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MANNES Extension Division

The Diploma Program 2011-2012


MANNES EXTENSION DIVISION The Mannes Extension Division is a flexible conservatory. In the Extension Division Diploma Program, you are taking your next steps toward an audition, educational goal, placement test, or career. Come see why we think of The Extension Division as a conservatory-within-a-conservatory.

Richard Russell Associate Director


Sofia Dimitrova Program Assistant

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MANNES COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MUSIC The Extension Division 150 West 85th Street New York, New York 10024 212.580.0210 ext. 4802

The Mannes Extension Division Diploma Program offers students an opportunity to study music at the conservatory level in an intensive and systematic fashion. A “conservatory-within-a- conservatory”, the Extension Division is as old as the Mannes College itself. Our unique Diploma Program offers one of the most respected and comprehensive programs in music education in New York City. It is a three-year course of study, closely paralleling the studies in the Mannes College Degree Program. All the musical activities found in the College will be found in the Extension Division, taught by the finest New York professional musicians and music educators, often the same faculty as in the College division. The Diploma Program provides maximum flexibility in both scheduling and arranging the curriculum to mesh with the applicant’s musical background and level of ability. Also, admission to the Program is less competitive than admission to the Mannes College Division. Many of our diploma graduates who desire to earn a full college degree go on to pursue their education in some of the most distinguished schools, successfully transferring many of the credits they earned in our excellent program....and quite a few Extension Division students have successfully transferred into the Mannes College Division after a year or two spent sharpening their skills. The Diploma Program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study. While both accelerated and part-time study are permitted, the prospective student should be aware there is a 2-year residency requirement, and a minimum requirement of 6 credits each semester must be maintained.

The Extension Division is... ...a flexible conservatory which prepares you for your next audition, placement test, education, or career. Come learn why we call The Extension Division a conservatory-within-aconservatory.


A Mannes-trained Techniques of Music department teaches courses very close in content to those taught in the college. Advanced diploma students are sometimes welcome in college division courses.



Private instruction in every orchestral instrument, voice, composition, conducting, fretted instruments, and historical instruments. Many of the most distinguished teachers in New York are available to Extension students.

The Mannes Community Orchestra. Opera. Chamber Music. Ensemble Piano. Special interest performance ensembles such as Early Music, Flute Ensemble, & Guitar Ensemble.

Mannes offers its students access to the extensive resources, programs, activities, and courses available in the Since its founding in 1919, The New School has been committed to other divisions: The New School for General Studies, The New School supporting lifelong learning, for Social Research, Milano The New examining society, and promoting artistic and academic freedom. It was School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for here that the first university-level courses on race and black culture, Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, The urban housing, film history and New School for Drama, and The women’s studies were taught. The New School for Jazz and New School is an intellectually rich Contemporary Music. and dynamic university with undergraduate, graduate, and Belonging to the New School professional degree programs. community enriches the college

The New School

Mannes College The New School for Music is the only music conservatory in Manhattan that is a division of a university. As an integral part of The New School,

experience for Mannes students by opening doors to the New School for General Studies, where they can choose for wide array of elective courses. It provides instant access to

the 3 million books and 25,000 journals in the university’s Fogelman Library, NYU’s Bobst Library collection, the resources of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, and Mannes’ Harry Scherman Music Library. Undergraduate and graduate students at Mannes are also entitled to live in the university’s residence halls. Like students in the New School’s other divisions, Mannes students enjoy the benefits of attending a vibrant, progressive university that embraces innovation while maintaining its academic integrity and commitment to its original mission.

Extension Division alumni AARON DAI EDPL Piano (2006)

Aaron Dai is a pianist and composer, whose works have been performed by the City Orchestra of New York and the Chelsea Symphony. He was the musical consultant for the award-winning Off-Broadway play The Tempermentals. A former clarinetist, oboist, and bassoonist, he is the pianist for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and New Jersey based In Mid Air Productions. He lives and teaches in New York City.

SOFIA DIMITROVA EDPL Voice (2003) ; M.M. Mannes (2010)

Sofia Dimitrova enjoys an international career, having performed throughout Europe. After completing the EDPL program, she went on to study with Amy Burton in the Mannes College Division, earning her Masters. She has premiered many new music compositions throughout New York. After graduation from her Masters program, she participated in the Caramoor Bel Canto Festival.

HAFEZ NAZERI EDPL Composition (2005)

Hafez Nazeri’s Rumi Project has enjoyed international success and acclaim, including a rave review in the New York Times for his 2009 Carnegie Hall debut concert. Hafez’s compositions fuse music from his native Iran with that of Western classical music he learned at Mannes. His music has been performed in Belgium, Italy, Paris, Los Angeles, amongst other places. He has also been featured on CNN, ABC, Fox,’s Kodak Theater, and lectures about his music in universities.

MIGUEL CAMPOS NETO EDPL Conducting (2005); MM Mannes (2007)

Upon completing his Extension Diploma, Miguel Campos Neto successfully applied to the competitive Mannes College conducting program. In 2005 he co-founded The Chelsea Symphony, which has worked with talent such as David Hyde Pierce, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Clay Aiken. He recently accepted a position as Principal Conductor of the Teatro da Paz Symphony in his native Brazil. He has also guest-conducted the Mannes Orchestra, The Puerto Rico Symphony, and the New York Chamber Virtuosi, among others.

Mannes Extension Division Viewbook 2011-2012  
Mannes Extension Division Viewbook 2011-2012  

This is the viewbook for the Mannes Extension Division Diploma Program, 2011-2012. Included is some general information about the program an...