2022 Hybrid ASTA National Conference

Virtual Keynote Sessions

Wednesday, March 23
6:30 pm EDT

SEL and Reimagining the Orchestra

Presented by Save The Music Foundation and The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning



Jonathan Taylor Rush

Assistant Conductor, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra



Isaac Sinnett

Senior Associate Director, Ravinia Festival



Scott Edgar

Director of Practice and Research, The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning

The symphony orchestra has long been associated with musical tradition and excellence; however, it has not always provided a space where everyone feels welcomed. Conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush and Senior Associate Director of the Ravinia Festival’s Reach Teach Play education programs Isaac Sinnett will join Dr. Scott Edgar, Director of Practice and Research for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning, to discuss how to broaden the orchestral model so more people, especially underrepresented populations, can feel a sense of belonging in this space. They will share and discuss models for making these social and emotional outcomes intentional, embedded, and sustained routines and learning community practices.

Jonathan Taylor Rush has been hailed as a continually rising talent in the conducting world by the Baltimore Sun. He brings passion, unique interpretation, and a refreshing energy to the orchestral experience. Rush was appointed as Assistant Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in fall 2020. Previously, he served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Conducting Fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2018, Rush was a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and in 2019, was named Assistant Conductor. As winner of the 2018 Respighi Prize in Conducting at age 22, Rush made his professional orchestra debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. He continues to conduct both nationally and internationally, with notable debuts including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Nairobi Philharmonic. Rush’s mentors and teachers include Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, and Joseph Young.

Isaac Sinnett is Senior Associate Director for the Ravinia Festival’s renowned Reach Teach Play education programs. In his fifteen years with Ravinia, he has contributed greatly to the growth of their portfolio of education programs, including spearheading the revitalization of the tuition-free Ravinia Lawndale Family Music School. Sinnett also led the creation of Ravinia’s El Sistema inspired program, Sistema Ravinia, a program that continues to strive for phenomenal musical growth; deeply rooted, positive social development of youth; and pathways for continued success. He serves on several committees concerned with advancing youth through the arts, including the Mellon Foundation funded Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, and serves on the practice advisory board of the Center for Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning. A passionate musician, educator, and administrator, he is a sought-after thought partner who is frequently asked to consult with other organizations, supporting the advancement of programs fostering the ideals of access, equity, community, musicianship, and ensemble.

Scott Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College in Illinois. He received his doctorate of philosophy in music education from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education, he taught K–12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. He is an active clinician and adjudicator, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a Music for All educational consultant, a Conn-Selmer educational clinician, and a VH1 Save the Music Foundation educational consultant.

Thursday, March 24
7:00 pm EDT

Music Education and Matters of Race:
A Way Forward




Teresa Reed

Dean, University of Louisville School of Music

A native of Gary, Indiana, Teresa Reed received her PhD in Music Theory, Music History and Literature, and African American Studies from Indiana University. Her publications include reviews, encyclopedia entries, and articles in Black Music Research Journal, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, Journal of Religious Thought, Popular Music and Society, and Readings in African American Church Music and Worship. Dr. Reed has authored four books, two of which — The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (2002) and The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor (2013) — won national honors from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. She has been featured on National Public Radio's Curtains at 8 and on the BBC's The Gospel Truth, and her work has been favorably cited and/or reviewed in Vibe, Downbeat Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, New York City Jazz Record, JazzTimes, New York Review of Books, and on NPR. She has lectured nationally and internationally on various aspects of music theory and African American music.

Dr. Reed is a long-time consultant with the College Board and served consecutive terms as Chief Reader for both AP Music Theory and AP Capstone/AP Seminar. Most recently, she authored modules for the College Board's Pre-AP Arts curriculum, launched nationally in 2018. She was on the faculty of the University of Tulsa for twenty-five years, where she served as Professor of Music, Director of the African American Studies Certificate, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She was also an adjunct professor at Phillips Theological Seminary and an instructor of music theory at the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music. She joined the University of Louisville as Dean of the School of Music in 2019.