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Group Instruction - Armand Hall

Instrument/Department: Summer Camps & Classes

Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2024


Armand Hall (conductor, clarinetist, and educator) is the Director of Programs for the Gateways Music Festival. In this role, Dr. Hall plans, develops, and oversees all musical activities associated with the festival. Additionally, Hall is also a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, where he is teaching courses in the Art Leadership Program and Music, Teaching, and Learning Departments.

Prior to his role at Gateways, he served as the Executive and Artistic Director of ROCmusic Collaborative, Rochester’s El Sistema-inspired community-based, free music learning program.

Prior to ROCmusic, Hall served as Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education at the University of Memphis and, prior to that, as a middle and high school band director. Hall is the past board chair of El Sistema USA® and serves on the boards of the Archipelago Project and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

A conductor and clarinetist, Dr. Hall earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. He, along with his partner Dr. Leah McGray, co-conducts the Roads Less Travelled Ensemble, a contemporary music ensemble focused on platforming new works – many by underrepresented populations – and designing audience-focused concert experiences.