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  • Aug 4, 2020Composition

    Adolphus Hailstork selected as Composer of the Month

    Theodore Front Music Literature, Inc., a leading sheet music and music book dealer based in Santa Clarita, California has named MSM alumnus, Dr. Adolphus Hailstork (BM ’65, MM ’66, HonDMA ’19) as its composer of the month.

    Hailstork is currently at work on a George Floyd requiem cantata titled “A Knee On a Neck.” The piece is scored for orchestra, chorus, tenor, baritone, and mezzo-soprano. The composer has focused a substantial amount of his work on Black history.

  • Jul 30, 2020Strings

    Bronx Arts Ensemble announces Judith Insell as Artistic Director

    Judith Insell (BM ’92, MM ’93, classical viola) previously served as Bronx Art Ensemble (BAE)’s Director of Curriculum and Artist Development. In the role of Artistic Director, Judith will oversee BAE’s artistic programs in Bronx public schools and onstage.

    “I am thrilled to be amplifying my level of service to the borough where I was born and raised; the borough that first exposed me to the arts in an educational setting. I look forward to continuing my support of the communities of the Bronx by spearheading the artistic vision of BAE’s Arts Education Programs & Concerts,” said Insell.

    365体育备用网址Visit the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s to learn more.

  • Jul 27, 2020Jazz

    Alumnus named 2020 Sundance Lab Fellow

    Aaron Parks365体育备用网址 (BM ’02, jazz piano) is a Fellow at the 2020 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab in collaboration with Skywalker Sound and supported by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

    365体育备用网址Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound today announced the composers and directors selected for the Film Music and Sound Design Lab, reimagined and expressed digitally this year on Sundance Co//ab. The Lab provides Fellows with firsthand experience of the collaborative process with the goal of nurturing the development of music in film.

    Read the full press release .

  • Jul 16, 2020Musical Theatre

    Or Matias wins Obie Award

    Musical theatre faculty member Or Matias was awarded a Special Obie Citation alongside Dave Malloy and Hidenori Nakajo for their Music and Sound of OCTET365体育备用网址. The award, which was announced during the virtual ceremony on July 14, was given “for their collaboration in creating the soundscape that showcased the boundlessness of the acapella human voice”.

    Later on in the virtual Obie Awards, faculty members Mana Allen, David Loud, and David Cady performed in a tribute to Merrily We Roll Along.

    You can watch the full awards ceremony .

  • Jul 14, 2020Musical Theatre

    Musical theatre student performs on Stars in the House

    Last night, rising senior Elizabeth Baxley (BM ’21) performed on Stars in the House, a daily live-streamed series to support The Actors Fund and its services. The show was hosted by faculty member Andréa Burns, known for originating the role of Daniela in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights. Broadway legend Billy Porter dropped in as a surprise guest to offer words of encouragement to Elizabeth: “Dream the impossible, dream what you don’t see.”

    Watch the full show livestream .

  • Jul 10, 2020Composition

    Anna Clyne included in NPR Music’s Favorite Songs of 2020

    Composer and MSM alumna Anna Clyne (MM ’05) has written a cello concerto, entitled DANCE, has been included in NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Songs Of 2020 (So Far). View the full list .

    365体育备用网址NPR writes: “Anna Clyne has written perhaps her most ambitious and appealing work so far. It’s hard to resist the gorgeous opening of DANCE, her new cello concerto performed with singular commitment by cellist Inbal Segev and conductor Marin Alsop … [Clyne is] fearless in filling the concerto with melodies of undisguised beauty … All linger in the ear, begging to be heard again.”

  • Jul 6, 2020Jazz

    Jazz alum wins Hungarian trombone competition

    Last week, the Hungarian Trombone Camp announced the winner of their 2020 online competition—alumnus Paco Andreo (MM ’20). You can view his award-winning performance on the Hungarian Trombone Camp’s YouTube channel . Among the panel of judges was MSM faculty member Marshall Gilkes and former faculty member Wycliffe Gordon.

    365体育备用网址Visit Paco Andreo’s to listen to more of his work.

  • Jun 30, 2020Composition

    Composer Adolphus Hailstork to write requiem cantata for George Floyd

    Alumnus Adolphus Hailstork (BM ’65, MM ’66, HonDMA ’19) has begun writing A Knee on the Neck, contributing a new work to a large number of compositions that reflect his engagement with black history. “There are lots [of black composers] out there,” says Hailstork. “They just don’t get the chance to be performed. We need artistic administrators and conductors and performers to be interested.”

    Read more about the piece .

  • Jun 11, 2020Jazz

    Jason & Alicia Moran reviewed by The Atlantic

    Alumni power couple Jason Moran (BM ’97) and Alicia Hall Moran (BM ’00) received a very favorable from The Atlantic for their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall this past March entitled “Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration”. 365体育备用网址The concert was designed by the Morans to explore the songs and sounds that accompanied black lives throughout the Great Migration.

    365体育备用网址“The Morans are devoted to elevating voices that have not often been heard, and to articulating connections between the highest levels of black society and the lowest. “Two Wings,” which spans nearly three hours, featured performances from some of the leading voices in gospel, jazz, folk, and Western classical music; for the Morans, it was an opportunity to put a version of the black American musical canon into venues that, even today, seldom make space for its full breadth.”

    Read the full article .

  • Jun 4, 2020Brass

    Alumna named President of South Shore Conservatory

    MSM alumna Karen Greer (MM ’85, bass trombone) took over on June 1 as president of the South Shore Conservatory, a regional music and art school in Massachusetts.

    Geer has been executive director of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, and was previously executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Before that, she was a music teacher and administrator at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

    Read the full news story from The Boston Globe .

  • Jun 3, 2020Jazz

    Damien Sneed featured in BET’s “Future 40”

    Faculty member Damien Sneed365体育备用网址 has been selected as one of BET’s “Future 40”, which highlights a new generation of inspiring leaders and changemakers across entertainment, activism, sports and more.

    “As a pianist, vocalist and composer, Sneed’s resume is lengthy as an emerging Black leader in classical music,” writes BET. You can watch the video feature .

  • Jun 2, 2020Musical Theatre

    Incoming Musical Theatre student wins Roger Rees Award

    Newly admitted Musical Theatre student Meredith Heller (BM ’24) is the recipient of the 2020 Roger Rees Award for Best Actress. The 17-year-old graduate of Pelham Memorial Highschool won for her role as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

    Meredith received the award yesterday during Broadway Education Alliance’s 10th annual Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, a celebration of high school musical programs, in a special livestream event.

    Through a video audition process, professional Broadway coaches and music directors selected the top fifty students to move forward in the competition. A panel of Broadway professionals including Bonita Hamilton, Hal Luftig, Rob McClure, Patricia Hoag Simon, and Merri Sugarman then chose the Best Actor and Best Actress out of ten finalists from the Greater New York Region.

    Read the full press release from Broadway World .

  • May 22, 2020Musical Theatre

    Judith Clurman receives Emmy nomination

    Musical Theatre faculty member Judith Clurman365体育备用网址 has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the “Best Original Song Category”. The song, entitled “A New Carol – The Holidays Are Here”, was co-written with Wesley Whately and performed on the Singing Christmas Tree Float during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in November 2019.

    Judith writes, “Thank you, MSM voice students, for constantly teaching me about acting through songs, and kudos to the Freshman Ensemble Voice Class for singing through the piece for me, when I first wrote it.”

    365体育备用网址View the full list of nominees .

  • May 21, 2020Precollege

    Bejamin Rossen named 2020 Presidential Scholar

    Precollege alumnus Benjamin Rossen, piano student of Jeffrey Cohen, has been named a 2020 Presidential Scholar by the US Department of Education. The 56th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars was announced today, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

    365体育备用网址The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

    365体育备用网址Read the full press release .

  • May 21, 2020Woodwinds

    Flute alumni Coreisa Lee and Conor Nelson featured in BGSU interview

    Alumna Coreisa Lee (BM ’17), who graduated from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) this month with her Master’s in music performance, shares her journey in with the institution. After studying with Professor Linda Chesis at MSM, Lee moved to Bowling Green, OH to continue her studies with another MSM alum (and former student of Chesis), Conor Nelson (BM ’03). This Fall, Lee will pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at West Virginia University this fall, where she earned a provost fellowship.

    365体育备用网址Lee’s professor and MSM alumnus Conor Nelson recently accepted a flute professor position at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he will also perform as a member of the faculty ensemble, Wingra Wind Quintet.

  • May 20, 2020Voice

    Voice alumni named Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists

    Noragh Devlin (BM ’13, MM ’15, PS ’16) and Samuel White (PS ’18) have been selected as Young Artists for the prestigious Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. While the COVID-19 pandemic will not permit them to perform their anticipated roles during the 2020 Festival, they will be working with the Festival throughout the summer in new virtual ways.

    The Young Artists Program was established at Glimmerglass in 1988 as an important component of the company’s mission to promote an artistically challenging environment for young performers. The program provides training and performance experience for talented singers at the beginning of their professional careers.

    View the full list of 2020 Glimmerglass Young Artists .

  • May 19, 2020Jazz

    MSM jazz alumni, faculty among JJA Award winners

    365体育备用网址The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the winners of the 2020 JJA Jazz Awards, which celebrate excellence in music and music journalism in thirty-nine awards categories. Among the winners are the following members of the MSM community:

    Terri Lyne Carrington (HonDMA ’20)
    Musician of the Year

    Lauren Sevian (BM ’01, MSM Faculty)
    365体育备用网址 Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

    Miguel Zenón (MM ’01, MSM Faculty)
    Arranger of the Year

    View the full list of winners .

  • May 17, 2020Piano

    Dominic Cheli and Michael Davidman selected as American Pianists Association Finalists

    College alumnus Dominic Cheli (BM ’14) and Precollege alumnus Michael Davidman are two of the five pianists chosen as finalists in the American Pianists Association’s Piano Competition. Cheli and Davidman will participate in the organization’s unique 13-month long competition for the coveted award, given every four years to a classical pianist.

    Valued at more than $100,000, the American Pianists Awards winner receives the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, which includes a $50,000 cash award and career assistance for two years, including publicity, performance engagements, an Artist-in-Residence post at the University of Indianapolis, and a recording contract with Steinway & Sons record label.

    You can watch and on the .

  • May 15, 2020Voice

    MSM alumni come together for COVID-19 relief concert series

    Alumna Amanda Austin (MM ’18, Classical Voice) will co-produce The OmniARTS Foundation’s Lean On Me: A Virtual Concert Series for COVID-19 Relief on Saturdays, May 23, 30, and June 6, 2020 at 4pm EDT presented LIVE via Facebook and YouTube.

    Austin, who founded The OmniARTS Foundation in 2019, called on the following members of the MSM community to perform in the series benefitting First Responders Children’s Foundation, New Music Solidarity Fund, and Artist Relief Tree: Justin Austin (BM ’14, MM’17, Classical Voice), J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09, Classical Voice), Guy Mintus (BM ’15, Jazz Piano), Taisiya Pushkar (MM ’06, DMA ’13, Collaborative Piano), Emmet Cohen (MM ’14, Jazz Piano) and Todd Reynolds (CPP Faculty).

    All concerts are free and accessible; to attend, visit @OmniARTSFoundation on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or . Donations are encouraged, and a suggested donation of $35 USD is payable via .

  • May 15, 2020Piano

    Minhae Lee named Yale collaborative piano fellow

    Alumna Minhae Lee (PS ’14) has been selected as Yale School of Music’s only collaborative piano fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. Lee will graduate from Michigan State University this month with three degrees: DMA in piano performance, DMA in collaborative piano, and an MM in piano pedagogy.

    Learn more about Minhae Lee by viewing her .

  • May 15, 2020Voice

    Voice alumni selected as Opera for Peace Emerging Artists

    365体育备用网址Three MSM alumni have been named Emerging Artists by Opera for Peace, a new cultural movement reflecting the reality of today’s globalized and diverse world, building an inclusive and creative future together through passion and determination:

    William Guanbo Su (BM ’17), Student of Cynthia Hoffmann
    Raehann Bryce-Davis (MM ’12, PS ’13), Student of Cynthia Hoffmann
    Hongni Wu (MM ’17, PS ’18), Student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell

    Opera for Peace Emerging Artists, comprised of 12 graduates from around the world, represent some of the brightest young talent in our industry. They are provided them exceptional personalized one-on-one mentorship from our Ambassadors and Advisors, special performance opportunities in collaboration with our partners, and more.

  • May 13, 2020Piano

    Original DREAMer and pianist Tereza Lee featured in PBS Asian Americans series

    Pianist Tereza Lee, who inspired the original DREAM Act nearly twenty years ago, is featured in Part 3 of Asian Americans365体育备用网址, a new documentary series airing on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). You can view the episode , with Tereza’s story beginning at the 38:17 mark.

    Tereza graduates from Manhattan School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree this week. Her thesis explores five composers who immigrated to the United States, and “what it means to be an American composer / musician today, particularly coming from an immigrant background.” Tereza has been a member of the MSM community since 2001, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 2005, Master’s in 2007, and Professional Studies Certificate in 2010.

  • May 5, 2020Jazz

    Bassist Michael Olatuja releases new album, Lagos Pepper Soup

    Whirlwind Recordings has announced the June 12th release of Lagos Pepper Soup, the new album from MSM alumnus Michael Olatuja (MM ’06). On his third release as a bandleader, Olatuja presents his spectacular blend of West African Afrobeats and jazz, with the support of a string orchestra – arranged by iconic film score orchestrator Dave Metzger – alongside an international all-star cast which features Regina Carter (MSM Faculty)365体育备用网址, Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Brandee Younger, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Laura Mvula, Gregoire Maret and Becca Stevens.

    365体育备用网址Read the full press release on Bass Musician Magazine’s website .

  • May 5, 2020Jazz

    Graduating jazz student performs front porch concerts for neighbors in Seattle, WA

    Senior Santosh Sharma (BM ’20, Jazz Saxophone) and his twin brother Ravi have been featured in The Seattle Times for their popular front porch jazz concerts. The two young musicians began performing for their neighbors after leaving NYC in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    “We just got tired of sitting in our house and playing by ourselves,” said Santosh. “So we decided we might as well go outside and play if we can safely do that.”

    Read the full Seattle Times article .

  • May 4, 2020Strings

    MSM Alumni are bringing music to patients suffering from COVID-19

    Clarinetist and MSM alumna Rachel Easterwood (BM ’06), who is now an I.C.U. doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital, reached out to her fellow alumni Andrew Janss (BM ’06, AD ’12) and Molly Carr (’07), who serve as co-directors of the non-profit Project: Music Heals Us. Easterwood, Janss, Carr and pianist Anna Petrova (BM ’08, MM ’11, DMA ’16)365体育备用网址 are all featured in by The New York Times about the initiative.

    Dr. Easterwood said this week that she hoped to continue the performances for patients and the staff. “We go into this profession to help people,” she said. “And this music had the ability to at least help a little bit.”

    To support Project: Music Heals Us, please visit .

  • May 2, 2020Precollege

    SoHyun Ko to perform on THE CALL TO UNITE

    Precollege violin student SoHyun Ko will be performing today, May 2 from 11:00am to 12:00pm on in support of efforts in the Global Pandemic. Ko currently studies with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec365体育备用网址 at MSM Precollege. SoHyun is also the Adelphi Orchestra Sixteenth Annual Young Artist Competition Winner, and is scheduled to with them in the upcoming year.

    365体育备用网址Read the New Jersey Stage press release .

  • Apr 28, 2020Precollege

    Precollege students to perform in Chamber Music Society concert

    Precollege students Oren Tirschwell, violin and Marie Wurtz, piano will be showcased in their high school piano trio on the Chamber Music Society’s 37th Young Musician Concert. The trio is coached by MSM Precollege faculty member Carmel Lowenthal.

    CMS will be streaming the recorded performances from the second round of their competition on Thursday, April 30 at 11am EST. You can watch the stream .

  • Apr 25, 2020Brass

    Anthony Mazzocchi Announced as the New Director of the John J. Cali School of Music

    Montclair State University has announced the appointment of Anthony J. Mazzocchi (BM ’95, MM ’97) as the new director of the John J. Cali School of Music.

    365体育备用网址“I am honored and humbled to accept the Directorship of the Cali School of Music – an institution that I love so very much and full of people whom I love, as well,” Mazzocchi told the Cali School community in an email message. “We all share a great passion for this place; its past, its current state, and especially what we all believe could be its bright and rewarding future. It is also clear that we are all ready to play our own unique part in moving the Cali School forward together, and that excites me beyond measure.”

    Most recently, he has served as the associate director of the Cali School as well as the executive director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston, Vermont. Read the full press release .

  • Apr 24, 2020Voice

    Ronnita Miller performs in Apartment Arias series

    Mezzo-soprano and voice alumna Ronnita Miller (MM ’03) performs Randy Newman’s I Think It’s Going to Rain Today in Cincinnati Opera’s Apartment Arias series. You can watch the moving performance .

    Miller was slated to perform the role of Amneris this summer in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Aida365体育备用网址, but the performances were cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about Ronnita Miller .


  • Apr 23, 2020Woodwinds

    Amanda Blaikie featured by Bulletproof Musician

    Alumna Amanda Blaikie (PS ’09, Orchestral Flute) was interviewed by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D for Bulletproof Musician as a part of their “What Audition Preparation Strategies Work Best for You?” series. In the episode, which can be found , Amanda talks about “believing in yourself, letting Go of attachments, and giving yourself permission to be kind to yourself”.

    Flutist Amanda Blaikie has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2016, and is also on the faculty at Oakland University.