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    • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is at the crossroads of American music, and the faculty who teach at Mannes are active participants in the evolution of the future of music. At Mannes you will find a mentor who will not only help you develop the advanced technique necessary to compete in any setting, but will also nurture your creative self in a way that will help you to chart your own path as a 21st-century artist.

      Mannes is a unique place, one where you will receive intense technical training from a faculty of renowned and revolutionary performers, who will also help you find your place in the landscape of contemporary music found in New York City.

      Our conducting faculty includes a preeminent collection of musicians. Study with Mannes Orchestra Director David Hayes, and interact with luminaries like David Fulmer and Alan Pierson, conductors of Mannes American Composers Ensemble. Take Master Classes with outside professionals and explore various non-musical topics, such as the state of the business, public relations and budgeting, and how to survive a conducting career across a range of performing ensembles, including choral conducting and Broadway Musical work.

      Draw inspiration from the conducting students who came before you, like Semyon Bychkov, who cut his teeth as conductor of the Mannes Orchestra and is currently the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. Or Myung-Whun Chung, who serves as a principal guest conductor at the Staatskapelle Dresden and honorary conductor laureate at The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as JoAnn Falletta, music director at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

      With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. Find practical, hands-on opportunities to conduct different ensembles, both in rehearsal and performance, including the Mannes Orchestra, the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE), Mannes Opera, as well as various chamber ensembles. During your first year as a conducting student, you'll have an apprenticeship with the Buffalo Philharmonic, where you'll spend 4 two-week sessions in Buffalo as cover conductor for the Philharmonic, under the mentorship of Music Director JoAnn Falletta. Gain the skills needed to be a world-class conductor, manage your own business and publicity, and create your own groundbreaking work.

      While studying alongside star faculty, learn to engage with the world through music. In our Bachelor of Music program, combine rigorous conservatory training with a range of complementary studies. Mannes's entrepreneurship courses give you the tools to make your own opportunities as an artist. With liberal arts electives at Lang and design electives at Parsons, learn how to make an impact through your art in new ways on a rapidly changing world.

      As a graduate student in our Master of Music program, you'll take part in an elite two-year program focused on advancing all aspects of your musical study and performance skills. The broad range of performance opportunities prepares you for any career you can imagine as a professional artist.

  • Degrees

    Mannes School of Music offers an academic experience that pairs artistic foundations with a rich variety of entrepreneurial and experiential opportunities. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • Our award-winning faculty bring their experience as performers, musicologists, creators, and educators into the classroom-challenging and guiding students to become better artists.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    A cornerstone of the Mannes curriculum is the unique performance and making experiences that happen outside of the traditional conservatory training. At Mannes, you can collaborate with students from a variety of disciplines in the arts and beyond, and work with industry-leading partners throughout New York City, to hone your skills as a 21st-century artist.

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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Find yourself performing at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, apprenticing with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, joining the Martha Graham Dance Company in performances at NY City Center, or taking part in New York's avant garde opera scene through one of Mannes's cutting-edge productions. Experience first-hand what it's like to be a working musician in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world.

    Experiment. Collaborate. Perform.

    Don't just learn how to play your instrument, learn how to perform. Develop your talent alongside peers from the College of Performing Arts, Parsons, and across The New School to create multi-disciplinary projects with theater directors, designers, and media students. Record an album with jazz students. Improvise on your instrument along with actors. You'll never run out of opportunities to grow and showcase your talent in new and original ways.

    Chart Your Own Course.

    Today's artists do more than one thing. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, and musicians are activists. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes beyond that of the traditional conservatory. In courses like The Stone Workshops, Improv Artists Lab, and The Digital Revolution, you'll have the opportunity to play alongside boundary-breaking artists and award-winning faculty members. Take courses that will push you to make music in new and inspired ways.

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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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