Orientation Week 2016 begins at MSM with Move-In Day

Manhattan School of MusicWednesday morning was a busy day at Manhattan School of Music  — hundreds of new MSM students settled into their residences in Andersen Hall during “Move-In Day.”

On hand from 8am to 1pm were dozens of MSM staff, faculty and volunteers — including MSM President James Gandre —  greeting students and families,  helping people unload cars and taxis,  carrying boxes, musical instruments, coffee makers, pillows and other prized personal possessions.

Our official team of volunteers– current MSM students – were easy to spot in their yellow T-shirts created by the volunteer team with the MSM Design Office.

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Manhattan School of MusicMSM President James Gandre helps out on Claremont Avenue 

Students from 37 countries and 31 States

This week Manhattan School of Music is welcoming 455 new students coming from 37 countries and 31 states across the US – all chosen out of 2,700 applicants. We are proud to be a worldwide, international family.

Breaking the numbers down even more, of the 455 arrivals joining us we have:

  • 159 freshmen
  • 15 undergraduate transfers
  • 217 Masters students
  • 48 Professional Studies students
  • 14 new doctoral students
  • 2 Artist Diploma Students

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Move-In day kicks off a busy week: In addition to placement exams and auditions, information sessions and music performances, there are also trips all around the city to Broadway shows, The Bronx Zoo, the Highline, touring the Steinway piano factory, an evening at the classic Apollo Theatre in Harlem and a sunset cruise in the waters around Manhattan.

For a full schedule of the week’s events, please visit our Orientation page.


Everyone at MSM wishes our new students a big welcome!

It’s moving day at MSM!

Moving day

Big news at Manhattan School of Music — this week we’re clearing out dozens of administration offices to make way for new practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, teaching studios, and classrooms at 120 Claremont Avenue. Many of our admin staff is moving to office space on the 4th floor of Andersen Hall next door.

Work is also underway to build 28 new practice rooms in Andersen Hall — the space will also include restrooms and a lounge area. AND, in the basement of Andersen Hall, a dividable acting and dance studio is being built to meet the needs of the new Musical Theatre program.

You can follow the progress of the construction in Andersen Hall on an information board located in the student lounge near the security desk where photos are being put up on a time line (photo below).

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