April 7, 2023

MSM Precollege welcomes four new faculty members for academic year 2023–2024

MSM Precollege is Manhattan School of Music’s pre-conservatory training program for talented musicians aged 5 to 18 held on Saturdays during the school year.

We warmly welcome four new Precollege faculty members, who will begin teaching at MSM in academic year 2023–24:

Benjamin Bowman, Violin

Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


American-Canadian violinist Benjamin Bowman is the Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera. He is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and until 2017 he was also Concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

Nicole Johnson, Cello

Special Music School faculty


Cellist Nicole Johnson enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, and educator. For 12 years, she was the cellist of the internationally acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet. She is on the cello faculty at the Special Music School.

Jungwon Yoon, Violin

Distinguished violin pedagogue


Jungwon Yoon, violin, is an exceptional pedagogue. Her students regularly go on to win national and international competitions and perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, as well as regularly gaining admission to the world’s premier music conservatories on scholarships.

Julia Choi, Violin

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


Ms. Choi joined the First Violins of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2019. Prior to her appointment with the Met, she appeared in performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and as Guest Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

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