• Find opportunities inside and outside the classroom to pursue what makes you a distinct musician. Expand your talents. Improvise. Create from scratch. Reach across disciplines. Perform and find yourself as an artist.

    Make Your Ensemble

    Explore new facets of your artistry. Each semester every student takes an improv ensemble and with ensembles recast each semester you choose the type of music you want to make, the musicians you want to play with, and the directors you want as your mentors.

    Elective Ensembles

    One semester you’ll be playing in the Electric Miles Davis directed by a musician like Adam Holzman, who played with Miles in the 1980s. The next, you’ll play in Studio Orchestra, collaborating with Mannes performers in our largest ensemble, directed by a legendary musician that changes each semester like Ingrid and Christine Jensen. Make any of our fifty elective ensembles your own.

    Elective Ensembles include:

    • Herbie Hancock Ensemble
    • John Coltrane Ensemble
    • Studio Orchestra
    • Charles Mingus Ensemble
    • Gospel Chorus
    • Progressive Rock Ensemble
    • Electric Miles
    • Super Trios
    • Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers Ensemble
    • Charlie Parker Ensemble
    • Indian Ensemble
    • Thelonious Monk Ensemble
    • Chick Corea Ensemble
    • Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra
    • Standards Ensemble
    • Sun Ra Orchestra
    • Brazilian Ensemble
    • Gospel Chorus
    • Sonny Rollins Ensemble
    • Art of the Ballad Ensemble
    • Wayne Shorter Ensemble
    • Carnival Caravan Ensemble
    • Guitar Duos

    Begin Your Career in New York City

    Don’t just live in one of the most thriving music scenes in the world -- play in it. With partnerships around the city, you can easily take part in jam sessions at some of the greatest jazz clubs in NYC like Smalls and Zinc Bar, or find yourself on stage at cultural hotspots like The Morgan Library and the Highline. Play in venues across the city, as all of New York becomes your stage, bandstand, studio, and cultural playground.

    The World Is Your Stage

    Travel the world as an artist. Our international partnerships will develop you into the kind of musicians you want to be. Play gigs at the Bern international jazz festival in Switzerland as one of six selected quartets, or represent the school with your performing talents at conferences and festivals around the globe. Share your unique voice with the world, as we add new partnerships opportunities every year.


    Why wait to launch your career until you graduate? Start performing and making connections now in one of the world’s great centers for Jazz – New York City.

    We offer NYC’s largest music industry internship program. Our students have interned at organizations such as The Mingus Foundation, EMI/Blue Note Records, Nonesuch Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center, ASCAP, VH1 Save-the-Music, The Bunker Studio, Chelsea Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, The Jazz Gallery, and others.

    Our gig office can also give you a start at becoming your own entrepreneur. We list an enormous range of performance opportunities and will help you learn to market yourself as a performer.

    Make connections with the music industry, with working professionals, and with your fellow students in the cultural capital of the world.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


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Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


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