New York
James Undercofler is the Artistic Director of the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland and serves in 2 roles at Ithaca College: as a consultant to create a new master of arts degree in entrepreneurship in the arts, as well as undergraduate programs in leadership and advocacy, and as adjunct faculty in the Business School.
Prior to his positions at Maryland and Ithaca, he was Professor of Arts Administration at Drexel University (where he now maintains a part-time position), 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 (now Perpich) Center for Arts Education and Director of the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. Undercofler's background includes activity as a French horn player, youth orchestra conductor, as well as that of an active teacher. His education includes degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University and extensive post-masters study at the University of Connecticut. He has initiated and served on numerous not-for-profit boards (presently with Alarm Will Sound, a contemporary music ensemble in New York). Over his long career he has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations, and has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences.
Undercofler blogs on Arts Journal in State of the Art.