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Karen Brooks Hopkins
The Power of 88 Keys: Unlocking Hearts and Minds
Thursday, July 25

Karen is a Board member and Senior Advisor to the Onassis Foundation for the Public Benefit.  She is also the Nasher Haemisegger Fellow at SMU DataArts located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Trust of Governors Island. Karen was an employee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”) for 36 years, serving as its President from 1999 until her retirement in 2015 when she was designated President Emerita. From 2009 – 2010, she also served as a member of the State Board of Regents for the New York State Education Department. From 2015-2017, Karen served as the inaugural Senior Fellow in Residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Karen received honorary degrees from St. Francis College, Long Island University and Pratt Institute, as well as several international commendations including the King Olav Medal from Norway, the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star from Sweden.  During her tenure as President of BAM, BAM was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. In 2013, Karen was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by Crain’s New York Business.  She was also honored as a member of the first Crain’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Karen is the author of Successful Fundraising for Arts and Culture Organizations, currently in its 2nd edition.  In 2020, her memoir of her years at BAM will be published by Powerhouse Books.

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Sam Holland
Wednesday, July 24

Samuel Holland is the Algur H. Meadows Dean and an award-winning professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. His articles have appeared in every major English language professional keyboard journal and he is the author of over seventy critically acclaimed method books and recordings distributed internationally by Alfred Publishing Co. and the Frederick Harris Music Co. He has presented hundreds of lectures and recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Holland served as founding director of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.