Manhattan School of Music
Ninety-First Commencement

MSM Commencement for the Class of 2017 will be held on May 12, 2017 and will be streamed live on this page, or, on the MSM Facebook page:


Commencement is one of the many events coordinated by the office of Student Engagement. Commencement is an important ceremony that celebrates the enormous achievements of our graduates. This year the ceremony will take place on May 12, 2017. The graduation ceremony is followed by a reception in the School.

Date:  Friday, May 12, 2017

12 PM
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027

Reception:  2 PM
Ades Performance Space
120 Claremont Ave. New York, NY 10027

Additional Information 

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For information on parking and garages in the area, please refer to
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If you'd like to order flowers for your graduate we have compiled a list of area florists.

If you'd like to make dinner reservations for the evening, we have compiled a
list of eateries.

Manhattan School of Music
Ninety-First Commencement



Fanfare for the Common Man


Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

Introduction from the Dean of Students

Monica Coen Christensen

Greetings from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Lorraine Gallard

Greetings from the President

James Gandre

Presentation of Commencement Awards

Robert Bucker, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Musical Interlude


String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Presentation of the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

President Gandre
Marjorie Merryman, Provost and Senior Vice President

Carol Ann Aicher (MM '90), Graduate Pedagogy Faculty
John Hagan, Director, English as a Second Language Program
Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Soprano, Voice Faculty

Musical Interlude


Up Jumped Spring

Presentation and Conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa

President Gandre
Provost Merryman

Terence Blanchard
Richard Gaddes
Noémi Karpati Neidorff (BM ’70, MM ’72)
Michael F. Neidorff

Student Speaker

Eric Colman Goldberg

Commencement Address

Stefon Harris (BM ’95, MM ’97), Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts Designate

Presentation and Conferring of Degrees, Certificates, and Diplomas

President Gandre
Provost Merryman
Jeffrey Langford, Assistant Dean for Doctoral Studies and Chair of Music History

Closing Remarks

President Gandre



Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare


Overture and Fanfare from Symphonie pour les Soupers du Roy
(arr. Jean-François Taillard)

Recessional Order

Platform Party
Faculty and Staff