Anthony LaMagra, Ed.D.
ANTHONY LAMAGRA, ED.D Professor Emeritus Dr. Anthony LaMagra, pianist, Professor of Music Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department and Director of Music came to Manhattanville College in 1965 to begin a Music Preparatory Department. He taught courses, first as an Adjunct Professor, then as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor. In 1971, Dr. LaMagra was appointed Chairman of the Music Department and in 1975, Permanent Director of Music - positions he held for a total of 31 years until his retirement in 2002.
As an involved and committed member of the College, Dr. LaMagra served as Chairperson of a number of Faculty Committees, including: Academic Standards, Budget, Judicial and Grievance. From 1986-1988, he was Chairman of the College Faculty during a time when major changes to the College curriculum were initiated. In 1990, Dr. LaMagra was awarded the Distinquished Faculty Award by the Manhattanville College Alumni Association.
Since 1963, Dr. LaMagra's concerts, lecture-recitals and piano seminars have been presented from coast to coast at many leading recital halls, colleges, and universities, and he conducted at National Piano Foundation Music Festivals in over twenty states, performed with numerous outstanding artists, and appeared as soloist with orchestra. From 1980-2000, Dr. LaMagra was television host of WESTCHESTER PERFORMS, a cultural program on Cable Television. His shows ranged from an interview with Aaron Copland to orchestral programs, choral concerts, operas, ballets, modern dance concerts, All-County Music Festivals, and outdoor jazz presentations.
Anthony LaMagra continues to be active as an adjudicator and consultant, and his innovative work with music students of all ages has gained him national recognition as an authority on creative piano programs. In addition, Dr. LaMagra authored a number of articles on various phases of piano instruction and he is co-author of CREATIVE KEYBOARD, a series of books published by Columbia Pictures Publications. He has done extensive research on 19th and 20th century Russian Music and his dissertation, "A Source Book For The Study Of Rachmaninoff's Preludes" was the first work devoted to a detailed analysis of that composer's music.
Dr. Anthony LaMagra has earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from Yale University and a Doctorate from Columbia University. His principal teachers were: Nadia Reisenberg, Sascha Gorodnitzski, and Artur Balsam in piano, Joseph Fuchs and Luigi Silva in chamber music, Paul Hindemith and Quincy Porter in composition, and Richard Donovan and Fenno Heath in conducting. In 2002, Dr, LaMagra was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Manhattanville College.
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