Josette Montas

Dr. Josette Montas once served as a prominent Forensic Pathologist in New York, but today she is better known for her piano skills than her medical expertise. Dr. Montas has released two albums in her musical career, the latest of which pays poignant homage to her childhood musical inspirations. The album features, among others, music by Dr. Montas’ piano teacher, her mother’s piano teacher, and Mrs. Carmen Brouard, a fellow Haitian composer who passed away in 2005. Josette Montas earned her Master’s of Music from Mannes College of Music at New School University, a prestigious music school that attracts students from all over the world. Founded in 1916, Mannes College is small and competitive; She had to pass an extensive audition to enter the Mannes Master Program. When Dr. Montas became admitted to the program, she shined in graduate recitals, and even got the chance to work with Tom Sauer and Barry Snyder, two incredible music minds, while she attended the Beethoven Institute, Summer Festival at Mannes. Josette Montas' musical life began with her mother, Mrs. Aline Coles: an accomplished piano teacher who filled the house with music, taught her children how to play at a young age. As a teenager, Josette Montas was accepted to the Conservatory of Music of Port-au-Prince, Haiti under a scholarship. The education Dr. Montas received at Mannes College allowed her musical abilities to flourish. Since receiving her degree, Josette Montas has conducted a series of concerts in her own home and for charitable organizations. Dr. Montas has received considerable praise for both her live performances and studio releases. Dr. Josette Montas began her medical career at the Faculte de Medecine, Universite d’Etat d’Haiti, earning her M.D. and moving from her home in Haiti to New York City one year later. Dr. Montas quickly acclimated into the United States and her new job, specializing in several pathology disciplines. Dr. Montas is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology with three board certifications in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology.s She is a former member American Academy of Forensic Sciences, National Association of Medical Examiners, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Montas also co-founded the Executive Committee of Haitian Friendship Night in 1995.