“The Insects Became Magnetic” is scored for orchestra and electronics, and is a commission by the LA Philharmonic. Leading the orchestra is Roderick Cox, who was guest conductor for MSM’s Centennial Opening Day Celebration concert in Sept. 2018.
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The November issue of Jazziz magazine spotlights Stefon’s latest release Sonic Creed, recorded with his band Black Out. Music from the album is featured on the Jazziz playlist, “Music From The Magazine.”
Jingping He has been studying with Linda Chesis, as a student in MSM’s Orchestral Performance Program.
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The great trumpeter, educator composer, and educator is renowned for both his playing, and for his expertise in the field of music education. He’s playing two sets at this prestigious jazz club at Lincoln Center with his quartet, JFQ.
The album includes classical and popular works by composer George Gershwin with an essay by American music expert Joseph Horowitz. Kirill discusses the inspiration for the album in an interview with Susan Lewis of WRTI, Philadelphia’s public radio classical and jazz station.
Seohee Choi studies with flutist Robert Langevin at MSM, as a student in MSM’s graduate degree program, the Orchestral Performance program.
Recorded with Jim Ridl, Lorin Cohen, and Samvel Sarkisyan, the album is Locke’s 30th as band leader. The quartet is performing at Boston’s famous Scullers Jazz Club on Nov. 17; Locke joined fellow vibraphonists Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, and Joel Ross for a conversation in the November issue of JazzTimes.
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A music history and jazz composition faculty member at MSM since 1984, Mr. Green spoke on the technical subject of hypermeter, part of what he calls “The Joyful Artistry of The Beatles,” looking at songs such as “Love Me Do,” and “Yesterday,” and relating them to compositions by Little Richards, Burt Bacharach and Carole King. The conference was sponsored by Monmouth University in New Jersey.
The MSM students and alum make up nearly half of the 15 singers advancing from the MET Opera Council Eastern Division Auditions.
They are: sopranos Anna Dugan (MM ’16), Alaysha Fox (BM ’13, MM ’15), Stephanie Jabre (MM ’15) and Carolina López Moreno (MM ’20); tenors Joseph Trancredi (BM ’19) and WooYoung Yeon (MM ’17), and bass William Guanbo Su (BM ’17). Tenor Michael Anderson (BM ’14, MM ’16) received an Encouragement Award. The next set of auditions take place Feb. 6, 2019.
The MSM alumnus performs the lead role at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées in Paris on Dec 10, and in Caen, France at the Théâtre de Caen, France Nov 9- 11, followed by solo performances in Italy, Germany, Hungary and Australia. The Trinadad and Tobago native is interviewed in the Caribbean Beat.
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The critically-acclaimed album is nominated in the Classical Music Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category in the preliminary ballot. The official Grammy nominations will be announced on Dec. 5; the award ceremony takes place on Feb 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.
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The ASQ, including MSM faculty member cellist Wolfram Koessel, presents a special program of music and poetry that “examines the effects of war on people, their hearts, and their minds.” The quartet worked closely on the production with Academy Award-winning author and poet Tom Sleigh, and US Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, who is now a New York Times bestselling author.
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Classic Lyric Arts, headed by MSM faculty member Glenn Morton, is a non-profit that supports developing young opera singers, through immersive language and cultural experiences offered in France or Italy each summer.
Aaron first came to MSM at 16 as a Cole Porter Fellow, to study with noted pianist Kenny Barron. At 18, he was invited to join the band of veteran trumpeter Terence Blanchard, recording four albums with him (Terence joined MSM’s Artistic Board of Advisors in 2018). Little Big is Aaron Parks’ second album as a band leader, following 2008’s Invisible Cinema (Blue Note).
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The highly prestigious Alder Fellowship program offers advanced coaching, as well as performance opportunities with the San Francisco Opera. Currently a resident artist of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, SeokJong will begin his residency with the SFO in January 2019.
Dedicated to renowned composer George Crumb, the album features Crumb’s Makrokosmos I and II. Fabio met Crumb in August to prepare for the album, describing it as “one of the best experiences of my life.” The official launch takes place Nov. 26 in Madrid.
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Currently an assistant professor of jazz lead trumpet at the University of North Texas, Tanya has performed and toured with well-known jazz ensembles and artists, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie Orchestra, the Ron Carter Great Big Band, and more.
The film, exploring the history of Blue Notes Records and its impact on jazz history, is executive produced by award-winning Wim Wenders, and directed by Eric Friedler, one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers in Germany.
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Marchettini has written Aere perEnnius to honor Morricone, who has composed more than 500 film and TV scores, 100 classical works, and music for artists ranging from Paul Anka to Andrea Bocelli. His 90th birthday celebration brings together four generations of composers at Rome’s Teatro Palladium.
The newest project from critically-acclaimed guitarist Jake Hertzog, is a unique fusion of the classical and the jazz world.
Peformances take place Nov. 29, Dec. 1, and 2 at New York City’s The Flea Theatre. Alumna Alexa Smith (MM ’10) recently joined New Camerata Opera’s Board of Directors!
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A member of the American Pianists Association, Billy will give a short interview followed by a performance.
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A multi-award-winning interpreter of opera and modern song, J’Nai has sung in many of the world’s greatest opera houses, including the San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Los Angeles Opera.
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Connor Cheek (Musical Theatre, BM ’20) (left) and Jahari Stampley (Jazz Piano, BM ’21) have been awarded this prestigious scholarship. It’s funded by Jay and Joan Morgenstern in honor of the memory of their daughter, Fran Morgenstern Davis.
A winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and a major presence in New York’s jazz scene, Ted Rosenthal uses musical idioms of the 1930s and 1940s in this poignant retelling of his family history set in wartime Germany and Chicago. Performance dates and venue to be announced soon.
Matt Wong’s arrangement of North of the Sunset is featured in the set list of Jazz at Lincoln Center Plays Monk, Oct. 25 to 27. Matt is a winner of the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Composition.
The award-winning vibraphonist talks about his latest album Sonic Creed, recorded with his band Blackout, and discusses what’s important to him as an educator.
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Alison is pursuing a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance at MSM, studying with flutist Robert Langevin.
Malea is a film producer, actor, singer, songwriter, and musician who played the role of Tuptim in the Broadway revival of “The King and I” and is known for her 2014 single “Give”, which reached the top of Billboard Dance Club Charts. Malea also executive produced the film Modern American Artists (2017), which won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival.
As a music director and conductor, Jorge Parodi is regarded as one of Astor Piazzolla’s top interpreters. The production runs Oct. 22, 26, and Nov. 2 at the Poisson Rouge.
Nell Flanders will serve as cover conductor for PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, and be an integral member of the PSO artistic team.
Marie-France Lefebvre (MM ’90) is returning to the Metropolitan Opera this season for Pelléas et Mélisande as prompter and French diction coach and also pianist and diction coach for La Fille du Régiment. She continues work as Professor of Opera/Coaching at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Based primarily in Toronto, Cervini is a drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who is an active member of six groups. He also manages a music publicity business with a growing roster of artists.
Robert Mann taught for many years at Manhattan School of Music, and is the founder of the Robert Mann Institute that takes place at MSM each January. Applications due Nov 1!
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The violinist is making social change through her family’s music school in Chinatown, NYC. The 35-year-old activist hopes to turn it into a community gathering place.
“My parents would have rather I had come back for a cushy job and a steady income,” she says. “I came back thinking of their business as fertile ground for civic change.”
Considered one of the most prolific bassists in jazz, MSM faculty member and alumnus Ron Carter performs with his Great Big Band, the Ron Carter Quartet, and his Golden Striker Trio during the 3-week celebration. Among the special guest performers with the Ron Carter Quartet, MSM alumnus Jimmy Greene (DMA ’18).
The countertenor, actor, and produce — and member of MSM’s Artistic Advisory Board — will be honored at the 2019 Musical America Awards at Carnegie Hall.
“As an opera singer in today’s world, you can’t just sing your roles well,” he says. “You have to be a creative spirit and a driving force.”
An MSM alumnus, Stefon Harris (BM ’95, MM ’97), discusses his new album and his leadership role at MSM in the November issue.
Playing with Ease (Oxford University Press) is a book about ergonomic technique for the guitar, and other instruments. Leisner introduces the basic anatomy of movement, gives advice on relieving unnecessary tension, pioneering ideas about engaging large muscles, and tips for practicing and concert preparation.
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Fisher, a New Zealand native, is a composer and violinist studying with composer/performer Susan Botti. She’s featured for her recent work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
An integral part of the NYC jazz scene, Svetlana has worked with some of the best living jazz musicians, and toured the United States with her band.
Olga Kern is replacing the VAF’s founding director of chamber music programming, MSM faculty memberAndré-Michel Schub, who curated programs and performed at the festival for 22 years.
A commission from Judd Greenstein of Manhattan’s Ecstatic Music Festival and Kate Nordstrum of St. Paul’s Liquid Music Series, the album is a study in contrasts combining contemporary classical wilding alongside deconstructed hip-hop, with bursts of left-field jazz, funk, spoken word, and soul.
The Library of Congress Kussevitzky Foundation commissioning program awards well-established composers and groups with a record of excellence in contemporary music performance.
Raja is the musical half of internationally renowned Vegas magic act Jarrett & Raja and will also be recording his first solo piano album later this year on label Sono Luminus.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Manhattan School of Music student Alexandra Lee performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op. 47 with The Senior Concert Orchestra of New York.
The Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship is a comprehensive post-graduate program designed to increase diversity in American orchestras.
MSM Precollege and College alumna Karen Geer and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York program she leads are profiled in the Epoch Times. The non-profit is at the forefront of grooming the next generation of musicians. Geer “has watched kids go from not knowing how to play anything, to performing an outstanding piece at shows at Carnegie Hall and beyond.”
Scales-Neubauer studied with MSM faculty member and former NY Philharmonic Concertmaster Glen Dicterow. She is an active performer, teacher and music education advocate in Tulsa, OK.
Pianist Anna Petrova (BM ’09, MM ’11, DMA ’16) formed the Carr-Petrova Duo with NYC-based violist Molly Carr in 2005. Their project “Novel Voices” raises awareness about the refugee crisis, and how music can affect social change. Collaborators include MSM alum composer Fernando Arroyo García Lascurain (BM ’09 and MM ’11).
Performer, teacher and clinician Jeffrey Kaye is both principal trumpet and Artistic Director of The Symphonia in Boca Raton, FL.
“Sands possesses pianistic technique in abundance, but it perfectly matches his conception. His use of understatement accomplishes a much deeper musical goal.”
“Vijay Gupta is a social justice advocate and violinist who is forging effective pathways to bring music to the marginalized and establishing new possibilities for social connection and support.”
MacArthur Fellows receive a $625,000 award encouraging them to continue to innovate, take risks, and pursue their creative vision.
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Joel Frahm (BM ’92) of Dafnis Prieto Big Band: Best Latino Jazz/Jazz Album Back To The Sunset
Allison Brewster Franzetti (BM ’77) Best Classical Music Album Buenos Aires Noir
Pedro Giraudo (DMA ’00) Best Tango Album Vigor Tanguero
Congratulations to Joseph Kelly (BM ’13, MM ’15) now Assistant Timpani/Section Percussion of the TSO.
Violinist Dasol Jeong (PS ’17) joins the symphony in January 2019.
Principal cellist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since 2016, Parrales is an active educator and performer in Jackson, MS.
The LA-based singer, songwriter and vocal producer and MSM alum explains how to not run out of breath when singing a long phrase.
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The feature discusses everything from how he got his start to his lessons with fellow MSM graduate Ambrose Akinmusire (BM ’05) and beyond.
The two-year fellowship awarded to Tamara Winston, currently a MSM Professional Studies Certificate candidate, will help prepare her for a career that combines performance with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
The residency is an extension of the CSO’s Classical Roots outreach program, and highlights leading Black artists who embody world-class artistry, innovation and commitment to education and community engagement. Kelly is the founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, a program which has brought more than 100 chamber music performances to homeless shelters in New York City and Los Angeles.
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“As a young composer, I cherished the guidance of those who helped me grow as an artist, and so over the years, music education has evolved to be a major focus for me.”
Joanna Lau, flutist and violinist, previously won MSM’s Precollege concerto competition and is a senior at Herrick High School. The award is presented by Long Island Arts Alliance.
A large part of the sales of Sanabria’s new Latin jazz reworking of Leonard Berstein’s masterpiece West Side Story will provide housing and medical expenses to Puerto Rican musicians who lost their homes, performance venues, recording equipment, and instruments.
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The exhibit showcases the range of work that the musician, composer and artist has explored, from his own sculptural pieces and collaborations with visual artists, to musical performances. Organized by the Walker Art Center.
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In an interview with Louisiana’s leading newspaper, Micarelli explains how at MSM, she was exposed to music from Led Zeppelin to Coltrane and Miles Davis, having previously only listened to classical music. Combining her classical training and musical curiosity has led to an exciting career encapsulating classical, jazz, rock and more.
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Federico Jusid is an award-winning composer for film and TV known for Best Foreign Language Academy Award-winner The Secret in their Eyes, Escobar and a string of other productions. Life Itself is reviewed in the New York Times, and Federico speaks to Mandy.com about his career and advice for composers.
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The 2018-19 season will mark Alan Stewart’s first full season with the ensemble. At Manhattan School of Music he studied with MSM Percussion Department Chair Christopher Lamb, faculty member Duncan Patton, and consultant She-e Wu.
Tong Tong, student of Heasook Rhee, won the 3rd prize at the respected 2018 Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona-Mantova, Italy, with cellist Christing Junghyun Lee. The pair entered the contest as the Lee-Tong Duo.
Alumnus Abdiel Vázquez won 1st Prize, ex aequo in the performance category at the WPTA Argentina IPC FVT 2018 (World Piano Teachers Association, Argentina International Piano Competition).
Yuting Zhou (MM ’16) (in photo), current MSM DMA candidate, was awarded second prize. Abdiel and Yuting will perform at the Awards Gala Concert at the Salón Dorado of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires on September 14, and the World Piano Conference at the Beethoven Foundation Auditorium in Buenos Aires on October 18.
A 2015 performance by Carolyn Enger is featured in Frederick Wiseman’s film Ex Libris – The New York Public Library airing on PBS stations in September.
The Canadian conductor was a cello performance student before studying conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.
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Matthew has been named principal harpist with the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. He is also the principal harpist of the Vancouver Symphony and Boise Philharmonic, and serves as first call second Harpist with the Oregon Symphony. Matthew resides in Oregon where he teaches at the University of Portland and at Reed College.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to F. Paul Driscoll about his double-sided career as singer and producer.
Born in Bialystok, Poland, Marcelina Suchocka is a graduate of MSM’s Orchestral Performance Program. She’s performed as an extra/substitute percussionist with the Chicago Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Utah Symphony, and was an Associate Percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Located in Miami, the New World Symphony is America’s Orchestral Academy, preparing highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. Marcelina is the fourth-ever female Percussion Fellow at NWS.
Amy is thrilled to be part of the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel! She’s covering and performing the roles of Nettie (alternating with Renée Fleming) and Julie.
The World Opera Competition was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover the best young opera singers of today. Finals take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 2.
A vocalist and pianist, Mr. Sun is a former vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music, and will be joining the Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program this fall.
The string quartet won first prize in Chamber Music at the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Chamber Music Competition in Harbin, China. They also major prize winners at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
The couple, who met as students at Manhattan School of Music, are featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican “This Couple is on Fire.”
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“Legacy: A Musical Indictment” wins the NYMF Award of Excellence Best of the Festival: Reading. Book, music, and lyrics by November Christine (David Gabriel Learner, center.)
“Educator Dawn Upshaw brings a unique perspective on performing and a passion for sharing her experiences to her mission of shaping aspiring singers.”
Recent MSM graduate Tian Zhao (BM’16 & OPMM ’18) is excited about this opportunity with the respected Singapore Symphony.
“This week on the Young Artists Showcase, we will hear music from a variety of talented students in the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division. After the more symphonic fare of Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave and Kabalevsky’s “Youth” Piano Concerto, we’ll turn to the chamber music of Malcolm Arnold, Beethoven and Brahms”
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Alexander Rohatyn was a top prizewinner at the competition held in Carnegie Hall. He expressed gratitude to his cello teacher at MSM, Marion Feldman, as well as to the late conductor, Jonathan Strasser.
Alumna Barbara Lynne Jamison begins her tenure on August 15.