Administration and History


Kate Sheeran, Assistant Dean
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Kate White, Associate Director
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Jon Herbert, Program Assistant
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Founded by David and Clara Mannes in 1916, Mannes College The New School for Music has made a significant contribution to the musical life in America. Renowned as a violin and piano duo, the Manneses toured extensively at the turn of the century, bringing classical and contemporary music to audiences throughout the nation. As a result of their wide musical experiences, David and Clara Mannes came to believe that the education of every child should include the study of music. To that end, they founded the David Mannes Music School, now called Mannes College The New School for Music, which has produced such distinguished concert artists as Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, and Pamela Frank.

The Mannes Preparatory Division continues to fulfill David and Clara Mannes's original mission to develop musically-cultured and literate generations by providing young people with a carefully designed and complete music education. The students at Mannes Prep, central to the history of the school, now have full access to the resources of a major conservatory.

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