Manhattan School of Music 
To Hold School’s 87th Commencement Ceremony
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH

Manhattan School of Music President James Gandre to confer: Degrees to 367 Graduates

The Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa will go to:

The Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Service will go to:

Manhattan School of Music will be holding its 87th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at The Riverside Church (located at 490 Riverside Drive, New York City). This year’s commencement will award degrees to 367 graduates from the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs. The School’s recently appointed President James Gandre, will deliver the keynote address and confer the Degree of Musical Arts, honoris causa to Leonard Slatkin, Menahem Pressler, Dave Grusin, and Larry Rosen, who will all be giving remarks.

President Gandre will be awarding the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Service to David Geber, MSM’s Vice President of Instrumental Performance and a longtime member of the School’s cello faculty, and Conductor David Gilbert, the School’s Resident Conductor since 1983. Each year, Manhattan School of Music recognizes distinguished faculty by bestowing the Presidential Medal to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to MSM. This award inaugurated in 1998, honors those persons who have shown longevity and service to the school; extraordinary pedagogical influence in the community; distinguished scholarship and research demonstrated in performance, composition, or publications; and distinguished services to the institution demonstrated by humanistic activities outside of the teaching studio and classroom.

The commencement music will include: 

Calvin Hampton  Five Dances for Organ
Cesar Frank Finale in B-flat Major, op. 21 
  Lei Zhu, organ
Interlude 1:   
Dave Grusin Mountain Dance
   Angelo Di Loreto, piano; Jeffrey Koch, bass; Jake Goldbas, drums
Interlude 2:   
J.S. Bach English Suite No. 3 in G minor, S.808
  Michelle Nam, piano

Honorary Doctoral Degree recipients – Bios (alphabetical order)

Dave Grusin, has been an innovative force in jazz and popular music, as pianist, bandleader, arranger, producer, and a multi-awarded composer of music for film and television for more than 50 years. The celebrated director and producer Sydney Pollack once said of his work: "I speak from experience when I tell you he can do anything, and he has done everything--from a classical score to a jazz combo to a single piano. He's done them all.…. I just don't know anyone who does it better and with greater versatility than Dave Grusin.”

Dave Grusin was raised in Littleton, Colorado. His father was an accomplished violinist who was a jeweler by trade, and helped him gain a deep appreciation and understanding of classical music and love of great orchestration. As a classical piano major at the University of Colorado, he learned an appreciation and knowledge of jazz. Mr. Grusin moved to New York in 1959 to pursue a Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music, but soon took a job as pianist for Andy Williams. Williams also hired fellow MSM student, drummer Larry Rosen, who became a lifelong friend and, later on, Grusin’s business partner in several highly successful music ventures. In 1962, when Williams became the host of a TV variety show, Dave Grusin moved to Los Angeles to be his music director where the work of prominent film composers Henry Mancini and Andre Previn inspired him. In 1964, Dave Grusin wrote the score for the comedy Divorce American Style, the debut of a stellar career as a film composer, which includes eight Oscar nominations (he won the award in 1988 for “The Milagro Beanfield War”) and four Golden Globe nominations. His film credits include scores for much-loved films stretching back to the late 1960s through the '90s, from “The Graduate,” on to “On Golden Pond,” “Tootsie,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Havana,” and “The Firm.” His music for television has also received many accolades. With Larry Rosen, Dave Grusin formed a production company that evolved into the GRP label in 1976, an incubator for emerging artists such as Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Dave Benoit, and a forward-thinking outlet for groups such as Chick Corea's Electric Band, Spyro Gyra, The Yellow Jackets and others. His work as a recording artist and producer has resulted in more than 10 Grammy awards and many more nominations, including those for two classical projects with guitarist Lee Ritenour, which feature performances by Rene Fleming, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and others. Dave Grusin collaborated with an array of world-class jazz and popular musicians: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel, Bobby McFerrin, Earl Klugh, Diana Krall, Peggy Lee, Gerry Mulligan, Pul Simon and Clark Terry. Dave Grusin is an active clinician and lecturer, and a devoted advocate for music education, as well as mentor to aspiring composers. Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen cofounded the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians.

Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans more than five decades. Now in his 88th year, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career. Born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1923, Pressler fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and emigrated to Israel. Pressler’s world-renowned career was launched after he was awarded first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946. This was followed by his successful American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Eugene Ormandy.

Following nearly a decade of an illustrious and praised solo career, the 1955 Berkshire Music Festival saw Menahem Pressler’s debut as a chamber musician, where he appeared as pianist with the Beaux Arts Trio. This collaboration quickly established Pressler’s reputation as one of the world’s most revered chamber musicians. With Pressler at the Trio’s helm as the only pianist for nearly 55 years, the New York Times described the Beaux Arts Trio as “in a class by itself” and the Washington Post exclaimed that “since its founding more than 50 years ago, the Beaux Arts Trio has become the gold standard for trios throughout the world.” The 2007-2008 season was nothing short of bitter-sweet, as violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Antonio Meneses and Menahem Pressler took their final bows as the Beaux Arts Trio. Pressler continues to dazzle audiences throughout the world, both as piano soloist and collaborating chamber musician, including performances with the Juilliard, Emerson, American, and Cleveland Quartets, among many others.

For nearly 60 years, Menahem Pressler has taught on the piano faculty of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he currently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music as the Charles Webb Chair. Professor Pressler has been hailed as a “Master Pedagogue.” In addition to teaching his private students at Indiana University, he presents master classes throughout the world and continues to serve on the jury of many major international piano competitions.

Among his numerous honors and awards, Pressler has received honorary doctorates from the University of Nebraska, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts, six Grammy nominations, a lifetime achievement award from Gramophone magazine, Chamber Music America’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has also received the German Critics “Ehrenurkunde” award and been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, Pressler was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and in 2005, received two additional awards of international merit: the German President’s Deutsche Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Cross of Merit) First Class, Germany’s highest honor, and France’s highest cultural honor, the Commandeur in the Order of Arts and Letters award.

Larry Rosen has sustained a career as one the music industry’s most prominent producers and entrepreneurs. A Bronx native, he began his career as a teenager in the 1950s, as a drummer with the Newport Youth Band, a selective New York City student jazz band that performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, on the same stage as the giants of jazz --Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and many others. Larry Rosen enrolled at Manhattan School of Music to further his training, but was soon hired to tour with popular singer Andy Williams, where he met Dave Grusin, who became a lifelong friend and colleague. In 1967, Rosen encouraged Grusin to make his first albums as a jazz pianist. Larry Rosen’s talent and instincts as a producer led to form Grusin/Rosen Productions, which advanced the careers of many emerging popular and jazz artists, and in 1976, Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin formed their own record label GRP Records. Two years later, they produced the Dave Grusin album "Mountain Dance," the first digitally recorded non-classical album. Moving ahead of the large major labels, GRP launched the CD format in America, making the label a digital pioneer in the industry. GRP’s roster included the best established and new talent: Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, and Dave Grusin himself.

Larry Rosen has been the producer/executive producer of more than 350 albums; 33 of these received GRAMMY Awards, and many more were nominated. He also created several TV specials, notably the LEGENDS OF JAZZ series with Ramsey Lewis for PBS. Larry Rosen is currently producing “RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music”, a television series and educational performance program. In addition, Quincy Jones calls another of Rosen’s outstanding ventures, the JAZZ ROOTS program,“ the most important new concert and educational Jazz series in America.” JAZZ ROOTS has an ambitious purpose—keeping the spirit and practice of jazz alive. This successful series, launched in Miami in 2008, combines world-class jazz performances at arts centers across the country with jazz education and mentoring-style outreach programs to young students. Last summer, Larry Rosen launched the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition – The SASSY Awards, in a similar spirit.

Rosen is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award and the NARAS Governor's Award, and are on NARAS’s A&R/Producers’ Honor Roll. He has served on the boards of the most forward thinking- music education organizations: the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), Music for Youth Foundation (MYF), the Music Educators National Council (MENC), the Brubeck Institute, and University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Along with Dave Grusin, he co-founded the National Foundation for Jazz Education (NFJE), a philanthropic group that helps young jazz musicians.

Leonard Slatkin, the internationally acclaimed American conductor began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. In addition to his post at the DSO, he serves as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, an appointment which began in August of 2011. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008, and is the author of a new book entitled Conducting Business.

Following a 17-year appointment as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their Sommerfest; first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, an appointment he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In Great Britain he served as Principal Guest Conductor of both the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Royal Philharmonic, and was also Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974, Mr. Slatkin has led virtually all of the world’s leading orchestras including those of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, Minnesota and Philadelphia. European orchestras include the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk and all the prominent ensembles in Paris and London. He has also appeared on podiums throughout the Far East and is a regular guest at major summer festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Saratoga. Opera performances have taken him to many of the leading stages in the U.S. and abroad, including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Bastille, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Stuttgart Opera, and the Washington National Opera.

Leonard Slatkin's more than 100 recordings have been recognized with seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. He has recorded with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Saint Louis, Nashville and Chicago, as well as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and all of the major London orchestras as well as those in Munich, Paris, Lyon, Prague, Stockholm and Berlin.
Throughout his career, Mr. Slatkin has demonstrated a continuing commitment to arts education and to reaching diverse audiences. He was the founder, and for nine seasons director, of the National Conducting Institute, an advanced career development program for rising conductors. Mr. Slatkin also founded the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and he continues to work with student orchestras throughout the world. Mr. Slatkin has received many honors and awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Arts (the highest award given to artists by the United States Government), the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton for service to American music, ASCAP awards with both the National and Saint Louis Symphonies, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, and the prestigious Declaration of Honor in Silver from the Austrian ambassador to the United States for outstanding contributions to cultural relations. Mr. Slatkin is the Arthur R. Metz Foundation Conductor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and beginning with the 2007-2008 season, the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the American University. He has received honorary doctorates from many institutions including his alma mater, the Julliard School, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, his parents were the conductor-violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, founding members of the famed Hollywood String Quartet.

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Presidential Medals for Distinguished Faculty Service

David Geber, Vice President for Instrumental Performance at Manhattan School of Music, had his early musical training in Los Angeles, where he was raised in a family of professional cellists. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, from which he holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. His principal teachers included Claus Adam and Ronald Leonard. Mr. Geber has been the recipient of numerous cello and chamber music awards, including the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He has appeared as soloist at Tanglewood and Aspen, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. A strong supporter of new music, he has premiered numerous works for cello as well as varied chamber music combinations. As a founding member of the American String Quartet, he concertized with that ensemble for twenty-eight years, giving up to 100 annual concerts and performing regularly in most major musical centers of the world. In 2002, Mr. Geber retired from the Quartet, in order to direct more attention to music administration and teaching.

As Vice President for Instrumental Performance at Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Geber is responsible for all instrumental departments and related performance areas. A member of the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1984 and of the Precollege faculty since 2004, he also maintains summer teaching and performing affiliations with Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has recorded for Albany Records, Capstone Records, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, New World Records, Nonesuch Records, and RCA. Mr. Geber frequently gives recitals and master classes in North America and has adjudicated for major international string competitions including Bordeaux, Evian, and Naumburg. He is on the Board of Directors of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and the American Friends of Kronberg Academy. His cello is a rare G. B. Ruggieri, made in Cremona in 1667.

David Gilbert, resident conductor at Manhattan School of Music has been a faculty member since 1983. At MSM he has conducted many orchestral and opera performances, including the U.S. premiere of Martinu’s Mirandolina and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has led the New York premieres of Shostakovich’s The Nose and Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat; productions of Ned Rorem’s Miss Julie (released on Newport Classics), Busoni’s Arlecchino, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, and Britten’s Albert Herring (released on Vox); William Mayer’s A Death in the Family and the world premiere of Scott Eyerly’s The House of the Seven Gables (both released on the Albany label), as well as Robert Ward’s Roman Fever and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Seagull.

Formerly principal conductor of American Ballet Theatre, he has also been guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic and is currently music director of the Greenwich Symphony in Connecticut, the Bergen Philharmonic in New Jersey, and the Senior Concert Orchestra of New York. He spent two seasons as principal guest conductor at the Central Philharmonic in Beijing in 1980, the first American to hold such a post. After winning 1st prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors, Mr. Gilbert was assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1970 to 1979 and in 1976 was selected by Pierre Boulez to be chief assistant conductor for the Bayreuth Festival. Mr. Gilbert has also guest-conducted the Pittsburgh, Rochester, Nashville, Oakland, Louisville, and Lexington symphonies, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Pro Arte of Boston. His foreign engagements have included the Basel (Switzerland) Orchester Gesellschaft, the Seoul Philharmonic of Korea, the RAI Orchestra of Milan, Italy, and for three summers the International Piano Festival in Tenerife. In 2004 and 2006, Mr. Gilbert represented Manhattan School of Music as the United States judge for the Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy.

The President’s Medal for Distinguished Faculty Service

2012  Linda Chesis and John Pagano
2011 Mignon Dunn, mezzo-soprano; Nils Vigeland, composition
2010 Arkady Aronov, piano; Orin O’Brien, double bass
2009 Maitland Peters, Chair/Voice Department; Marc Silverman, Chair/Piano Dept.
2008 Toby Hanks, tuba; Solomon Mikowsky, piano
2007 Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean/Chair of Jazz Arts Program; Sylvia Rosenberg, violin
2006 Constance Colby, humanities; David Noon, composer/music history, 
former Dean of Academics and Students
2005 Joseph Robinson, oboe; Homer Mensch, double bass, Class of 1951
2004 Nathan Stutch, cello; Leonard Davis, viola
2003 Richard Elder Adams, former Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Class of 1961; 
Ursula Mamlok, composition, Class of 1958; Rosetta Goodkind, piano, Preparatory
2001 Stanley Bednar, violin, Class of 1954; Lucile Lawrence, harp
1998 Ludmila Ulehla, composition, Class of 1947 

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Founded in 1918, Manhattan School of Music is located on New York City’s Upper West Side, and is a preeminent international conservatory of music granting the postgraduate diploma, professional studies certificate and artist diploma, as well as degrees of bachelor of music, master of music, and doctor of musical arts degrees in classical music and jazz. Manhattan School of Music is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, and trains its students, who range in age from the precollege through the postgraduate level, in performance and composition. The School also provides a broad-based education in music theory, history and the humanities. More than 800 students attend the College Division, who come from more than 45 countries to study with MSM’s superb artist-teacher faculty of 250 professional musicians. Manhattan School of Music is also an active presenter of more than 400 public concerts, and its more than 10,000 alumni are active in every aspect of American musical life, and many are among the most illustrious artists performing in opera houses, concert halls, on jazz stages throughout the world today. 

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Manhattan School of Music 
Commencement Speakers and Honorary Doctorates
(since 1976)

Speakers  Honorary Doctorates 
2012 Alec Baldwin and Lang Lang  Alec Baldwin and Lang Lang
2011 Jessye Norman Jessye Norman and William R. Miller
2010 Anton Coppola Alan M. Ades, Anton Coppola, Angela Lansbury
2009  Thomas Hampson JoAnn Falletta, Thomas Hampson, Alex Ross
2008 Susan Graham Peter Seeger, Billy Joel, Susan Graham
2007 David A. Rahm Dave Brubeck and David A. Rahm
2006 Robert Mann Robert Mann and Marilyn Horne
2005 Claude Frank Marta Istomin and Claude Frank
2004  Ara Guzelimian  Sydney Harth and Constance Keen 
2003  None  Jon Faddis and Paul Gemignani 
2002  None  Dolora Zajick 
2001  None  Evgeny Kissin and Adele Addison 
2000  Ned Rorem  Ned Rorem 
1999  Martin E. Segal  Dianne Flagello and Martin E. Segal 
1998  Dr. David Noon  Ron Carter and Dawn Upshaw 
1997  None  Mstislav Rostropovich and Clark Terry 
1996  None  John Lewis and Julius Rudel 
1995  Wynton Marsalis  Wynton Marsalis and Susan Wadsworth 
1994  Catherine French  Gordon K. Greenfield and Kurt Masur 
1993  None  Harold Prince and Pinchas Zukerman
1992 Marta Istomin John Corigliano 
1991 Betty Allen Rose L. Augustine
1990 Peter C. Simon Josef Gingold and Max Roach
1989 Judith Arron The Honorable Richard Owen
1988 Gilbert E. Kaplan Alice Tully and Frances Hall Ballard
1987 Charles Wadsworth Gunther Schuller and Andres Segovia
1986 Jack Beeson  Dora Zaslavsky Koch
1985  The Honorable Richard Owen  Elmar Oliveira
1984 Frank E. Taplin Frank E. Taplin
1983  Dr. Joseph Polisi Avery Fisher
1982 Dr. James Sloan Allen Brigit Nilsson
1981 Margaret Hillis None 
1980 Martin Feinstein  William H. Borden
1979 Ezra Laderman Josephine C. Whitford
1978 Raymond Leppard None
1977 Michael Straight None
1976  John Crosby None


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