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 such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Association for Jazz Educators, and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
Graduate Program Director
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.
Originally from Queens, NY, Cindy Mesa moved to Miami at the age of 12. She worked for the University of Miami for 8 years in accounting and as an assistant advisor for International Student and Scholar Services. She holds an A.A. from Miami Dade College in Theater/Theater Education and is currently working on a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology at FIU. She began working at the FIU School of Music in April 2015 where she hopes to create a positive environment that exemplifies the highest commitment to quality and service to our students, faculty, and staff.
Edda Juarez, Financial Analyst for the School of Music, began her FIU career began in 2005 at The College of Education where she started as a Clerk in the Dean’s Office. Through the years she promoted to Senior Secretary, to Budget Coordinator, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2007 as well as an MBA in 2009. Upon graduation, she moved over to The Center for Children and Families as the Administrative Director. She also had the opportunity to work on the College of Arts & Sciences’ Title V Project Gateways Program where interventions were implemented to increase retention and graduation rates of students with Hispanic origins.
Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tavares Scott serves as the admissions and recruitment officer for the School of Music where he supports all activities related to recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, and matriculation of students. He earned a B.A.S. in Supervision & Management from Miami Dade College and an M.S. in Management from St. Thomas University. He has worked in the year of education for 9 years in several capacities. He is also a singer and choir conductor with a great passion for music.
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.
Senior Events 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.
Ada Hidalgo Gato
Program Assistant for FIU Bands
Ada Hidalgo has been the program assistant for the Marching Band since 2011. She assists the director of the program with matters concerning budget, purchasing, travel, scholarships, and hiring and supervising the student staff.
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.