Notable Alumni

Manhattan School of Music’s alumni are active in every aspect of contemporary musical life. Many are among the most distinguished artists performing in concert halls, opera houses, and on jazz stages throughout the world today. Here are a few notable examples in the following categories: classical artists; jazz and commercial artists; entrepreneurs/industry leaders; educators; recent graduates; and alumni with careers outside of music.

Classical Artists

Kate Aldrich, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
David Amram, composer
Gail Archer, organist
Carolyn Banham, English hornist, St. Louis Symphony
Ned Barth, baritone
Evangeline Benedetti, cellist (retired), New York Philharmonic
Justin Bischof, organist, conductor
Guy Braunstein, concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic
Elizabeth Burkhardt, associate principal bassoonist, Atlanta Symphony
Jorge Caballero, guitarist
Anton Coppola, conductor, composer
Beth Clayton, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
John Corigliano, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Marc Damoulakis, percussionist, Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Daugherty, composer
Simone Dinnerstein, pianist
Scott Dunn, conductor
Timothy Eddy, cellist, Orion String Quartet
Don Ehrlich, assistant principal viola, San Francisco Symphony
Jordan Frazier, double bassist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Lauren Flanigan, soprano
Margo Garrett, pianist
Anna Garzuly, associate principal flutist, Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
Nicholas Goluses, guitarist
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Laura Hamilton, principal associate concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Viviane Hagner, violinist
Brandon Jovanovich, tenor, Metropolitan Opera
Aaron Jay Kernis, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer
Kathleen Kim, soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Paul Katz, former cellist, Cleveland Quartet
Vadim Karpinos, percussionist, Chicago Symphony
Kuan-Cheng Lu, violinist, New York Philharmonic
Catherine Malfitano, soprano, stage director
George Manahan, music director, American Composers Orchestra and Portland Opera
Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist
Carrie-Ann Matheson, pianist, assistant conductor, Metropolitan Opera
Kerry McDermott, violinist, New York Philharmonic
Johanna Meier, soprano (retired)
Frank Morelli, principal bassoonist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
John Musto, composer
Elmar Oliveira, violinist
Simon O’Neill, tenor, Metropolitan Opera
Tobias Picker, composer
Scott Pingel, principal double bassist, San Francisco Symphony
Raymond Riccomini, trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Stewart Rose, principal horn, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Gunther Schuller, composer, conductor, scholar
Yuan Sheng, pianist
Erika Sunnegardh, soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Carl Topilow, conductor
Dawn Upshaw, soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Bing Wang, associate concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Carol Wincenc, flutist
Keisuke Wakao, assistant principal oboist, Boston Symphony
Mateusz Wolski, concertmaster, Spokane Symphony
Dolora Zajick, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Brian Zeger, pianist

Jazz and Commercial Artists

Michael Abene, composer, arranger
Angelo Badalamenti, film & TV composer
Judith Blazer, singer, actress
Donald Byrd (deceased), trumpet
Ron Carter, bassist
Harry Connick Jr., pianist, composer, singer, actor
Justin DiCioccio, drummer, educator
Roy Eaton, pianist, composer
Elliot Goldenthal, composer of Academy Award-winning film scores and works for theater
Kimberly Grigsby, Broadway music director
Dave Grusin, pianist, composer, record label executive
Herbie Hancock, pianist, composer
Stefon Harris, vibraphonist, composer
Shuler Hensley, singer, actor
Yusef Lateef, composer, performer, educator
Eric Lewis, pianist
Herbie Mann, flutist, composer
Hugh Masekela, trumpet
Bob McGrath, recording artist, Sesame Street
Jane Monheit, vocalist
Alicia Moran, Bess, Porgy and Bess National Tour
Jason Moran, pianist, Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
John Lewis (deceased), pianist, arranger, composer, founder of Modern Jazz Quartet
Chris Potter, saxophonist
Max Roach (deceased), drummer
Don Sebesky, composer, arranger
Richard Sussman, composer
Steve Turre, trombonist
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Larry Willis, pianist
Phil Woods, saxophonist
Miguel Zenon, saxophonist

Entrepreneurs/Industry Leaders

Fred Bronstein, Director, The Peabody Institute of Music / Former President and CEO, St. Louis Symphony
Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, pianist, founder and President of Camerata dell’Arte Foundation (Philippines)
Michael Dabroski, Co-Artistic Director/Violinist, Burlington Ensemble (VT)
David Handler and Justin Kantor, founders of (le) Poisson Rouge
Howard Herring, President and CEO, New World Symphony
Imani Winds (includes alumni Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, horn; Monica Ellis, bassoon)
Kristjan Järvi, conductor, founder of Absolute Ensemble
Dennis Jeter, founder and CEO of A Sound Strategy, Inc.
Cornelius Claudio Kreusch, founder and CEO of MusicJustMusic®
Karl Kramer, Dean and Principal, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of Music for Life International
Warren Mok, Artistic Director, Opera Hong Kong
Jason Moran, Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Alondra de la Parra, conductor, founder of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Anne Ricci, founder and General Manager of Opera On Tap
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Symphony Orchestras
Larry Rosen, media entrepreneur
Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / Former Director, The Peabody Institute of Music
Michael A. Smith, Executive Director, Charleston Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Andai, Dean, New World School of the Arts
Edward Andersen, Director, Dillard University Institute of Jazz Culture
Audrey B. Axinn, The Juilliard School, Chamber Music & Collaborative Piano Faculty
Paul-André Bempéchat, Gunzburg Center for European Studies,Artist-in-Residence, Harvard University
Ron Carter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The City College of New York
Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean/Chair, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program
Capt. Kenneth Force, Director of Music, Merchant Marine Academy
Nicholas Goluses, Guitar Department Chair, Eastman School of Music
Joseph Hebert, Professor of Music Education/Director of Bands, Loyola University
James Herbert, Former Director of Bands, Temple University
David Higgs, Organ Department Chair, Eastman School of Music
Scott Holden, Professor of Piano, Brigham Young University
Paul Katz, Cello Faculty, New England Conservatory
Fredrick Kaufman, Professor Emeritus in Composition, Florida International University
Kamal Khan, Head of the Opera School, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Namji Clara Kim, Associate Professor of Piano, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Paul Kim, Professor of Music History & Piano Studies, Long Island University
Robert McDonald, Piano Faculty, The Juilliard School / Curtis Institute of Music
Jason Moran, Jazz Faculty, New England Conservatory
Kirsten Morgan, Executive Director, Diller-Quaile School of Music
James Petercsak, Distinguished Professor of Percussion, SUNY-Potsdam
Alberto Pinton, Jazz Faculty, Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, Sweden
Aaron Shorr, Piano Department Head, Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Marilyn Tyler, Emeritus Faculty/Former Director of Opera Studies, University of New Mexico
Joe Wilder, Jazz Faculty, The Juilliard School
Carol Wincenc, Flute Faculty, The Juilliard School
Brian Zeger, Faculty/Artistic Director, Juilliard Vocal Arts Program
Weicong Zhang, Piano Faculty, Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Recent Graduates

We are equally proud and excited about the blossoming careers of our recent graduates, including:
Ambrose Akinmusire, jazz trumpet
Daniel Andai, concertmaster, Miami Symphony
Rahsaan Barber, jazz saxophonist
Roland Barber, jazz trombonist
Ankush Kumar Bahl, assistant conductor, National Symphony
John Benitez, jazz bassist
Luis Bonilla, jazz trombonist
Liam Bonner, baritone, Metropolitan Opera
John-Morgan Bush, Director of Education, The Little Orchestra Society
Obed Calvaire, jazz drummer
Julie Castor, director, Geneva Conservatory of Music, New York City
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, Metropolitan Opera
Anna Clyne, composer-in-residence, Chicago Symphony
Clint Foreman, second flutist, Boston Symphony
Michael Fuller, double bass, Philharmonia Orchestra (London)
Lori Guilbeau, soprano
Wang Jie, composer
Daniel Khalikov, violinist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Dan Krekeler, double bassist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Kevin McDonald, percussionist/drummer, United States Navy Band
Michael Anthony McGee, baritone
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Alexandre Moutouzkine, award-winning pianist
Joo Young Oh, violinist, New York Philharmonic
Aaron Parks, jazz pianist
Chris Reza, Broadway reed player
Lisa Rogers, co-principal horn, Hong Kong Philharmonic
Christian Sands, jazz pianist, Christian McBride Trio
Yoobin Son, second flutist, New York Philharmonic
Yoonshin Song, concertmaster, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Trapanese, film composer/orchestrator
Krysty Swann, mezzo-soprano
Renee Tatum, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera
Kim Thompson, drummer, Late Night with Seth Meyers
Jue Wang, piano faculty, Shanghai Conservatory
Matthew Worth, baritone, Metropolitan Opera
Micah Young, pianist, Broadway music director
Kyle Zerna, percussionist, New York Philharmonic
Yuncong Zhang, violinist, Boston Symphony
Lin Zhu, associate principal cellist, Shanghai Symphony
Itamar Zorman, violinist, Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

Alumni with Careers Outside of the Music Industry

Dr. Cynthia A. Boxrud, Plastic Surgeon, Assistant Clinical Professor, Jules Stein Institute/UCLA
Jared Bernstein, Economist, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Darrin Blumfield, Professor of Law/Associate Dean,Abraham Lincoln School of Law
Beryl Yuan-Chih Chang,Department of Economics Faculty, Columbia University
Marc Chazaud, Manager, Enterprise Credit Risk, Southern California Edison
Renee L. Codd, ER Nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC
Lee Franklin Dugger, Senior Development Officer, William J.Clinton Foundation
Brian Graifman, Attorney, Gusrae & Kaplan
Deborah Habig-Shnek, Attorney
Alan Hershowitz, Chief Operating Officer, Tucson Museum of Art
Dr. Paul Juette, Emergency Physician, Kaleida Health, Buffalo, NY
Dr. Mike McClellan, Internist, Private Practice, Hyde Park Medical Associates, Cincinnati, OH
Olivera Medenica, Owner, Medenica Law PLLC
Gary Mercer, Owner, Houston’s City Kitchen Catering
Gary S. Press, Senior Analyst in the Executive Leadership Development Team, American International Group
Dr. Shara Sand, Psychologist
Lena Shulga Kiely, Counsel, Davis Polk
Arthur Soybel, Partner, Weinstein Soybel & Kirwin
John Sweeney, Deputy Chief, NYC Law Department Workers' Compensation Division
Elizabeth Van Arsdel, First Vice President, Pacific Coast Bankers' Bank