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James Undercofler

At present I work as a consultant in organizational design to higher education arts programs.  I also work as an executive coach to a wide variety of arts professionals in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

I recently retired from full-time work, most rcently as Interim Director of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College/SUNY. At Purhcase I created the master’s degree in Entrepreneurship in the Arts.  I have also worked recently as Artistic Director for the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland.

My professional experience includes stints as Professor of Arts Administration at Drexel University, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dean of the Eastman School of Music, Executive Director and Founder of the Minnesota (now Perpich) Center for Arts Education, and Director (and one of the founders) of the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.


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