Awards

Each year at our commencement ceremonies in May, a select group of students receive special awards for their character, talent, and participation. Many of these awards were established by friends and alumni to honor the memory of important figures in the history of Manhattan School of Music. See these Commencement Awardees 

The School periodically recognizes outstanding accomplishment among its alumni through the awarding of Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

2013 Distinguished Alumni Honorees


 
Robert McGrath (MM ’59, voice)
“Bob” on Sesame Street for 38 years. 
http://www.bobmcgrath.com/



Dr. Cynthia Boxrud (BM ’78,theory)
A medical specialist in Facial Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and professor at UCLA. 
http://www.drboxrud.com/



"Outstanding Young Alumni" Award 
Kirill Gerstein (BM ’99 / MM’00, piano)
“On the fast track to a major career, and he deserves to be.” –Boston Globe. 
http://www.kirillgerstein.com/










2012 Distinguished Alumni Honorees


 
Yusef Lateef (BM '69 / MM '70)
2010 NEA American Jazz Master


Jesse Rosen (BM '75)
President and CEO, League of American Orchestras


Lauren Flanigan (MM '84)
Soprano
Founder, Music & Mentoring House


 "Outstanding Young Alumni" Award  Alexandre Moutouzkine (MM ’01 / PS ’04 / AD ’05) 
Pianist




2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Johanna Meier (BM '60) Soprano

Carol Wincenc (BM '71) Flutist

John Musto (BM '76 / MM '80)
Composer


“Outstanding Young Alumni” Award
Jason Moran (BM ’97)

Jazz Pianist


2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Roy Eaton (BM '50 / MM '52)
Pianist and music marketing executive
James Petercsak (BM '66 / MM '68)
Percussionist and educator
Judy Blazer (BM ’77)
Vocalist and actor
Sebastian Currier (BM '82 / MM '83)
Composer 
"Outstanding Young Alumni" Award 
Olivera Medenica (BM ’96)

Attorney


2009 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joe Wilder ’53
Jazz performer and educator
Capt. Kenneth Force ’64 / ’65 / ’70
Director of Music, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Elliot Goldenthal ’77 / ’79
Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer
"Outstanding Young Alumni" Award 
Laquita Mitchell ’01 / ’02
Soprano   


2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Richard Adams ’61
Retired MSM Vice President/ Dean of Faculty 
Clement De Rosa ’55
Jazz Educator, Bandleader and Founder of IAJE 

SungEun Han-Andersen ’89
Donor, G. Chris and SungEun Andersen Hall 

Aaron Jay Kernis ’81
Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer 
George Manahan ’76
Conductor 
"Outstanding Young Alumni" Award 
Jane Monheit ’99
Jazz Vocalist  


Previous Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Gunther Schuller (composer, educator, and conductor) in 1985 and Dr. Walter Turnbull (founder of the Boys Choir of Harlem) in 1990.

Commencement Awards

Each year at our commencement ceremonies in May, a select group of students receive special awards for their character, talent, and participation. Many of these awards were established by friends and alumni to honor the memory of important figures in the history of Manhattan School of Music.

The annual College and Alumni Awards include (click on link to see description of award and last recipient):

Manny Albam Prize
Harold Bauer Award
William H. Borden Award
Pablo Casals Award
Helen Cohn Awards
Richard F. Gold Career Grant
Hugo Kortschak Award
Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award
Bronson Ragan Award
Roy M. Rubinstein Award
Andres Segovia/Rose Augustine Award
Raphael Bronstein Award
John Clark Award
Cecil Collins Award
Nicolas Flagello Award
Stephen Maxym Award
Homer Mensch Award
Hugh Ross Award
Janet D. Schenck Award
Josephine C. Whitford Award
Outreach Commencement Award

Harold Bauer Award
Established by Janet D. Schenck, founder of Manhattan School of Music, to honor her teacher, pianist Harold Bauer, who was instrumental in the development of the School. This award is given to a graduating student in recognition of outstanding accomplishment, cooperation, and promise.

William H. Borden Award
Given in memory of Mr. Borden, who was a trustee of Manhattan School of Music for thirty years, ten of which he served as chairman of the board. His greatest affinity was for jazz, and therefore this award is given for outstanding accomplishment in that discipline.

Pablo Casals Award
Created in honor of Maestro Casals, who served as an early member of the Advisory Board of Manhattan School of Music. The award is given for musical accomplishment
and human endeavor.

Helen Cohn Awards
Created by the friends of Mrs. Cohn to honor her memory and her devotion to the piano. There are two awards—the first is given to a pianist who has done outstanding work in chamber music, and the second is given to an outstanding graduate of the doctor of musical arts degree program.

Richard F. Gold Career Grant
Given by the Shoshana Foundation to recognize a graduating student who demonstrates exceptional promise for a career on the operatic stage.

Hugo Kortschak Award
Given for outstanding achievement in chamber music.

Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award
Given to a student who has excelled in ensemble work.

Bronson Ragan Award
Honors the memory of a former Manhattan School of Music faculty member who taught both organ and theory. The award goes to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding ability in organ performance.

Roy M. Rubinstein Award
Given to a young woman who demonstrates exceptional promise in piano performance.

Raphael Bronstein Award
Established by friends to honor the memory of this beloved faculty member, this award is given to an outstanding violinist who demonstrates great promise as a performer, and in whom can also be seen a dedication to carrying on the pedagogical devotion so exemplified by Professor Bronstein.

John Clark Award
Given for excellence in brass performance. John Clark was an alumnus of Manhattan School of Music and a faculty member for over forty years. This award was established in his memory through gifts from his family and friends.

Cecil Collins Award
Created by Manhattan School of Music alumni to honor the memory of Mr. Collins, a former faculty member and chairman of the brass department, for excellence in brass performance.

Nicolas Flagello Award
Given annually to a student for outstanding achievement as a composer. Established by family, friends, and colleagues to honor the memory of Mr. Flagello, a former faculty member and esteemed composer.

Homer Mensch Award
Celebrates the life of a remarkable gentleman, an exceptional musician and a devoted teacher. He touched our hearts and will always serve as an inspiration to all. Given to a double bass student who exemplifies the spirit of Homer Mensch.

Hugh Ross Award
Given annually to a singer of unusual promise.

Janet D. Schenck Award
Honors the woman who, in 1917, founded the Neighborhood Music School. Through the years, that School grew to become Manhattan School of Music, one of the largest and most prestigious private conservatories in the United States. This award, bestowed in Mrs. Schenck’s memory, is in recognition of distinguished contribution to the life of the School.

Josephine C. Whitford Award
Honors Mrs. Whitford, who was for many years a dean of Manhattan School of Music, and is given to a student whose exceptional personal qualities have contributed significantly to the enrichment of the spirit of the School.

Outreach Commencement Award
The recipient of this award has demonstrated outstanding leadership, an exemplary humanitarian spirit, and comprehensive involvement in the Manhattan School of Music outreach programs.

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