Selected Alumni Bios

Dr. Manuel Prestamo

Dr. Manuel Prestamo (Ph.D., Music Education, 1995) was selected for a Fulbright Scholar appointment to Ecuador in 1997. He regularly makes presentations on higher education programs and/or K-12 programs from the South American perspective.

Manuel Prestamo is well known for his leadership skills and experience in developing and promoting numerous educational and non-profit organizations throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. As a result, he was selected to serve on the international juries of the Young Artists Competition of Brazil, the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, and the Sleider Violin Competition. He was named the first Honorary Member of the Federation of Youth Orchestras in l988. Receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim from major publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and Musical America, the Youth Symphony of the United States, which he was asked to create, has performed concerts in major cities throughout the United States, including performances at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. In 1983, Manuel Prestamo also served as a conductor for the Youth Symphony of the Americas, a project of the Organization of American States, and was later invited to conduct a major recording project for their Inter-American Musical Editions. You can learn more about his current activities and interests at his website.