Crane School of Music, Crane Institute for Music Business
Adjunct Instructor: Entertainment Lawbuttonsd@potsdam.edu
Stephen D. Button currently serves as St. Lawrence County Attorney, a position he has held since 2015. Originally from the Dallas, Texas area, and a Baylor University graduate of both their undergraduate and graduate schools, Mr. Button has been a practicing litigator for the past eleven years. Following graduation from Western New England University School of Law in 2006, Mr. Button took a position with a law firm based out of Willimantic, Connecticut focusing his practice in workers' compensation, social security, civil litigation and governmental representation.
In 2009, Mr. Button started as an Assistant Public Defender in the St. Lawrence County Office of the Public Defender. In 2011, Mr. Button was appointed to a term as St. Lawrence County Chief Public Defender, a position he held until his appointment as County Attorney until February of 2015. During his tenure as County Attorney, he has worked to establish a program to remediate potentially environmentally contaminated properties, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Comptroller's Oil Spill Fund and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He has also actively pursued legislation in the field of justice reform and indigent defense. In 2016, for his work on behalf of Indigent Defense and fighting County Unfunded Mandates under the 5th and 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Mr. Button was the co-recipient of the New York State Defenders Association Service of Justice Award with Deputy Majority Leader Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany).
Separately, in 2015, Mr. Button was appointed to the Alumni Board of Directors of the Western New England University School of Law where, in 2016, Mr. Button was elected to serve as president of the Alumni Board of Directors. The Western New England School of Law Alumni can be found in 112 countries, 49 states and consist of a body of more than 7800 members. Mr. Button also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, on the Board of Directors of the County Attorney Association of the State of New York and on the Curriculum Board of the Legal Studies program of SUNY Canton, as well. Mr. Button is licensed to practice law in the State of New York, State of Connecticut, before the Supreme Court of the United States and before various lower federal courts.
Crane School of Music, Crane Institute for Music Business
Department Chair / Visiting Assistant Professor: Music Businesscolesdx@potsdam.edu
Drew X Coles is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, serial entrepreneur, and educator. Drew serves as an applied lessons instructor, ensemble facilitator, and adjunct professor of music entrepreneurship at Teachers College, Columbia University. Drew also teaches music entrepreneurship at the Manhattan School of Music, and will be serving as a visiting faculty member and program coordinator for the Music Business Program at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
His scholarly interests include; the construct of success as it applies to post-secondary music students, culturally responsive pedagogy in the music classroom, the use of technology in the applied studio, Jazz pedagogy, improvisation pedagogy, comprehensive musicianship coursework and curricula, artistic entrepreneurship, and quantitative research methods in music education.
Drew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M.B.A. from the Metropolitan College of New York. Drew earned his Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University after defending his dissertation on the perceptions among musicians on the construct of career success as it applies to them as well as their peers.
Drew has served as the Executive Director of the international chamber orchestra of America. Drew is also a co-founder of Pro Arts Management and Consulting LLC and serves as the Musical Director to the Metropolitan Players, an award-winning New York City-based wedding entertainment collective. Among other scholarly affiliations, Drew is a board member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education.
In his applied studio, Drew focuses on using technology to incite and support self-directed learning, both in digital music-based students as well as in traditional instrumental students.
Crane Institute for Music Business, Crane School of Music
Visiting Assistant Professor: Music Businessviadk@potsdam.edu
David Via has 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the music products industry. He has conducted business in over 35 countries around the world.
Since 2017 Via has been Vice President of Marketing at Zoom North America. Previously he served as Vice President of International Business Development at D'Addario & Company, where he was responsible for expanding D'Addario business in emerging markets such as Africa, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and China, including the executive management responsibility for D'Addario China. From 2006 - 2015 Via was the Vice President of Sales at D'Addario.
Prior to joining D'Addario, Via was the Senior Vice President of Sports & Music for SKB Cases, and also served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at SABIAN Ltd. He started his music products career working for the multi-national Yamaha Corporation in the areas of artist relations, district sales, and product management and marketing. Before joining Yamaha, Via was the manager of the Percussive Arts Society.
In addition to his business accomplishments, Via is a sought after speaker at conventions, conferences, and universities in the United States and abroad. He was the Inaugural Executive in Residence at the Crane Music Business Institute at SUNY Potsdam and was guest lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen Center for Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, he served as Guest Lecturer and Entrepreneurship Advisor at the Manhattan School of Music, Center for Music Entrepreneurship.
Via holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Millikin University, a Master of Music in Percussion from Northwestern University, and an MBA Degree from the Olin School of Business at Babson College. Via is currently on the NAMM Board of Directors.