Alumni Advisory Council

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A vibrant group of active alumni who serve in a leadership capacity as ambassadors to the School.

The purpose of the Alumni Advisory Council is to develop and promote alumni initiatives to enrich, inspire, and strengthen the lifelong bond between alumni and the School.

Current Alumni Advisory Council Members

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

Justin Bischof, Council Vice-Chair
BM ’90, MM ’92, DMA ’98, Organ
New York, NY
Artistic Director & Conductor, Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City;
International guest conductor & concert organist

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

Sharon Daley-Johnson
BM ’88, Violin; MM ’89, Music Education
Washington Heights, NY
Performing Arts Director, Museum Magnet School;
Founder and Director Emeritus, Reaching for the Arts, Inc.

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;
Piano Faculty, NYU/Steinhardt;
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
Vice Chair, New York City Master Chorale

Eganam Segbefia
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, Living Artists Society;
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 Gabriel
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