Fred Cohen


Chair, Region 1; Member, Board of Directors
Elected November 2018; term ends November 2021

Fred Cohen is the Director of the School of Music and Dance at San José State University in the heart of Silicon Valley (CA), an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designated university. Professor Cohen has been a member of the music faculties at the University of Richmond, Montclair State University, and the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA).

A composer and conductor, following his undergraduate studies Professor Cohen worked as a conductor with the Fundacion del Estado para la Orquesta National Juvenil [el Sistema] in Venezuela. He founded and served as music director of the Cornell Contemporary Ensemble, CURRENTS, a professional new-music ensemble performing over 80 premieres, and has directed and appeared with numerous university and professional orchestras. Professor Cohen has served NASM as a member of the Nominating Committee.

Professor Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University California, Santa Cruz, and a doctoral degree in composition from Cornell University, where his teachers included Karel Husa and Steven Stucky.
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Posted January 2019