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Broadway Veterans Join MSM’s Musical Theatre Faculty

Manhattan School of Music’s Musical Theatre Program begins its second year with new additions to its already distinguished faculty. Launched in the fall of 2016, this exciting program has the distinction of being New York City’s first conservatory-based degree program in Musical Theatre. Joining the program are Broadway theatre veterans: Randy Graff (Acting for Musical Theatre) Robin Morse (Acting) Elizabeth Parkinson (Dance/Ballet) Mimi Quillin (Dance/Jazz) and Eleanor Taylor (Alexander Technique). Other 2017-18 contributors include: Steve Marzullo, who earned his Bachelor of Music at MSM in 1984 and will be Music Director on the Musical Theatre Program’s Freshman Spring Showcase (An American Songbook: Irving Berlin); Joe Locarro, who will direct and choreograph the Sophomore Fall and Spring showcases (The Tony Awards: The Early Years and An American Songbook: Jerome Kern, respectively). “From the beginning, with this program, we have made it a priority to draw from all New York City has to offer,” said Luis Perez, Associate [...]

Broadway Veterans Join MSM’s Musical Theatre Faculty 2017-09-25T13:14:30-04:00

Bronx street named after jazz legend and MSM alumnus Donald Byrd

By Bobby Sanabria September 9, 2017 was a significant day in the borough of music as the late, great Donald Byrd (DP ’58, Trumpet; BM ’62, Trumpet; MM ’63, Music Education) was honored with a street named after him in the Bronx. Donald Byrd, the legendary jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and NEA Jazz Master, moved from Detroit to the Bronx in the mid-1950s to pursue a Master of Music Education degree at Manhattan School of Music. He passed away on February 4, 2013 in Dover, Delaware, at age 80. During the early years of his career, Byrd taught in the Bronx public school system. One of his students was Willie Colon, a young trombonist and soon-to-be salsa star. While teaching public school, Byrd grew into a legendary figure in the New York City jazz scene. Later, Byrd mentored and helped establish The Blackbyrds, a rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group. The Blackbyrds would go [...]

Bronx street named after jazz legend and MSM alumnus Donald Byrd 2017-09-25T13:13:27-04:00

MSM student “Talking Circles” rooted in Native American tradition

Report by Rosalind Zhang Earlier this month, 16 MSM students attended the first annual Talking Circles Retreat hosted by the Department of Student Affairs at the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York. The gathering is rooted in the Native American tradition — specifically that of the Mi’kmaq people of Canada — who used the Talking Circle as a method for solving interpersonal problems (more photos below). During their time at the retreat, the MSM students took part in various activities to generate dialogue and leadership on issues such as diversity and social justice. For the Department of Student Affairs, the Talking Circles Retreat gives MSM students an opportunity to advance their communication and social interaction skills, and become even more effective at connecting with students from other cultures and backgrounds. The group enjoyed views of Lake Marling during hikes, made s’mores in the fireplace and slept in Kleinstuber Lodge. Huguenot, New York is about [...]

MSM student “Talking Circles” rooted in Native American tradition 2017-03-06T00:23:11-04:00

Multiple Grammy Nominee Stefon Harris Named Director of MSM’s Prestigious Jazz Arts Program

Stefon Harris,  One of the Most Important Artists in Jazz today, will Join Manhattan School of Music  in July 2017 November 14, 2016 (NEW YORK, NY) – Manhattan School of Music President James Gandre announced today that four-time Grammy Award nominee and eight-time Jazz Journalist award-winner Stefon Harris – himself a distinguished alumnus of the School – will join MSM in July 2017 as Associate Dean and Director of the Jazz Arts program. “We are thrilled to announce that Stefon Harris, who earned both a Bachelor of Music in 1995 and a Master of Music in 1997, will formally return to MSM next year to lead our renowned Jazz Arts program,” says President Gandre. “As the music world already knows, Stefon is an endlessly talented musician and composer, but he is also an extremely accomplished educator with an impressive track record in and passion for jazz education. We know that he will bring that depth of [...]

Multiple Grammy Nominee Stefon Harris Named Director of MSM’s Prestigious Jazz Arts Program 2016-11-15T10:00:20-04:00

Manhattan School of Music will be the first-ever independent music conservatory in New York to offer a musical theatre degree program.

Last week, Manhattan School of Music made the announcement that the New York City Conservatory will be adding a new musical theatre degree program to their current academic roster. Manhattan School of Music president James Gandre made the formal announcement during the Spring gala Manhattan School of Music Broadway Melody at the Rainbow Room, honoring Bebe Neuwirth, and featured special guests Angela Lansbury, Barbara Cook, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue and Tommy Tune. The new musical theatre program will begin in fall 2016, and Manhattan School of Music will be the first-ever independent music conservatory in New York (and only the second in the country) to offer a musical theatre degree program. The new program will be directed by Luis Perez, who will leave his post at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts to join MSM. Perez is joined by an Artistic Advisory Committee that includes Broadway veterans such as Norm Lewis, Susan Stroman, Tommy Tune, Kelli [...]

Manhattan School of Music will be the first-ever independent music conservatory in New York to offer a musical theatre degree program. 2015-11-10T06:40:42-04:00

Did you know?

Music lessons for students of all ages and levels at Manhattan School of Music! The MSM Sunday program is designed to provide a lively and rewarding experience for students of all ages and levels. Whether you are an aspiring or advanced musician, the parent of a young beginner, an adult learning a new instrument, or even a student interested in extra help for NYSSMA, pre-college, and music school auditions, MSM Sunday has something to offer you. Visit MSM Sundays for more information.

Did you know? 2015-03-17T16:00:42-04:00

Joan’s Closet Dresses Aspiring Performers For Success

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – They say if you want to be a star, you should first try to look like one. That’s what one organization is doing for some struggling music students in Manhattan who aspire to be the next generation of world-class performers. As CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported, Joan’s Closet is giving more than 200 Manhattan School of Music students in need access to high-end, gently used dresses to wear at auditions. “This will help me probably look good for some of that,” said Caroline Braga, a senior opera singer as she eyed one dress. Joan Taub Ades, a prominent member of New York’s premier music circles, said she started the organization five years ago because she saw a need. “I heard judges say they could look better.” she said. ” Coming from this school, they have to be the best. They have the best talent.” In addition to leaving with an entire outfit — [...]

Joan’s Closet Dresses Aspiring Performers For Success 2013-11-11T03:45:25-04:00