Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony in Florida, will deliver the commencement address to this year’s graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, at Riverside Church in New York City on May 15. Trained as a pianist at the Manhattan School of Music and Southern Methodist University and formerly a member of the Claremont Trio, Herring also previously served as executive director of New York’s Caramoor Music Festival from 1986 to 2001. At MSM’s commencement ceremony, President James Gandre will award honorary Doctor of Musical Arts degrees to Herring, as well as to pianist Yefim Bronfman, actress Bebe Neuwirth, and Limor Tomer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s general manager of concerts and lectures. Previous recipients of honorary doctorates from MSM include Matthew VanBesien, president of the New York Philharmonic; conductors JoAnn Falletta, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin; and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross.
Posted May 13, 2015