MSM History

MSM Centennial Book

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This deluxe 304-page publication celebrating 100 Years of MSM history from 1918 – 2018 is available now!

The publication features treasures from the Manhattan School of Music Archives — some never before seen by the public — tracing the year-by-year history of the conservatory since it began in 1918, with more than 650 photos and scanned documents. This special publication is the most comprehensive document ever produced about MSM and is filled with historical details, anecdotes, and alumni reflections. Thousands of mentions of students, faculty, alumni, and guest performers are all carefully indexed for easy reference.

In spring 2020, the Centennial Book was recognized with two awards, winning a Grand Gold Award in the 2020 Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and a Silver Award in the 2020 Educational Advertising Awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 35th annual competition.

From the CASE judges:

“This book is stunning. The institution incorporated in-house talent in the design and invited their entire faculty to help in proofing. A teaser brochure announced that the book was coming, and a separate website was created to handle book sales, which are being used to offset the printing cost. The book has a soft-touch dust jacket, and the interior pages are on beautiful gloss stock with some sort of nice coating. This is a beautiful, well-written commemorative piece of an important New York City cultural institution. Bravo. Any higher-ed institution would be thrilled to show off such a book to showcase school history and accomplishments.”


To view select pages from the Centennial Book that illustrate the breadth of content and visuals, click here.

How to get your copy:

To purchase online (domestic only), click the add to cart button below and follow the prompts: $100 + $15 Priority shipping.

International shipping: please call the Campus Store directly at 917-493-4030.

Available for sale online or in person at the MSM Campus Store.
Store hours: Mon–Sat, 9:30 AM–4:30 PM; Closed Sunday
NOTE: Because of the pandemic, the public is not currently allowed access to the store; all orders will be mailed.


“This book has immediately become one of the treasures in my library and in my life! BRAVO for preserving MSM’s enormous legacy in this beautiful book.”

Pianist, educator, and long-time member of the Manhattan School of Music piano faculty

“This most impressive volume is an altogether brilliant documentation presented in the most attractive format, a dazzling accomplishment for this institution, from its modest beginnings to its present, impressive stature. It represents a colossal accomplishment, admirably achieved. I stand in awe… Tutti bravi!”

Distinguished Manhattan School of Music alumnus and long-time member of the School's conducting faculty

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