Brian C. Mast, Executive Director
Brian’s interest in music began at age 7 after attending a performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Enthralled by the fiddler, he began taking violin lessons, eventually adding saxophone and bassoon, which he continued through college. Brian has been involved in a variety of music ensembles including orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles and choirs, and also has enjoyed involvement with theatrical productions both on stage and in the pit.
As Executive Director, Brian is responsible for overseeing operations, programming, the Community School of the Arts, along with supervising the campus Events Office. He looks forward to continuing to find ways to better serve the community through the mission of the Music Center which reads: Enriched lives and enhanced community through quality artistic programming and educational opportunities for all.
Brian holds a BA in Music and Education from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and an MM in orchestral conducting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition to his duties as Executive Director of the Music Center, Brian enjoys his community involvement as the Music Director of the Maple City Community Orchestra and work with Elkhart Civic Theater.
Brian lives in Goshen with his wife Cheryl, their daughter Mackenzie, and sons Tristan and Tobias, and their cavachon, Sketch.
Marcia Yost, Director of the Arts: Engagement & Outreach
Marcia Yost is currently the Goshen College Director of the Arts: Engagement and Outreach. She has served for the past four years as the executive director of the Music Center. She recently retired from a 40-year career in public school music education where her passion for music helped to build a highly recognized program of music education for the Goshen Community Schools. Her current position at Goshen College includes working with the arts programs at Goshen College to create further engagement in the community and region through what GC has to offer in arts education and entertainment. Her work includes helping to establish Goshen College as a hub for Music for Social Change, arranging music department festivals and tours, increasing GC partnerships in the arts throughout the county and working to widen our footprint in the arts community locally and beyond through a variety of initiatives. Ms. Yost holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Indianapolis and a M.M from Western Michigan University. She loves being able to call Goshen her lifelong hometown.
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Mary Rose Norell, Community School of the Arts Director
A Goshen native, Mary Rose (Jordan) Norell began her piano studies under Marvin Blickenstaff in the Goshen College Piano Preparatory Department. She has developed a vibrant performance career at home and abroad, concertizing in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall and Chicago’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, as well as at venues in Norway, England, Austria, Italy, and Lithuania. Active as a concerto soloist, Mary Rose has performed with ensembles such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, the Elkhart County Symphony, and the Maple City Chamber Orchestra. She frequently performs with her husband Luke as the Norell Piano Duo, and enjoys playing chamber music of all varieties. Passionate about outreach in classical music, she works as a Guest Artist for the Ravinia Festival’s “Reach*Teach*Play” program, giving interactive lecture-performances for children in inner-city Chicago Public Schools. Mary Rose currently serves as the CSA Director, and teaches piano lessons and group classes of the Piano Pedagogy Lab Program for the CSA.
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Dustin T. George-Miller, Office Coordinator
Dustin George-Miller has worked for the Goshen College Music Center since 2004. He is the “jack of all trades” for the Music Center with an extensive range of responsibilities. Among other duties, he manages the Music Center office suite, provides administrative support to the Music Department Chair and Music Department Executive Director, coordinates the Music Center master calendar, produces event publicity, graphic design, and concert programs, works campus-wide with intellectual property and copyright issues, and coordinates Music Department scholarship auditions. Dustin served as Publicity Director and Concert Coordinator for the University of Notre Dame Department of Music from 2001-2004.
Dustin is a 1998 Goshen College alumnus with a BA in Music and Music Education. He also completed coursework for a graduate degree in musicology at the University of Notre Dame. His non-musical interests include European football (soccer), sportswriting, cookery, home coffee roasting, and (badly) playing the banjo. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Goshen Swimming Inc., a local swim club developing youth swimmers through high school. Dustin lives in Goshen with his wife Rachel, and their two children Norah and Levi.
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Debra Kauffman, Music Together Program Director
Debra Kauffman graduated from Goshen College with a bachelor’s degree in music, with focus on piano pedagogy. She taught piano privately, and in 1982, also began teaching Suzuki violin in the GC Strings Preparatory Program. From 1990-1997 she served as the Strings Preparatory Program’s director.
In 2000, Deb took on the position of music office manager and served from 2003-2015 as Associate Director of the Music Center as well as Community School of the Arts (CSA) Director. In 2008, she became trained as a Music Together® teacher and in 2009 organized the Goshen College Music Together center. She continues to serve as director of the CSA’s Music Together® program.
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