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  • Mar 11, 2020Piano

    Kirill Gerstein performs Tiny Desk Concert

    Alumnus Kirill Gerstein (BM ’99, MM ’00) performs works by Chopin, Adès, Liszt, and Gershwin on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch the video .

    NPR’s Tom Huizenga writes,”Even if we had handed him a pint-sized instrument, I’m sure Gerstein could make it sing. Just listen to how Chopin’s lyrical melodies, built from rippling notes and flamboyant runs, flow like a song without words in Gerstein’s agile hands.”

    A former student of MSM faculty member Solomon Mikowsky, Gerstein is among the elite pianists of the classical world. Learn more about the Russian-American pianist on his .

  • Mar 9, 2020Precollege

    Dianne Flagello receives Music Educator Award

    Former Precollege Director and Alumni Advisory Council Member Director Dianne Flagello (BM ’52, MM ’52, HonDMA ’99) received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from JCC Thurnauer School of Music last month at their 30th Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert. Read more about the event .

    During her time as a student at Manhattan School of Music, Dianne studied Percussion and Music Education. She returned to her alma mater in 1974 as director of MSM Precollege, known then as MSM’s Preparatory Division, until 1999. Dianne is currently an active member of the Alumni Advisory Council.

  • Mar 8, 2020Jazz

    Alumnus published in Downbeat Mag

    Alumnus and drummer Devin Gray (MM ’08) wrote an article entitled “Musicianship for Drummers: How To Practice Along With Recordings” that has been published in the March 2020 edition of DownBeat Magazine. You can read the article on pages 102 and 103.

    股票会不会爆仓Devin Gray has been active in New York City for more than a dozen years. His two main projects as a leader have been Dirigo Rataplan (a quartet with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek) and RelativE ResonancE (a quartet with reedist Chris Speed, pianist Kris Davis and bassist Chris Tordini). Learn more about Devin by visiting his .

  • Mar 6, 2020Jazz

    Damien Sneed premieres new work at Houston Grand Opera

    Jazz faculty member Damien Sneed‘s new opera, Marian’s Song股票会不会爆仓, will have its world premiere tonight at Houston Grand Opera. The HGO-commissioned piece was composed by Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.

    股票会不会爆仓The opera is based on the life of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, who broke racial barriers throughout her storied career.

    Learn more (and buy tickets) .

  • Mar 6, 2020Conducting

    Ankush Kumar Bahl makes NYPhil conducting debut

    Alumnus Ankush Kumar Bahl (MM ’03) makes his New York Philharmonic conducting debut tomorrow morning during Fun at the Phil: Sleepover at the Museum, a special concert for families with children. Bahl will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals and Karen LeFrak’s Sleepover at the Museum股票会不会爆仓 while illustrations are projected on a giant screen. Purchase tickets to the event .

    Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized for his impressive technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. Visit his for a full biography.

  • Mar 6, 2020Brass

    Alumnus Jeff Scott Appointed to Oberlin Brass Faculty

    Hornist Jeff Scott (BM ’90) will join Oberlin Conservatory’s Brass Faculty beginning July 1. Jeff founded the Grammy nominated wind quintet Imani Winds with fellow MSM alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz (MM ’97 and PS ’98), Monica Ellis (’98), and Mariam Adam (’99).

    股票会不会爆仓“Jeff is extraordinary not only in the depth of his accomplishments—particularly as a performer and teacher—but also in the sheer breadth of his skills, and his unparalleled versatility as a musician,” says Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen.

    Read Oberlin’s announcement of Jeff’s appointment .

  • Mar 5, 2020Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre student qualifies for National Archery Finals

    Freshman Musical Theatre student Galvin Yuan (BM ’23) has qualified for the 2020 USA Archery Collegiate Nationals Indoor Final. After ranking fourth in the Recurve Men category at a regional event last week, Galvin will travel to Louisville, Kentucky March 19-20 to compete in the Collegiate Final.

    The 51st USA Archery Indoor Nationals were contested at thirteen locations over the past several weekends with nearly 5,000 participants. The Collegiate Indoor Final is an invitational event for the nation’s top scoring student-athletes. To view the full list of archers participating in the Final, click .



  • Mar 3, 2020Woodwinds

    MSM Students take top prizes in the New York Flute Club Competition

    Jonah Murphy (BM ’22), flute student of Michael Parloff, and Julie Nah Kyung Lee (BM ’18, MM ’20), student of Linda Chesis and Robert Langevin股票会不会爆仓, recently took 1st and 2nd prize respectively in the New York Flute Club Competition on Saturday, February 29. Jonah and Julie will be featured in recital as part of the NY Flute Club concert series on April 19 at 5:30 pm.

    For more information regarding the competition and the upcoming recital, click .

  • Mar 2, 2020Jazz

    Miho Hazama featured in NYC Jazz Record

    Pianist, composer, and alumna Miho Hazama (MM ’12)股票会不会爆仓 is featured in The New York City Jazz Record’s February issue. The Artist Feature, written by Michael Cobb, is available to read online .

    A former student of Jim McNeely, Miho Hazama is considered to be one of the finest arrangers of her generation. She has been nominated for a Grammy award, released four full-length albums, and is known for her sophisticated big band and chamber jazz arrangements. You can listen to her latest release, Dancer in Nowhere, on her .

  • Mar 2, 2020College

    MSM Students and Alumni receive 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award

    Four MSM students and alumni were recently named recipients of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

    Angelo Di Loreto (MM ’13, Jazz Piano)
    Eliana Fishbeyn (MM ’21, Jazz Composition)
    Rin Seo (MM ’20, Jazz Composition)
    Matthew Whitaker股票会不会爆仓 (Precollege alum)

    股票会不会爆仓The program was established in 2002 to encourage young gifted jazz composers up to the age of 30. It carries the name of the great trumpeter and ASCAP member Herb Alpert in recognition of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s multi-year financial commitment to the program. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 17 to 29 and are selected through a juried national competition. For more information, visit their .

  • Feb 28, 2020Jazz

    MSM alumnus Christian Sands named Artist-in-Residence for Monterey Jazz Fest

    The Monterey Jazz Festival recently announced MSM alumnus Christian Sands (MM’15, Jazz Piano) as its Artist-in-Residence for the 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival in 2020.

    股票会不会爆仓30-years-old Sands is a Grammy award-nominated pianist, composer and educator having toured around the world as a bandleader and appearing as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter, among others. Sands has performed several times at the Monterey Jazz Festival Acting as an ambassador for the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Monterey region throughout 2020.

    股票会不会爆仓To read more about Sands and his recent accolades, visit the full

  • Feb 27, 2020Brass

    Eisenberg-Fried Competition winners announced

    股票会不会爆仓Congratulations to the winners of the 2020-21 Eisenberg-Fried Competition! MSM students from Brass, Woodwinds, Piano, Strings, and Voice departments participated in the competition. Winners will be featured in an orchestra concert next school year.

    Brass: Liana Hoffman, horn
    Student of Michelle Baker
    Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 2

    Woodwind: Shogo Urahata, clarinet
    Student of Charles Neidich
    股票会不会爆仓 Francaix, Clarinet Concerto

    Strings: Luxi Wang, violin
    Student of Lucie Robert
    股票会不会爆仓 Glazunov, Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

    Piano: Sophiko Simsive, piano
    Student of Solomon Mikowsky
    Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15

    Voice: Rosario Hernandez Armas, mezzo soprano
    Student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell
    de Falla, Siete Canciones Populares

  • Feb 27, 2020Voice

    Lori Brown Maribal to perform one-woman opera show, Charmed Life

    Voice alumna Lori Brown Maribal (MM ’94) will perform her play with music, Charmed Life: From Soul Singing to Opera Star at Urban Stages Theatre March 12–29, 2020.

    Directed by Vincent Scott, Charmed Life股票会不会爆仓 takes you on a musical journey from Mirabal’s hometown of Nashville, to opera stages across the world. She toasts entertainment luminaries, including Oprah, Cab Calloway, and Pavarotti, that had a hand in her rise and salutes the black opera singers that paved the way. With comedy, storytelling, and show-stopping musical numbers, Mirabal brings you inside the world of opera and her efforts to spread the art form to the next generation.

    Tickets are available for purchase through the Urban Stages .

  • Feb 26, 2020Strings

    MSM students to perform on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces

    The Elysian String Quartet—made up of Manhattan School of Music students Carlos Rafael Martínez Arroyo (BM ’22), Maïthéna Girault (BM ’20), Tal McGee (MM ’21), and cellist Sam Chung (BM ’21)—will perform on classical radio station WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces segment.

    股票会不会爆仓The performance will take place at The Greene Space in NYC on March 4, 2020. Tickets to this event are free, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your tickets .

    The Elysian String Quartet formed in 2019, and is coached by MSM faculty member Music David Geber股票会不会爆仓. They most recently appeared at the Andre Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 2020.

  • Feb 25, 2020Voice

    Jana McIntrye (MM ’16) and Xiaomeng Zhang (MM ’15) named finalists in the Met National Council Auditions

    Jana McIntrye (MM ’16) and Xiaomeng Zhang (MM ’15)股票会不会爆仓 were recently named finalists in the Met National Council Auditions, the final round to be held Sunday, March 1 at the Met Opera House. Some of today’s greatest singers got their start in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Hei-Kyung Hong, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Lisette Oropesa, Christian Van Horn, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Nadine Sierra. The competition notoriously launches major operatic careers for its laureates.

    Purchase tickets to the Grand Finals .

  • Feb 25, 2020Jazz

    MSM grad Gerald Clayton appointed conductor of the Monterey Jazz Festival “Next Generation Jazz Orchestra”

    This past February MSM alumnus Gerald Clayton (BM ’05) was appointed Artistic Director and conductor of the Monterey Jazz Festival “Next Generation Jazz Orchestra” Clayton first appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2000 and 2001 as a member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Vocal Ensemble which won the High School Vocal Division at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. Clayton attended both USC Thornton and the Manhattan School of Music, and in 2006, he received the second place prize in the Thelonious Monk Institute Piano Competition.

    股票会不会爆仓For more information on Clayton and his appointment, click .

  • Feb 24, 2020Voice

    MSM Alumni awarded prizes at the George London Vocal Competition

    The winners of the 49th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition’s final round on February 21st. MSM Alumna Jana McIntyre (MM’16) was a top prize winner awarded $10,000. Justin Austin (BM’14, MM’17) and Tesia Kwarteng (MM’13)股票会不会爆仓 were also awarded for their performances, each receiving $1,000.

    The George London Foundation and George London Awards are named for the great American bass-baritone (1920-1985), who devoted much of his time and energy in his later years to the support and nurturing of young singers.
    股票会不会爆仓 For more information regarding winner, visit the .

  • Feb 24, 2020Jazz

    Precollege alum Matthew Whitaker featured on 60 Minutes

    Former precollege student Matthew Whitaker was inteviewed on CBS’s 60 Minutes股票会不会爆仓 during February 23rd’s feature segment. Matthew is a jazz pianist who is blind, and since the age of 11, has been performing around the world. Called a prodigy with extraordinary talent, he has caught the attention of scientists who are now studying his brain and trying to understand his vision of music.

    股票会不会爆仓For Matthew’s full story, visit CBS’s for the segment and article.

  • Feb 23, 2020Voice

    Alumnus Darnell Abraham featured on SF CBS

    This past Presidents’ Day, Alumnus and Hamilton San Francisco cast member Darnell Abraham (MM’13) joined Emily Turner on Bay Area’s CBSN to discuss his role as George Washington in the hit musical and what it means to him—as well as where to score the hottest tickets in town.

    To watch the full interview with Abraham, visit the SF CBSN .



  • Feb 21, 2020Woodwinds

    MSM faculty David Krakauer premieres first film score, sets album release date

    Clarinetist David Krakauer recently collaborated with Kathleen Tagg in writing and performing the film score for Minyan 股票会不会爆仓by Eric Steel, Krakauer’s first film score. The film premiered in late February at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    “Director Eric Steel sets his sensitive portrait of a gay Jewish youth in the as yet un-gentrified, roughshod New York of the 1980s. In his feature-film debut, he depicts unobtrusively and with quiet humour how one young man squares social attributions – immigrant, Jew, homosexual – with his own feelings and learns to define them anew.”

    The film received a listing on IndieWire’s Top 15 films to view at the Berlin Festival.

    For more on Krakauer’s contributions and currently projects, visit his .

  • Feb 20, 2020Voice

    Alumnus Frank L. Humphrey III will make his 54 Below debut in “Once on this Island”

    Alumnus Frank L. Humphrey III will make his 54 Below debut in “Once on this Island” as Papa Ge on Friday, March 27, 2020.

    The one-act musical, comparable to popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid, is a love story both tragic and heartwarming, having won a Tony Award for Best Revival, and featuring unforgettable songs, such as “Waiting for Life,” “Mama Will Provide,” “Rain,” and “Forever Yours.” For ticket information, visit 54 Below‘s .

  • Feb 20, 2020Voice

    Eric Owens joins Fleur Barron for Beethoven and Mahler

    Eric Owens joins MSM alumna Fleur Barron for Beethoven’s ode to a distant beloved before the acclaimed young mezzo-soprano delves into the world of Mahler with Rückert-Lieder. Following intermission, Barron’s “thrillingly dark and rich-veined mezzo” (Seen and Heard International) performs selections from another collection of songs by Mahler based on poems. The pianist for the evening will be Julius Drake.

    股票会不会爆仓For ticket information, visit the performance .

  • Feb 19, 2020Precollege

    Precollege student Giorgio Poma wins LaGuardia Concerto competition

    Precollege cellist and student of Marion Feldman Giorgio Poma recently won the LaGuardia High School Performing Arts Concerto competition. He will play as a soloist with LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra on April 3, 2020.

    股票会不会爆仓For information regarding the concert, visit LaGuardia High School’s .

  • Feb 19, 2020Orchestra

    Bassoon alum wins job at Hartford Symphony

    On Monday, February 17, orchestral bassoonistPinghua Felix Ren (MM’19 and PS ’20) won the Assistant Principal Bassoon position of the Hartford Symphony. He will begin playing with them later this spring.

    For more about the Hartford Symphony, visit their or view their performance calendar .

  • Feb 18, 2020Education

    Several Precollege students of Jeanai La Vita to receive high honors

    On February 9th, 2020, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held their prestigious competition for young vocal artists in which several MSM Precollege voice students of Jeanai La Vita placed. The honors and students are listed below:

    Kate Vandermel 1st place Upper High School Classical
    Bonita Pan 2nd place Upper High School Classical
    Meghna Das 1st place Upper High School Musical Theatre
    Henry Hsiao 2nd place Lower High School Classical
    Karly Chan 3rd place Lower High School Classical
    Stephanie Lopez 2nd place Lower High School Musical Theatre
    Franziska Diefenbach 1st place Youth
    Amy Wang股票会不会爆仓 1st place Lower College Classical

    The NATS Artist Awards competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career and, to that end, substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered. For more information regarding the competition, visit their .

  • Feb 18, 2020Orchestra

    I-Jung Huang (PS ’20) wins the section violin audition at the NY Philharmonic

    I-Jung Huang (PS ’20, Orchestral Violin) won the section violin audition at the NY Philharmonic on Sunday. She will begin trials with them later this spring. As a student of Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim, Huang is a student in the Orchestral Performance program at MSM, which inaugurated in 1991 and is the first accredited degree program of its kind in the United States.

    Chaired by Glenn Dicterow, the former concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, the program produces polished musicians of the highest artistic caliber, who are prepared intensively in the orchestral repertoire for careers as symphonic players.

  • Feb 18, 2020Piano

    Eleven-year-old Cary Wang featured in Daily Voice Plus

    Cary Wang, Precollege piano student of Jeffrey Cohen, made his piano debut at the age of six with Claude Debussy’s Le Petit Nègre at Carnegie Hall in December 2015 and it has only gone up from here—having won first prize in national and international piano competitions. And in December 2018, he won a competitive Manhattan School of Music Annual Concerto Competition — the youngest performer in the 10-to-13-year-old age group — with his performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, 3rd Movement.

    The young pianist was featured in Daily Voice Plus 股票会不会爆仓given his astounding accomplishments; the full article can be found .

  • Feb 17, 2020Jazz

    Bassist Matthew Jamal releases debut solo EP

    Bassist Matthew Jamal (BM’21), student of Buster Williams and Jeremy McCoy, is releasing his debut solo EP titled Itinerant on February 23, 2020, after performing with artists Wycliffe Gordon, Damien Sneed, and Billy Childs. Rooted mainly in Jazz harmony, Jamal’s style feels even so as a synthesis of indie, experimental, and classical— cultivating his own distinct genre through improvised vocals and upright bass. The artist describes this personal style as harking to his early life and musical origins. As a teen, Jamal played on the streets of Washington, D.C. in order to raise money for school.

    “Growing up, there was a period in my life where things were hard for my family and me. The three of us were homeless for a year, and emotionally things were taking a toll on all of us. That time has deeply affected my approach to writing and performing music. I always try to connect the music back to a personal experience or feeling that I’ve had.”

    To read more about Matthew Jamal’s inspiring story and his upcoming EP release, click .


  • Feb 17, 2020Voice

    MSM alumna advances to next round of The Voice UK

    The Voice UK coach Meghan Trainor selected classical voice alumna Claudillea Holloway (BM ’17) to move on to the next round of the reality competition. Each Voice coach has selected ten singers from the blind auditions to battle against each other for audience votes beginning this Saturday, February 22nd on ITV. You can view her unique performance of Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” aria during the blind auditions on .

    During her time at Manhattan School of Music, Claudillea studied with Ruth Golden and played the role of Amore in the main stage production of L’incoronazione di Poppea. After graduation, Claudillea made her Off-Broadway debut in Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg, opened for classical quartet Il Divo in Malaysia, and performed frequently at New York cabaret club 54 Below.

  • Feb 13, 2020Jazz

    Rico Jones wins Jazz saxophone category in Yamaha competition

    The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA), which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music, named MSM Jazz saxophonist Rico Jones (BM ’20) the 2020 winner of his respective category. Winners of this competition are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend at the Music for All Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity with national press coverage, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. 

    To learn more about the Young Performing Artists Program, visit their website .