Success Stories

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

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  • Jun 10, 2021Percussion
    Faculty

    World Premiere of composition by MSM Percussion Faculty member Duncan Patton at Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC

    Duncan Patton’s composition There Will Come a Time will premiere on June 17 at 7 PM during a full-length digital concert called You are the Light recorded and filmed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

    MSM’s Director of Choral Activities Kent Tritle is the Music Director and conductor of the event, leading the Musica Sacra choir with instrumental ensemble Rose of the Compass  The concert also features Immigrant Songs by former MSM President Robert Sirota.

    For more information about the concert, including a video teaser, visit this page.

  • Jun 9, 2021Composition
    Faculty

    Composition “24 Preludes and Fugues” by Paolo Marchettini published by Edizioni Curci in Italy

    The work “24 Preludes and Fugues” for piano by MSM Faculty member Paolo Marchettini, who teaches Music Theory at MSM, took more than a year to compose and is now published by the respected Italian publishing house Edizioni Curci.

    “I’ve always considered the fugue to be one of the most pure musical forms,” explains Paolo in a video clip that can be seen here. “The possibility of being able to write an entire piece of music out of only one main idea has always been a challenge for composers of different times.”

    Learn more about the composition here at the publisher’s website.

    Watch Paolo play perform a portion of the work here.

     

  • Apr 23, 2021Opera
    Faculty

    Jorge Parodi, MSM’s Music Director of Opera Theatre oversees new take on “Carmen” in Atlanta

    Jorge Parodi is conducting the world premiere of The Threepenny Carmen as part of the Big Tent series in Atlanta, Georgia, overseen by Atlanta Opera’s artistic director Tomer Zvulun. The production is being held in a custom-made tent with open walls in the parking lot of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta April 23, 25, 28, & 30 as well as May 2, 6, & 8.

    In this adaptation of Carmen, Parodi oversees a cast of 13 performers, down from the usual cast size of 66. The Threepenny Carmen runs 90 minutes compared to George Bizet’s three-hour work.

    Read more about the production here.

  • Apr 14, 2021Opera
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    Poetry by MSM faculty member Tazewell Thompson is featured in the New York Times

    The New York Times has published a stunning editorial feature looking behind the scenes of closed theaters in NYC during the pandemic.

    The text to the feature is a beautiful poem by Tazewell Thompson, Director of Opera Studies at MSM.

    See the article here.

  • Apr 12, 2021Jazz
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Elio Villafranca named a recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

    Jazz composer Elio Villafranca is among the recipients of the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship awarded this year to 184 artists, scholars, writers, and scientists. The grants of approximately $40,000 are given to those “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

    “I am thrilled to announce this new group of Guggenheim Fellows,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation, “especially since this has been a devastating year in so many ways… The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively.”

    More about Elio here.

  • Mar 31, 2021Opera
    Faculty

    Savannah VOICE Festival Names MSM Faculty Member Jorge Parodi to Board of Directors

    The respected Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) has announced the expansion of its Board of Directors to include three new members including MSM Senior Opera Theatre Music Director, along with Michael Ching and Howard Watkins.

    The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year.

    Learn more here.

  • Mar 29, 2021Composition
    Faculty

    MSM Faculty Member Susan Botti is named a recipient of a Fromm Foundation Commission

    Susan Botti is one of fourteen composers selected to receive a 2020 Fromm Commission by the Harvard University-based organization’s Board of Directors.

    These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.

    In addition to the commissioning award, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.

    Learn more about Susan here.

  • Feb 12, 2021Strings
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    MSM Faculty member and alumna Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95, HonDMA ’17) is a featured artist on WQXR’s new Artist Propulsion Lab

    Kelly Hall Tompkins (MM ’95, HonDMA ’17)  is one of six artists, hand-selected by the WQXR team, who are receiving an honorarium of $15,000 and a budget of up to $5,000 to engage collaborators and commission works. The artists will be able to take advantage of WQXR’s various outlets to reach audiences, too, via Greene Space performances, on-air curation opportunities, and much, much more.

    “I am really excited for their support in bringing some of my projects to life, particularly in such challenging times,” says Kelly.

    Learn more here.

  • Jan 21, 2021Piano
    Faculty

    Kariné Poghosyan profiled by The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

    MSM College and Precollege faculty member Kariné Poghosyan (MM ’05, DMA ’07) is described by the publication as a “truly one-of-a-kind classical performer” who “inspires listeners with her vivacious, passionate piano interpretations of a wide range of classical music”.

    The article also discusses Dr. Poghosyan’s weekly Facebook Live concert series that she began at the beginning of the pandemic. Her 45th concert in the series—dedicated to the music of Arno Babajanian—is slated for this Friday, January 22.

    You can read the full article here, and follow Dr. Poghosyan’s Facebook page here.

  • Jan 19, 2021Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    Recording release by MSM Musical Theatre faculty member Judith Clurman in honor of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States

    MSM Musical Theatre faculty member Judith Clurman, the conductor and music director of the preeminent NYC chorus ESSENTIAL VOICES USA and record label Acis announce the release of America at Heart via streaming platforms.

    The chorus is joined by Tony Award® winners Randy Graff, also a MSM Musical Theatre faculty member, and Brian Stokes Mitchell for a release in honor of the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, on January 20, 2021.

    Learn more here.

  • Dec 15, 2020Composition
    Faculty

    Paolo Marchettini to release debut album

    Composition faculty member Paolo Marchettini will release his first album of five orchestral works on January 8, 2021. The album will be released by New Focus Recordings. Marchettini draws inspiration from Verdi, Frescobaldi, Morricone, and sets texts by Emily Dickinson in this collection of recorded performances by both American and Itl Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Orchestra.

    The album is available for pre-order here.

  • Dec 1, 2020Music History
    Faculty

    Pianist Kariné Poghosyan celebrates “Beethoven in C” with December concert series

    Kariné Poghosyan, a member of the Music History (College) and Piano (Precollege) faculty, will perform works by Beethoven during her weekly virtual concerts throughout the month of December.

    Armenian Weekly writes, “In honor of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, Ms. Poghosyan had originally scheduled her annual Beethoven’s Birthday Concert for Carnegie Hall. But, when that was cancelled due to the pandemic she was determined that the show must go online.”

    The concerts are free with the option of sending voluntary contributions to the artist. You can watch them live each Friday at 8pm EST on Ms. Poghosyan’s Facebook page.

  • Nov 11, 2020Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    Randy Graff interviewed by OnStage Blog

    In a new interview with Joe Szekeres of OnStage Blog, Musical Theatre faculty member Randy Graff talks about teaching during a pandemic, the challenges and advantages of virtual learning, and the future of theatre.

    “As an educator, I see my students finding imaginative ways to connect with each other and with students all around the country. Some are doing Zoom play readings, their own work included, and having group discussions after. Many are using the time to self-tape monologues and songs and get them up on their websites. They’ve started Youtube channels and some are Zoom directing as well. All motivated by the pandemic.”

    Read the full interview here.

  • Nov 6, 2020Strings
    Faculty

    Kelly Hall-Tompkins performs in PAUSE series

    MSM faculty member Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95, HonDMA ’17) and Tony nominee Daniel J Watts perform in the second episode of OneTable’s new series, PAUSE.

    #takeaPAUSE with OneTable takes place on the first Friday of every month. In the series, creators mix ritual with innovation, asking and answering the questions: What do we do with the things we inherit? What can we gain from taking a PAUSE? How might we imagine the world not as it is, but as it could be?

    “Watts’ spoken word artistry juxtaposed with Tompkins’ violin mastery intertwines modernity and tradition, all the while wrestling with what can come from pressing pause before we press play again.”

    Learn more: https://onetable.org/pause/

  • Oct 27, 2020Composition
    Faculty

    Reiko Fueting awarded Barlow Commission Prize

    Composition, Theory, and Skills Department Chair Reiko Fueting (DMA ’00) has received the Barlow Commission Prize from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. Fueting was one of fifteen composers chosen from 285 applicants from 20 different countries. See the full list of recipients here.

    Fueting was also recently interviewed by Composium, a newsletter covering everything from music technology to film composition. You can read the interview here.

  • Oct 18, 2020Strings
    Faculty

    Kelly Hall-Tompkins to guest host WQXR

    MSM faculty member, alumna, and renowned violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95, HonDMA ’17) will be a guest host on WQXR this Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM EST. For her guest appearance, Kelly has chosen works and recordings that inspire her by Mahler, Debussy, Brahms, Price, and others.

    Ms. Hall-Tompkins is an entrepreneur who has been acclaimed for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine), and named New Yorker of the Year by The New York Times.

    Read more about the session here.