Alumni Council

Our Alumni Council is a group of former Manhattan School of Music students who assist the administration with issues regarding alumni development, activities, special events, and fund-raising. They also help the administration with issues concerning current and proposed programs, giving advice on issues as they arise during the year. The members of the Council act as ambassadors for Manhattan School of Music throughout the world by staying acutely aware of the activities and progress of the School.

Current Alumni Council Members


Louis Alexander
MM '79, musicology
Cambridge, MA and Berlin, Germany
Former Director of Alumni Education, MIT

Paul Beck
BM ’98, bassoon 
South Milwaukee, WI
Concert Librarian for Renee Fleming

Justin Bischof 
BM '90, MM '92, DMA '98, organ
New York, NY
Artistic Director & Conductor, Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City;
Artistic Director & Conductor, Modus Opera Company

Dianne Danese Flagello
BM '52, percussion / MM '52, music education
Norwalk, CT
Former Director (1974-1999),
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division;
President, Maelos Music, Inc.

Anthony de Mare
BM '80, piano
Contemporary Performance Faculty, Manhattan School of Music;
Steinway Artist

Salvatore Di Vittorio
BM ’97, composition
Larchmont, NY
Composer, published by Panastudio/Casa Ricordi (Universal Music);
Music Director/Conductor, Chamber Orchestra of New York

Captain Kenneth R. Force, USMS (Ret)
BM '64, trumpet / MM '65, music education / PD ’70, music supervision and administration
Port Chester, NY
Former Director of Music, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy;
Former President, Goldman Memorial Band

Heather Hamilton
MM '93, piano performance / MM '95, orchestral piano
Ed D, '10, Educational Leadership, Univ. of Bridgeport
Fairfield, CT
Director of Music, Saugatuck Church, UCC;
Owner, Hamilton Music Services, Fairfield, CT

Kathy Hegierski
MM '71, voice
New York, NY
Manager of Client Services and Investor Relations, Cartesian Capital Group

Esther Lee 
BM '98, MM '00, voice
New York NY
Admissions Director, Village Community School in New York City

Eganam Segbefia
Student Representative
Anticipated: MM '18, trumpet
Bronx, NY

Kathleen Suss
MM ’89, voice
Old Greenwich, CT
Director, Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, NY

Wendy Talio
BM ’83, Piano
Cortlandt Manor, NY
Founder, Society of Living Artists;
Former Director, Database Marketing and Consumer Intelligence at Consumer Reports

Eric Umble

MM '16, Clarinet
New York, NY
Founding Member, sTem ensemble;
Coordinator, MSM Center for Music Entrepreneurship


Past Alumni Council Members

Richard Adams

Mercedes Alicea

Gail Archer

Alexandra Bacon

Phyllis Beeson Susen Barbash (deceased)

Blanche Heisler Blitstein

Darrin Blumfield

Marc Chazaud

Barron Coleman

Brenda Earle

Anna Gabrieli

Andrea Huber

Dennis Jeter III

Michael Kaplan

Irwin Katz

Richard Kessler

Jonathan Klibonoff

Doris Konig

Cornelius Claudio Kreusch

John Lewis (deceased)

Daniel Lorusso

Shirley Manuel (deceased)

Ann McKinney

Paula Mondschein-Daly

Steven Nugget (student representative)

Charles Bryan Nelson, Jr.

James Petercsak

Chris Rosenberg

Alex Shapiro

Barbara Tischler

Marilyn (Teitler) Tyler

Elizabeth R. Van Arsdel

Jacqueline Venable

Lola Cummings Weiss



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Staff Contact

Lauren Frankovich

Alumni Engagement Officer
917-493-4543 
lfrankovich@msmnyc.edu