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Rebecca Charnow, Associate Dean for Career Readiness and Community Impact

Chris Vaughn, Associate Director of Career Readiness and Community Impact


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Rebecca Charnow, Associate Dean For Career Readiness and Community Impact

Rebecca Charnow is Manhattan School of Music’s Associate Dean for Career Readiness and Community Impact. Dean Charnow also oversees the School’s dual degree program with Teachers College Columbia University. Since 2000, she has taught a variety of teaching artist training courses at Manhattan School of Music, including “Musician as Educator”,  “Fundamentals of Music Education”, “Arts & Education Training”, “Arts-in-Education & The Virtual Classroom”, and “Community Outreach for Musicians.” She also designs and oversees arts partnerships with local medical and social service organizations, particularly for neurodiverse and elderly populations. These programs focus on the challenges of isolation and loneliness amongst these groups and how the arts can be therapeutically utilized to forge social connections and as a creative outlet.

Dean Charnow directed MSM Summer at Manhattan School of Music for eighteen years. She has been a guest speaker at the New Zealand School of Music, Kobe College School of Music, Teachers College Columbia University, The Juilliard School, and the MENC National Conference. Dean Charnow received her BA cum laude in music from Binghamton University and her MA in music education plus New York State K-12 teacher certification from Teachers College Columbia University.

Chris Vaughn, Associate Director of Career Readiness and Community Impact

Chris Vaughn has worked extensively in graphic and web design in NYC and internationally, producing content for a range of clients, from startups to the American Institute of Architecture (AIANY), to his most recent work with Integral Ad Science, an industry leader in Ad Tech Verification. As a front-end developer, he assisted Emerging New York architects (ENYA) in producing internationally recognized and award-winning design competitions for graduating architects. As a freelance designer and marketing consultant, he has helped actors, theatre companies, restaurants, and entrepreneurs in further developing their online branding.

Active as an actor and baritone vocalist, he most recently performed as part of The Lobby Project for New York City Center Encore’s Off-Center concert of Michael Friedman’s Gone Missing. Other performances range from the NYGASP production of The Mikado to the 25th Anniversary national tour of Forever Plaid. Originally from upstate New York, he studied Musical Theatre at The Hartt School of Music.

At MSM, his key responsibilities include running the CME office, management of part-time and student employees, and continued enhancement of the CME’s day to day operations, through further online integration. In addition, he facilitates entrepreneurial coaching, and provides administrative support for the Center’s range of academic offerings (courses and Setting the Stage workshops, including collaborations with many departments), Musician Referral services, resource sharing, entrepreneurial coaching and career advising with students and alumni.

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