Installation of Dr. James Gandre

The Board of Trustees announces the Installation of Dr. James Gandre
as the Ninth President of Manhattan School of Music

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 10 a.m.
John C. Borden Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music

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For questions or ticket assistance, please contact the Box Office. Ticket holders, or those picking up tickets at the Box Office, should enter the School at the Performance Center entrance at 132 Claremont Avenue. Manhattan School of Music is located between the 116th Street and 125th Street stations on the 1 train.

Travel Information

Institutional Delegates, MSM Faculty Members, MSM Board of Trustees Members, and Program Speakers

Those participating in the Academic Procession must arrive no later than 9:15 A.M. for check-in, academic regalia robing, and line-up.

Please check in at the Delegate Welcome Desk in the main lobby by entering at 601 West 122 Street (at Broadway). Delegate guest seating information will also be available.

For ceremony assistance, accessibility issues, or other questions, please contact Jacqueline Mitchell, Office of External Affairs, at
or 917 493 4590.

James Gandre, Ed.D

Dr. James Gandre, a visionary educator and musician with a deep commitment to the development of American conservatory learning, returned to Manhattan School of Music to assume the presidency on May 6, 2013. He had served the School for fifteen years, most recently as Dean of Enrollment and Alumni (1985–2000).  In 2000, Dr. Gandre became Dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he went on to serve as both the Interim Dean of the College of Education and ultimately as Provost and Executive Vice President.

As a performer, Dr. Gandre has appeared as a tenor soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Classical Players, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and members of the San Francisco Symphony. He has lectured at colleges throughout the country and served on the boards of various arts organizations and educational institutions.

A Wisconsin native, Dr. Gandre earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Lawrence University, a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his Doctor of Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


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