Interested in music as well as medicine, Dr. Josette Montas has been able to enjoy thriving professional careers in both disciplines. Josette Montas provided expert witness testimony for numerous court cases as a New York City Medical Examiner. While with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, Josette Montas frequently addressed the New York City Police Academy and instructed several medical students and residents through select classes and training. Josette Montas received her Doctor of Medicine from the Faculté de Médecine, Université d'Etat d'Haïti, and the next year, moved to New York City for her specializations in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. Concentrating on Forensic Pathology, Josette Montas became a Board Certified Pathologist. During her Medical Examiner career, Josette Montas completed select courses at The Juilliard School’s Extension Division and at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music. However, Josette Montas first found her passion for music while learning to play piano from her instructor-mother, Aline Surin-Coles. Josette Montas then received a scholarship at the Conservatory of Music of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, studying under Professor Karel Trow. Years later, after retirement from Pathology, Josette Montas returned to music full-time at Mannes College of Music at The New School for Music. Josette Montas earned her Diploma Certificate and her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Mannes Master Program. After graduation, Josette Montas released two classical albums and played charity concerts throughout the United States and Canada. Josette Montas’ first record featured renditions of classical compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Elie, and Chopin and, the second, music from Haitian composer Carmen Brouard. Josette Montas twice performed at the École de Musique Vincent d’Indy in Montréal on behalf of La Société de Recherche et de Diffusion de la Musique Haitienne and played two shows in Boca Raton and Delray Beach for The United Haitian American Democratic Club of West Palm Beach, Florida. For the “Friends of Montfort,” the fundraising group at the Montfort Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-blind Children of Haiti, Josette Montas regularly organizes and plays benefit concerts.


2002 - 2005

Master of Music

Mannes College of music, New School University