2020–21 Admissions Booklet

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Manhattan School of Music

it all happens here

2020 – 2021

Being at MSM has renewed my faith in what I’m doing as a musician.”

Travis Larson (BM ’16, MM ’18)

Manhattan School of Music prepares highly talented students for careers as accomplished and passionate performers and composers, and as imaginative, effective leaders in the arts. Our students thrive in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals, and welcomes innovation.



















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179 STUDIO FACULTY MEMBERS Manhattan School of Music’s faculty includes members of New York’s worldrenowned performing arts institutions—the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra—as well as award-winning jazz and musical theatre artists, leading soloists, and eminent chamber musicians. 4










Manhattan School of Music borders Riverside Park and Sakura Park– two beautiful green spaces–and shares its neighborhood with Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College on New York City’s Upper West Side. Andersen Residence Hall, adjoining the school’s 1910 seven-story main building, is a dynamic 19-story building of performance, academic, and residential spaces, featuring five student lounges, a gym, laundry facilities, and 24-hour security. Cable TV and a refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit are available in each dorm room.

Student engagement The Office of Student Engagement creates a wide variety of social, service, and educational activities. Along with the Dean of Students, Residence Life, and the Campus Health and Counseling Center, Student Engagement supports academic endeavors while working to build a sense of community and pride at Manhattan School of Music, both inside and outside the classroom.



Welcome to the neighborhood Situated in Morningside Heights on Manhattan’s West Side, MSM shares its “college town” neighborhood with Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College, among other institutions. Bordering Riverside Park and the Hudson River Greenway bike path, the School is also literally steps away from the Riverside Church, International House, and Grant’s Tomb.

Virtual Events The Manhattan School of Music Admissions Team is excited to connect with you virtually this fall! MSM’s virtual events cover a variety of topics, from the application and admissions process to the student experience. To register for a virtual event, visit APPLY.MSMNYC.EDU/PORTAL/VIRTUALEVENTS. To be notified about upcoming events, submit an inquiry form at APPLY.MSMNYC. EDU/REGISTER/INQUIRY.




Harlem Stage The Apollo Theater Riverside Church

Barnard College The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Columbia University

92nd Street Y The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Carnegie Hall The Museum of Modern Art


Times Square

Jazz Standard

BROOKLYN Village Vanguard Smalls Jazz Club

Welcome to New York City MSM’s location has given students the opportunity throughout the year not only to hear, but also perform, music in some of the greatest venues in the world. In recent years, MSM student ensembles have performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, National Sawdust, the Apollo, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Students also perform, both virtually and in-person, as individual artists throughout the city. 7



Bachelor of Music (BM) A 4-year program for students with a high school diploma who wish to study Composition, Instrumental Performance, Jazz (excluding Jazz Voice and Jazz Composition), Musical Theatre, and Voice


Master of Music (MM) A 2-year program for students with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue their studies in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting (Choral and Orchestral), Contemporary Performance, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Orchestral Performance, and Voice

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) A 3-year doctoral program for students with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue their studies in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting (Choral and Orchestral), Instrumental Performance, Jazz, and Voice

Dual Degree in Music and Education A 3-year accelerated Master’s degree program for students with a Bachelor’s degree to earn a Master of Music degree from MSM and a Master of Education degree in Music Education with New York State K–12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College, Columbia University


Professional Studies Certificate (PS) A 1-year certificate program for students with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue their studies in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting (Choral and Orchestral), Instrumental Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Voice at an advanced level for competitions, auditions, or career-entry positions

Artist Diploma (AD) A 1-year course of study for exceptional students with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue their studies in Instrumental Performance and Voice at a performance level of the highest international standards




Classical (BM, MM, DMA, PS, AD) Strings Violin Viola Cello Double Bass Harp

Woodwinds Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon Saxophone

Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program (Violin, Viola; limited openings)

Brass Composition Horn Conducting Trumpet Trombone (Tenor, Bass) (Choral, Orchestral)* Tuba


Piano Organ* Collaborative Piano (Instrumental, Vocal)*


Jazz Arts (BM, MM, DMA) Violin Guitar Flute Clarinet


Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone) Trumpet Trombone (Tenor, Bass) Bass (Acoustic, Electric)

Drumset Piano Vibraphone Voice* Composition*

Musical Theatre (BM) Orchestral Performance (MM, PS) Strings Violin Viola Cello Double Bass Harp

Woodwinds Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon


Contemporary Performance (MM) Strings Violin Viola Cello Double Bass

Brass Horn Trumpet Trombone (Tenor, Bass) Tuba

Woodwinds Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon

Piano Percussion Voice

* Graduate studies only



For the 2019–20 season, principal conductors included George Manahan, Director of Orchestral Activities; Kent Tritle, Director of Choral Activities; and Leonard Slatkin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies, along with special guests Bernard Labadie (HonDMA ’18), Daniela Candillari, and Perry So.

Performance Opportunities* Orchestral



Philharmonia Orchestra

Brass Ensemble

Opera Theatre

Symphony Orchestra


Senior Opera Theatre

Chamber Sinfonia OP Camerata Jazz Studio Orchestra Opera Orchestra Senior Opera Theatre Orchestra Musical Theatre Orchestra

Percussion Ensemble

Choral Symphonic Chorus Chamber Choir Women’s Chorus

Opera Scenes Baroque Aria Ensemble Contemporary Opera Ensemble Opera Repertoire Ensemble

Chamber Music Close to 100 ensembles, including both vocal and instrumental

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INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAMS Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion George Manahan, Director of Orchestral Activities Nicholas Mann, Strings Chair Linda Chesis, Woodwinds Chair Michelle Baker, Brass Chair Christopher Lamb, Percussion Chair Katharine Dryden, Director of Instrumental Ensembles

Select Notable Alumni Orchestra Members

MSM alumni have won positions with the Auckland Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, and many more...

Chamber Musicians MSM alumni are founding members of the following chamber ensembles: Absolute Ensemble, Anonymous 4, Arc Duo, Burlington Ensemble, Cleveland Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Imani Winds, Locrian Chamber Players, Manhattan Brass, Marian Anderson String Quartet, McDermott Trio, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Orion String Quartet, Ulysses Quartet, Vega String Quartet, and many more...

Concert Artists Christopher Coletti (trumpet), Jacqueline Choi (cello), Tadeu Coelho (flute), Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MSM Violin Faculty), Mélanie Genin (harp), Marco Granados (flute), Vivian Hagner (violin), Justin Hines (percussion), Judith Insell (viola), Andrew Janss (cello), Ori Kam (viola), Gilad Karni (viola), Dana Leong (cello), Chang Ho Lim (violin), Elmar Oliveira (violin), Marc Ramírez (bass), Xiao Wang (violin), Carol Wincenc (flute), Itamar Zorman (violin), and many more...


VOICE Maitland Peters, Voice Department Chair The programs of study for voice majors are designed to develop skilled performers in all areas of vocal techniques and to offer opportunities to perform. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the vocal literature of various historical periods. In addition to our expert faculty, students are given opportunities to sing for and observe world-renowned guest artists.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC IS A VIBRANT MUSICAL COMMUNITY, providing students valuable access to high-caliber faculty with extensive experience and knowledge in all the disciplines that make opera sing.”


Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08)

Opera Studies

Tazewell Thompson, Director of Opera Studies With one of the foremost opera training programs in the world, MSM attracts some of the most talented young singers from all over the world. Students refine their technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences through MSM Opera Theatre’s two fully produced mainstage operas each year, performances in opera scenes, semi-staged operas, opera workshops, ensembles, and community outreach presentations.

Select Notable Alumni Opera

Kate Aldrich (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colón), Liam Bonner (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera), J’nai Bridges (Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera), Andrea Carroll (Houston Grand Opera, Wiener Staatsoper), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, English National Opera), Lauren Flanigan (Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, La Scala), Susan Graham (Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera), Soloman Howard (Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera), Lauren Jelencovich (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Sol Jin (Metropolitan Opera), Brandon Jovanovich (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Kathleen Kim (Metropolitan Opera), Catherine Malfitano (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera; MSM Voice Faculty), Johanna Meier (Metropolitan Opera, Bayreuth), Laquita Mitchell (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Opéra Comique), Simon O’Neill (Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala), Kyle Pfortmiller (Metropolitan Opera), Amy Shoremount-Obra (Metropolitan Opera), Krysty Swann (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Dawn Upshaw (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival), Yunpeng Wang (Metropolitan Opera), Matthew Worth (Dallas Opera, Atlanta Opera), Dolora Zajick (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Broadway & Musical Theatre Kyle Barisich, Judith Blazer, Kimilee Bryant, Cooper Grodin, Shuler Hensley (Tony Award), Amy Justman, Jose Llana, Alicia Hall Moran, Nathan Patrick Morgan, Lindsay O’Neill, N’Kenge Simpson Pacurar, Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller (Tony Award), and many more...


PIANO Marc Silverman, Department Chair MSM’s programs for piano majors offer an in-depth study of the vast repertoire for the instrument, emphasizing performance in all styles. They are designed to develop skilled performers familiar with piano repertoire, performance practices, and interpretive traditions.

Select Notable Alumni Sara Davis Buechner, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Gustavo DĂ­az-Jerez, Wael Farouk, Kirill Gerstein, Hyung-Ki Joo, Joseph Joubert, Youngho Kim, Adam Marks, Steven Mayer, Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc Peloquin, Dmitry Rachmanov, Yuan Sheng, Jiaxin Tian, Dmitri Vorobiev, Lu Wang, Xiayin Wang, and many more...

Organ Andrew Henderson, Department Chair The programs of study for organ majors are designed to develop skilled performers with knowledge of organ design, history, literature, and performance practices. Students will learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of all relevant historical periods.

Select Notable Alumni Gail Archer, Justin Bischof, Claudia Dumschat, Stephen Jon Hamilton, David Higgs, Aaron David Miller, Timothy E. Smith, Maxine R. Thevenot, F. Anthony Thurman, Carol Williams, and many more...


Collaborative Piano John Forconi, Department Chair Offered at the graduate level, the instrumental and vocal majors in collaborative piano provide training and experience in solo and ensemble collaborative piano. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are given opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.

Select Notable Alumni

Thomas Bagwell (Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera), Margo Garrett (Kathleen Battle, Lucy Shelton, Dawn Upshaw), Kamal Khan (June Anderson, Lauren Flanigan, Juan Pons), Thomas Lausmann (Berlin Komische Oper, Hamburgische Staatsoper), Robert McDonald (Isaac Stern, Juilliard String Quartet, American String Quartet), Brian Zeger (Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade), Craig Terry (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato), Joseph Li (Wolftrap Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet), John Lidal (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet), David Aronson (Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, RenĂŠe Fleming, Bryn Terfel), Marie-France Lefebvre (Wolftrap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera), Kimberly Grigsby (Broadway Musical Director: Spring Awakening; Caroline, or Change; The Full Monty), Carrie-Ann Matheson (Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Eric Owens), Christopher Cano (Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti), Steven Philcox (Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre Orchestra), and many more... 15

GUITAR David Leisner, Department Chair Students of classical guitar become thoroughly acquainted with the history, literature, and pedagogy of the guitar, while developing their skills for a career in professional performance. Guitar majors will demonstrate the advancement of their musical abilities and knowledge of solo and chamber music repertoire through participation in performance classes and ensembles.

Select Notable Alumni Stanley Alexandrowicz, Rupert Boyd, Jorge Caballero, Bradley Colten, Nicholas Goluses, Richard Jacobowski, Seth Josel, Daniel Lippel, Pablo Villegas, and many more...

COMPOSITION Reiko Fßting, Department Chair The programs of study for composition majors equip them with the knowledge and skills required for the fullest development of their creative gifts. Specialized courses include counterpoint, instrumentation/orchestration, form and analysis, notation, score reading, operatic composition, and electronic music. In addition to studying with MSM’s expert faculty, student composers are given opportunities to present their work in master classes by world-renowned guest composers and performers.

Select Notable Alumni

Michael Abene, David Amram, Angelo Badalamenti, Anna Clyne, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Sebastian Currier, Michael Daugherty, Elliot Goldenthal, Ted Hearne, Larry Hochman, Rupert Holmes, Fredrick Kaufman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Alex Mincek, John Musto, Jack Perla, Tobias Picker, Don Sebesky, Joseph Trapanese, Jie Wang, and many more... 16

CONDUCTING George Manahan, Director of Orchestral Activities Kent Tritle, Director of Choral Activities The conducting program provides specialized training for graduate students who intend to become professional conductors and courses for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to develop the skills and sensitivities required for many musical disciplines. The conducting major is offered for graduate and postgraduate students only. The programs in orchestral and choral conducting are highly selective, allowing each student extensive experience with MSM ensembles.

Select Notable Alumni

Ankush Kumar Bahl (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center), Charles M. Barker (American Ballet Theatre), Donato Cabrera (Las Vegas Philharmonic, California Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra), Richard A. Clark (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra), Anton Coppola (Radio City Music Hall, New York City Opera), Glen Cortese (Wolftrap Opera, Oregon Mozart Players), Marlon M. Daniel (Ensemble du Monde, Praga Sinfonietta), Alondra de la Parra (Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Salvatore Di Vittorio (Chamber Orchestra of New York, San Diego Symphony), Scott Dunn (LA Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Kristjan Järvi (Absolute Ensemble, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic), Earl Lee (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), George Manahan (American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, Portland Opera, Richmond Symphony Orchestra; Director of Orchestral Activities, MSM), George Mathew (Music for Life International, Ubuntu-Shruti Orchestra), Malcolm J. Merriweather (Dessoff Choirs), Joseph T. Rescigno (Florentine Opera), Michael Rossi (Miami Music Festival, Chinese National Opera Orchestra), Tara Simoncic (Ballet West), Carl Topilow

(National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra), and many more... MSM was so open to my professional development that by my last semester I was already leading a professional organization, being represented by professional management. I COULDN’T HAVE HAD A BETTER PATH AND A BETTER SPACE TO DEVELOP MUSICALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.

I have great memories of every one of my teachers. I can’t stress enough how much I love this institution.”

Alondra de la Parra (BM ’06, MM ’08)

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Ingrid Jensen, Interim Associate Dean and Director Designed to develop skilled performing artists, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for a professional career, the Jazz Arts Program is one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians. The program offers systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with singular New York City performance and networking opportunities. Student ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club/Jazz at Lincoln Center, 55 Bar, Birdland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt, and other New York City venues. For the 2019–20 season, guest artists included Terence Blanchard (HonDMA ’17), Sean Jones, Miguel Zenón (MM ’01), and The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong™ All Stars.

Performance Opportunities

Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Studio Orchestra Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Over 20 small combos: traditional, contemporary, experimental, swing, bop, Latin, Brazilian, Indian, electronic, and more

Latinx Band

Select Notable Alumni

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Fabian Almazan (piano), Patrick Bartley (saxophone), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Ron Carter (double bass), Harry Connick Jr. (voice), Kate Davis (double bass, voice), Justin DiCioccio (drums; former Associate Dean and Chair), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Herbie Hancock (piano), Stefon Harris (vibraphone; former Associate Dean and Director), Yusef Lateef (flute, composition), John Lewis (piano), Hugh Masekela (trumpet), Jane Monheit (voice), Jason Moran (piano), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Linda Oh (bass), Aaron Parks (piano), Chris Potter (saxophone), Max Roach (drums), Christian Sands (piano), Joe Saylor (drums), Kimberly Thompson (drums), Joe Wilder (trumpet), Bernie Williams (guitar), Phil Woods (saxophone), Miguel Zenón (saxophone), and many more... 18


Liza Gennaro, Associate Dean and Director Manhattan School of Music’s Musical Theatre program starts with the cornerstones of training—acting, singing, and dancing—but recognizes that our contemporary performers must also be trained beyond the “triple threat” model. Now more than ever, multifaceted musical theatre artists are in demand. MSM’s Musical Theatre faculty is a stellar collection of artist-educators who combine exemplary teaching with the highest level of professional know-how. In addition to acquiring essential skills as performers, MSM Musical Theatre students learn how to manage their careers, audition effectively, and negotiate the challenges of a highly competitive field. They are encouraged to develop their artistic interests and are given the opportunity to investigate areas beyond performing, including directing, choreographing, writing, and composing. We embrace individuality and honor each student’s journey. At MSM we are passionate about the arts and the next generation of musical theatre artists.


Shuler Hensley (BM ’90, HonDMA ’14)

Tony Award Winner



Glenn Dicterow, Chair The Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance, chaired by Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, seeks to produce polished musicians of the highest artistic caliber. Students are prepared intensively in the orchestral repertoire for careers as symphonic players by a faculty made up of principal players of major New York orchestras. The advanced curriculum features master classes with principal players from orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as vigorous training in audition preparation.

Select Notable Alumni OP alumni have won jobs at the New York Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne, Los Angeles, and Orlando Philharmonics; with the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kennedy Center Opera, and Metropolitan Opera; with the New World Symphony and the Charleston, Colorado, Detroit, Jacksonville, Louisiana, Nashville, Des Moines, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Virginia, and WinstonSalem Symphony Orchestras; in Germany with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and SWR Radio Symphony in Stuttgart; in Spain with the Seville Orchestra and the orchestra of the Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofía” in Valencia; with the Stockholm Philharmonic and the Royal Danish Opera; with the KZN Philharmonic in South Africa, the New Japan and Hong Kong Philharmonics, the Auckland and Western Australian Symphonies; and in Mexico with the Symphony Orchestra of Monterrey and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.



Margaret Kampmeier, Chair and Artistic Director The Graduate Program in Contemporary Performance offers advanced performers the opportunity to focus on the music of our time through lessons, coachings, and classes with expert faculty. Students work with living composers, develop new works, and perform 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces in the critically acclaimed ensemble Tactus.

Select Notable Alumni Andy Akiho (percussion), Vicky Chow (piano), Joshua Modney (violin)

Ensembles TAK (Laura Cocks, flute; Liam Kinson, clarinet; Charlotte Mundy, voice; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Ellery Trafford, percussion); Loadbang (Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet; Andy Kozar, trumpet; Jeffrey Gavett, voice; William Lang, trombone); Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, violin; Victor Lowrie, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello); andPlay; The Rhythm Method; RighteousGIRLS, and many more...

When I heard about the Contemporary Performance Program at MSM, I knew that was where I wanted to be. Without all of the friends and teachers I met there (who are now my closest collaborators and colleagues), I would not be where I am. THE SCHOOL AND THE PEOPLE IN IT CHANGED MY LIFE. This program gave me the stepping stones to become the performer that I am today.”

Vicky Chow (MM ’09)

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The programs below provide MSM students with opportunities to earn credits through partner institutions, develop professional skills beyond the stage, and engage in a larger musical community in many different and exciting ways.

study abRoad Manhattan School of Music offers students the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad at any of our nine partner conservatories in Europe and Asia. The program is open to upperclassmen and first-year graduate students.

Partner Conservatories Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark Royal College of Music, London, England Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland Conservatoire de Paris, Paris, France State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland

humanities classes at Barnard MSM undergraduates have the opportunity to take academic Humanities classes at Barnard College during their junior and senior years to meet their Humanities elective requirements.


Community Engagement MSM’s Arts-in-Education program prepares students to be effective artist-educators by offering pedagogical instruction and practical teaching experience in New York City schools. The program reaches more than 2,100 New York City schoolchildren each year. MSM’s Community Engagement program gives students the opportunity to present performances to diverse audiences in New York City, sharing the healing power of music with underserved communities and those who are unable to attend musical performances on their own. Through the Community Engagement program, students are able to expand their performance techniques for diverse audiences in nontraditional concert settings.

DISTANCE LEARNING (THE ORTO CENTER) Using state-of-the-art interactive videoconference technology, the Orto Center (which houses MSM’s groundbreaking Distance Learning program) offers students the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty and artists and engage with fellow student musicians around the world. Through Music Bridges, students can expand their skills as teaching artists, presenting applied music instruction over videoconference to K–12 and community-based learners located in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, the Orto Center’s live-streamed concerts, featuring MSM student ensembles and acclaimed faculty, now attract a worldwide audience. MSMNYC.EDU/PROGRAMS/DISTANCE-LEARNING

The Center for Music Entrepreneurship MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) works with students and alumni to develop the necessary skills to help them create successful and rewarding careers. The CME’s offerings include: •

Career-advancing undergraduate and graduate coursework

Setting the Stage: a professional development workshop series in which entrepreneurial speakers, including many from the MSM community, share their expertise

One-on-one entrepreneurial coaching and career advising for students and alumni

Referral services for varied performing, teaching, and internship opportunities

Resources, both online and in-person, for career and venture development

The CME, in concert with a range of MSM departments, focuses on turning ideas into action – it provides MSM students and alumni resources, “next step” mentoring and inspiration toward traditional and innovative career paths, income streams, and also business models that are transforming the profession. MSMNYC.EDU/PROGRAMS/CENTER-FOR-MUSIC-ENTREPRENEURSHIP 23

ADMISSION AT A GLANCE How To Apply Applicants must submit an online application at APPLY.MSMNYC.EDU/APPLY. See MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSIONS/WHAT-YOULL-NEED-TO-APPLY-TO-MSMCOLLEGE for more information. Some programs require applicants to submit prescreening videos in order to be invited to audition in person. See MSMNYC.EDU/AUDITION to view requirements for your major of interest.

Application and Audition Schedule COVID-19 Update: At this time we are planning to hold in-person auditions. We will continue to monitor the situation in the U.S. and abroad, and we will make adjustments as necessary to protect the health and safety of our applicants and the MSM community. CLASSICAL, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE, and ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Apply




2/19 & 21–26












Chicago: 2/6–8 + *Late round of auditions for certain degree programs and majors. Scholarship opportunities are more limited during May auditions. +

Anticipated dates

English Language Assessment Auditioning applicants whose first language is not English must take an MSM English Assessment. NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY Manhattan School of Music admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.


Manhattan School of Music is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New York State Board of Regents, and the Bureau for Veterans Education.

Tuition and Fees Use our net price calculator at MSMNYC.EDU/NETPRICE TUITION



$990 $49,270

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commuter Direct (Billable) Cost TUITION + DOUBLE ROOM + SILVER MEAL PLAN

$288/y TOTAL

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Scholarships Scholarships are awarded by our Scholarship Committee and are based upon level of performance demonstrated in the entrance auditions, your family’s demonstrated financial need, and the academic performance of the student. The President’s Award is awarded to high-merit students who demonstrate no financial need. These awards are limited to a maximum amount of 25% of tuition. See MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSIONS/SCHOLARSHIPS-FINANCIAL-AID for more information.

Information For more information, visit MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSIONS Contact us at admission@msmnyc.edu or 917-493-4436 Office of Admissions Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 25

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