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Student Organizations at Manhattan School of Music are designed to give students an opportunity to build leadership and interpersonal skills, while contributing to the Manhattan School of Music community.
Each student organization works with the Student Engagement Office, and is organized by students with common interests. Students are invited to initiate and register their group with the Office at the start of each academic year. Groups are open to full-time Manhattan School of Music students in good standing.
The purpose of the Black Student Union is to provide a sense of unity, support, and cooperation among the black students at Manhattan School of Music. In addition, this organization will provide educational and social opportunities for the entire Manhattan School of Music community to come together to learn about and celebrate the rich heritage, history, and contributions of persons of African ancestry. This will be done by sponsoring cultural activities and educational workshops relating to African heritage and culture. All Manhattan School of Music students are welcome.
Student Leaders: Imani Duhe, President
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Michele Wright, Assistant Director of Jazz Arts
Do Good is a student organization that intends to gather people of the same interest to offer our talents and time to the community around us. The goal of the organization is to connect with the community around MSM and give back by offering our time and energy through service projects of varying kinds. The organization has held clothing and food drives, participated in park clean-ups, performed at healthcare facilities, and sponsored a hair donation drive. Through these acts of service the group strives to connect with people outside of MSM and strengthen the sense of community within MSM.
Student Leader: Veronica Mak
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Manly Romero, Performance Librarian & Administrative Director of the Contemporary Performance Program
This student organization is for students interested in immersive experiences abroad focused on service. This group has volunteered in Costa Rica twice – doing childcare with children from 3-6 years old on their first trip and working on a coffee farm on their second trip. The trip takes place annually, during the second week of MSM Spring Recess.
Student Leader: currently unfilled
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Crystal Wilson, Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Coordinator of Disability Services
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a community of students from different cultural and religious backgrounds drawn together by a common interest in exploring the Christian faith and its relation to all of life. IVCF is a campus ministry that encourages honest, thoughtful exploration of spiritual issues through hospitable small group Bible studies, large group gatherings, and off-campus retreats. IVCF at MSM strives to hold weekly meetings and one larger event per month where they will present speakers to share about the intersection of faith, life, and music.
Student Leader: Win Yan Alison Kwok
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Mark Stambaugh, Acting Composition Chair
The mission of It Stops Here is to spread knowledge and awareness about sexual assault and harassment. This student organization will host meetings to share resources, discuss current events, and brainstorm ways to education the community about sexual assault and harassment. The group will organize events, maintain a social media presence, and post educational flyers around campus.
Student Leader: Elizabeth Baxely
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Laura Sametz, Musical Theatre
The Chess Club provides a fun and relaxed environment for chess players at MSM, whether they are a new beginner or a seasoned expert. Meet-ups to play games are held once a week.
Student Leader: Will Hopkins
Staff/Faculty Advisor: John Pagano
The goal of the MSM Polar Bearz is to get students of all majors involved in the sport of basketball. The group is open to students of all experience levels interested in the game.
Student Leader: Jose Velazquez
MFaBW is the student committee in charge of organizing the annual Music for a Better World fundraising concert. Each year the committee chooses a different cause to advocate for, using the concert as the main fundraising event for the selected organization. In the past the group has raised funds for The JED foundation and for the Westside Campaign Against Hunger.
Student Leader: Adam Goldstein
Staff/Faculty Advisor: currently unfilled
The Ping Pong Club aspires to help students have some fun playing ping pong together. The PPC will host tournaments, play games often, and teach anyone how to play!
Student Leader: Tae McLoughlin
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Matt Ward, Percussion Department Operations Manager
QueerPBS offers a safe space for people of all cultures and identities to freely discuss ideas and work towards making the community at large a better, more compassionate place. The group strives to bridge gaps between queer and non-queer peoples, assess the needs of the community and fulfill those needs, fundraise for charities and organizations that align with the group’s mission, and HAVE FUN building a community together at MSM. All LGBT Manhattan School of Music students and allies are welcome.
Student Leader: Joseph Grosso
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Jessica Ferrell, Manager of HR Systems
The MSM Student Council is the school’s largest group, whose mission is to provide a forum and voice for the student body at large. The Council works to enrich the MSM student experience through providing opportunities for engagement and leadership development. The council is comprised of representatives from all majors offered at MSM. The Council sponsors many diverse events during the year, including social activities and discussion forms. The council is open to all students – any enrolled student is welcome to participate in the Council as a member at large.
Student Leader: Ryan Sujdak, President
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Viva Ye, Student Engagement Graduate Intern
Student Council email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ultimate Frisbee Club is a student team that regularly plays ultimate Frisbee. The club aims to promote the game of ultimate Frisbee within the school, while giving students a physical outlet.
Student Leader: Ryan Sujdak
Staff/Faculty Advisor: currently unfilled
The Veg Society is an inclusive group for vegetarians, vegans, and veg allies (people who like to be healthy and are curious.) The group bring together like minded students to enjoy food, learn and grow together. The group aims to encourage more people to give veganism a try.
Student Leader: Melissa Lubars
Staff/Faculty Advisor: Anne Shikany, Assistant to Artistic Director, Opera Studies
Vocés Unidas is a Latino and Hispanic group meant to spread and bolster Latin culture within the MSM community. The group aims to make the MSM community more aware of Latin and Hispanic cultural roots.
Student Leader: Joel Roches
If you’re interested in starting a new group we invite you to obtain a registration form in the Office of Student Engagement, room 120 in the School. A student must have completed one full semester at MSM before initiating the creation of a new student organization. New student organizations are approved and funded on an annual basis.
Private clubs or organizations of any nature that are not specifically supervised by a member of Manhattan School of Music’s administrative staff are not allowed to actively recruit MSM students.
The School reserves the right to take action against a student group for conduct prohibited by the School’s standards of personal and group conduct. Such acts of misconduct by students engaged in organized activities of registered student organizations, whether committed on or off campus, are subject to disciplinary action. An organized activity is any activity that is conducted under the auspices, sponsorship, or supervision of a registered student organization.
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