the college of performing arts at the new school welcomes sandbox percussion as ensemble-in-residence

Sandbox Percussion

February 3, 2022, New York - The College of Performing Arts - Mannes, Jazz, Drama is thrilled to welcome their newest Ensemble-in-Residence, Sandbox Percussion, joining the ranks of such prestigious and acclaimed ensembles such as The JACK Quartet, The Westerlies, and The Vanguard Orchestra. The members of Sandbox Percussion - Ian Rosenbaum, Jonny Allen, Terry Sweeney, and Victor Caccese - will also join the faculty at the College of Performing Arts.

Sandbox Percussion will serve as an Ensemble-in-Residence, launching their teaching, learning, and performing initiatives in January 2023. During this period, they will teach workshops, host forums, guest lecture, and perform both as a singular ensemble and in collaborative settings with students across the College of Performing Arts. They will also make Mannes School of Music home to their annual Summer Seminar - welcoming students from across the globe to study, rehearse, and perform some of today’s leading percussion chamber music.

“Sandbox Percussion is an extraordinary ensemble. Gifted, searching, humble, and fresh, are only some of the characteristics that make them the perfect addition to our faculty of superb ensembles-in-residence. I know that our students and greater community will only be enriched and have their creative voices powered through the influence that Sandbox Percussion will have across Mannes, Jazz, and Drama,” said Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts. 

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times) and “utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion brings out the best in composers through their unwavering dedication to artistry in contemporary chamber music. Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning, solidifying them as leaders in the fields of contemporary music and percussion. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Jonathan Allen, VIctor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney engage  a wider audience for classical music through multidisciplinary collaborations with today’s leading artists.

“We are honored to join The New School's College of Performing Arts as Ensemble-in-Residence and very excited to bring our annual Summer Seminar to Mannes. It is a great privilege to work with such talented students as part of The New School’s prestigious faculty at our home base - New York City,” said Sandbox Percussion members in a joint statement.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and draws together the iconic Mannes School of Music, the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the ground-breaking School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances.

The over 1,100 students at CoPA are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at CoPA collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at CoPA is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.


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