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  • Oct 27, 2022Piano
    Faculty

    Pianist and MSM faculty member Yefim Bronfman is featured in New York Philharmonic concerts Nov 2 to 5

    MSM faculty member and internationally renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman (HonDMA ’15) returns to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from November 2 to 5 to perform Mozart’s jubilant Piano Concerto No. 22.

    Also on the program, Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the Orchestra in Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 7.

    More about the concert here.

    More about Yefim Bronfman here.

  • Oct 24, 2022Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM Jazz Arts faculty member Phil Markowitz releases solo piano album

    Jazz pianist, composer, and MSM faculty member Phil Markowitz has released Solo Piano Live in Rome, a nearly 90-minute live recording of a concert held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. The three-encore performance includes original compositions and re-imagined standards. The album is Mr. Markowitz’s first solo release in his long and storied career.

    Available at Amazon Music and iTunes. More about the album here.

  • Oct 15, 2022Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    MSM Dean of Vocal Arts Carleen Graham presents masterclasses at Brigham Young University

    In late October, Dean Graham will present two masterclasses at Brigham Young University and speak about the process of auditioning for graduate school programs in voice.

    Dean Graham has also been invited to present with Darren Woods at the plenary session for the National Opera Association Conference in Houston in January 2023.

  • Oct 12, 2022Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    MSM alumnus and faculty member Malcolm J. Merriweather (DMA ’15) is named director of the New York Philharmonic Chorus

    Conductor and baritone Malcolm J. Merriweather (DMA ’15), an MSM alumnus and faculty member, has been appointed the first-ever director of the newly formed New York Philharmonic Chorus. The  ensemble will have its premiere performance during the David Geffen Hall opening galas beginning on October 26 at 7 PM in a concert that will feature some of opera and Broadway’s biggest stars, including Renée Fleming, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bernadette Peters, and Vanessa Williams.

    Learn more about the appointment here.
    Learn more about Malcom here.

  • Oct 10, 2022Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    Morningside University honors MSM vocal arts faculty member Mark Schnaible with a lifetime achievement award

    Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa, recently honored MSM vocal arts faculty member Mark Schnaible with the institution’s respected CODA Legacy Award for lifetime achievement in the field of the performing and visual arts.

    The internationally renowned bass-baritone and vocal technician has enjoyed a distinguished career in the classical music world for the past 35 years.

    The award is given to graduates of Morningside University who have demonstrated academic and performance excellence, unusually high leadership and service on a local, regional, and/or national level.

    More about Mark Schnaible here.

  • Sep 13, 2022Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM Jazz Arts faculty to play key roles in Town Hall series celebrating four women composers

    MSM Jazz Arts faculty members Damien Sneed and Theo Bleckmann are both featured in a groundbreaking series at New York City’s Town Hall celebrating four women composers who have shaped American culture over the decades.

    Theo Bleckmann is part of Meredith Monk‘s Vocal Ensemble on Saturday, October 15, for the New York premiere of Memory Game. On January 7, composer/producer/arranger Damien Sneed will be music director in a program celebrating the Grammy-winning Gospel singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and evangelist Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark.

    Also being celebrated as part of this Town Hall series: legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins and composer Laura Kaminsky.

    More information on the series here.

     

  • Aug 22, 2022Strings
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member and alumnus Shmuel Katz named Associate Principal Violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    MSM faculty member and alumnus Shmuel Katz has been named Associate Principal Violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Shmuel had been for many years an associate member of the MET Orchestra for a decade before this step up.  He also serves as Principal Violist of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

    Shmuel is on the viola faculty and the orchestral performance program faculty at MSM. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at MSM, where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tree, and Patinka Kopec.

    Learn more about the appointment here.

  • Aug 8, 2022Precollege
    Faculty

    Pianist and MSM Precollege faculty member Adam Kent releases critically acclaimed recording

    In his new recording out on Albany Records, MSM Precollege faculty member and pianist Adam Kent performs music for piano by 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winner Tania Léon, which she composed over a span of almost 50 years.

    On July 28, The New York Times featured the recording as its top pick in its choice of “Five Classical Albums You Can Listen to Right Now.”

    Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Latin America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent has also received top prizes in many prestigious competitions.

    Learn more about the CD here.
    Learn more about Adam Kent here.

     

  • Jun 21, 2022Conducting
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Damien Sneed receives rave review from the New York Times

    Jazz Arts faculty member Damien Sneed received a rave review for his conducting and arrangement of the June performance of  The Ordering of Moses at Riverside Church. The Harlem Chamber Players presented R. Nathaniel Dett’s 1937 oratorio in honor of the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, for the Juneteenth weekend.

    MSM Alumna Krysty Swann (BM ’08)was the mezzo soprano soloist.

    “Sneed’s harmonization gave it a discordant underbelly reflective of struggle — a reminder that it has been only two years since protests for George Floyd swept the globe, and one year since Juneteenth, an annual observation of Emancipation dating to 1866, was consecrated as a federal holiday,” writes NY Times critic Oussama Zahr.

    Read the review here.

  • Jun 1, 2022Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Damien Sneed is featured in the June issue of Opera News

    The feature article in Opera News by Karen Chilton with photography by Darío Acosta spotlights MSM faculty member Damien Sneed conducting The Ordering of Moses at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City on June 17, presented by the Harlem Chamber Players.

    Read the article here.

    Learn more about the production here.

  • Apr 4, 2022Composition
    Alumni

    MSM alumni and faculty members win 2022 GRAMMY Awards

    Congratulations to MSM faculty and alumni who won 2022 GRAMMY Awards for classical, jazz, and composing/arranging!

    The awards were presented on April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas. Winners include MSM alumni Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08) (in photo on left) and J’Nai Bridges (BM ’09) soloists in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ Ahknaten which won Best Opera Recording.

    View the full list of winners here.

    View all MSM faculty and alumni nominated for the 2022 awards here.

  • Mar 4, 2022Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Ron Carter (MM ’61, HonDMA ’98) to celebrate his 85th birthday at Carnegie Hall on May 10.

    GRAMMY-winning jazz musician Ron Carter, a MSM alumnus and faculty member, is one the most recorded jazz bassist of all time with over 2,200 individual recording credits, and has been named one of the “10 Greatest Bassists of All-Time” by Rolling Stone.

    At the Carnegie Hall concert, Ron Carter will play select material from his six-decade career, leading groups in three combinations: trio, quartet, and octet.

    Ron Carter has performed and collaborated with other legends of jazz and music including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gil Scott-Heron, Wayne Shorter, Paul Simon, McCoy Tyner, Aretha Franklin, Stan Getz, Roberta Flack, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, and dozens more.

    Learn about the concert here.

  • Feb 20, 2022Precollege
    Faculty

    Precollege Faculty member Sondra Tammam (BM ’73) receives the Steinway & Sons 2022 Top Teacher Award.

    Recognized internationally as a pianist and pedagogue, MSM alumnus and Precollege faculty member Sondra Tammam (BM ’73) has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and presented master classes, lectures, and workshops in the U.S., Austria, Italy, France, Montenegro, Israel, Taiwan, and Brazil.

    Gavin English, President of Steinway & Sons, told Ms. Tammam she is being awarded “for your hard work and dedication to music education throughout 2021. Steinway & Sons is a name synonymous with artistry, quality, and exquisite musical expression. The Steinway Top Teacher Award demonstrates your commitment to the same ideals.”

    Learn more about Sondra Tammam here.

  • Feb 11, 2022Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    Faculty member Jorge Parodi conducts The Tales of Hoffmann at Opera Tampa Feb 11 to 13

    Jorge Parodi is the music director of the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music, who has worked as a conductor at Buenos Aires Lírica (Argentina), The Banff Centre (Canada), Tsaritsynskaya Opera Volgograd (Russia), Encuentros Internacionales de Opera (Mexico), Hofstra University and New York University, among others.

    Hailed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski’s” (New York Daily News), Parodi has collaborated with such artists as Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors of the caliber of Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel.

    Previously at Opera Tampa, he was conductor for The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, Anton Coppola’s Lady Swanwhite and The Pearl Fishers.

  • Feb 3, 2022Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    Book launch on March 22: Facing the Music by David Loud, the Musical Director of the MSM Musical Theatre program

    Legendary Broadway musical director and arranger David Loud, who is the Musical Director of the MSM Musical Theatre program, is releasing his memoir on March 22.

    His publisher describes Facing the Music: A Broadway Memoir as David’s “wildly entertaining and deeply poignant trek through the wilderness of his childhood and the edge-of-your-seat drama of a career on, in, under, and around Broadway for decades. He also reveals his struggle against the ravages of Parkinson’s and triumphs repeatedly. This memoir is also a remarkable love letter to music.  Loud is the ‘Ted Lasso’ of the theater business, ever the optimist. An inspiration to all!”

    Buy the book in advance here.

  • Dec 7, 2021Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    #1 on Amazon’s hot releases lists for music, and dance! Making Broadway Dance: A new book by Liza Gennaro, MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre

    Congratulations to Liza Gennaro! Her book landed the #1 position on two of Amazon’s key book charts: Dance Hot Releases, and Music Hot Releases during the week of December 3, 2021!

    Aimed at students, academics, and anyone who loves musical theatre and dance, the new publication Making Broadway Dance (Oxford University Press) by MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre Liza Gennaro gives valuable insights into how Broadway dance is made.

    Learn more about the book here.

  • Nov 12, 2021Strings
    Faculty

    MSM Strings faculty member Lucie Roberts featured in La Scena magazine

    Acclaimed violinist and MSM faculty member Lucie Roberts speaks about the benefits of teaching online in the feature article in the current issue of Canada’s respected La Scena magazine. Lucie has been a faculty member of MSM College and Precollege for more than 30 years.

    Read the article here.
    Learn more about Lucie here.

  • Nov 11, 2021Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM Jazz Arts faculty member John Riley receives Lifetime Achievement in Education Award

    MSM Jazz Arts drum set faculty member John Riley received the Lifetime Achievement in Education Award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on November 11.

    Critically acclaimed performer, author, and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world’s leading jazz musicians for over 30 years. A multiple Grammy award winner, John has played on hundreds of recordings and at major venues with jazz icons such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, and many others.

    Learn more about John Riley here.

     

  • Nov 8, 2021Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Harolyn Blackwell and MSM Trustee Thomas Hampson (HonDMA ’09) honored at annual Met Opera Guild Luncheon

    MSM faculty member Harolyn Blackwell, photo left, and MSM Trustee Thomas Hampson (HonDMA ’09), photo right, were honorees at the 87th Annual Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon on November 8. Also honored was soprano Diana Soviero.

    For more information visit this page.

  • Oct 25, 2021Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Miguel Zenón nominated for a Latin GRAMMY Award

    Congratulations to MSM Jazz Arts faculty member and saxophonist Miguel Zenón, originally from Puerto Rico, who is nominated for the jazz recording El Arte del Bolero (Miel Music), a duet he recorded with Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo.

    The 22nd Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place on NOV 18 at the MSM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing live on Univision at 8 PM ET.

    A review of the album can be found here.

    More about the Latin GRAMMY Awards here.

  • Oct 12, 2021Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    Making Broadway Dance: A new book by Liza Gennaro, MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre

    Aimed at students, academics, and anyone who loves musical theatre and dance, the new publication Making Broadway Dance (Oxford University Press) by MSM Associate Dean and Director of Musical Theatre Liza Gennaro gives valuable insights into how Broadway dance is made.

    Publication date: November 12, 2021

    Learn more about the book and preorder here:

  • Oct 7, 2021Piano
    Faculty

    MSM piano faculty member Joanne Polk featured in NYTimes article on 19th century composer Louise Farrenc

    Writes The New York Times:

    “Joanne Polk, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music, last year released an excellent recording of the ‘Air Russe’ and half of Farrenc’s set of 30 Études, which — like Chopin’s from the same decade — escape their pedagogical constraints.”

    Read the article here.

  • Oct 6, 2021Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    MSM Musical Theatre faculty member Or Matias wins Best Score and Best Book at the 2021 German Musical Theater Awards

    The musical The Wave by the Landestheater Linz won 2021 German Musical Theater Awards in several categories including Best Musical, Best Composition (or Score) and Best Book (Or Matias), Best Director (Christoph Drewitz), and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lukas Sandmann).

    Or Matias is an Obie award-winning composer, lyricist, music director, and content developer who teaches MT Lab and Senior Showcase II at MSM.

    The Wave is based on the true story of Ron Jones, an American high school teacher who conducted a social experiment on his students to demonstrate the mass appeal of fascism.

    The German Musical Theater Awards are the only musical award presented to musical professionals by their peers in German-speaking Europe. They are presented by the German Musical Academy and are considered to be the  “Tony Awards” of Germany.

    Read news release (in German) here.
    View video clip here.

     

  • Sep 28, 2021Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM Jazz Faculty Damien Sneed featured at the March on Washington Film Festival (Sept 30 to Oct 4)

    MSM Jazz Faculty Damien Sneed (second on left in photo) is featured this Saturday, Oct 2, at the March on Washington Film Festival (Sept 30 to Oct 4) in a special performance at the event, “The Importance of Pauli Murray.”

    Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray was a 20th-century pioneer in many senses of the word: human rights activist, social justice strategist, legal scholar, poet, first African American woman Episcopalian priest, a founder of the National Organization for Women, and transmasculine member of the LGBTQ community.

    The special original performance features actor Regina Victor, composer/pianist Damien Sneed with Amyr Joyner, violin, and Johnny Walker, cello.

    More information here.

  • Aug 23, 2021Vocal Arts
    Faculty

    MSM Voice Department faculty member Ruth Golden featured in September’s Opera News magazine

    MSM Voice faculty member Ruth Golden speaks to the magazine Opera News in a feature article about lessons learned by US music conservatories during the past year of online instruction.

    Magazine subscribers may read the article in the September issue here.

  • Aug 18, 2021Collaborative Piano
    Alumni

    Park Avenue Armory concert series this fall to feature MSM faculty members Warren Jones and Myra Huang, and a series curation by MSM alumnus Jason Moran (BM ’97)

    The Park Avenue Armory Recital Series returning this fall will feature MSM Collaborative Piano faculty member Warren Jones accompanying mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton on November 9 and 21, as well as MSM faculty member Myra Huang on October 10 and 11, who will accompany baritone Will Liverman. The concerts will take place in two of the Armory’s period rooms.

    The Park Avenue Armory Artists Studio series, launched in 2016 and curated by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow and MSM alumnus Jason Moran (BM ’97), is returning this fall as well.

    More information on the Park Avenue Armory Recital Series here.
    More information on the Park Avenue Artists Studio upcoming concert here.

  • Jul 29, 2021Jazz
    Alumni

    Contemporary chamber trio 9 Horses featuring MSM alum and faculty member Sara Caswell (MM ’06) releases its second album “Omegah”

    9 Horses is an improvising chamber ensemble featuring MSM alum, faculty member, and 2018 GRAMMY nominee Sara Caswell (MM ’06) (Esperanza Spalding) on violin, Joe Brent (formerly of Regina Spektor’s band) on acoustic and electric mandolin, and Andrew Ryan (Kaia Kater) on bass.

    Their latest recording Omegah will be released on August 7 on Adhyâropa Records, a double album that Sara Caswell describes as reflecting 9 Horses’s natural progression. “This record is the culmination of years of experimenting with band members, musical timbres, colors and styles. In a way, it portrays our group’s entire odyssey.”

    Purchase the album on Basecamp here.
    Watch a song from the the new album by 9 Horses here.

  • Jul 5, 2021Precollege
    Faculty

    Precollege faculty member Felipe Tristán celebrates 10 years as a conductor in the US with commissions, recordings, and concerts

    To celebrate his 10 years as artistic director with different orchestras in the United States, Felipe Tristán has commissioned two works from the composers Arturo O’Farrill (who studied at MSM Precollege, and has been a MSM faculty member) and José Gurría. Felipe is also preparing to record two albums along with a series of concerts that will close at Carnegie Hall on May 28, 2022, where he will perform the reorchestration of Canto a la Música by the Mexican composer Samuel Zyman, among other works.

    For this, and for next year’s concert at Carnegie Hall, Felipe will visit Mexico to search for at least thirty voices.

    The symphonic piece commissioned from Mexican-Cuban composer Arturo O’Farrill, an Afro-Latin jazz specialist, will premiere February 2022 with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

    Felipe is the founder and music director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, an organization that promotes Latin American concert music as well as intercontinental dialogue and collaboration. He teaches conducting at the MSM Precollege program.

    Learn more here.

  • Jun 24, 2021Guitar
    Faculty

    MSM Guitar Department Chair David Leisner to perform in New York Guitar Festival tribute to virtuoso Julian Bream

    The 2021 New York Guitar Festival (NYGF) will pay tribute to the iconic classical guitarist Julian Bream with an online series of concerts entitled “Remembering Julian Bream” from July 14 to 20.

    Music include commissions by a group of stellar classical guitarists, lutenists and composers in honor of the late Grammy Award-winning concert artist.

    MSM Guitar Department Chair David Leisner will perform on July 15 at 4 PM EDT.

    Julian Bream is regarded as one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century, playing a significant role in improving the public perception of the classical guitar as a respectable instrument.

    Three video performances will broadcast each day of the festival at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm EDT on the New York Guitar Festival YouTube channel found here.

    Read more about the festival here.

  • Jun 22, 2021Precollege
    Faculty

    MSM Precollege faculty member Elizabeth Faidley featured in “Influencive”

    The online publication Influencive founded by Inc. 500 Entrepreneur Brian D. Evans and Clinton Senkow calls MSM Precollege violin faculty member Elizabeth Faidley “one of the finest violin pedagogues in the world.”

    “The world of music is one such that has welcomed innumerable talented beings so far, but a few rare gems have gone ahead in totally astounding the world with their expertise and genius in music. One such name that has been buzzing high in the American music scene is Elizabeth Faidley with her ‘The Elizabeth Faidley Violin Studio,'” writes Umesh Agarwal in the article.

    A faculty member in MSM’s Precollege program since 2007, Elizabeth has also been called “amazing and inspiring teacher” by the New York Times.

    Read the Influencive article on Elizabeth here.
    Read Elizabeth’s biography on MSM’s website here.

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