Alumni News: Eric Oberstein (M.A. ’09) Wins GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album

Eric_Oberstein_GRAMMY_3Eric Oberstein (M.A. ’09) is an arts administrator, musician, educator, consultant, and co-chair of the inaugural Alumni Committee for the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College. And now, he can add GRAMMY and Latin-GRAMMY winner to his list.

Oberstein, who currently works as Associate Director of Duke Performances, his undergraduate alma mater’s professional performing arts presenting organization, just received a GRAMMY award at the 57th Grammy’s for producing “The Offense of the Drum.” Oberstein also won a Latin GRAMMY award in November for producing “Final Night at Birdland,” which won Best Instrumental Album. Both winning albums are from Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Oberstein has produced five albums for Arturo O’Farrill after serving as Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the New York-based non-profit that supports the work the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO). These albums include 2011’s “40 Acres and a Burro,” which was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.grammy580

To read more about Eric Oberstein, his recent GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Award and his continued contributions to arts and arts administration, please visit his website,

–Originally posted on TC Alumni News

Student Spotlight: Molly McDonald

Molly McDonald (2) (1)Molly McDonald is a 2014 graduate of Wake Forest University, where she studied English and Dance. Prior to entering the Arts Administration program, she held internships with Victoria Theatre Association, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Winston-Salem Symphony, Boston Ballet School, and Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Additionally, she has choreographed for Gem City Ballet and Wake Forest University Dance Company. Molly is interested in marketing and development positions in dance companies.

What attracted you to the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College, Columbia University? This program is the perfect combination of excellent academics and a location in a city brimming with arts opportunities. I wanted to take advantage of the program’s connection with Columbia Business School, to learn alongside MBA students with a business and numbers-driven mindset, while also taking courses within the program at Teachers College that operates with an arts and non-profit focus. One of my concerns about entering graduate school immediately after completing my undergraduate degree was that I would simply learn more theory without hands-on work experience, but this program encourages students to intern, volunteer, and continuously connect with arts organizations in New York City. I have always wanted to work for a dance company, and no other city has more dance-related opportunities and connections.

How are your studies helping to advance your career goals? The program has truly challenged me to think critically and creatively about the future of dance. I love how our coursework gives us opportunities to develop innovative ideas focused on programming, marketing, and audience engagement, all areas critical to the future of the arts. My studies within the program are pushing me to become a forward-thinking leader in a dance organization with the ability to create big ideas and execute them in an organized and logical way.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Sitting Down with Hyperallergic

“Throughout the conversation, the speakers dispelled the myth of art administration being glamorous and aesthetic-driven frivolity. Rather, the founders of Hyperallergic are motivated by something more meaningful—social justice, freedom of expression, and nurturing an arts ecosystem that appeals to the average citizen.”

The ARAD program was recently featured on the Arts and Humanities website for the first Distinguished Speaker Series of the academic year. This talk, planned and facilitated by 2nd year ARAD student Meghana Karnik, featured Veken Gueyikian and Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, an online arts publisher.

For the original post, please check out the Teachers College Arts and Humanities blog here.

Student Spotlights: Alyssa Yuen

AYUEN Headshot (1)Alyssa Yuen graduated in 2011 from the University of Mississippi with BAs in International Studies and Chinese. Before entering the Arts Administration program, she worked for AmeriCorps VISTA at the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses, focusing on educational outreach in northwestern Mississippi and grant writing. She then continued her role there as the Membership, Events, and Communications Coordinator. Continue reading “Student Spotlights: Alyssa Yuen”

Fall Internship Symposium Success!

ARAD students are definitely hard-working and passionate about their interests here at TC! In addition to their coursework, students take part in at least one internship during their time in the program.

This last fall, students in registered internships participated in a Symposium with a formal presentation of the internship experience. This semester-long, 320-hour commitment is set at an organization the student would like, in the visual or performing arts, or even other areas within the non-profit and for-profit sectors.The Symposium served as a platform for students to synthesize their internship engagements into a cohesive demonstration of their individual education objectives, providing a greater understanding of how the internship program enriches classroom academics and aids in professional development. Students, faculty, staff, and previous and potential internship supervisors attended and enjoyed the wonderful presentations.

Stay tuned for information about our upcoming Spring Symposium!