Administrative Staff


Rebecca Charnow, Director 
Rebecca Charnow is Manhattan School of Music’s Director of Community Partnerships and Director of MSM Summer. Ms. Charnow also oversees the School’s dual degree program with Teachers College Columbia University. Since 2000, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Manhattan School of Music, including “Musician as Educator,” “Arts & Education Training,” “Community Outreach for Musicians”, “Fundamentals of Music Education,” and “Opera Singer as Educator.” She has been a guest speaker at the New Zealand School of Music, Kobe College School of Music, Teachers College Columbia University, The Juilliard School, and the MENC National Conference.

Ms. Charnow earned a MA in music education from Teachers College Columbia University and a BA cum laude in music from Binghamton University. She holds permanent New York State K-12 teacher certification in music education. 


Donna Galvan, Assistant Director
Donna Galvan is the Assistant Director for Community Partnerships and MSM Summer at Manhattan School of Music. Donna graduated from St. John’s University magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and a minor in music. She took an interest in the arts at an early age and along with learning flute and piano, Donna began dancing at the age of 6. Her dance studies began in her hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey. Wanting to further her dance education she continued to study and grow at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in Manhattan.

Donna has performed in and choreographed numerous musicals and showcases at St. John’s University, Broadhollow Theatre, Broadway Blockbusters, and Cultural Arts Playhouse. Some of her credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, State Fair, Once Upon a Mattress, Wonderful Town, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Hair, Pippin, and Bye, Bye Birdie.  She currently teaches dance for youth at a transitional family shelter in the Bronx, and is the dance teacher for Manhattan School of Music’s MSM Summer.