BE A PART OF IT IN THE HEART OF IT.
2023 –2024 Manhattan
“I LOVE HOW SUPPORTIVE THE ENVIRONMENT IS AT MSM... WE ALL PUSH EACH OTHER TO BECOME BETTER PLAYERS, BUT THERE IS ALSO A REAL SENSE OF COMMUNITY.”
Themba Pieterse (BM ’25) Classical Trumpet
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.
THE MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC DIFFERENCE
ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE. COMMUNITY. OPPORTUNITY.
For over a century, Manhattan School of Music has helped talented musicians from across the globe realize their full potential, launch successful careers, and build fulfilling musical lives. Students learn from world-class faculty members drawn from NYC’s finest music organizations and put their newfound knowledge and skills into practice alongside talented, creative peers who share their passion for music and the world around them.
We invite you to learn more about our vibrant musical family within these pages, online, and by attending or tuning into the hundreds of annual concerts presented by our students, faculty, and guest artists. Experience the Manhattan School of Music community’s warmth and artistic excellence for yourself to better understand the difference an MSM education can make in your life.
As you consider the next steps on your musical journey, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Admission team, faculty, and students. We all look forward to getting to know you better and hope you’ll join us as we reach for the stars together!
James Gandre, President
5 PROGRAMS JAZZ ARTS
Executive Vice President and Provost
Manhattan School of Music is world-renowned for its impressive faculty and the quality of its instruction. These teaching artists understand firsthand what it takes to build a successful music career in the 21st century.
MSM’s orchestral faculty are drawn from the city’s great classical music organizations, including nearly two dozen members of the New York Philharmonic, members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and other prestigious ensembles. Chamber musicians on faculty include current or former members of the American, Brentano, Mendelssohn, Orion and Tokyo string quartets; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; among others.
Resident ensembles American String Quartet and Windscape also coach and give seasonal performances. Faculty soloists can be heard in recitals all over New York.
Many of the Vocal Arts faculty at MSM sing at the city's most prestigious venues, from the Metropolitan Opera to Carnegie Hall. They regularly perform around the globe with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, Vienna State Opera, and Paris Opera, among many others. Faculty also appear as guests with many of the country's leading orchestras, maintaining rich careers both in opera and as recitalists.
MSM's Jazz Arts faculty is comprised of leaders in the field and top performers in the city. Versatile recording and touring artists, many faculty members hold decorated careers as NEA Jazz Masters, Grammy winners and nominees, Academy Award winners, among others. They frequent the city's most well-known jazz clubs, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, and so many more.
The Musical Theatre faculty are professional artists who have created and performed in some of Broadway’s greatest shows, such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Chicago, and countless others. Not only are they highly skilled musicians, but many faculty members also choreograph extensively for premier theatre companies at both national and regional levels.
“MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC IS MUCH MORE THAN A SCHOOL WITH A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS AND DEGREES — IT’S A VIBRANT MUSICAL COMMUNITY WITH ARTISTTEACHERS NURTURING TALENTED STUDENTS THROUGH LESSONS, COACHING, MASTER CLASSES, COURSES, COLLABORATION, AND PERFORMANCE.”
250 WORLD-CLASS FACULTY
49 STATES + DC
785 CLASSICAL STUDENTS (including Graduate Programs in Orchestral Performance and Contemporary Performance Students)
120 MUSICAL STUDENTSTHEATRE
800 + ON-CAMPUS PERFORMANCES
130 JAZZ STUDENTS
16 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
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, Orchestral Conducting, 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, Orchestral Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, and Voice
Professional Performance Diploma (PPD)
An individualized two-year course for students with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue their studies in Collaborative Piano, Composition, Instrumental Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Voice to hone their craft while developing entrepreneurial career skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century
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, Orchestral Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Orchestral Performance, and Voice at an advanced level for competitions, auditions, or careerentry positions
Artist Diploma (AD)
A 1-year course of study for one exceptional student with a Master’s degree who wishes to pursue their studies in Instrumental Performance and Voice at a performance level of the highest international standards with a full scholarship
“I LOVE THE GREAT FACULTY AND STAFF AT MSM. NEARBY RIVERSIDE
PARK AND LINCOLN CENTER ARE A BONUS!”
Natanel Laevsky (BM ’23)
CLASSICAL (BM, MM, DMA, PPD, PS, AD)
Performance Program (Violin, Viola)
Trombone (Tenor, Bass)
JAZZ ARTS (BM, MM, DMA)
Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Trombone (Tenor, Bass)
Bass (Acoustic, Electric)
MUSICAL THEATRE (BM)
Collaborative Piano (Instrumental, Vocal)*
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE (MM, PPD, PS)
Trombone (Tenor, Bass)
CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE (MM)
7 * Graduate studies only
Previous principal conductors have included George Manahan, Director of Orchestral Activities; Kent Tritle; and Leonard Slatkin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies; along with special guests Bernard Labadie (HonDMA ’18), Daniela Candillari, and Perry So.
MSM Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Studio Orchestra
Senior Opera Theatre Orchestra
Musical Theatre Orchestra
Choral Chamber Choir
More than 100 ensembles, including both vocal and instrumental
Graduate Opera Theatre
Mainstage Operas with Orchestra
Chamber Operas with Small Ensemble
Opera Scenes Series
Concert Version with MSM Orchestra
Music Workshop of New Works
MTLab: The New American Songbook
Undergraduate Opera Theatre
Fall Opera Scenes (Juniors & Seniors)
Spring Production with Chamber Orchestra
Spring Chamber Opera with Piano
Reiko Füting, Dean of Academic Core and Head of Composition
Liza Gennaro, Dean of Musical Theatre
Carleen Graham, Dean of Vocal Arts
Ingrid Jensen, Dean of Jazz Arts
JT Kane, Dean of Instrumental Studies and Orchestral Performance
INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES AND ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
Strings & Harp Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp
Nicholas Mann, Strings Chair
String majors are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities and courses taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers. The programs of study for string majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods.
We are fortunate to have had the American String Quartet in residence at Manhattan School of Music since 1984. The ensemble—whose members are violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist
Wolfram Koessel—gives a series of concerts and supervises a group of student chamber ensembles. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.
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Jinwoo Lee (Concertmaster of Milwaukee Symphony), Jacqueline Choi (Soloist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, cello), Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Soloist, Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, violin), Mélanie Genin (Soloist, Locrian Chamber Players, harp), Viviane Hagner (Soloist, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, violin), Judith Insell (Sojourner, Greenwich Symphony, viola), Andrew Janss (Solera Quartet, Escher Quartet cello), Ori Kam (Jerusalem Quartet, viola), Gilad Karni (New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, viola), Dana Leong (Grammy Award, cello), Chang Ho Lim (Bergen Symphony Orchestra, violin), Elmar Oliveira (Tchaikovsky International Competition, Avery Fisher Prize, Naumburg International Competition, violin), Marc Ramirez (Gulbenkian Musica Orchestra, bass), Xiao Wang (Szigeti International Violin Competition, violin), Itamar Zorman (Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, Borletti-Buitoni Award, violin), and many more...
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone
Linda Chesis, Woodwinds Chair
Woodwind majors are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities and courses taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers. The programs of study for woodwind majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.
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Emma Gerstein (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, flute), Yoobin Son (New York Philharmonic, flute), Grace JohnsonShryock (New York Philharmonic, oboe), Elise Shope-Henry (Los Angeles Philharmonic, flute), Dean LeBlanc (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, clarinet), Ingrid Hagan (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Principal Bassoon), Koren McCaffrey (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, flute), Igor Leschishin (Washington National Opera Orchestra, Principal Oboe), Christopher Jewell (Washington National Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Bassoon), Lewis Kirk (Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Assistant Principal Bassoon), Keisuke Wakao (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Oboe), Youn Joo Lee (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Associate Principal Oboe), Laura Vincent (London Philharmonic Orchestra, bassoon), Anna Dina Schick Bjørn-Larsen (Royal Danish Orchestra, flute), and many more...
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
Michelle Baker, Brass Chair
The programs of study for brass majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.
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Raymond Riccomini (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, trumpet), Nathan Zgonc (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Acting Principal Trombone), Jonathan Karschney (Seattle Symphony, Assistant
Principal Horn), Brad White (Houston Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Trombone), Jeffery Karlson (Juneau Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet), Stewart Rose (Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Principal Horn), Joy Branagan
(National Symphony Orchestra, horn), Kyle Turner (Orchestra of St. Luke’s, tuba), Andrew Garcia (West Point Concert Band, Principal Trumpet), Charles Giannelli (United States Army Band, tuba), Craig Arnold (United States Army Band
“Pershing’s Own”, trombone), Adam McColley (United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, trombone), Brian Prunetta (Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Assistant Principal Trumpet), Euan Harvey (Sydney Symphony Orchestra, horn), Yoo-Suk Kim,(Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, trombone), and many more...
Christopher Lamb, Percussion Chair
The programs of study for percussion majors are designed to develop performers with strong fundamental skills and sophisticated musicianship, who can apply these skills to any musical setting: orchestral, solo, chamber, commercial, or nontraditional. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods.
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Dr. Greg Beyer (Due East ensemble, Arcomusical project), David Cossin (Bang on a Can All-Stars, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Sting), Marc Damoulakis (Cleveland Orchestra), Matthew Decker (Seattle Symphony), Brian Doherty (They Might Be Giants; The Silos), Trey Files (Ethos Percussion Group, 2nd Species, Broadway), Ben Fox (Copenhagen Philharmonic), Richard Graber (Nashville Symphony), Stefon Harris (Grammy-nominated jazz vibraphonist), Gabriela Jimenez (Mexico City Philharmonic), Jason Niehoff (U.S. Navy Band), Jay Ritchie (Detroit Symphony), Sean Ritenauer (Broadway), Glen Velez (Grammy Award), Matt Ward (Talujon Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble), Steven White (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Kyle Zerna (New York Philharmonic), Marcelina Suchocka (Principal percussion, Sarasota Orchestra), Joseph Kelly (Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani, Toronto Symphony), and many more...
The Vocal Arts Division’s mission is to provide a high-quality and rigorous curriculum that offers students studying classical voice an opportunity to develop solid vocal technique and musical skills and participate in educational and performing experiences that support their development as autonomous artists who can imagine and confidently explore how they move into the next phase of their professional journey.
MSM opera productions have been praised as a significant contribution to operatic life in New York City and numerous performances have been released as commercial recordings. Opera is not a major, but rather a significant feature of the Vocal Arts experience at MSM.
“MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC IS A VIBRANT MUSICAL COMMUNITY, PROVIDING STUDENTS VALUABLE ACCESS TO HIGHCALIBER FACULTY WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE IN ALL THE DISCIPLINES THAT MAKE OPERA SING.”
Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08, HonDMA ’22)
Graduate students develop their artistry under the guidance of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences through a variety of productions. Juniors and Seniors will participate in a fall opera scenes program and in one of two productions – a fully-staged production with chamber orchestra or a chamber opera with piano.
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Kate Aldrich (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colón), Liam Bonner (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera), J’Nai Bridges (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera), Andrea Carroll (Houston Grand Opera, Wiener Staatsoper), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, English National Opera), Alexandra Deshorties (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera), Ezio Flagello (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State 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), Susan Neves (Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera), Simon O’Neill (Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala), Kyle Pfortmiller (Metropolitan Opera), Amy ShoremountObra (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), and many more...
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.
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David Aronson (Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel), Thomas Bagwell (Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce
Graves, Midori), Christopher Cano (Director of the Cafritz Young
Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative at Washington
National Opera, Arizona Opera), Margo Garrett (Dawn Upshaw, Barbara Bonney, Lucy Shelton, Kathleen Battle), Myra Huang
(Head of Music for the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young
Artist Development Program, Aspen Festival, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee, Nicholas Phan, Sasha Cooke), Kamal Khan
(Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Harolyn Blackwell, Michael Fabiano, Matthew Polenzani, Nadine Sierra, Joshua Bell), Thomas Lausmann (Metropolitan Opera, Weiner Staatsoper, Bayreuther und Salzburger Festspiele, Vienna
Philharmonic), Joseph Lawson, Joseph Li (Wolftrap Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet), John Lidal (Norwegian National Opera & Ballet), Robert McDonald (Isaac Stern, Juilliard String Quartet, American String Quartet), Marie-France
Lefebvre (Metropolitan Opera, Wolftrap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera), Kimberly Grigsby (Broadway MD for Spring Awakening; Caroline, or Change; The Full Monty, Carrie-Ann Matheson Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Eric Owens), Steven Philcox (Canadian Opera Company, Head of Collaborative Piano at University of Toronto), Craig Terry (Music Director of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Janai Brugger, Lawrence Brownlee, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Ailyn Periz, Nicholas Phan, Amber Wagner), Bryan Wagorn (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Marlboro Music Festival), Weiyi Xu (Stanford University, San Diego Symphony), Brian Zeger (Artistic Director of Juilliard Vocal Arts, Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Joyce DiDonato, Denyce Graves), and many more...
Alexandre Moutouzkine & Inesa Sinkevych, Co-Heads
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.
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Sara Davis Buechner (NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, New Japan Symphony), Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz (Manhattan Philharmonia, Philippine Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba), Gustavo
Díaz-Jerez (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony), Wael Farouk (North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of the Arts Orchestra, Manhattan Symphony), Kirill Gerstein (National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic), Hyung-Ki Joo (Igudesman & Joo, recording artist with Billy Joel), Joseph Joubert (The Color Purple, Billy Elliot, Leap of Faith, Caroline, or Change), Youngho Kim (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Busan Philaharmonic, Gwangju Symphony), Adam Marks (Mission Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Into the Woods), Steven Mayer (Leipzig Gewandhaus, Prague Symphony, San Francisco Symphony), Anne-Marie McDermott (La Jolla Summerfest, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest), Marc Peloquin (Palacio de Belles Artes, Darmstadt Festival, Merkin Concert Hall), Dmitry Rachmanov (Steinway Artist, American Liszt Society), Yuan Sheng (Tenerife Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Cuba), Jiaxin Tian (Steinway Artist), Dmitri Vorobiev (Casagrande International Piano Competition), Lu Wang, Xiayin Wang (Baltimore Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma), and many more...
Mark Delpriora, 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.
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Stanley Alexandrowicz (Albany Records artist, Duo "Voice and Guitar"), Rupert Boyd (Boyd Meets Girl duo), Jorge Caballero (Walter W. Naumburg International Competition), Bradley Colten (Caramoor Music Festival, New World Symphony Orchestra, Arc Duo), Nicholas Goluses (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic), Richard Jacobowski (D'Addario artist), Seth Josel (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunksinfonie Orchester Berlin, Catch quartet), Daniel Lippel (International Contemporary Ensemble), Pablo Villegas (Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philharmonic of Israel, Los Angeles Philharmonic), and many more...
expert faculty, student composers are given opportunities to present their work in master classes by world-renowned guest composers and performers.
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Michael Abene, David Amram, Angelo Badalamenti (Grammy Award), Anna Clyne (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Michael Colgrass (New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orcestra, Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellow), John Corigliano (Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize, Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, Academy Award), Sebastian Currier (Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition), Michael Daugherty (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Grammy Awards), Elliot Goldenthal (Academy Award, Golden Globe Award), Adolphus Hailstork (Detroit Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Lyric Opera), Ted Hearne (Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, A Far Cry), Larry Hochman (Emmy Award, Tony Award), Rupert Holmes (Tony Award), Fredrick Kaufman (Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra), Aaron Jay Kernis (Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize, American Classical Music Hall of Fame), Alex Mincek (National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim, Radio France, Wet Ink Ensemble), John Musto (Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Festival), Jack Perla (Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Music Without Walls), Tobias Picker (New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Grammy Award), Don Sebesky (Grammy Award), Joseph Trapanese (Lady and the Tramp, Straight Outta Compton, The Greatest Showman), Jie Wang (New York City Opera, The League of Composers Orchestra), and many more...
George Manahan, Director of Orchestral
The Orchestral Conducting program is a highly selective specialized training for graduate students who intend to become professional conductors, and offers 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 orchestral conducting program is highly selective, allowing each student extensive experience with MSM ensembles.
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“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), Conductor
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 (Boston 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...
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, Birdland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper Hewitt, and other New York City venues. Guest artists have included Terence Blanchard (HonDMA ’17), Sean Jones, Miguel Zenón (MM ’01), and The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong™ All Stars.
“GIGGING AROUND NYC WITH CLASSMATES IS SOMETHING I LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AT MSM.”
Kellin Hanas (BM ’24)
Jazz Studio Orchestra Chamber Jazz Ensemble Repertoire and Reading Big Band
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Over 20 small combos: traditional, contemporary, experimental, swing, bop, Latin, Brazilian, Indian, electronic, and more
Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Fabian Almazan (piano), Patrick Bartley (saxophone), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Ron Carter (double bass, Grammy Award), Harry Connick Jr. (voice, Grammy Award, Emmy Award), Kate Davis (double bass, voice), Justin DiCioccio (drums; former Associate Dean and Chair), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Herbie Hancock (piano, Grammy Awards, Academy Award), Stefon Harris (vibraphone; former Associate Dean and Director), Yusef Lateef (flute, composition, Grammy Award), 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, NEA Jazz Masters, Grammy Award), Miguel Zenón (saxophone), and many more...
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.
Four Fully-Produced Musicals
The Fred Ebb Foundation
Freshman Cabaret Senior Showcase
Musical Theatre Lab Series and more
View previous productions at MSMNYC.EDU/PROGRAMS/MUSICAL-THEATRE/PREVIOUS-PRODUCTIONS
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Kyle Barisich (The Phantom of the Opera, Fox TV's "The Following"), Judith Blazer (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Me and My Girl, Titanic), Kimilee Bryant (The Phantom of the Opera), Cooper Grodin (The Phantom of the Opera National Tour), Shuler Hensley (The Ferryman, Young Frankenstein, Les Misérables, Oklahoma, Tony Award), Amy Justman (The Phantom of the Opera, In Transit, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, White Christmas, Company), Jose Llana (Rent, Streetcorner Symphony, Flower Drum Song, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Drama Desk Award), Alicia Hall Moran (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Nathan Patrick Morgan (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera), Lindsay O’Neil (A Christmas Story The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats), Jasmine Rogers (Mean Girls National Tour, Becoming Nancy), Torinae Norman (My Fair Lady National Tour), N’Kenge Simpson Pacurar (Caroline, or Change; Motown: The Musical), Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller (La Bohème, Tony Award), Alysia Velez (Into the Woods), and many more...
BY PROVIDING REAL-WORLD
PRODUCTIONS, AND ACCESS TO WORLD-CLASS TEACHERS WORKING IN THE FIELD. THE RELATIONSHIPS I BUILT WITH MY NOW MENTORS AND FRIENDS WAS THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF MY TIME AT THE SCHOOL.”
Alysia Velez (BM ’22) Into the Woods
David Chan, Head
The Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance, chaired by David Chan, concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 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.
MSM Symphony Orchestra
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Art of Orchestral Performance Master Class Series
Special Performances (off-campus opportunities)
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 Winston-Salem 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.
Erin Rogers & Matt Ward, Co-Artistic & Administrative Advisors
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.
Composer Workshop/ Reading
Performing with Electronics
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Andy Akiho (percussion), Vicky Chow (piano), Joshua Modney (violin), 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 (Hannah Levinson, viola) ; The Rhythm Method (Leah Aher, violin; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Carrie Frey, viola, Meaghan Burke, cello) ; RighteousGIRLS (Gina Izzo, flute; Erika Dohi, piano), 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) pianist, Bang on a Can All-Stars
WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY
MSM’s location gives 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.
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Situated in Morningside Heights/West Harlem 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. Within easy reach, you’ll also find many of the world’s artistic treasures – Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students enjoy the variety of local restaurants, markets, and coffee shops that surround MSM’s campus. In fact, it is common to find MSM community members at their favorite spots, especially in post-concert celebrations!
RIVERSIDE CHURCH A great performance venue a block away from MSM SAKURA PARK Right across the street from MSM LINCOLN CENTER A quick 15-minute subway ride away
Center Carnegie Hall
TIMES SQUARE BROADWAY THEATRE DISTRICT Birdland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Theatre The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Center for the Performing Arts Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln
The Museum of Modern Art
Village Vanguard Smalls Jazz Club CENTR AL PA RK Harlem
Riverside Church Symphony Space
Manhattan School of Music
Andersen Residence Hall is home to more than half of the MSM student body. Adjoining the school’s main building, Andersen Hall is a dynamic 19-floor building of performance, academic, and residential spaces, featuring five student lounges, laundry facilities, 28 state-of-the-art Wenger practice rooms, a well-equipped fitness room, and 24-hour security. A dining facility is also located in the School’s main building adjacent to the residence. While most of the rooms are doubles, each student is provided with a private phone line and an Ethernet jack. A highlight for many students is the incredible view of the city visible from their windows. Students from all over the world live on campus and participate in social activities, study groups, recreation, clubs, and student organizations. The Office of Residence Life hosts more than 100 social and educational events each year to give students a break from their rigorous daily routine. All freshmen, first-year transfer, and sophomore students are required to live in Andersen Hall.
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STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION
The Student Affairs Division supports academic endeavors while working to build a sense of community and pride at Manhattan School of Music, both inside and outside the classroom. It is the goal of Student Affairs to create engaged citizens who, following their own individual paths, become the next generation of contributing adults in the arts and the world. Student Affairs organizes a wide variety of activities, including Orientation, Friends & Family Weekend, neighborhood outings, and community service opportunities.
After completing a year on campus, students are invited to apply for student leadership positions such as Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, and International Peer Advisor. These students serve as representatives of MSM and go through training to provide mentorship and support for the rest of the student body
Health & Counseling
Manhattan School of Music offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, with on-campus resources and counseling available to all students at the School. Our experienced counseling staff offers each student 8-10 free sessions of short-term and confidential counseling. Our Counseling Center is conveniently located on the first floor of MSM’s main building. Students can stay fit with our Andersen Residence Hall gym or take advantage of our discounted rates at the Columbia University gym next door.
“GAINING LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE STUDENT GOVERNMENT, BLACK STUDENT UNION, QUEERMSM, AND WOMXN WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY MSM EXPERIENCE.”
Chira Bell (BM ’22)
With 16 different student organizations, including Student Government, the Black Student Union, MSM Womxn, and Queer People for the Betterment of Society, our students are able to build leadership and interpersonal skills while contributing to the MSM community. Student organizations form around varied shared interests ranging from playing soccer to making connections across cultures. Students are encouraged to establish new organizations each year which contribute to our dynamic campus life. Visit MSMNYC.EDU/STUDENT-ORGANIZATIONS to learn more.
CULTURAL INCLUSION INITIATIVE
The Cultural Inclusion Initiative launched in 2019 with a mission to foster diversity, equity, and inclusive practices throughout MSM by auditing current practices, identifying areas where additional attention is needed to achieve change, and creating regular discussion forums for students, faculty, and staff. The Initiative provides support and opportunities for each of us in the MSM Community to: develop a greater understanding of our own worldview and how it influences our actions; consider how we are positioned in relation to others and recognize differences based on our respective worldviews; seek out opportunities for greater openness to new and unfamiliar ideas and behaviors, to diverse cultures and cultural backgrounds, and to all identities; take risks in our learning by developing greater openness and to learn more about ourselves and those in our Community; and take action to promote equity on and off campus.
In 2020–21, the Initiative offered 13 training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, and launched the newly created Black Creators Initiative, which saw all performances at MSM include a Black creator or one from the African diaspora. In addition, the inaugural Artist Scholar program included luminaries like composer Anthony Davis, NEA Award-winning drummer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington, and Oprah Book Club author Tayari Jones. Artist Scholars contribute panel discussions, special performances, and master classes to the MSM Community.
We want to acknowledge that we gather as Manhattan School of Music on the traditional land of the Lenape and Wappinger past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.
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.
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.
Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney, Australia
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, 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.
Manhattan School of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Royal College of Music (London), the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna have joined forces to form the Global Conservatoire, an ambitious digital learning environment that will expand each institutional partner’s course offerings, opening up a new and flexible world of asynchronous courses against a rich cultural backdrop. This innovative partnership brings faculty and students from each of the five institutional partners into an online classroom, cultivating an international exchange of ideas.
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 livestreamed concerts, featuring MSM student ensembles and acclaimed faculty, now attract a worldwide audience. MSMNYC.EDU/PROGRAMS/DISTANCE-LEARNING
THE CENTER FOR CAREER READINESS & COMMUNITY IMPACT (CCRCI)
The mission of The Center for Career Readiness & Community Impact is:
• To support our students’ educational and professional growth as they pursue personally meaningful career paths
• To provide experiential learning opportunities
• To reflect our goal of graduating culturally responsive artist-citizens
In addition to career-advancing coursework, the program’s highlights include: a series of arts partnerships with local K–12 schools and memory care facilities; MSM performances for visiting school groups; teaching placements for CCRCI participants; a dynamic calendar of Setting the Stage workshops; resources for current students/alumni (including the Hire A Musician referral service, Private Teacher Directory, and Online Opportunities Board); and oneon-one career advising. In addition, the CCRCI continues to oversee the pipeline degree program in music education with Teachers College, as well as the newly expanded internship program that offers an array of experiential learning opportunities to enhance students’ education. MSMNYC.EDU/CCRCI
A DAY IN THE LIFE
On campus at MSM, our students enjoy busy and varied class schedules filled with lessons, rehearsals, classes, and concerts, but they also have access to our vibrant neighborhood and the rest of New York City, just a subway ride away.
CLASSICAL VOICE MAJOR
CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT MAJOR
REHEARSING FOR A FRIEND’S RECITAL
MUSIC THEORY 1
MUSIC THEORY 1
SYMPHONIC CHORUS RECITAL
CHAMBER REHEARSAL ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL
DICTION 9 AM 10 AM 11 AM 12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 5 PM 6 PM 7 PM 8 PM 9 PM 10 PM 11 PM
JAZZ HARMONY/ COUNTERPOINT STUDIO VOICE ACTING /HUMANITIES JAZZ ARTS MAJOR MUSICAL THEATRE MAJOR ACTING THE SONG/ MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY 9 AM 10 AM 11 AM 12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM 5 PM 6 PM 7 PM 8 PM 9 PM 10 PM 11 PM MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE HUMANITIES JAZZ EAR TRAINING MAJOR LESSON PRACTICE JAZZ COMBO CONCERT GIG AT SMALLS IN THE WEST VILLAGE REHEARSAL
WHAT INSTITUTIONS DO OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS ATTEND BEFORE COMING TO MSM?
Here are the top 18 most represented previous institutions (other than MSM) in the incoming class of graduate students:
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL
New York, New York
MANNES THE NEW SCHOOL
New York, New York
EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Rochester, New York
NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
OBERLIN COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY
PEABODY CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
YALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
New Haven, Connecticut
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
CHINA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
CENTRAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
CONSERVATORIUM VAN AMSTERDAM
SICHUAN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
TAIPEI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
Taipei City, Taiwan
XINGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
ZHEJIANG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Recent institutions our GRADUATE STUDENTS previously attended:
Anhui University (China) , Austin College, Bard College, Beijing University (China) , Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Brigham Young University, CalArts, California State University - Fullerton, California State University - Los Angeles, California State University
- Sacramento, Capital Normal University (China) , Centro Superior Katarina Gurksa (Spain) , Chicago College of Performing Arts, China University of Petroleum (China) , Chung Ang University (South Korea) , Cleveland Institute Music, Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles (France) , Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, CUNY Hunter College, CUNY Queens College, DePaul University, Dong-A University (South Korea) , East China
Normal University (China) , EMESP Tom Jobim (Brazil) , Facultad de Música UNAM (Mexico) ,
Florida State University, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts (Netherlands) , George Mason University, Grant Macewan University (Canada) , Guangxi Arts University
(China) , Hamburg University of Music & Theatre (Germany) , Hannover University of Music
(Germany) , Hanyang University (South Korea) , Haute École de Musique (Switzerland) , Hebei
Normal University (China) , HKU Utrechts Conservatorium (Netherlands) , Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (Germany) , Hunan Normal University (China) , Illinois State University, James Madison University, Keimyung University (South Korea) , Korea National University of Arts
(South Korea) , Kyung-Hee University (South Korea) , Kyungpook National University (South Korea) , Lawrence University, Michigan State University, Monash University (Australia) , Musikene - Superior School of Music of the Basque Country (Spain) , National Taipei
University of Education (Taiwan) , National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan) , New York University, Northwestern University, Oakwood College, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Occidental College, Old Dominion University, Portland State University, Rice University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Royal College of Music (United Kingdom) , Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (United Kingdom) , Royal Northern College of Music (United Kingdom) , Rutgers University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, Sangmyung university (South Korea) , Schola Cantorum Paris (France) , Sejong University
(South Korea) , Shanghai Normal University (China) , Shenandoah University, Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China) , Sibelius Academy (Finland) , Sichuan Conservatory Of Music (China) , Soochow University (Taiwan) , Sookmyung Women’s University (South Korea) , South China Normal University (China) , State University of Music and Performing Arts (Germany) , Stephen F. Austin State University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (Denmark) , Syracuse University, Taipei National University of Arts (Taiwan) , Texas A&M, The Central Conservatory of Music (China) , The Hartt School, The Royal Danish Academy of Music (Denmark) , The University of Mississippi, The University of the Witswatersrand (South Africa) , Tokyo University of The Arts (Japan) , Tunghai University (Taiwan) , UCLA, University of Maryland, University Of Melbourne (Australia) , University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Texas, University of South Carolina, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Taipei (Taiwan) , University of Texas at Arlington, University of the Pacific, University of Tulsa, Utah Valley University, Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand) , Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University, Western Connecticut State University, Wuhan Conservatory of Music (China) , Xi’an Conservatory of Music (China) , Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China) , Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore) , Yonsei University (South Korea)
Recent UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS previously attended over 150 different schools from across the globe!
Hoover High School (Hoover, AL) , Highland High School (Gilbert, AZ) , Carlmont High School (Belmont, CA) , Berkeley High School (Berkeley, CA) , California School of the Arts (Duarte, CA) , Idyllwild Arts Academy (Idyllwild, CA) , Acalanes High School (Lafayette, CA) , Livermore High School (Livermore, CA) , Futures Academy Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, CA) , Heritage Christian School (North Hills, CA) , Laurel Springs School (Ojai, CA) , Ocean Grove
Charter School (Placerville, CA) , California Connections-Ripon (Ripon, CA) , San Gorgonio High School (San Bernardino, CA) , San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (San Diego, CA) , San Juan Hills High School (San Juan Capo, CA) , Aragon High School (San Mateo, CA) , Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, CA) , Prospect High School (Saratoga, CA) , Santa Susana High School (Simi Valley, CA) , Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO) , Branford High School (Branford, CT) , Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Multi-Magnet High School (Bridgeport, CT) , Fairfield Ludlowe High School (Fairfield, CT) , Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, CT) , Southington High School (Southington, CT) , Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC) , Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft Lauderdale, FL) , Immaculata
Lasalle High School (Miami, FL) , New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL) , Camden County High School (Kingsland, GA) , Parkview High School (Lilburn, GA) , Vine Academy (Burr Ridge, IL) , Chicago Academy for the Arts (Chicago, IL) , The Chicago Academy for the Arts (Chicago, IL) , Geneva Community High School (Geneva, IL) , Saint Charles East High School (Saint Charles, IL) , Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA) , Hopkinton High School (Hopkinton, MA) , Walnut Hill School (Natick, MA) , Liberty High School (Eldersburg, MD) , Hall-Dale High School (Farmingdale, ME) , Detroit School Of Arts (Detroit, MI) , Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI) , Columbia-Rock Bridge Senior High School (Columbia, MO) , University of North Carolina School of The Arts (Winstin Salem, NC) , Ridge High School (Basking Ridge, NJ) , Villa Victoria Academy (Ewing, NJ) , Lincoln High School (Jersey City, NJ) , Eastern Christian High School (North Haledon, NJ) , Parsippany High School (Parsippany, NJ) , Princeton High School (Princeton, NJ) , Rutherford High School (Rutherford, NJ) , Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Astoria, NY) , Commack High School (Commack, NY) , Forest Hills High School (Forest Hills, NY) , Waldorf School of Garden City (Garden City, NY) , Walt Whitman High School (Huntington Station, NY) , Plainedge High School (N Massapequa, NY) , LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (New York, NY) , Professional Childrens School (New York, NY) , Niskayuna High School (Niskayuna, NY) , Bexley High School (Bexley, OH) , School Creative Performing Arts (Cincinnati, OH) , Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, OH) , Hudson High School (Hudson, OH) , Willamette High School (Eugene, OR) , Central Bucks High School West (Doylestown, PA) , Villa Joseph Marie High School (Holland, PA) , Central High School (Philadelphia, PA) , Pine Forge Academy (Pine Forge, PA) , North Allegheny Senior HS (Wexford, PA) , Escuela Libre De Musica Antonio Paoli (Gurabo, PR) , West Florence High School (Florence, SC) , Vista Ridge High School (Cedar Park, TX) , Cypress Ranch High School (Cypress, TX) , High School Perform & Vis Arts (Houston, TX) , Saint Francis Episcopal School (Houston, TX) , Stephens Academy (Houston, TX) , Cinco Ranch High School (Katy, TX) , Seven Lakes High School (Katy, TX) , Rockwall High School (Rockwall, TX) , Woodlands High School (The Woodlands, TX) , Battlefield High School (Haymarket, VA) , Liberty University Online Academy (Lynchburg, VA) , Garfield High School (Seattle, WA) , Vashon Island High School (Vashon, WA) , Rufus King International High School (Milwaukee, WI)
Attached School of Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China) , Attached School of Shandong Normal University (Jinan, China) , Beijing Keystone Academy (Beijing, China) , British Vietnam Intrntl-Vincom (Hanoi, Vietnam) , Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy (Beijing, China) , Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom) , Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud (Bordeaux, France) , Earl Haig Secondary School (Toronto, Canada) , Edvard
Munch VGS (Oslo, Norway) , Etobicoke School Of The Arts (Toronto, Canada) , Fuzhou No.18 High School (Fuzhou, China) , High School Attached to Liaoning Normal University (Dalian, China) , High School Attached to Ocean University of China (Qingdao, China) , High School
Attached to ShenYang Conservatory of Music (ShenYang, China) , Kaohsiung Senior High School (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) , Lamartine (Paris, France) , National Chupei Senior High School (Hsinchu Country, Taiwan) , National Experimental High School (Hsinchu, Taiwan) , North London Collegiate Jeju (Jeju, South Korea) , Pre-College Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou, China) , Prepa Tec Cumbres (Monterrey, Mexico) , Pui Ching Middle School Macau (Macau, Macau S.A.R.) , Pyungchon (Anyang, South Korea) , Queen’s Elite Academy of Canada (Toronto, Canada) , Roedean School (Johannesburg, South Africa) , Saigon South International School (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) , Saint Paul American School (Beijing, China) , Secondary Arts School Affiliated to Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu, China) , Shandong Weifang No.1 Middle School (Weifang, China) , Shanghai American School Pudon (Shanghai, China) , Shenzhen Arts School (Shenzhen, China) , Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy (Shenzhen, China) , Taipei Municipal Jianguo High (Taipei City, Taiwan) , The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan) , The American School of Las Palmas (Las Palmas, Spain) , The Jerusalem High School for the Arts (Jerusalem, Israel) , The Music School attached to Xinghai Consevatory of music (Guanzghou, China) , The Nairobi Academy (Nairobi, Kenya) , ULink College Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China) , Undergrad Mestre Vert, Carcaixent (Carcaixent, Spain) , Vanke Meisha Academy (Shenzhen, China) , Wells Cathedral School (Wells, United Kingdom) , Whimoon High School (Seoul, South Korea) , Yingkou High School (Yingkou, China)
Azusa Pacific University, Batumi Art Teaching University (Georgia) , Brigham Young University, Clark College, Cleveland Institute of Music, Desales University, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Marianopolis College (Canada) , Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) , Royal College of Music (United Kingdom) , Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (Belgium) , Rutgers University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Schnittke
Moscow State Institute of Music (Russia) , Southern New Hampshire University, Temple University, University of Southern California, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina)
ADMISSION AT A GLANCE
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must submit an online application at APPLY.MSMNYC.EDU/APPLY
MSM offers in-person auditions on campus from late February through early March. Virtual auditions may also be available, depending on an applicant's program of study and place of residence. See MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSION/WHAT-YOULL-NEED-TO-APPLY-TO-MSM-COLLEGE 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
September 1 Application Opens
December 1 Application Due
January 13–14 & 27–28 Musical Theatre Auditions
February 26–March 8 Classical, Jazz, Contemporary
Performance and Orchestral Performance Auditions
March 1 Musical Theatre Decisions Released
April 1 Decisions Released
Late applications are accepted as space allows following regular auditions. Late auditions are conducted via recorded video submissions during April and May. Email email@example.com after April 1 to inquire about availability.
English Language Assessment
Marcos Ruiz (BM ’23) Classical Flute
All applicants whose native language is not English must submit a DuoLingo exam score by December 1, 2023.
DuoLingo is an online exam that can be taken at home on your schedule at ENGLISHTEST.DUOLINGO.COM
Exam scores must be from the year 2023.
Students with low English proficiency may be required to attend MSM’s Summer English Study program
The Manhattan School of Music Admission Team is excited to connect with you both on campus and virtually this year! MSM’s events are offered both in-person and online, covering a variety of topics, from the application and admission process to the student experience. To register for a campus tour, visit MSMNYC.EDU/CAMPUS/VISIT-MSM . 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
“I LOVE WELCOMING PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO CAMPUS DURING AUDITION WEEK.”
2023–2024 TUITION AND FEES
Use our net price calculator at MSMNYC.EDU/NETPRICE
Scholarships and Financial Aid
MSM scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s financial need and on an applicant’s talent as captured by the entrance audition, application, academic records, and social and community engagement. Applicants who demonstrate a high level of talent and do not demonstrate financial need are eligible to receive more limited scholarship assistance through the MSM Presidential Scholarship. In addition, US citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for federal financial aid, which may include loans and grants.
See MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSION/SCHOLARSHIPS-FINANCIAL-AID for more information.
For more information, visit MSMNYC.EDU/ADMISSION
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Office of Admissions
Manhattan School of Music
130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027
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 & FEES TOTAL $54,600 ROOM standard double $11,400 single $15,875 triple $9,425 TUITION $53,500 FEES $1,100 RESIDENT MEAL PLANS (declining balance, can add funds at any time) gold $5,950/y silver $4,500/y bronze $3,300/y commuter $600/y