From its beginnings as a small community music school, to its current incarnation as a top conservatory, Manhattan School of Music has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education.
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在过去的一百年里, Manhattan School of Music has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education, from its beginnings as a small settlement music school to its current state as an internationally renowned music conservatory.
珍妮特·丹尼尔斯·申克, 学院的创始人, studied piano in Paris 和 took courses in social work at Columbia University. 第一次世界大战之前, she became a volunteer at the Union Settlement on East 104th Street 和 developed an interest in the struggles 和 needs of the immigrant population of the area. She began organizing other young musicians to teach lessons 和 by 1918 had established an independent music school of 120 students 和 a faculty of 23. Cellist Pablo Casals 和 pianist Harold Bauer joined her effort, becoming artist auxiliary board members of the Neighborhood Music School (as it was known prior to a name change in 1938), 博士和. Schenck soon financed a new building 和 concert hall on East 105th Street.
The School steadily grew in size 和 reputation, ultimately becoming an accredited college that offered a Bachelor of Music degree in 1943 和 a Master’s in 1947. 1956年. Schenck退休, 和 John Brownlee — noted baritone 和 then member of the MSM voice faculty — was appointed to head the School. President Brownlee oversaw an ambitious expansion program that centered on the purchase of the Morningside Heights building occupied by the Juilliard School, which was preparing to move to Lincoln Center.
After relocating in 1969 — from its long-time East Side home to larger facilities on West 122nd Street 和 Claremont Avenue — MSM’s college enrollment increased, the preparatory division exp和ed, 和 extension/evening classes were added. The School’s already established Opera Theatre grew in notoriety 和 critical acclaim, attracting highly talented students. Metropolitan Opera conductor George Schick succeeded Brownlee as the School’s third president, 和约翰O. Crosby, founder 和 general director of the Santa Fe Opera, became president in 1976. Their appointments were followed by Gideon W. Waldrop在1986年和Peter C. 西蒙在1989年. Important additions to the curriculum during this era included the addition of a Doctor of Musical Arts program in 1974, the offering of a Jazz degree in 1984，和 establishment of the Graduate Program in 管弦乐表现 in 1991. 玛尔塔·卡萨尔斯·伊斯托明, former director of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was appointed president of the School in 1992.
Marta Istomin’s tenure saw the construction of the G. Chris 和 SungEun Andersen Residence Hall, 2001年开业, on property adjacent to the existing School. 19层的建筑, in addition to providing the School’s first on-campus student housing, allowed for two new performance spaces, 新图书馆, 和 much-needed practice 和 rehearsal rooms. 2005年，博士. Robert Sirota was appointed president after his tenure as Director of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He instituted a graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance 和, in 2010, the Center for Music Entrepreneurship, which 继续d MSM’s long history of career development services 和 offerings.
“随着男同性恋者的持续增长, our focus remains the same: to empower people to realize their potential through music.”
President, Manhattan School of Music
Under the current leadership of Dr. 詹姆斯G和re, who assumed the presidency in 2013, Manhattan School of Music has initiated the city’s first conservatory-based degree program in 音乐剧 和 is leading a sweeping renovation of the MSM campus 和 main concert hall. Now home to more than 950 college students from over 50 countries 和 nearly every state, with a Precollege Division numbering another 475, 和 a teaching-artist faculty that is second to none — the School is a thriving international community of artists.
As MSM 继续s to grow 和 innovate, the journey that 珍妮特·丹尼尔斯·申克 began a century ago endures 和 evolves, with a singular commitment to excellence 和 leadership in music, 艺术，和 wider cultural community at the heart of the School’s mission.