Manhattan School of Music Names New Dean of Performance and Production Operations

By David Salazar

The Manhattan School of Music has named Madeline Lucas Tolliver as its new Dean of Performance and Production Operations. She will take over the position starting on Jan. 18, 2022.

In the new role, Tolliver will work alongside the institution’s Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs to develop the School’s artistic programming.

Tolliver’s career features over a decade with the Cleveland Institute of Music where she engaged in ensemble management, pre-college and continuing education, artistic planning, facility operations, and also took on the role of Dean of Artistic Administration and Operations.

“Although it is bittersweet saying goodbye to what has been a truly rewarding career at CIM, I am inspired by Manhattan School of Music’s passion for creative and forward-looking student artistry,” Tolliver said in an official press statement. “I am eager to work with Provost Griggs, the MSM faculty, production staff, and students to deliver the first-rate artistic programming that MSM audiences have come to expect and for which the School is widely known.”

“It takes a special person to be able to lead the planning and execution of such complex and rewarding artistic programming,” added Griggs. “The position centers on a unique blend of artistic planning and operational oversight, all within the context of a premier conservatory where students meet academic degree and diploma requirements ranging from Bachelor to Doctoral programs. Madeline brings extensive experience and exceptional qualifications to this position, and we feel extremely fortunate to be welcoming her into this important role.”