Dave Schroeder, B.M.E. University of Northern Iowa, M.M. New England Conservatory, D.A., New York University is Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU Steinhardt. He is a jazz musician, historian and author of the book From The Minds of Jazz Musicians: Conversations with the Creative and Inspired. As the former Director of Jazz Studies at MPAP over the past sixteen-years, he developed an interactive musical environment between his students and artist/faculty, taking advantage of NYU's proximity to legendary jazz venues and other music industry opportunities throughout NYC. Schroeder is also the creator and host of the NYU Jazz Interview Series on YouTube that has over one-million followers.
As a performer, Schroeder is the artistic director for Combo Nuvo, the NYU Jazz Faculty-in-Residence Ensemble performing alongside such jazz artists as Lenny Pickett, Tom Scott, Billy Drewes, Lenny White, Lou Marini, Paul McCandless, Rich Shemaria, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond, and John Hadfield. The group appears regularly at landmark NYC music venues including the Blue Note Jazz Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center and has been featured with the Costa Rica National Symphony, The United Arab Emirates Philharmonic in Abu Dhabi and in Ulaanbaatar with the Morin Khuur Ensemble; the National Symphony of Mongolia.
Schroeder’s interest in combining the power of music with social and political change issues is demonstrated in his project One World Suite. Along with his faculty and student group Combo Nuvo, One World Suite + 500 Harmonicas has been performed frequently at climate change events in Washington D.C. as well as for the United Nation’s International Day of Peace in Washington Square Park. The grand finale of the suite includes Schroeder’s composition The Oceans where every audience member is given harmonica to play along with the group to reinforce that everyone has a voice on our planet and by combining our voices, through music, we can create a unified positive message for solving climate issues.