MSM Students and Alumni Shine at the Aspen Music Festival

This summer, numerous recent graduates and current students of Manhattan School of Music’s voice program appeared in high-level operatic performances at the Aspen Music Festival.

A summer of study at the Aspen Opera Center offers young singers a variety of performance opportunities, including two fully-staged operas, opera scenes, master classes, and chamber recitals.

Aspen Opera Center’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata featured several current MSM students and recent alumni in prominent roles. Anna Dugan (MM ’16) made her role debut as Violetta, and both SeokJong Baek (MM ’18) and Sol Jin (MM ’15) appeared as Germont. Sol Jin will return to Houston Grand Opera Studio as a young artist this fall.

Anna Dugan in MSM’s 2015 production of The Dangerous Liaisons

La Clemenza di Tito, conducted by Jane Glover (a recent guest conductor at MSM), gave two singers from Manhattan School of Music the opportunity to revisit familiar roles. Abigail Shapiro (MM ’17, PS ’18) sang the role of Vitellia, and Hayan Kim (MM ’17) appeared as Servilia.

Both singers had previously appeared in same roles in MSM’s Fall 2016 production of the opera, and the two even wore the same costumes designed by Tracy Dorman. Brian Michael Moore (MM ’17) covered the title role. Following the Aspen Music Festival, Moore will return Los Angeles for his second season in LA Opera’s Young Artist Program.

Abigail Shapiro as Vitellia in MSM’s 2016 production of La Clemenza di Tito

Several MSM singers appeared in Aspen Opera Center’s scenes program. Most notably, SeokJong Baek gave an astounding performance of “Nedda! Silvio!” from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Tenor Yang Chen (MM ’17) and soprano Caroline Dunigan (BM ’14) appeared in scenes programs, concerts, and in the opera chorus.

Pianist Jonathan Gmeinder (MM ’16) returned to the Aspen Opera Center this summer as a Fellowship Pianist. This fall, he will join the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio as a young artist focusing on vocal accompaniment and coaching.

Many Manhattan School of Music students spend all or part of their summers at festivals, learning from new teachers and performing with new colleagues. Others choose to travel, visit family, or work.

We hope that everyone had a productive summer, and we look forward to greeting all Manhattan School of Music students next week!

 

Top photo: from MSM’s 2016 production of La Clemenza di Tito

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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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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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