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Stefon Harris to Lead MSM’s Jazz Arts Program

Named associate dean and director

Stefon Harris performing at 2009 JEN Conference.
Stefon Harris

Manhattan School of Music president James Gandre has announced that vibraphonist Stefon Harris has been named associate dean and director of the school’s Jazz Arts Program, effective July 2017. The four-time Grammy Award nominee, Jazz Journalists Association Award winner and MSM alumnus will replace Justin DiCioccio, who will leave his position at the end of the year.

Harris, called “one of the most most important artists in jazz” by the Los Angeles Times, has taught at schools and in programs around the world, including the Brubeck Institute, where he led curriculum development; the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where he served as artistic director of jazz education; Rutgers University, where he served as visiting professor; and New York University, where he has been on the faculty for the past decade. He has also taught virtually through his Distance Learning Lab and is the co-founder of the Melodic Progression Institute, which released Harmony Cloud, an ear-training app, in 2016.

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