Alumni

Alumni Council

Created with Sketch.

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

The purpose of the Alumni 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 Council Members


Justin Bischof, 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


Wendy Talio, Vice-Chair

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

John Blanchard, Interim Alumni Staff Liaison
MM ’89

Elaine Alvarez
BM ’02, MM ’04


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


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.

David Eisenbach
Faculty Representative

Michael Fahie
MM ‘02


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


Heather Hamilton

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

Savannah Harris
MM ‘19

Brian Holman
MM ’04

Shelen Hughes, Student Representative
MM ’20

Eunbi Kim
MM ’12


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

Christopher Nappi
BM ’86, MM ’88

Penny Prince
BM ’74, MM ’76

Shannyn Rinker
MM ’20

Jeffrey Scott
BM ’90


Eganam Segbefia

MM ’18, Trumpet
Bronx, NY
Freelance musician

Chandler Sinks, Student Representative


Alexa Smith

MM ’10, Voice
New York, NY
Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President for Special Initiatives, Manhattan School of Music

Past Alumni Council Members

Richard Adams
Louis Alexander
Mercedes Alicea
Gail Archer
Alexandra Bacon
Phyllis Beeson Susen Barbash (deceased)
Paul Beck
Blanche Heisler Blitstein
Darrin Blumfield
Marc Chazaud
Barron Coleman
Anthony de Mare
Salvatore Di Vittorio
Brenda Earle
Dianne Danese Flagello
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
Kathleen Suss
Barbara Tischler
Marilyn (Teitler) Tyler (deceased)
Eric Umble
Elizabeth R. Van Arsdel
Jacqueline Venable
Michael Wang
Lola Cummings Weiss

MSM Leadership

Alumni Pages

Alumni Home
Alumni Network Login
Alumni News
Alumni Benefits
Events
Transcripts & Diplomas
Get Involved
Alumni Council
Alumni Awards
Visit MSM