|Janet Corvini '76|
What being an alumna means to me...
I am proud to be a graduate of Manhattanville College. The faculty will always hold a special place in my heart. Their dedication, inspiration, caring and commitment to their students is second to none. They helped me to shape my philosophy of education and have served as role models for me during my teaching career. The Manhattanvile faculty leads by example. As a reflective practitioner I have come to realize that I had the privilege to be taught by the best of the best. At Manhattanville I became a life-long learner. When I am searching for ways to engage my students and integrate technology into music education, my thoughts always turn back to my days in the music building. I continually ask myself how my teachers would have approached these topics with enthusiasm and courage.
Manhattanville has moved into the 21st century with grace. The caring and commitment is still there. The arrival of technology has not been able to change the warmth and sense of community that pervades the campus. Small class size makes it the ideal place for young people to learn, grow and realize their dreams. In 1980, my husband, Anthony and I were married in the chapel. Our daughter Caitlin received her Bachelor of Music and MAT from Manhattanville. Our son, Stephen, is currently a junior majoring in Biology. Manhattanville College continues to be a place of importance in my life.
Janet McManus Corvini '76 has been active as a music educator and clarinetist in Westchester County since completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Manhattanville College. She holds a Master of Arts in clarinet performance from Hunter College and earned a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and School Leadership from Fordham University.
A life-long Yonkers resident, she is currently a music teacher and Director of Elementary Bands at the Bronxville School. During her thirty-five year teaching career she has worked as a general music teacher, band director, string teacher and chorus director for the Archdiocese of New York, the Yonkers Public Schools and the City School District of Mount Vernon. While in Mount Vernon she was chosen to conduct the Elementary All City Chorus and the Elementary All City Band. Janet served as a member of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra Education Committee from 1995-2001. She was named Outstanding Music Educator of the Year in 2000, by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a member of the Westchester County School Music Association she has volunteered as an Executive Board Member, Elementary and Intermediate Band Chairperson, Coordinator of the Intermediate All County Festival, and as an adjudicator for the Elementary All County Band Auditions. In 2004, Janet was selected as the conductor for the Intermediate All County Band. In recent years she has served as an adjudicator for the Westchester County New York State School Music Association Solo Festival.
Janet performs regularly with the Westchester Band, Yonkers Pops, Yonkers Concert Band, Pelham Pops and the Lehman College Community Band.