From the Nominator
In celebration of Manhattan School of Music's Centennial, this 304-page book chronicles the growth of the institution from a modest community music program in a settlement house to one of the world's finest conservatories. Decade by decade, year by year, the story of the school is illuminated with more than 690 historical photos and scanned documents. More than 200 statements from alumni sharing personal experiences and giving testimony to the school’s influence are featured. The state of the current institution and the breadth of its programs and influence are examined, as well as the architectural history of the school's current campus.
From the Judges
This book is stunning. The institution incorporated in-house talent in the design and invited their entire faculty to help in proofing. A teaser brochure announced that the book was coming, and a separate website was created to handle book sales, which are being used to offset the printing cost. The book has a soft-touch dust jacket, and the interior pages are on beautiful gloss stock with some sort of nice coating. This is a beautiful, well-written commemorative piece of an important New York City cultural institution. Bravo. Any higher-ed institution would be thrilled to show off such a book to showcase school history and accomplishments.