Austin native receives high faculty honor

Chris Rosenberg, an Austin native, receives the Presidential Medal of Distinguished Faculty Service, the highest faculty award given at the Manhattan School of Music. Photo provided.

Chris Rosenberg, an Austin native, receives the Presidential Medal of Distinguished Faculty Service, the highest faculty award given at the Manhattan School of Music. Photo provided.

Austin native Chris Rosenberg was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Service at Manhattan School of Music.

Rosenberg is widely known as a clinician, jazz educator and virtuosic jazz guitarist. At Manhattan School of Music, he received his Masters in 1985 and joined the faculty in 1988.

He is the manager of the college jazz arts program and chair of the precollege jazz arts program. He helped create a jazz division at the precollege and helped create a doctor of musical arts jazz degree program.

Rosenberg, a guitarist, composer and educator, has performed in 23 countries around the world. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he earner a bachelor of busic.

He also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, the New School, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and New Jersey City University.

Mr. Rosenberg has performed with many notable musicians, including Jerry Garcia, Dewey Redman and Eliot Zigmund, among others.

He performed for 13 years with Ornette Coleman in his ensemble Prime Time. Mr. Rosenberg has also been a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Tokyo Symphony.

He is a Verve recording artist.

In addition, Mr. Rosenberg is an active clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and consultant.

He has created educational programs for Midori & Friends, been a guest lecturer at Yale University, adjudicated several competitions in the United States, and has given clinics and master classes in the United States and Europe. His work has received several awards, including the Downbeat International Critic’s Poll award.

Chris Rosenberg currently teaches multiple courses at Manhattan School of Music, where he directs performing groups and maintains a private studio.

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