Success Stories

Explore Recent News and Success Stories about MSM Students, Alumni, and Faculty.

  • Mar 4, 2024Orchestra Performance Program
    Alumni

    MSM Orchestral Performance alumna Kayla Burggraf (MM ’16) named Associate Principal Flute with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

    MSM Orchestral Performance alumna Kayla Burggraf (MM ’16) studied at MSM with Robert Langevin. She joined the Kansas City Symphony as piccolo and flute in the 2019/20 season. She was previously a fellow with the New World Symphony, served as Principal Flute of the Des Moines and Ann Arbor Symphonies and a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

    During the 2022-23 season she is playing Guest Principal Flute with the San Francisco Symphony for selected weeks as well as for their European tour with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and as solo piccolo and in the flute sections of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony among others. She has worked with such notable conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Stern, Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden among others.

    Learn  more about Kayla Burggraf here.

  • Mar 3, 2024Woodwinds
    Students

    MSM woodwinds student Lucy Rubin wins 3rd prize at the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Young Artist Competition.

    MSM woodwinds student Lucy Rubin (MM ’25)  from Highland Park, Illinois, has placed third at the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Young Artist Competition.

    Lucy Rubin is flutist and music theorist pursuing a Master of Music in Classical Flute under Linda Chesis at the Manhattan School of Music. She recently graduated from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia as a First Honors Graduate (4.0 GPA) with degrees in music performance and music theory, studying under Angela Jones-Reus. She was principal flute of the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Hodgson Wind Ensemble, a member of the UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and numerous chamber ensembles.

    More information about Lucy Rubin here.
    More information about the competition here.

  • Mar 3, 2024Orchestra Performance Program
    Alumni

    MSM Orchestral Performance alumna Xiaoxuan Shi (MM ’22) receives tenured position with the San Diego Orchestra

    MSM Orchestral Performance alumna Xiaoxuan Shi (MM ’22) won a violin position with the San Diego Symphony in 2022 and recently received tenure in the orchestra.

    Xiaoxuan has won numerous international and national competitions including the Vivo International Music Competition in New York, Singapore International Violin Competition and the China National Violin Competition.

    She has appeared as a soloist with the Adelphi Orchestra, MSM Chamber ensemble, Singapore Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Kids’ Philharmonic in Singapore. An experienced orchestral player, she has served in leadership positions at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Chamber Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Apex Ensemble and Yale Philharmonia.

    Learn more about Xiaoxuan Shi here.

  • Mar 2, 2024Woodwinds
    Students

    MSM student Lorien Britt wins first place in the Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) Collegiate Flute Competition

    MSM student Lorien Britt (BM’26) won first place in the COFA Collegiate Flute Competition in Ohio on March 2.

    Lorien Britt currently studies flute performance with MSM Woodwinds Department Chair Linda Chesis. She is from Dallas, Texas, where she studied flute with Claire Johnson.

    Lorien received the Outstanding Performer distinction at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest every year she had been in attendance. She has performed for several world-renowned flutists, such as Jasmine Choi, Paul Edmund-Davies, Lorna McGhee, and James Walker.

    More information about the competition here.

  • Feb 27, 2024Strings
    Students

    Current MSM strings student Risa Hokamura performs at The Morgan Library & Museum on February 28

    Violinist and MSM student Risa Hokamura (BM ’24) is performing a recital at NYC’s prestigious The Morgan Library & Museum on February 28 at noon with a program that includes solo works by Ysaÿe, Symanowski, and Ravel, plus Dvořák’s Terzetto in C Major.

    The event in the Gilder Lehrman Hall also features guest artists from the YCA family violinist Lun Li and violist Toby Appel. Tickets to this performance include access to current exhibitions.

    Watch video of Risa with details about the concert here.

  • Feb 20, 2024Opera
    Alumni

    Three MSM alumni win top awards in the 52nd George and Nora London Foundation Competition

    MSM alumni mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner (BM ’19), tenor Samuel White (PS ’18), and baritone Benjamin Dickerson (BM ’17) have been named winners in the 2024 George and Nora London Foundation Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers, one of the opera world’s oldest and most prestigious competitions. They are pictured above along with the other four principal award winners.

    The winners were announced after the competition’s final round on February 16 which took place at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, with both an in-person and online audience.

    Erin Wagner, from El Paso, Texas sang “Sein wir wieder gut” from Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and won the George London Award of $12,000 in memory of Mary Palumbo, sponsored by Donald Palumbo.

    Samuel White, from Columbia, South Carolina sang “Amfortas! Die Wunde” from Wagner’s Parsifal won the George London Award of $12,000 in memory of Lloyd E. Rigler, sponsored by The Lloyd E. Rigler and Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, James D. Rigler, President.

    Benjamin Dickerson, from Burlington, Vermont, sang “Nemico della patria” from Giordano’s Andrea Chénier won the George London Award of $12,000 in memory of Lois Kirschenbaum, sponsored by the George and Nora London Foundation for Singers.

    Learn more about the competition here.

  • Feb 19, 2024Piano
    Students

    MSM piano student Jas Ogiste receives critical praise from The New York Times

    MSM piano student Jas Ogiste (MM  ’25), who studies at MSM with Jiayin Li, was singled out by The New York Times in its recent review of “The Chevalier,” a production about the composer Joseph Boulogne, also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who was born in Guadeloupe in 1745.

    “The pianist Jas Ogiste performs tender, yearning solos for Marie Antoinette’s character,” writes The New York Times.

    The production took place at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights in New York City, and will be available for streaming later in February.

    Jas Ogiste was performing as a member of the The Harlem Chamber Players, praised by the paper as offering “sparkling, taut performances.”

    New York Classical Review also applauded Jas Ogiste’s performance: “Pianist Jas Ogiste of the Harlem ensemble ably accompanied Elliott in Bologne’s violin sonatas and set a reflective tone for the epilogue with a moody solo, the composer’s Adagio in F minor.”

    The Jas Ogiste was recently featured in MSM’s Black History Month concert which can be seen here.

    Read the New York Times review here.
    Read the New York Classical Review here.

     

  • Feb 17, 2024Jazz
    Alumni

    MSM alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire is featured on the cover of DownBeat

    MSM alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire (BM ’05) has been named Best Trumpeter by DownBeat for eight years in a row and the venerable magazine — along with respected general news publications including The Guardian, The Irish Times, and the Wall Street Journal — is giving high critical praise to his latest album Owl Song.

    DownBeat gives Owl Song a five-star review describing it as “a quiet rush of gorgeous sound where space, tone and beauty come together in one of the most impactful albums of 2023… This is one of the most interesting recordings to come along in a very long time by one of the most interesting artists of our time.”

    Read the full DownBeat review here.

  • Feb 15, 2024Precollege
    Faculty

    MSM Precollege faculty member and MSM alumna Kariné Poghosyan performs in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall

    MSM Precollege faculty member Kariné Poghosyan (MM ’05, DMA ’07) performed to a full house at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 14.

    The centerpiece of the program was the centennial celebration of the world premiere of George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue which debuted on February 12, 1924. The concert was presented by the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations.

    “We were happy to have partnered, once again this year, with our distinguished artist, the New York-based Armenian-American pianist Kariné Poghosyan, to bring together dear friends and colleagues,” said His Excellency Ambassador Mher Margaryan during pre-concert remarks before the group of Permanent Representatives of the U.N. member states.

    The Armenian Weekly is calling the performance “magnificent… (she has) impeccable phrasing, breathtaking vulnerability and power.”

    The cultural advisor of the Embassy of Armenia to the U.S., Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian said “Kariné Poghosyan is one of those virtuoso spectacular pianists with extraordinary stamina and musical skills as well as jaw-dropping performances. It’s a musical reverie to attend Ms. Poghosyan’s performances.”

    Read the review in The Armenian Weekly here.

  • Feb 8, 2024Precollege
    Students

    MSM Precollege student wins top award at the Canadian International Music Competition (CIMC)

    Stanley Hyun studies at MSM Precollege with Kayoung An. Stanley has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

    At the Canadian International Music Competition, he earned the highest score as an Absolute Platinum Medalist (scores of 99% to 98%) in the Young Artist (age 12-19) category.

    Stanley has also earned first prize at Elite Music Competition, Crescendo International Music Competition and Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition.

    The CIMC is an online international music competition in classical, jazz, pop, and contemporary music categories.

    Learn more about the competition here.
    Watch Stanley’s competition entry here.

     

     

     

  • Feb 2, 2024Woodwinds
    Alumni

    MSM alumnus Yi Xiang named Co-Principal Flute at the China NCPA Orchestra

    Yi Xiang (BM ’16) has been named Co-Principal Flute at the China NCPA Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

    Yi Xiang has also released an album of flute and harp music with the respected China Record Cooperation, sponsored by the NFA career enhancement fund.

    The National Flute Association will feature Yi’s achievements in an upcoming issue of Flutist Quarterly.

    Yi studied at MSM with Woodwinds Chair Linda Chesis.

  • Feb 2, 2024Jazz
    Alumni

    Research project by MSM Jazz Arts alumnus Jake Hertzog and his academic partner is awarded a $45,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts

    The University of Arkansas has been awarded a $45,000 research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that will support researchers Jake Hertzog (MM’ 16) (in photo on left) and Justin R. Hunter in the Department of Music.

    They are examining the importance of collegiate jazz programs to the jazz ecosystems in three U.S. cities — Kansas City, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; and Atlanta, Georgia.

    Each of these cities represents areas that have varied and expansive jazz scenes and music ecosystems beyond collegiate jazz programs that act as sources, anchors and hubs.

    “We are thrilled to receive support from the NEA on this project — right now is a pivotal time for higher education, the music industry and the evolving and important work on musical and cultural placemaking,” Hertzog says.

    Learn more here.

  • Feb 1, 2024Precollege
    Faculty

    MSM Precollege faculty member and MSM alumna Kariné Poghosyan headlines at Carnegie Hall on Feb 14

    Pianist, Precollege faculty member, and MSM alumna Kariné Poghosyan (MM ’05, DMA ’07) will perform a concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on February 14 at 8 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Presented by The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, the concert will also feature works by Alberto Ginastera, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Tania León, and Arno Babajanian.

    Rhapsody in Blue is to me one of those iconic works that speaks to absolutely everyone,” says Poghosyan. “It is a stellar example of what Gershwin was aiming for with his compositions – erasing boundaries between different genres and styles of music. Therefore, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its premiere, I have created a program that highlights that magical combination of classical, jazz and Latin elements, alongside works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alberto Ginastera and Tania Leon, with a bit of my Armenian roots sprinkled in through virtuosic selections by Arno Babajanian.”

    Learn more about the concert and purchase tickets here.

  • Feb 1, 2024Strings
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Eugene Drucker is named director of the Berkshire Bach Society

    Eugene Drucker — violinist, author, educator, composer, founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, and MSM violin faculty member — has been named Artistic Director of The Berkshire Bach Society (BBS). The 34-year-old arts organization presents live performances of Baroque music by world-class musicians in the Berkshires and surrounding areas.

    Mr. Drucker is a longtime member of the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and director of the BBS Bach at New Year’s concert series. As Artistic Director of the BBS, he will help spearhead new programming and performance opportunities.

    The appointment comes following the retirement of the Emerson String Quartet, which Mr. Drucker co-founded 47 years ago. Over the course of its existence, the Emerson earned nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award.

  • Jan 30, 2024Vocal Arts
    Alumni

    Two MSM alumni are finalists in the Houston Grand Opera Concert of Arias competition

    MSM alumni soprano Jouelle Roberson (PS ’22) who studied at MSM with Cynthia Hoffman, and bass Edwin Jhamaal Davis (MM ’17) who studied with Mark Oswald, are among the eight finalists for the 2024 Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Concert of Arias: the 36th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. It will be presented live from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston on February 2, 2024, at 7 p.m. CT. 

    HGO holds the international competition each year to identify the most promising emerging artists in opera, each a potential candidate for the company’s prestigious training program for young artists, the Sarah and Ernest Butler Houston Grand Opera Studio. The eight finalists spend the week leading up to the Concert of Arias learning more about HGO and working with its music staff. At the event, each will perform two arias, competing for prizes including the $10,000 purse for first place.  

    More information here.

  • Jan 29, 2024Piano
    Faculty

    MSM faculty member Elio Villafranca headlines at the University of Arkansas Black Music Symposium on February 2

    MSM faculty member pianist Elio Villafranca will be the headlining musician and a lecturer at the University of Arkansas‘s annual symposium dedicated to educating and exposing the community to the music contributions of Black Americans. The 11th annual conference will be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 4.

    The theme for the 2024 symposium, “Celebrating Afro-Caribbean Music,” explores the rich culture of the Caribbean nations and their contributions to music genres ranging from reggae and salsa to merengue, calypso and more. Throughout the symposium, there will be lectures that support the theme exploring the ways in which Afro-Caribbean music relates to the experiences of Black musicians as well as social movements.

    On Feb 2, Elio Villafranca will deliver a lecture on “The Music of the Afro Diaspora in the Caribbean,” hold a master class, and be the featured performer at an evening concert. 

    More information on the event here.

  • Jan 27, 2024Opera
    Alumni

    MSM alumnus Daniel Rich is a featured artist at the OPERA America Salutes gala evening

    OPERA America Salutes brings together artists, producers, and champions to celebrate some of the field’s most accomplished figures. The event this year took place on January 26 in NYC and showcased performances by artists in Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, including Daniel Rich (MM ’19), in photo above.

    Baltimore-born baritone Daniel Rich is in his second year in the Met program. During the 2023–24 season at the Met, he is appearing as Pâris in Roméo et Juliette and as Chester in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

    OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. Founded in 1970, the organization has a membership that includes over 600 opera companies, educational institutions, affiliated businesses, and other entities.

    More about Daniel Rich at the Met here.

    More about OPERA America and the gala event here.

    Photo by MSM President James Gandre

  • Jan 24, 2024Education

    Nicolas Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Innovation and Special Initiatives at the Manhattan School of Music, is featured on Arts Engines

    Nicolas Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Innovation and Special Initiatives at the Manhattan School of Music, spoke to host Aaron Dworkin about his responsibilities at MSM related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the importance of empathy in empowering students.

    Arts Engines is a program on YouTube that explores issues related to arts education and management.

    Listen to the program here.

  • Jan 22, 2024Education
    Alumni

    MSM alumni Simone Dinnerstein and Alexa Smith to host episodes of the WQXR radio program Young Artists Showcase

    MSM alumni Simone Dinnerstein (PC ’89) (in photo on left) and Alexa Smith (MM ’10) will be hosting episodes of the influential program Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio — New York City’s public radio classical music station — as part of a team of four new regular hosts of the program. They are replacing beloved Bob Sherman who retired as host and recently passed away.

    Young Artists Showcase is an important platform for showcasing young classical and jazz talent.

    Read interviews with Simone and Alexa published by WQXR here.

  • Jan 21, 2024Musical Theatre
    Faculty

    MSM Musical Theatre faculty member Andrew Gerle to release a recording of his latest production Whisper Darkly on February 23

    MSM faculty member Andrew Gerle is a composer/lyricist, librettist, pianist and author whose most recent production Whisper Darkly, set at the height of Prohibition in 1928, is “the world’s first eclectro-swing musical,” he says, an immersive theatre experience that follows the lives of three women living their lives on their own terms. The music and lyrics are by Andrew Gerle; the book and concept is by librettist DJ Salisbury.

    The video teaser for the production was recorded in The Back Room, one of the last Prohibition era speakeasies still operating in NYC.

    For more on the musical and to see both the production and recording teaser, visit the production’s website here.

    Learn more about Andrew Gerle here.

  • Jan 17, 2024Precollege
    Students

    MSM Precollege student pianist William Lauricella headlines with the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra on Jan 21

    MSM Precollege student William Lauricella is making his professional debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor with the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra (SSSO) at the historic Proctors Theatre on January 21.

    William is a senior at the Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, New York, just south of Albany. He performed the work with the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s (ESYO) concert in October.  He won the ESYO’s 2023 Lois Lyman Concerto Competition and the SSSO’s 2018 Parillo Piano Competition.

    At MSM, where William studies with Inesa Sinkevych, he won a recent Precollege Concerto Competition.

    Learn more about William here.

  • Jan 16, 2024Precollege
    Alumni

    MSM Precollege alumnus Charlie Puth performs at the Emmy Awards during the In Memoriam segment

    On the Emmy Awards broadcast on January 15 during the In Memoriam segment, singer, pianist and composer Charlie Puth (PC ’10) performed his hit song See You Again, and closed with a moving rendition of the theme song from the TV program Friends in honor of one of its actors, the late Matthew Perry, bringing tears to the eyes of many in the audience.

    Charlie Puth was asked to perform on the broadcast after producers saw a viral video of him performing the songs during a concert in Melbourne, Australia shortly after Matthew Perry’s death.

    Watch a news report about his Emmys performance here.

  • Jan 13, 2024Brass
    Alumni

    Recent MSM graduate Jude Morris named principal trombone for the New Hampshire Symphony

    Jude Morris (BM ’23) studied classical tenor trombone at MSM with Per Brevig. In January, he was named principal trombone for the New Hampshire Symphony.

    “He nailed the blind audition,” the symphony’s Executive Director Deanna Hoying told the local publication Manchester Link in New Hampshire.

    “It was apparent from the first note that whoever was behind that screen was the one we wanted,” she said. Jude also received unanimous approval from the selection committee.

    This is Jude Morris’ first professional appointment.  At MSM, Morris distinguished himself as a concerto soloist in Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds. He is currently studying for his master’s degree at Yale.

    Learn more about the appointment here.

  • Jan 12, 2024Strings
    Alumni

    Pitchfork magazine profiles MSM alumnus, string arranger Rob Moose, calling him “The Violinist Pulling the Strings in Indie Rock and Pop”

    Rob Moose (BM ’04) studied violin at MSM with Sylvia Rosenberg and is a Grammy Award-winning arranger and string player based in New York and Los Angeles. He’s written and recorded charts for over 400 albums, including work by Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift, and John Legend. He was an orchestrator on the hit song Flowers by Miley Cyrus.

    As an orchestrator, Rob Moose has been repeatedly featured on the Declassified Series at the Kennedy Center alongside artists such as Regina Spektor, Emily King, and Ben Folds.

    Says Rob about the profile: “This is the most in depth conversation I’ve ever gotten to have about my career, and I’m really honored to be presented on a site I read every day.”

    Read the Pitchfork article here.

    Learn more about Rob Moose here.

  • Jan 11, 2024Woodwinds
    Students

    MSM student Tomas Milerius performs at the Musikverein Wien with the Vienna City Chamber Orchestra

    Clarinetist Tomas Milerius (BM’25), who studies at MSM with Charles Neidich, performed at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Vienna City Chamber Orchestra (Wiener Kammer Orchester) on January 10.

    Tomas was born into a family of musicians and was drawn to music early, receiving his first music lessons at the age of four from his father, Antanas Milerius, who was a Principal clarinetist with the Klaipeda State Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania.

    Tomas is a winner of many international competitions, including the Silverstein Clarinet Contest 2022, and Grand Prize at the International American Single Reed Clarinet Competition 2022. He is a featured artist with the instrument manufacturer Royal Global USA.

    Information about the concert here.

    Learn about Tomas Milerius here.

  • Jan 7, 2024Percussion
    Students

    MSM percussion student Glenn Choe wins Honorable Mention at the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition in Colorado

    MSM percussion student Glenn Choe (BM ’26) earned Honorable Mention at the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition (JSO*YAC) held Saturday, January 6, in Lakewood, Colorado, performing Concerto for Marimba by Emmanuel Sejourne.

    Following the competition, Choe performed a movement of his concerto at the YAC Winners’ Recital held on Jan. 6 after the JSO*YAC.

    Learn more about the competition here.

  • Jan 6, 2024Musical Theatre
    Students

    MSM Musical Theatre student Jake Koch and alumnus Neil Devlin are semifinalists in The American Pops Orchestra NextGen competition

    MSM Musical Theatre student Jake Koch (BM ’25) and MSM alumnus Neil Devlin (BM ’23) are among 30 semifinalists in The American Pops Orchestra NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow competition for 2023-2024.

    Ten finalists will be named and will compete in the NextGen National Finals round on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Lincoln Center.

    Finding the Voices of Tomorrow is a vocal competition created by he American Pops Orchestra that gives collegiate vocalists the opportunity to learn from industry professionals while competing for a chance to win scholarship money and paid performance opportunities with APO.

    Learn more about the competition here.

  • Jan 4, 2024Piano
    Alumni

    $150,000 Sphinx Venture Fund grant awarded to MSM alumna Dr. Leah Claiborne for The Ebony Music Project

    An exceptional $150,000 Sphinx Venture Fund grant has been awarded to MSM alumna Dr. Leah Claiborne for The Ebony Music Project.

    The Sphinx Foundation writes in an announcement about the grant: “This initiative, under her leadership, is set to enrich the landscape of classical music with a comprehensive database of works by Black composers. Congratulations to Dr. Claiborne on this impactful and innovative project!”

    Leah Claiborne, D.M.A. promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. Dr. Claiborne received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2012 where she received the Josephine Whitmore graduation award. This award was given to a graduating senior “whose personal qualities enriches the spirit of the school and community at large.”

    Learn more about The Ebony Music Project here.

    Learn more about pianist and educator Leah Claiborne here.

  • Jan 3, 2024Jazz
    Alumni

    MSM alumnus, trustee, and former Yankees star Bernie Williams to perform with the New York Philharmonic

    The former New York Yankees star helped win four World Series for the franchise and graduated from MSM in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Arts. He is also a MSM trustee.

    Bernie Williams (BM ’16) will be making his debut performing with the New York Philharmonic on April 24 at the Philharmonic’s spring gala at the Lincoln Center. A classically trained guitarist, he’ll perform in the orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

    Learn more here.

  • Jan 2, 2024Strings
    Alumni

    World-premiere on January 12 with MSM Alumnus Kelly Hall-Tompkins and the St Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by MSM Trustee Leonard Slatkin

    On January 12, a world premiere will take place with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by MSM Trustee Leonard Slatkin: MSM alumnus Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95, HonDMA ’16) performs solo violin in the world-premiere of the violin concerto Body in Motion by Jeff Beal, written specifically for Kelly, with whom he collaborated on the composition.

    The European premiere with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria will take place on April 5, 2024.

    Watch video preview here.
    Purchase tickets here.