Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music

Richard Kessler has been dean of Mannes College The New School for Music since 2011. He oversees all aspects of the 100-year-old music conservatory, including leading the radical rethinking of what it means to train musical citizens in the 21st century. Bringing national recognition in the field of K–12 arts education, Kessler has served as chief executive of The Center for Arts Education and The American Music Center and is co-chair of the New York City Arts Coalition, a trustee of the American Composers Orchestra, board treasurer of Common Core, and a member of the steering committee for the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition. In 2010, both the Music Educators Association of New York and The New York City Art Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers honored Kessler for his leadership in the field of arts education. A Naumburg Award winning chamber musician, Kessler holds two degrees from The Juilliard School and was a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music.

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