Robert B. Dundas
Robert B. Dundas is currently serving as the director of Florida International University School of Music. He sang leading tenor roles in opera houses in Germany for many years in addition to other regional opera companies including the Florida Grand Opera. He has also directed professional opera productions in the U.S. and Europe and has performed with nearly every major orchestra in the U.S.
Karen S. Fuller-Veloz
Associate Director, Artistic Director and Undergraduate Program Director
Karen S. Fuller-Veloz is an accomplished educator, concert producer, arts administrator and artist manager. Prior to her current position as coordinator of the Music Business Program in the School of Music, she worked for Pace Theatrical Group/National Broadway Touring Circuit and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts producing touring shows and educational outreach productions. Most recently, she was the Associate Dean of Advancement for the FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts. Professor Fuller has presented papers in major national and international conferences.
After violin studies with Kenneth Sarch, Sarah Scriven, and Roman Totenberg, Joel Galand matriculated at Yale University, where he earned the B.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees. He is Associate Professor of Music Theory, Graduate Program Director, and Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs in the School of Music at Florida International University.
Meet our Team
Olivia Schonert is serving as the office coordinator at the FIU School of Music. After matriculating from FIU in 2015 with a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies, she began her position as office associate in the Cellular Biology and Pharmacology Department at the FIU Wertheim College of Medicine. She is responsible for general office and clerical duties, provides assistance to the director, and ensures that the office operations run smoothly.
Michelle Vires serves as the marketing coordinator for the School of Music where she supports print, online, and radio marketing campaigns and creates all publicity materials including press releases, flyers, brochures, and ads. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, she brings with her experience in higher education and years of overseeing and designing musician press kits as a freelance manager.
Nathalie Brenner is serving as the senior special events manager at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. She is responsible for managing all special events produced by the School of Music and Department of Theatre as well as serving as the logistical planner and on-site lead for external clients.
Since starting his career in show business more than 30 years ago as a classical music stage manager, Paul Steinsland has worked as an audio engineer and technical director in his native Canada and abroad in the cruise industry. In 2012, after settling in Miami, he earned his BA in Department of Theatre at FIU where he served as the sound engineer. Paul’s theatrical work in Miami has included sound designs for New Theatre, Main Street Players, and What If Works.
Shelly’s family moved to the Homestead Air Force Base from Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1974. Before her current position, she worked for the University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering as the senior staff assistant for 16 years. As the Program Assistant for the Director of Bands at FIU, she assists with matters concerning budget, purchasing, travel, scholarships, and the hiring and supervising of student staff.