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Explore Recent News and Success Stories about MSM Students, Alumni, and Faculty.

  • Jan 13, 2024Brass

    Recent MSM graduate Jude Morris named principal trombone for the New Hampshire Symphony

    Jude Morris (BM ’23) studied classical tenor trombone at MSM with Per Brevig. In January, he was named principal trombone for the New Hampshire Symphony.

    “He nailed the blind audition,” the symphony’s Executive Director Deanna Hoying told the local publication Manchester Link in New Hampshire.

    “It was apparent from the first note that whoever was behind that screen was the one we wanted,” she said. Jude also received unanimous approval from the selection committee.

    This is Jude Morris’ first professional appointment.  At MSM, Morris distinguished himself as a concerto soloist in Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds. He is currently studying for his master’s degree at Yale.

    Learn more about the appointment here.

  • Jul 2, 2021Brass

    MSM alumnus Sam Nester (DMA ’17) in one-month residency in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Arcadia, the interactive sound and light installation by acclaimed Australian-born trumpet player Sam Nester (DMA ’17) is featured in the residency. It uses the biorhythms of plants to create music and corresponding light cues. “It works by converting the fluctuations in galvanic conductance of plants to MIDI data to control MIDI instruments in real time so you can experience ‘plants making music'”, explains Sam.

    Learn more about the Arcadia installation here.

    Nester has performed for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, the Paris Opera Ballet, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, among others. For these ensembles and others, Nester has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, John Cale (Velvet Underground), and John Zorn.

    The recipient of numerous awards, Nester has been a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Australian Music Foundation Award. At MSM he earned the Helen Cohn Award for outstanding performance.

    Learn more about the residency here.

  • Oct 5, 2020Brass

    Kesem Ninio wins at Bucharest Music Competition

    Tenor trombonist Kesem Ninio (MM ’22) recently won third prize in the brass portion of the 2020 Bucharest International Music Competition. Ninio is currently studying with Haim Avitsur at Manhattan School of Music.

    You can watch several of Ninio’s performances on his YouTube channel here.

  • Sep 11, 2020Brass

    Anthony Barfield premieres new work at Lincoln Center

    Alumnus Anthony Barfield (MM ’10, classical trombone) was commissioned to write a 15-piece brass ensemble work that was recently premiered and filmed on the Lincoln Center campus.

    “Invictus” (or “unconquered”) pays tribute to the resilience of New York and its people, “reflecting hope and the anticipation of a better future on the horizon.” Weaving together elements of classical, gospel, jazz and hip hop, “Invictus” brings together brass players of different stylistic backgrounds from across Lincoln Center’s campus. You can read more about the piece in this Forbes article.

    The new piece premiered last week on Facebook and on Lincoln Center’s website, and is available on demand here.

  • Aug 30, 2020Brass

    Graduate student Sean Alexander featured on KCLU

    Trumpet player Sean Alexander (BM ’20, MM ’22) talks about how he’s finding inspiration during the pandemic with KCLU’s Lance Orozco in this interview which aired earlier this month.

    Sean has been working on a unique original arrangement of a song, a version of the Theme from Howl’s Moving Castle “Merry Go Round of Life”. You can listen to his arrangement here.

  • Jun 4, 2020Brass

    Alumna named President of South Shore Conservatory

    MSM alumna Karen Greer (MM ’85, bass trombone) took over on June 1 as president of the South Shore Conservatory, a regional music and art school in Massachusetts.

    Geer has been executive director of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, and was previously executive director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Before that, she was a music teacher and administrator at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

    Read the full news story from The Boston Globe here.

  • Apr 25, 2020Brass

    Anthony Mazzocchi Announced as the New Director of the John J. Cali School of Music

    Montclair State University has announced the appointment of Anthony J. Mazzocchi (BM ’95, MM ’97) as the new director of the John J. Cali School of Music.

    “I am honored and humbled to accept the Directorship of the Cali School of Music – an institution that I love so very much and full of people whom I love, as well,” Mazzocchi told the Cali School community in an email message. “We all share a great passion for this place; its past, its current state, and especially what we all believe could be its bright and rewarding future. It is also clear that we are all ready to play our own unique part in moving the Cali School forward together, and that excites me beyond measure.”

    Most recently, he has served as the associate director of the Cali School as well as the executive director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston, Vermont. Read the full press release here.

  • Apr 21, 2020Brass

    Eli Pandolfi joins New World Symphony

    Eli Pandolfi (BM’ 20, Classical French Horn) recently won a fellowship position with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

    The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty.

    Learn more about NWS here.

  • Apr 1, 2020Brass

    Watch Anthony Mazzocchi’s TED Talk at TEDxMaplewood

    MSM alumnus Anthony Mazzocchi (BM ’95, MM ’97) was selected to give a TED Talk at TEDxMaplewood this past February at their 2020 conference in Maplewood, NJ. Anthony’s lecture, which opens with a performance from a trombone choir, focuses on how we learn collaboration from musical ensembles. You can watch his TED Talk here.

    The trumpet ensemble in the video includes Manhattan School of Music alumni Jennifer Wharton, Mark Broschinsky (DMA ’12), Mike Lormand (MM ’03), and Paul Bellino (MM ’93).

    Anthony is currently the Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is also Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Vermont with his wife, Deborah. In 2013, Anthony was nominated for the first ever GRAMMY music educator award; he was one of 25 finalists among over 30,000 candidates.

  • Mar 6, 2020Brass

    Alumnus Jeff Scott Appointed to Oberlin Brass Faculty

    Hornist Jeff Scott (BM ’90) will join Oberlin Conservatory’s Brass Faculty beginning July 1. Jeff founded the Grammy nominated wind quintet Imani Winds with fellow MSM alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz (MM ’97 and PS ’98), Monica Ellis (’98), and Mariam Adam (’99).

    “Jeff is extraordinary not only in the depth of his accomplishments—particularly as a performer and teacher—but also in the sheer breadth of his skills, and his unparalleled versatility as a musician,” says Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen.

    Read Oberlin’s announcement of Jeff’s appointment here.

  • Feb 27, 2020Brass

    Eisenberg-Fried Competition winners announced

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2020-21 Eisenberg-Fried Competition! MSM students from Brass, Woodwinds, Piano, Strings, and Voice departments participated in the competition. Winners will be featured in an orchestra concert next school year.

    Brass: Liana Hoffman, horn
    Student of Michelle Baker
    Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 2

    Woodwind: Shogo Urahata, clarinet
    Student of Charles Neidich
    Francaix, Clarinet Concerto

    Strings: Luxi Wang, violin
    Student of Lucie Robert
    Glazunov, Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

    Piano: Sophiko Simsive, piano
    Student of Solomon Mikowsky
    Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15

    Voice: Rosario Hernandez Armas, mezzo soprano
    Student of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell
    de Falla, Siete Canciones Populares

  • Nov 14, 2019Brass

    Alumni Council member featured on News12 Bronx

    Alumnus and Alumni Advisory Council member Eganam Segbefia (MM ’18, Classical Trumpet) shares his musical journey and how he plans to give back to his community in this video feature on News12 Bronx.

    “I wanted to go to Manhattan School of Music, so I just said I’m going to dive in and play every day, play every day, play every day, then doors just started opening for me,” says Eganam.

    Mr. Segbefia will perform as a special guest artist during the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival at Lehman College, which runs through Friday (Nov 15). You can find more information about the festival here.

  • Jul 24, 2019Brass

    Alumnus joins Virginia Symphony Orchestra

    Stephen Slater (BM ’01, French Horn) accepted the position of Second Horn with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-20 season after playing Fourth Horn last year. Previous positions include Assistant/Utility horn of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Guest Principal horn of the Israel Chamber Orchestra of Tel Aviv, and Substitute horn of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Learn more about Stephen Slater by visiting his website.

  • Jan 27, 2019Brass

    Brittany Lasch (BM ’10, Tenor Trombone) is the winner of the 2019 S&R Foundation Washington Award

    The award recognizes talented emerging artists in music, dance, and visual arts, in particular, those who contribute to international cultural collaboration and who push the boundaries of their artistic and performance practices. Brittany is the 2nd Place winner of the 2017-2018 American Prize, and is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

    More about the award here

  • Dec 21, 2018Brass

    Trombonist and MSM Alumnus Mike Lormand (MM ’03) to perform U.S. premiere at Alice Tully Hall

    Manhattan School of Music alumnus Mike Lormand (MM ’03) will be performing the U.S. premiere of Marius Constant’s “Gli Elementi” Trombone Concerto (1977) on January 26, 2019 with Riverside Symphony at Alice Tully Hall.

    Learn more here

  • Oct 12, 2018Brass

    Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (BM ’05), talks about his fourth LP “Origami Harvest” on

    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.

    Read more

  • Oct 8, 2018Brass

    Karen Geer (MM ’85) leads the InterSchool Orchestras of New York as Executive Director

    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.”

    Read more

  • Oct 5, 2018Brass

    Manhattan School of Music alum Jeffrey Kaye (’87) profiled in Boca Raton, Florida newspaper

    Performer, teacher and clinician Jeffrey Kaye is both principal trumpet and Artistic Director of The Symphonia in Boca Raton, FL.

    Read more

  • Oct 1, 2018Brass

    Jazz trumpeter Adam O’Farrill (BM ’16) featured in JazzTimes

    The feature discusses everything from how he got his start to his lessons with fellow MSM graduate Ambrose Akinmusire (BM ’05) and beyond.

    Read more

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