Performing Ensembles

About The New School Chorus

The New School Chorus is an exciting ensemble, open to members from the entire New School and greater New York City community, that fosters joyful communal singing and offers participants a chance to explore a range of music and singing styles from around the world—everything from Western choral masterpieces to Eastern European folk singing, classic American jazz and popular song to traditional music. In rehearsals, members perform both written works and music learned by ear using a fun and educational approach to exploring the sonic possibilities of the human voice.   

The chorus engages with the school and city community as much as possible in performances and other forms of outreach throughout the year. It is led by two members of the groundbreaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth: conductor, vocalist, pianist, and composer Eric Dudley and violinist, vocalist, and composer Caroline Shaw (the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music for her piece Partita for 8 Voices, written for Roomful of Teeth).

The New School Chorus will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 9.
View the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Community members can register for The New School Chorus on a noncredit basis at

About the Mannes Community Orchestra

The Mannes Community Orchestra enables instrumentalists in the New York City area to engage with their community through music. Our orchestra is made up of community members, students, and faculty from Mannes and The New School. Participants come together to hone their skills, network with like-minded musicians, build lasting friendships, and perform throughout the year. Orchestral instrumentalists with various backgrounds are welcome. 

The orchestra will perform four times during the 2014-2015 season. The repertoire is drawn from a range of musical periods and styles. Rotating conductors provide expertise and the opportunity to experience different rehearsal and conducting styles for each concert.

The Mannes Community Orchestra will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 10.
View the rehearsal and performance schedule

Community members can register for The Mannes Community Orchestra on a noncredit basis at

About Mannes Chamber Music

Are you a musician looking for a small ensemble experience? The Mannes Chamber Music program features coaching with our renowned faculty, performance opportunities, and repertoire spanning a wide range of periods and genres.

Participants attend a short audition at the beginning of each semester to determine group placement. Ensembles are matched on the basis of experience, interests, and availability. The next group placement auditions will be held on August 26, 2014.

To join, register online or call the Mannes NEXT Office at 212.580.0210 x4802.

About Opera Performance Lab

Opera Performance Lab consists of three courses: Stage Movement and Acting, Music Preparation, and Individual Coaching. 

These courses employ a rounded approach to guiding participants in the preparation of operatic roles for performance. Students gain valuable experience in an operatic rehearsal setting and acquire the skills needed to learn assigned scenes and arias quickly while gaining comfort and flexibility on the stage.  

Learn more about Opera Performance Lab coursework.

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