Senior Administration

Andrea Kalyn

Andrea Kalyn


Location: Jordan Hall Building

Shannon Cuff
Director of Board Relations and Presidential Briefing Coordinator

At Oberlin College & Conservatory, Andrea Kalyn spent nine years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before being appointed Dean of the Conservatory and Professor of Music in February 2014. As chief academic officer of a school of 580 undergraduate musicians and 120 faculty and staff, Kalyn was responsible for establishing and implementing the vision and priorities of the conservatory within the context of Oberlin’s broader educational mission. She secured funding of more than $6.5 million, as well as significant donations of musical instruments and a major gift from jazz legend Sonny Rollins.

Kalyn played a lead role in the creation of Oberlin’s entrepreneurship program, Creativity & Leadership, and – as director of that program for seven years – she collaborated with an active group of alumni to establish LaunchU, Oberlin’s start-up accelerator and pitch competition. The spirit of both entrepreneurship and collaboration was evident throughout her curricular work, which included establishing the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy in partnership with the Lake Como International Academy; creating the department of Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PACE); launching a new major in jazz voice; extending the programming of the American Roots residency; overseeing the launch of the Artist Diploma in Piano Technology and developing new partnerships with Steinway & Sons and the Shanghai Conservatory; and, in collaboration with Oberlin’s Dean of Arts and Sciences, designing Oberlin’s innovative Center for Convergence, StudiOC.

Kalyn is fundamentally committed to advancing the place of music in the world and to strengthening connections among composers, performers, and audiences. Under her leadership, Oberlin opened the William and Helen Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, an underground performance club in Oberlin’s new Gateway Complex; restructured its composition department, a project she initiated by hiring renowned composer Stephen Hartke as department chair; commissioned a full-length concerto for English horn by Bernard Rands in partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra and Oberlin professor Robert Walters; relaunched the Oberlin Music recording label distributed by Naxos; and supported significant connected-learning initiatives, including extended programming around opera performances and cross-disciplinary residencies by Jenny Koh, Billy Childs, Du Yun, Royce Vavrek, Mimi Xu, and others. The Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble continued to tour extensively during her tenure, performing most notably at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Ganz Hall, Kennedy Center, Ojai Festival, and Bang on a Can Marathon.

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Benjamin Sosland

Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Location: Jordan Hall Building

Madison Smith
Administrative Assistance to Provost and Dean of the Faculty

As NEC’s chief academic and artistic officer, Ben Sosland oversees all aspects of the school’s programs in the College, Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education.

Prior to coming to NEC, Sosland was the founding administrative director of Juilliard Historical Performance, responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing the Juilliard School’s newest degree program, which has had “a transformative effect” (New York Times) on early music in New York. Under his leadership, the department has emerged as one of the foremost of its kind, combining a rigorous curriculum with frequent performances and collaborations on the national and international stage. Sosland is also the Founding Assistant Dean for Juilliard’s Kovner Fellowship, overseeing the school’s elite scholarship program. He also served as a member of the Graduate Studies faculty, teaching courses on topics ranging from entrepreneurship for musicians to the literary operas of Benjamin Britten. Passionate about forging equitable connections across campus and with the community, Sosland is deeply committed to curricular and programmatic innovation, student success, and strategic initiatives, and is rooted in the belief that a conservatory education can be a springboard for a life of creative service.  

Sosland is a frequent pre-concert lecturer at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and has served on the jury at the Van Wassenaer International Early Music Competition. He was the research associate and program editor for the New York Festival of Song, and was a score consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning “Live in HD” series for seven seasons.

In an early career as a tenor, Sosland performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Gotham Chamber Opera and American Opera Projects, besides making guest appearances at festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the Aspen and Bowdoin Summer Music Festivals. He holds an undergraduate degree in voice from the Eastman School of Music and both master’s and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. 

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Kathleen Kelly

Senior Vice President for Strategy & Institutional Advancement

Phone: 617-585-1154
Location: St. Botolph Building

Kathleen Kelly brings more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing entrepreneurial fundraising strategies; leading campaign planning; driving stakeholder engagement initiatives; and building impactful relationships with diverse constituencies including board leadership and prospective donors. Kathleen oversees a team responsible for philanthropic relationship building and revenue generation, along with implementing programs to increase engagement across the global NEC community. In addition, Kathleen serves as an essential member of NEC’s senior leadership team that sets the strategic direction for the institution.

Prior to joining NEC, Kathleen led strategic planning and successful fundraising initiatives garnering over $250 million dollars for institutions including WGBH, Concord Academy, Milton Academy, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern University, and Providence College. Kathleen holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in History from Providence College.

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Thomas Novak

Special Advisor to the President

Phone: 617-585-1308
Location: Jordan Hall Building

A member of NEC’s administration since 2001, Thomas Novak served as Performance Outreach Manager and Director of Admissions within his first two years on staff. Novak’s role expanded as Assistant Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in 2003, and in 2007 he was appointed Dean of the College. In 2012, he was promoted to Provost and Dean of the College, and, following President Woodcock’s departure in 2015, he served as Interim President.

An active chamber musician and freelance bassoonist in New York for 10 years, Novak was a founding member of the Amerigo Ensemble, presenting educational programs under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Chamber Music Northwest. He is a former member of Quintet of the Americas, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992, recorded four albums, and presented concerts in Bermuda, Colombia, Venezuela, and around the United States. Novak has also performed at such festivals as Tanglewood and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.