bill rossi resume
1971 – Graduated from Berklee College of Music, majors in Composition and Piano
1971 – 1973 – Member, Berklee College of Music Faculty
1968 – 1980 – Small group performance, arranging, and composition – Boston, Cincinnati, Miami
1985 – 2000 – Private music studio, Seattle
1994 – 2000 – Established Youth Advancement through Music & Art (YATMA, a nonprofit) in Seattle, WA which ultimately delivered arts mentoring to over 2,500 challenged youth and adults. As executive director he partnered with such diverse organizations as Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children’s Home, Langston Hughes Center, and S.W. Youth & Family Services.
2000 – 2004 – Replicated YATMA under contract with Parsons Child & Family Center in Albany, NY, a therapeutic treatment facility with a focus on Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) where YATMA services were designated as a component of the clients’ Therapeutic Treatment Plan.
2004 – 2006 – Received a substantial award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to replicate the program within St. Anne Institute in Albany, a residential treatment facility for adjudicated girls. YATMA changed its name to EMTAH (Educational Mentoring through the Arts & Humanities).
2006 – 2008 – Took a sabbatical to create the Merge System for Creative Education which included authoring the primer on his teaching approach (Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed) and evaluation software (SETS: Student Evaluation & Tracking System) based on his previous work with social scientists, psychologists, and other artist educators. Co-founded Merge to disseminate these materials.
2008 – 2012 – Implement the program in West Chester, PA. This program received multi-year funding from the Chester County Department of Human Services plus the Recovery Stars Award.
2012 – Bill and his wife Mary-Helen began dissemination of the Merge Arts Mentoring Toolkit.
2015 - 2016 – Bill returned to composing, arranging, and performance.