Executive Director and Dean

KEN COLE - Executive Director
Ken Cole joined Hoff-Barthelson as executive director in August 2016. Cole previously served as vice president for learning and leadership development at the League of American Orchestras; associate director of the National Guild for Community Arts Education; director of advancement at Levine Music; executive director of GALA Choruses; development director for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra; and as a violist with the Fairfax Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has taught violin and viola at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School and Westminster Choir College Conservatory. Cole holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Oberlin and a Master of Music in viola performance from Louisiana State University. A sought-after expert in community arts education, Cole has served as a grant review panelist for organizations ranging from The Washington Post Company, to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Young Audiences, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He has produced several notable arts education guidebooks including Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts; Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit; Partners in Excellence: A Guide to Community School of the Arts / Public School Partnerships from Inspiration to Implementation. He was a lead organizer of the 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development, convened by the National Guild, the Massachusetts Culture Council, and the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. During his tenures at the League and the National Guild, he has collaborated with many of America’s leading music organizations including the Baltimore Symphony, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.


RUTH ALPERSON, Ph.D. - Dean, Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Junior Voices, Dalcroze Teacher Training
Ph.D., Arts & Humanities, New York University; B.A., Oberlin College, Music: piano study with Emil Danenberg, harpsichord with David Boe. Diplôme Supérieur, L'Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland. Licentiate, Dalcroze Teacher Training Course, London, England. Studies in Dalcroze eurhythmics with Inda Howland, Dr. Hilda Schuster, Lisa Parker, Elizabeth Vanderspar, Ruth Stewart. Faculty, The Dalcroze Program at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York City. Former faculty: Department of Music Education, New York University; Manhattan School of Music; L'Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada; Carnegie-Mellon University, Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center. Dalcroze workshops for teachers, musicians, dancers, in colleges and universities across the U.S.and Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Central America. Member, Board of Directors, The Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College.