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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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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