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

    Implemented the program in West Chester, PA, received multi-year funding from the Chester County Department of Human Services plus the Recovery Stars Award.
  • 2012

    Began dissemination of the Merge Arts Mentoring Toolkit.
  • 2015

    Returned to composing, arranging, and performance.