Alumni Advisory Council

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A vibrant group of active alumni who serve as ambassadors for the School.

The purpose of the Alumni Advisory Council is to serve both the needs of Manhattan School of Music and alumni with the overall goal of improving and developing greater connections among alumni and with the School.

Current Alumni Advisory Council Members

Louis Alexander, Chair

MM ’79, Musicology
Cambridge, MA and Berlin, Germany
Former Director of Alumni Education, MIT

Justin Bischof, Vice-Chair

BM ’90, Organ; MM ’92, Organ;  DMA ’98, Organ
New York, NY
Artistic Director & Conductor,
The Modus Opera & Orchestra;
International guest conductor & concert organist

Sharon Daley-Johnson

BM ’88, Violin; MM ’89, Music Education
Washington Heights, NY
Performing Arts Director, Riverside School for Makers and Artists;
Founder and Director Emeritus, Reaching for the Arts, Inc.

Dianne Danese Flagello

BM ’52, Percussion; MM ’52, Music Education; Hon. DMA ’99
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;
Piano Faculty, NYU/Steinhardt;
Steinway Artist

Captain Kenneth R. Force, USMS (Ret)
Honorary Council member
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

Helena Claesson Hallberg
MM ’20, Musical Theatre
Student Representative
New York, NY

Heather Hamilton

MM ’93, Piano Performance; MM ’95, Orchestral Piano
Fairfield, CT
Director of Music, Saugatuck Church, UCC;
Owner, Hamilton Music Services, Fairfield, CT

Yahan Liu
MM ’19, Piano
New York, NY
Asian Business Development Representative, Steinway & Sons

Eganam Segbefia

MM ’18, Trumpet
Bronx, NY
Freelance musician

Alexa Smith

MM ’10, Voice
New York, NY
Chief of Staff, Manhattan School of Music

Kathleen Suss

MM ’89, Voice
Old Greenwich, CT
Director, Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville, NY

Wendy Talio

BM ’83, Piano
Cortlandt Manor, NY
Independent Consultant, Marketing Data Analyst
Founder, Living Artist Society

Eric Umble

BM ’14, Clarinet; MM ’16, Clarinet
New York, NY
Founding Member, sTem ensemble

Michael Wang
BM ’22, Jazz Percussion
Student Representative
Los Altos, CA

Past Alumni Council Members

Richard Adams
Mercedes Alicea
Gail Archer
Alexandra Bacon
Phyllis Beeson Susen Barbash (deceased)
Paul Beck
Blanche Heisler Blitstein
Darrin Blumfield
Marc Chazaud
Barron Coleman
Salvatore Di Vittorio
Brenda Earle
Anna Gabriel
Kathleen Hegierski
Andrea Huber
Dennis Jeter III
Michael Kaplan
Irwin Katz
Richard Kessler
Jonathan Klibonoff
Doris Konig
Cornelius Claudio Kreusch
Esther Lee
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 (deceased)
Elizabeth R. Van Arsdel
Jacqueline Venable
Lola Cummings Weiss

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