June 15, 2020

Meet MSM Student Council’s Executive Board

Learn more about the five outstanding students serving on the Student Council Executive Board for the 2020-21 academic year!

ABOUT THE STUDENT COUNCIL

The Student Council is an organized group dedicated to enriching and supporting student life at Manhattan School of Music.

The Student Council serves as an advocate for students and student organizations, and sponsors many diverse and exciting events during the semester.

MEET THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
(Scroll down for their stories)

Chira Bell (BM ‘22), President
Abigail Dutler (BM ‘22), Vice President
Owen Storey (BM ‘21), Treasurer
Angelina Bush (BM ‘23), Secretary
Sofia Farrell (BM ‘23), Media and Communications

Are you interested in joining the Student Council?

Email: studentcouncil@msmnyc.edu

  • Chira Bell, President

    (BM ’22, Classical Voice)

Tell us about yourself and your position.

My name is Chira Bell, I am from Winchester, Virginia, and I am a junior in the Classical Voice program. I am so excited to take on being President of the Student Council this year and directing the course of action in supporting and advocating for all MSM Students!

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

In the next academic year, I am looking forward to working alongside the clubs to rebuild the Student Council. I plan to recreate Student Council’s relationship with other clubs, to make it easier for students to be involved in change, and to create a more equitable system of how Student Council is able to contribute to the community.

How are you making music or exercising creativity during this time?

During quarantine, I am staying musically active by intentionally practicing for 30 minutes daily and allowing myself to vocalize in different ways during my free time. I am always trying a new hobby to enhance my mind, like learning American Sign Language—or to connect with my classmates in a deeper way by writing letters.

  • Abigail Dutler, Vice President

    (BM ’22, Classical Voice)

Tell us about yourself and your position.

My name is Abigail Dutler, and I am a junior voice major. This is my second year on MSM Student Council’s executive board, and I will serve as Vice President for the 2020-21 school year.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

I’m super excited to (hopefully) be back on campus in the fall and enriching MSM’s community.

How are you making music or exercising creativity during this time?

A passion of mine is baking. I encourage myself to practice so afterwards I can make a delicious dessert!

  • Owen Storey, Treasurer

    (BM ’21, Jazz Bass)

Tell us about yourself and your position.

I’m Owen Storey, and I study Jazz Bass Performance here at MSM. I am the Treasurer for Student Council, and a big part of the job is coming up with creative ways to fundraise for Student Council, and ideally in ways that also provide services to the MSM student body. Moving forward, we’re hoping to focus on interacting more closely with the various clubs at MSM, so working on joint fundraising and event planning will also become part of my job.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

One of the things I’m most excited for next year is finding ways to keep people connected and engaged with their fellow students. I’m also a Resident Advisor for Andersen Hall, and in both Student Council and Residence Life, part of our goal is to organize events and programs to foster a sense of community. Given the current circumstances of the world, I think it will be an interesting challenge to connect people even when we are apart.

How are you making music or exercising creativity during this time?

This has been a rather difficult time for musicians of all kinds, and I personally gather a lot of my inspiration from being around and playing with my friends. However, it has also been a wonderful time for introspection, so I’ve been trying to train and develop my mind so that I can be the best version of myself. Our art is a reflection of ourselves, so I feel that self improvement and self care in a time like this is critical in my development as an artist.

  • Angelina Bush, Secretary

    (BM ’23, Classical Voice)

Tell us about yourself and your position.

My name is Angelina Bush, and I am a rising sophomore in the classical voice program. I am Secretary for the 2020-2021 academic year in Student Council. As secretary, I am in charge of taking notes during meetings, tracking attendance, and I am head of the Events Committee.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

I am excited to welcome the new class of freshmen in the fall and to get back to making wonderful music!

How are you making music or exercising creativity during this time?

During this time of insanity, I am turning to music to soothe my mind. I know that even when everything around me feels like it is falling apart, music will be there to comfort me.

  • Sofia Farrell, Media & Communications Liason

    (BM ’23, Classical Voice)

Tell us about yourself and your position.

My name is Sofia Farrell and I am a rising sophomore Classical Voice Major. Aside from music I enjoy fitness, traveling, reading, and painting. My position is Media and Communications Liaison. I am excited to use my creativity to cultivate engagement within the Manhattan School of Music student community through the positive use of social media.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

I am looking forward to continuing my music studies and taking new classes at MSM in the coming year. I gained so much insight into music during my freshman year thanks to my wonderful teachers. I have grown as an artist and can’t wait to see what this year brings.

How are you making music or exercising creativity during this time?

I continue to make music during this time by taking lessons with my private teacher. I have enjoyed exploring new repertoire and taking part in various music-related Zoom classes. With more time at home, I have taken the opportunity to explore watercolor painting. Art has always been a favorite hobby of mine and I am happy to have more time to devote to it now. Also, I have continued my studies in Italian language by enrolling in an online class at a school in Florence, Italy. It has been wonderful to virtually meet people from all over the world in this class!

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