Manhattan School of Music

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The Manhattan School of Music is a private music college founded in 1917 in New York City (since 1969 in the Claremont Avenue near the campus of Columbia University), who teaches classical music and jazz. It is one of the leading music universities in the U.S. and has strict admission criteria.

Currently (2007) teach there 275 teachers over 800 students from about 40 countries (47% from abroad, 75 % from outside of New York). The school also has a pre-school department, are taught in the approximately 500 students ( Precollege ). Many students live in the school's Anderson Hall.


The school was founded by pianist Janet D. Schenck, 1917 in the Upper East Side as a music school, taught at the already well-known musicians such as Pablo Casals and the violinist and pianist Harold Bauer. As of 1943, Bachelor's, the possibility of promotion offered in 1947 and master degrees since 1974. The school was headed until 1956 by Dr.Schenck, followed by opera baritone John Brownlee, who initiated the move to its present location, but died before. In 1969, the opera conductor George Schick was the leader, who extended the opera department of the school. The following presidents were John O. Crosby (founder of the Santa Fe Opera ) in 1976, Gideon W. Waldrop from 1986, Peter G. Simon in 1989, Marta Casals Istomin from 1992 and from 2005 Robert Sirota ( former President of the Peabody Institute and the Johns Hopkins University).

Famous people

Faculty members

  • Cecil Bridgewater, jazz trumpeter, composer
  • George Garzone, jazz saxophonist
  • Midori Goto, Japanese violinist
  • Dave Liebman, tenor and soprano saxophonist
  • Bob Mintzer, jazz and fusion saxophonist and clarinetist
  • Jason Moran, a jazz pianist
  • Steve Slagle, jazz saxophonist
  • Steve Turre, jazz musician
  • John Weaver, organist
  • Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli violinist, violist and conductor