MSM student “Talking Circles” rooted in Native American tradition

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Report by Rosalind Zhang

Earlier this month, 16 MSM students attended the first annual Talking Circles Retreat hosted by the Department of Student Affairs at the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York.

The gathering is rooted in the Native American tradition — specifically that of the Mi’kmaq people of Canada — who used the Talking Circle as a method for solving interpersonal problems (more photos below).

During their time at the retreat, the MSM students took part in various activities to generate dialogue and leadership on issues such as diversity and social justice.

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Join us this summer for CAMP MSM! Applications now available: Due January 9, 2017

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Looking for an immersive music camp experience in New York City in voice or instrumental ?

Applications are now being accepted for musicians ages 8-17 at CAMP MSM at Manhattan School of Music in July 2017 — a program that’s unique in New York City.

Set on a college campus in the heart of NYC, Camp MSM is residential camp (with a day camp option)  that provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater and instrumental music.

For more detailed information about dates and fees, please visit the CAMP MSM webpage or email us at: summercamp@msmnyc.edu

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Multiple Grammy Nominee Stefon Harris Named Director of MSM’s Prestigious Jazz Arts Program

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Stefon Harris,  One of the Most Important Artists in Jazz today, will Join Manhattan School of Music  in July 2017

November 14, 2016 (NEW YORK, NY) – Manhattan School of Music President James Gandre announced today that four-time Grammy Award nominee and eight-time Jazz Journalist award-winner Stefon Harris – himself a distinguished alumnus of the School – will join MSM in July 2017 as Associate Dean and Director of the Jazz Arts program.

“We are thrilled to announce that Stefon Harris, who earned both a Bachelor of Music in 1995 and a Master of Music in 1997, will formally return to MSM next year to lead our renowned Jazz Arts program,” says President Gandre. “As the music world already knows, Stefon is an endlessly talented musician and composer, but he is also an extremely accomplished educator with an impressive track record in and passion for jazz education. We know that he will bring that depth of experience to bear on his work leading MSM’s Jazz Arts program, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him home.”

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November 3-6 is MSM Friends & Family Weekend!

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Friends and Family weekend is a fun time for the loved ones of our students to experience all that Manhattan School of Music and NYC have to offer.

From classes and lectures to receptions and recitals, we want to showcase the vast and talented community that is MSM. We hope you will join us! See the full schedule below!

For more information please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 917-493-4525 or cwilson@msmnyc.edu.

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PANEL DISCUSSION at Manhattan School of Music on October 25 “Orchestras: Today and Beyond”

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A Featured Event of the 1st Annual Manhattan School of Music / Detroit Symphony Orchestra CONDUCTORS’ PROJECT

A panel discussion on Tuesday Oct 25 at MSM with leaders and members of several US orchestras will look at the orchestral world today, and where things could be heading tomorrow.

During the event – hosted by MSM’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) and part of the 1st annual Manhattan School of Music / Detroit Symphony Orchestra CONDUCTORS’ PROJECT —  the panelists will share thoughts on the evolving roles and expectations of musicians and administrators working in professional music organizations.

“Over the nearly fifty years I’ve been in the orchestral world, I’ve seen significant changes in the way musicians and administrators approach their jobs,” comments panel participant Detroit Symphony Music Director Leonard Slatkin who is also MSM’s recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies.

He’ll be joined by Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic;  Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New World Symphony (MM ’78) and Carl Schiebler, Orchestra Personnel Manager at the New York Philharmonic —  as well as MSM alumni Loretta O’Sullivan (BM ’75, cello),Yoobin Son (PS ’10 OP Flute/AD ’11 Flute) and Colin Williams (’97, trombone).

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MSM Inaugural Benefit Concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD on Thursday Oct 13, 2016

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Concert organized by MSM student Adam Goldstein supports suicide prevention and The Jed Foundation

“The idea came to me at the end of first semester last year, when I couldn’t get to sleep,” recalls MSM sophomore Adam Goldstein with a laugh, thinking about the path he’s taken over the past year to help launch and organize Manhattan School of Music’s first benefit concert MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD — that he and MSM hope will become an annual event.

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Adam Goldstein and MSM student volunteers shopping for the concert reception

Ever since the voice major approached MSM faculty and staff about the idea, he’s had full support, starting from the Student Engagement Office to

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Fall 2016 Concert Highlights at Manhattan School of Music

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Here’s a selection of more than a dozen special performances taking place at Manhattan School of Music this Fall

During the academic year at Manhattan School of Music at 122nd and Broadway in New York City, more than 600 concerts showcase the talents of its current students, alumni and faculty members, often performing with visiting conductors, soloists and musicians from around the globe.

Nearly all concerts are free of charge to the public

The jazz, opera, classical music, musical theater performances and master classes take place in four of MSM’s halls and auditoriums: Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium), Greenfield Hall, Ades Performance Space and Miller Auditorium.

This season, featured concerts with MSM students will also take place at the performance space National Sawdust in Brooklyn and at Lincoln Center.

Read our full 2016-17 season concert performance calendar here

Listed below  our short-list for the fall. For complete listings and concert details, please read our 2016-17 program online, or drop by MSM to pick up a paper copy at the reception desk. Any changes in programming will appear in our daily updated listing.

See you at MSM!

SEPT 30

MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra: “The Complete Bird With Strings” – a tribute to Charlie Parker’s orchestral recordings

OCT 7-8

MSM Chamber Orchestra at National Sawdust in Brooklyn: “The House Taken Over”; a co-production of MSM and the festival of Aix-en-Provence

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OCT 24-28

The 1st Annual Manhattan School of Music/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor’s Project: Leonard Slatkin, distinguished visiting artist in conducting and orchestral studies

OCT 28

MSM Symphony Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin conducting; works by Brahms, Copland and Shostakovich

NOV 9 & 12

MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir with the New York Philharmonic: “Daphnis et Chloe” at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

NOV 10

MSM Philharmonia Orchestra: Perry So, Conductor; works by Shostakovich and Mussorgsky

NOV 11

MSM Jazz Orchestra: “Miles Ahead” – a tribute to Miles Davis featuring MSM artist-in-residence Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone

NOV 18 & 20

MSM Opera Theatre “Opera Scenes”: “Desire, Delight and Deception”

DEC 8-11

MSM Opera Theatre: “La Clemenza di Tito” Tickets: $30 adults; $15 seniors and students