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Karen S. Fuller-Veloz
Chair and Associate Teaching Professor

Karen S. Fuller-Veloz is an accomplished educator, concert producer, arts administrator and artist manager. At the FIU School of Music, she has served as coordinator of the Music Business Program and as the undergraduate program coordinator in the School of Music. She served a pivotal role in her position as the Associate Dean of Advancement for the FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. She has also worked for Pace Theatrical Group/National Broadway Touring Circuit and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts producing touring shows and educational outreach productions. She has achieved academic recognition for her scholarly contributions at national and international conferences.

Joel Galand
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.

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Maria Fernandez-Sobera
Coordinator of Administrative Services

Maria Fernandez-Sobera is responsible for the management and coordination for the School of Music office activities and procedures. She also oversees class management for the unit. 

Barbara Mosquera
Coordinator of Academic Support Services

Originally from Venezuela, Barbara Mosquera studied double bass under the tutelage of Maestro Luis Gomez-Imbert at Florida International University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and has worked as a coordinator for Musicall, a non-profit youth orchestra. Before coming to the School of Music, she worked at FIU’s Disability Resource Center and at the Miami International Academy of Bass as social media director.

Gerry Suarez
Undergraduate Advisor

Gerry Suarez earned a B.A. in English and an MM in Performing Arts Management from FIU. He has been working at FIU since 2007 and was first hired by Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor and recruiter. He has also worked for OneStop Enrolment Services and Transfer and Transition Services before finding his home in the College of Architecture and the Arts where he is currently the advisor for the School of Music and the Department of Theatre.

Yusimay Lorenzo Gonzalez
Financial Analyst II

Yusimay Lorenzo Gonzalez is currently serving as a financial analyst at the School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from FIU and will soon finish her CMBA in International Business. Originally from Habana, Cuba, she started her FIU career as a fiscal assistant at FIU Facilities Management, where she was the billing specialist for Maximo Work Management. Then, she worked as an Accounting Specialist at the Office of Business Services before moving into her new role where she expects to bring her professionalism and skills sets to the School of Music.

Michelle Vires
Account Manager

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

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.

Paul Steinsland
Technical Director

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 Dominguez
Bands Program Assistant

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.

Maria Calderin
Office Coordinator

Maria Calderin was born in Cuba and arrived in the United States with her family in 1961. She graduated from Miami Dade College with an associate’s degree. She worked at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric Sciences for 19 years as an Administrative Assistant. From 2010 to 2011, she worked as a temporary employee at the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, and then as Office Manager at the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios since its opening in September 2011. In March 2015, she became the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts’s Office Coordinator for the Student Services and Advising Center.

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