Christiana Reader (DMA, Eastman School of Music) is joining the Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz, where she will teach violin and viola and conduct the orchestra. She previously held a teaching position at Illinois State University, where she also served as the Assistant Principal Viola of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and mentored music education majors for ISU’s String Project (an after-school string orchestra program) and Heartland Head Start, a preschool program that used the violin to help students from under-served populations develop skills in kindergarten readiness and literacy. Her research interests broadly look at music as a tool for social change. Reader has performed regularly with the Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and an outreach string quartet through the Illinois Symphony. She enjoys photography and drawing, Shakespeare plays, visiting libraries and art museums, exploring the outdoors, cooking, running, biking and yoga.