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  • Performance & Work

    Michael Sheelar playing Piano
  • This is a rare place where artists can pursue what makes them a unique musician. Here, students explore their talents, create from scratch, and reach across disciplines to construct original means of expression. With nearly eighty ensembles that form each semester, students have the opportunity to play in clubs, concert halls, and venues throughout New York, as well as festivals and exchange programs around the world.
    Explore student and faculty work, learning opportunities, and upcoming performances.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    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.

    Piano Player Studio Orchestra
    John Koozin at Zinc Bar
    Bern Jazz Festival

    Make Your Own Ensemble

    Explore new facets of your artistry. With ensembles recast each semester, 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 like Ingrid and Christine Jensen. Make any of our eighty ensembles your own-choose the type of music you want to make, the musicians you want to play with, and the directors you want as your mentors.

    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 onstage 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 partnership opportunities every year.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

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.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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