The school’s pre-conservatorium programme will welcome three violinists and a cellist to its faculty

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Benjamin Bowman and Jungwon Yoon

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Starting in the 2023-24 academic year, four string players will join the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Precollege faculty. They are violinists Benjamin Bowman, Jungwon Yoon and Julia Choi, and cellist Nicole Johnson.

US-Canadian violinist Bowman is the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera. He is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and until 2017 he was also concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

Yoon is an experienced pedagoge, with her students regularly going on to win national and international competitions and perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, as well as regularly gaining admission to the world’s premier music conservatories on scholarships.

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Julia Choi and Nicole Johnson

Choi joined the first violins of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2019. Prior to her appointment with the Met, she has appeared in performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and as guest assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Johnson enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, and educator. For twelve years, she was the cellist of the Cassatt Quartet. She is on the cello faculty at the Special Music School.

MSM Precollege offers tuition to talented musicians between the ages of five and eighteen on Saturdays during the school year. Faculty members will be involved in teaching weekly private lessons and preparing students for performances and recitals. Students also benefit from theory, ear training, composition, orchestra, chorus, and conducting classes. Many graduates go on to attend world-class conservatories, Ivy League universities, and other institutions.

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