May 24, 2022

A ceremony to celebrate MSM Doctor of Musical Arts graduates and Commencement Award recipients

On May 17, MSM Doctor of Musical Arts graduates and MSM Commencement Award recipients were celebrated in a special ceremony in Greenfield Hall.

At the event, hosted by Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs, students receiving their Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree this year were hooded by MSM President James Gandre. Dean of Students Monica Christensen stood in for Jeffrey Langford, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Chair of the Music History Department, who was unable to be at the ceremony.

Happily, some members of the DMA class of 2020 were also able to join this year’s ceremony. This year marked the first in-person commencement ceremony for MSM since May 2019.

Nearly two dozen awards were presented at the ceremony to graduating students who have made exceptional contributions to the School and to the student body during their time at Manhattan School of Music.

Congratulations to this year’s newly hooded Doctor of Musical Arts and Commencement Award recipients!

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Zuoliang Liu (DMA '22), Classical Flute

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Longfei Li (DMA '22), Classical Composition

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Alexander Liebermann (DMA '22), Classical Composition

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Chung Yoo (DMA '22), Classical Clarinet

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Yinfei Wang (DMA '22), Classical Piano

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Soyoung Choe (DMA '20), Classical Piano

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Phoebe Roberton (DMA '22), Classical Flute

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Nickolas Kaynor (DMA '22), Classical Viola

2022 Hooding for Doctor of Musical Arts Candidates
Yan Li (DMA '22), Classical Piano

2022 Commencement Awards

These awards, presented by Provost Joyce Griggs and President James Gandre, are given to outstanding students in the MSM Community.

Ripley Lucas-Tagliani (BM '20, MM '22) receiving The Stan Sesser Career Award in Voice from President Gandre

Gabriel Garcia (MM '22) and José Eduardo Muñoz (MM '22) recipients of The Jan Williams Award for Composition/Contemporary Performance Collaboration

Seth Schultheis (BM '22), Classical Piano recipient of The Harold Bauer Award

Quinton Cain (BM '22), Jazz Percussion recipient of The William H.Borden Award

Alexander Liebermann (DMA '22), Classical Composition recipient of The Saul Braverman Award

Alan M. Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition Winners, left to right: Jouelle Roberson (PS '22), Rosario Armas (BM '20, MM '22), Jasmine Ismail (MM '21, PS '22), and The Stan Sesser Career Award in Voice recipient, Yuhui Yang (PS '22)

Maïthéna Girault (BM '20, MM '22), Classical Violin recipient of The Raphael Bronstein Award

Tyler Woodbury (MM '22), Orchestral Tuba, recipient of The John Clark Award

Andrew Angelos (BM '20, MM '22), Orchestral Horn recipient of The Cecil Collins Award

Hengyi Ye (MM '22), Classical Piano recipient of The Roy M. Rubinstein Award

Carlos Martinez Arroyo (BM '22), Classical Violin recipient of The Helen Airoff Dowling Award

Longfei Li (DMA '22), Classical Composition recipient of The Nicolas Flagello Award

Daniel Espinal (BM '22), Vocal Arts recipient of The Richard F. Gold Career Grant

Yule Han, left, (MM '22), Classical Composition and Thomas Palmer, right, (MM '22), Classical Composition recipients of The Carl Kanter Prize, with Danielle Jagelski, middle, (MM '22), Conducting recipient of The Provost's Award for Academic Excellence

Wenbo Xin (MM '22), Classical Violin recipient of The Hugo Kortschak Award 

Left to right: Daniel Espinal (BM '22), Vocal Arts, Chira Bell (BM '22), Vocal Arts recipient of The Janet D. Schenck Award, Adja Thomas (BM '22), Vocal Arts recipient of The Provost's Award for Academic Excellence, and Anna Maria Vacca (BM '22), Vocal Arts recipient of The Josephine C. Whitford Award

Andrew O'Brien (BM '22), Musical Theatre recipient of The Provost's Award for Academic Excellence