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Christianne Orto

ORG Manhattan School of Music Title Director-Recording & Videoconferencing BIO Christianne Orto, Director of Recording & Videoconferencing, Manhattan School of Music has been in charge of the conservatory's Distance Learning Program since its inception in 1996.Since that time, Manhattan School of Music has distinguished itself as a pioneer and leader among music schools and conservatories both in the United States and abroad in developing and creating music applications of videoconferencing technology for music education and performance. Under Ms. Orto's direction, the program has expanded to include regular videoconference master classes, one-on-one sessions, educational and community outreach programming, and has been awarded Bell Atlantic Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts grants for its excellence in programming and pioneering applications. In 1999, Ms. Orto, expanded Manhattan School of Music's Videoconferencing Program to Internet 2 music videoconferencing collaborations with Columbia University. Joint projects have included programming with Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre of Canada; Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony; and Cellist David Geber and the University of Oklahoma. Other Internet 2 projects have included a two-part series on musical theater entitled, "Broadway Local: Exploring the nitty-gritty of a musical theater career and the auditions it takes to have one" with the University of Oklahoma as well as a keynote videoconference session in "Critical Issues in Arts and Technology for Arts Managers" at Columbia University Teachers College on innovative uses of cutting edge technology for the performing arts. This Fall, Ms. Orto is co-teaching a first of its kind class in conservatory education which she created with a colleague at Manhattan School of Music. The course, entitled, "Arts in Education & The Virtual Classroom" is designed to give graduate students comprehensive training in how to design, create and present interactive music education outreach programming utilizing cutting-edge videoconferencing technology to remote virtual classrooms in the United States. Ms. Orto, a phi beta kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University holds bachelors and masters degrees in Music, piano performance and Musicology. Prior to her appointment at Manhattan School of Music, Ms.Orto worked as recording producer for many classical recording labels such as BMG Classics, Sony Classical, Angel EMI and other university labels where she worked on recording for the Canadian Brass, Marilyn Horne, Alicia De Larrocha, Hillary Hahn, the Moscow Virtuosi, and the Waverly Consort. Ms. Orto, who remains active as a pianist and piano accompanist in the New York area, is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Letters, the United State Distance Learning Association and has been nominated to adjudicate distance learning programming for the Middle States Commission on Higher Educations.