Alumni Council

 Our Alumni Council is a group of former Manhattan School of Music students who assist the administration with issues regarding alumni development, activities, special events, and fund-raising. They also help the administration with issues concerning current and proposed programs, giving advice on issues as they arise during the year. The members of the Council act as ambassadors for Manhattan School of Music throughout the world by staying acutely aware of the activities and progress of the School.

Current Alumni Council Members

Richard Adams
MM '61, French horn
New York, New York
Former Vice President/Dean, Manhattan School of Music

Paul Beck
BM ’98, bassoon
New York, New York
Music Librarian, The Juilliard School

Justin Bischof
BM '90, organ / MM '92, organ / DMA '98
New York, New York
Artistic Director & Conductor, Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City;
Artistic Director & Conductor, Modus Opera Company

Marc Chazaud
BM '89, cello
New York, New York
Manager, Credit Risk, Southern California Edison

Barron Coleman
MM '93, voice
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tenor;
Co-founder, Opera Noire of New York

Dianne Danese Flagello
BM '52, percussion / MM '52, music education
New Rochelle, New York
Former Director (1974-99),
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division;
President, Maelos Music, Inc.

Salvatore Di Vittorio
BM ’97, composition
Music Director/Founder, Chamber Orchestra of New York;
Adjunct Professor / Assistant Conductor of Symphony, Adelphi University;
Composer, (published by) Edizioni Panastudio/Carisch of Warner Bros. in Italy

Brenda Earle
MM ’04, jazz piano
Free-lance jazz pianist / singer / composer;
Instructor, Diller Quaile School of Music

Captain Kenneth Force
BM '64, trumpet / MM '65, music education / PD ’70, music supervision and administration
Kings Point, New York
Director of Music, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy;
Former President, Goldman Memorial Band

Heather Hamilton
MM '93, piano performance / MM '95, orchestral piano
Ed D, '10, Educational Leadership, Univ. of Bridgeport
Owner, Hamilton Music Services, Fairfield, CT
Partner, Ash Creek Fitness, Black Rock, CT
Freelance accompanist, conductor, and soloist in Fairfield County

Andrea Huber
St. Leon, Germany
Graduate studies '82, voice
Soprano

Jonathan Klibonoff
BM '79, piano
Bronxville, New York
Pianist, Trio Solisti;
Faculty, SUNY Purchase College / MSM

Cornelius Claudio Kreusch
MM '96, jazz piano
New York, New York
Jazz pianist, composer, producer: CCK, Inc.;
CEO/founder, MUSICJUSTMUSIC (Digital Music Distributor)

Ann McKinney
MM '81, music education
Litchfield, Connecticut
Executive Director, Joyful Noise;
Former Executive Director, InterSchool Orchestras of New York

James Petercsak
BM '66, percussion / MM '68, percussion
Potsdam, New York
Distinguished Professor, State University of New York - Crane School of Music

Chris Rosenberg
MM '85, jazz guitar
New York, New York
Jazz Guitar Faculty, Manhattan School of Music;
Manager for Jazz Administration, Manhattan School of Music;
Free-lance jazz guitarist

Alex Shapiro
'83, undergraduate composition
Friday Harbor, Washington
Composer;
Past President, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles

Marilyn (Teitler) Tyler
BM '48, voice / MM '49, voice
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Director of Opera Studies / Professor of Voice, University of New Mexico

Elizabeth R. Van Arsdel
MM '85, bassoon
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Free-lance bassoonist,
Vice President, Banc Investment Group, LLC

Jacqueline "Jackie" Venable
BM '81, voice
Poughkeepsie, New York
Free-lance Fundraising Consultant
Private Voice Instructor

Past Alumni Council Members

Louis E. Alexander

Mercedes Alicea

Gail Archer

Alexandra Bacon

Phyllis Beeson Susen Barbash (deceased)

Blanche Heisler Blitstein

Darrin Blumfield

Anna Gabrieli

Dennis Jeter III

Michael Kaplan

Irwin Katz

Richard Kessler

Doris Konig

John Lewis (deceased)

Daniel Lorusso

Shirley Manuel (deceased)

Paula Mondschein-Daly

Steven Nugget (student representative)

Charles Bryan Nelson, Jr.

Barbara Tischler

Lola Cummings Weiss

Staff Contact

John Blanchard
MM ’89, flute
Director of Alumni Affairs
917-493-4496
FAX 212-749-7561
jblanchard@msmnyc.edu >