School of Music
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Administration and Staff Directory

//Administration and Staff Directory
Administration and Staff Directory 2017-06-20T19:26:22+00:00

Administration

Robert B. Dundas
Director
dundasr@fiu.edu
305-348-2896

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
fuller@fiu.edu
305-348-3726

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.

Joel Galand
Graduate Program Director
galandj@fiu.edu
305-348-7078

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.

Staff

Cindy Mesa
Office Manager
cindy.mesa@fiu.edu
305-348-2896

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
svassigh@fiu.edu
305-348-6182

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.

Tavares Scott
Admissions and Recruitment Officer
tascott@fiu.edu
305-348-4891

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
Marketing Coordinator
mvires@fiu.edu
305-348-6101

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
Senior Events Manager
brennern@fiu.edu
305-348-1998

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
ahgato@fiu.edu
305-348-0119

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.

Paul Steinsland
Technical Director
pstei010@fiu.edu
305-348-2896

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.