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History

Felix Molzer and his wife Jeannette, beginning with five teachers and a dedication to nurturing musical talent in young people, founded the Conservatory in 1964. In 1969 they established the Children’s Opera Chorus (now Conservatory Youth & Children’s Chorus) and the Women’s Consort, an adult vocal ensemble. Professor Molzer was a graduate of the Vienna Academy of Music and director of the Vienna Boys Choir. He taught the history of opera on annual visits to Vienna, where he was awarded the Johann Strauss Medal. Retiring as Director in 1992, Molzer remained Director Emeritus, an active teacher and an inspirational presence until his death in 2005 at age 83.

Alice Berman served as Executive Director from 1992 to 1998. Continuing MCM’s non-profit mission to promote the study and performance of music, she directed the Women’s Consort and organized performance tours for the Children’s Opera Chorus in the U.S. and abroad.

Vladislav Kovalsky currently the Executive Director. He is a world-class concert pianist and music educator. Born in Khabarovsk in the Far East of Russia, he moved to the U.S. in 1980.  Prior to his arrival in Red Bank, he and his wife, Irina, had founded and directed the Southfield Conservatory in Michigan.

Mr. Kovalsky maintains an active schedule of teaching, performance, publication and lecture. He performs in Japan, Russia, Canada, Germany and the U.S., recently playing at Carnegie Hall, and conducts master classes around the world.  He is a distinguished member of the International Keyboard Festival Faculty at Mannes College of the New School in New York City, and was honored as an official Steinway Artist for his musical achievement.  Mr. Kovalsky also teaches at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ. He is committed to furthering the Conservatory's educational, performance and artistic mission.

Irina Kovalsky, an accomplished violinist and teacher, serves as the Conservatory's Associate Director. The Kovalskys believe that musical study benefits students, families and the community in multiple ways, and promotes success in all stages of life.

From our establishment in 1964 to today, the Conservatory has been a valuable cultural, teaching and community institution unlike any other in the area, as the only not-for-profit community school of music. And through its leadership over the years, the Conservatory has influenced the development of many cultural institutions that have gone on to help identify the greater Red Bank area as a thriving arts and cultural destination. As a matter of fact, Red Bank, NJ was named the #3 Best Small Town in America for 2012 by Smithsonian Magazine.

Special recognition was given to the string quartets and youth choruses that perform at the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, among other thriving arts and cultural landmark institutions such as Count Basie Theatre and the Two River Theater Company. We are very proud of being a part of what makes Red Bank one of the top best small towns in the country.   

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