As an actor, he performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the country. As a businessman, his company, Alert Publishing, became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in seven years. As an author, he has had five books published, and his next book, co-written with Tricia Tunstall, on the international growth of El Sistema, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2016.
In arts learning, he has been on the faculty of Juilliard (13 years, founding its teaching artist program), and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (for 28 years), and he has given classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school. He is a frequent keynote speaker to groups of all kinds. He advises El Sistema programs in the U.S. and many countries. He gave the closing keynote address to UNESCO’s first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), the keynote to the world’s first conference on orchestras and community engagement (Glasgow 2006), and to the world’s first and second international teaching artist conferences. He is the first person to get an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry and was recently awarded the highest U.S. honor in arts education: Americans for the Arts 2015 Arts Leadership Award, and was named as “One of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the U.S. arts.”