Alfred Music

Gayle Kowalchyk loves teaching piano!  She studied piano in college, taught at the university level, and then established a piano studio in her home with her husband, E. L. Lancaster.  Together, they taught and eventually began writing piano teaching materials.  Morty Manus, president of Alfred...
E. L. Lancaster was destined to become a teacher.  His mother was a school teacher, and his years of piano lessons led him to major in music education in college.  He continued his studies, receiving his masters and doctoral degrees, and began teaching at the college level.  He taught at the...
Ron Manus is as passionate and focused as anyone in our industry.  His interest in developing new music makers has much more to do with sharing what he personally knows as the benefits than making an extra dollar.  In thinking of the passion of his parents, Morty and Iris, this way of thinking...
Iris Manus and her husband, Morty, are one of the most adorable couples you may ever meet. Their interview was full of colorful remembrances of the early days of Alfred Publishing, how they met, and the great pride of their sons now running the company. The friendships they have created in the...
Morty Manus and his lovely wife Iris were the driving force behind the Alfred Music Publishing Company for over 50 years, when their sons took over the operations of the company. During that time Morty’s guitar method books helped change the face of the publishing industry and were an enormous...
Kevin Mitchell wrote the MMR cover story in 2009 dedicated to the NAMM Oral History program and has been a strong advocate and supporter ever since! His background in music (he played the piano as a child and would graduate from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music) and his love of journalism (he feels his...
Ethan Neuburg began arranging for bands while in college but did not originally land a job in publishing.  He was working as an office worker for Warner Communication, when he was given the opportunity to work within the company’s arranging division, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc.  Over the years...
John O’Reilly is the composer and editor whose musical career spanned educational and textbook materials to movie scores and classical works.  He was published by Shawnee Press and G. Schirmer before working with Alfred Publishing full time.  He became Editor-in-Chief and had a hand in many of the...
Alex Ordonez was eight years old when he began playing the piano. He was the first in his family to play music and was encouraged by his parents. Although he later focused his time on sports, Alex somehow knew his love of music would be part of his future. It was after serving in the United States...
Steven Raft was the CFO of Alfred Music for several years.  Steven grew up in Montreal, Canada and he had an early start working in the music industry: as a teenager he was a manager for community dances which used Cerwin-Vega! loudspeakers.  After completing college in California, Steven worked at...

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