Improving effectiveness of arts in community is topic of TMR

The Dec. 15 session of Thursday Morning Roundtable (TMR) will feature Joshua Dekaney, interim director of the Center for Live Music in the 21st Century in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Mark Nerenhausen, founding director of SU’s new Janklow Arts Leadership Program, the nation’s first comprehensive 15-month, 39-credit-hour master’s program.

Dekaney is currently establishing programming, procedures and staffing for the first initiatives of the Center for Live Music in the 21st Century, which is a combination of a research center and arts business incubator. He is also a part-time instructor of percussion at the Setnor School who teaches drumset, Latin percussion, Brazilian percussion and jazz improvisation; leads Samba Laranja, the SU Brazilian Ensemble; and directs the drumline of the SU Pride of the Orange Marching Band.

In addition to serving as founding director of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program, Nerenhausen is a professor of practice in The College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art & Music Histories. Prior to his appointment in July 2011, he served as president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, where in 2009 he opened the $354 million AT&T Performing Arts Center.

TMR meets from 8:15-9:15 a.m. in the Nottingham Room at Drumlins, 800 Nottingham Rd. For further information, contact Sandra Barrett, director of community programs, (315) 443-4846 or visit The TMR program is broadcast on WCNY-FM, 91.3 on Sundays at 8 p.m. and at