Joan's Closet

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"Joan's Closet" is a labor of love by Trustee Emerita Dr. Joan Taub Ades (HonDMA '14), giving current MSM students gently-used audition and recital gowns and outfits.

Providing our gifted young musicians with attire for auditions and recitals is so very important, enabling them to make a dazzling first impression upon a judge or audience. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Ades and so many others, hundreds of our students, each academic year, are provided with wardrobe essentials that are so vital to their musical careers.

We are delighted to announce the 13th Annual Joan’s Closet event, open exclusively to Manhattan School of Music students, will take place in MSM’s Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Performance Space in February of 2024.

In-kind donations made prior to January 30, 2024, will be included in the upcoming event.

The importance of the right choice of performance attire

When a future world-class musician at Manhattan School of Music is preparing for an audition or recital, what they wear is important when making a first impression upon a judge or audience. Depending on a performer’s discipline, attire can play a vital part in the total presentation.

We hope that you will consider helping Dr. Ades in her mission!

Joan’s Closet is looking for the following items:

  • dresses
  • gowns
  • dress shoes
  • shawls and wraps
  • accessories


Joan’s Closet featured on New York’s CBS2 October 2013, available online now.

Joan Ades has been featured as a “Donor of the Day” by The Wall Street Journal.

SLIDE SHOW: More than 200 MSM students benefit each year from "Joan's Closet."

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