College of Performing Arts Viewbook

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College of Performing Arts

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Overview 12 ACADEMICS 28 Featured Academic



Mannes School of Music


School of Drama


School of Jazz and

Contemporary Music


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Discover a university dedicated to unleashing your creativity. In 1919, a group of visionaries designed a new kind of university, one where creativity could be fearless and world-changing. The New School was born. Today this university houses a groundbreaking

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College of Performing Arts, where renowned schools of drama, jazz and contemporary music, and classical music coexist. Here performing arts students work across disciplines to become a force of new artistry. They can also study and collaborate with students at the university’s design school, liberal arts college, and legendary social research graduate school. Greenwich Village is our campus, but our reach is worldwide.


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The Mannes Orchestra performs with the Martha Graham Dance Company at its theater rehearsal space at City Center.






MFA actors deliver a performance of the politically charged play Execution of Justice.


Eddie Barbash, saxophonist and School of Jazz and Contemporary Music alumnus, is a member of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert band.



Imagine limitless collaboration.

The College of Performing Arts is made up of three schools—the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Mannes School of Music, and the School of Drama—all within a larger university, The New School. This unique model allows us to offer three tiers of collaboration: Within each school, students collaborate across disciplines with their classmates— actors with directors, composers with musicians—making boundaries disappear between majors. In the three performing arts schools, musicians, playwrights, actors, and directors join forces—taking classes and performing together. Across The New School, performing arts students can pursue minors and courses in every discipline: liberal arts, design, technology, and management, to name a few. We embrace collaboration with a hungry,


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entrepreneurial spirit. Discovery, rigorous practice, and versatility aren’t just words to us; they are at the core of the New School curriculum.

Our Deans: Richard Kessler, Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts; Dean, Mannes School of Music Keller Coker, Dean, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Pippin Parker, Dean, School of Drama


THE twenty firstcentury artist


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Imagine a place where students train like artists.

The students who come to our college hit the stage running. They start training like artists the moment they set foot on campus. We surround them with legendary teachers and mentors who expect the kind of commitment and discipline exhibited by the most intrepid creators. We encourage students to engage in realworld experiences that demand courage, mastery, and excellence. We are one of the few colleges that allow students to audition and perform throughout the city. No wonder we’ve helped launch some of the world’s greatest performers in our


hundred-year history.

Imagine living in the nexus of the world’s most creative community. All artists should experience living in downtown NYC at some point in their lives—especially Greenwich Village. It’s where social activists stirred the nation and virtuosos honed their craft and reshaped art forms. You gain inspiration from the revolutionary New School alumni and faculty who inhabited these streets before you—Jack Kerouac, Bill Evans, James Baldwin, Stella Adler, John Cage, and more. Today a community of groundbreakers and dozens of small theaters and innovative spaces surround you—including The Stone, the landmark nonprofit performance space founded by the legendary composer and performer John Zorn. Now more than ever, simply walking outside of your dorm or classroom brings you face-to-face with some of the most important and innovative artists and performances in


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the world.



Allie Mazon, MM ’16, performing with her company, Operotica, at DROM.

Imagine the world as your audience.

Our campus is Greenwich Village, but it doesn’t end there: Our stage is global. Students play Carnegie Hall, classrooms in Malawi, Lincoln Center, festivals in Bern and Tel Aviv, and community centers in Alabama. Collaborations take them to performing arts centers across the country and to cities and small towns around the world.

Our productions transcend the typical

performance space: Our students paint pictures with music, reinvent burlesque with opera, and uncover history by reconsidering folklore. At this college, there are no small stages or performers. We are champions of the arts and engaged citizens who are committed to making positive social change and preserving civil liberties


through the creation of progressive art.

Imagine standing in the footsteps of Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Aaron Copland, Bill Evans, and Frederica von Stade—and casting your own shadow.

Here you learn the rules by breaking them, just like the legends who preceded you at these schools. Performances defy artistic convention, challenge even the most established of principles, change policy, and close social gaps. You reach for the unexpected and untested to push art to new levels. You establish what’s next and become part of a new generation of artists


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prepared to challenge the status quo.



Imagine a building designed to inspire greatness.

We break down the walls between our performing arts disciplines, both figuratively and literally. Students coming to our college enter a world-class building specifically designed for performing artists of all kinds. Rooms are acoustically designed to balance all ambient sound. There are state-of-the-art practice rooms, sound booths, ensemble classrooms, adjustable performance spaces, and percussion classrooms throughout the building. The ground-floor glass box performance space opens up our


performances to the world outside.


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Mannes Prep is a pre-professional program that welcomes students ages 4–18, from absolute beginners through advanced students.


MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES The New School offers a wide range of minors, designed to enable our students to explore their interests across all schools and colleges. You can acquire new professional skills, develop an interdisciplinary outlook, and gain a


competitive edge on job and graduate school applications.

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Here are a few examples of courses that allow you to design your own journey.

Programming for Musicians: An Introduction to Supercollider

Music Performance Production, Venue, and Project Management

John Zorn's Cobra

Voltage and Vibration

The Practical Art of DJing

Creating New Music Workshop

The Stone Workshops at The New

Song Arts: Song-craft Techniques for Contemporary Songwriters

Entrepreneurship in Production and Creation

Go Digital

Prospects of Recording

Advanced Vocal Workshop: John Cage Song Books

Music Technology with a Focus on Film Scoring

Leadership and Team Building


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At the College of Performing Arts, students have the opportunity to take part in experimental works such as Robert Ashley's avant-garde opera Dust, shown here.

Master of arts in arts management



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Drama student Chloe Madison (above) developed hands-on skills by interning for Keen Company, a local theater. As part of their coursework, students (below left) mapped lineages of artistic work that inspired them and shared their findings. At a recent orientation event, students (below right) discussed their experiences exploring new creative practices.

FEATURED ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS Along with the programs offered by each College of Performing Arts school—Jazz, Drama, and Mannes—we have created special learning opportunities to expand your study and performance opportunities and elevate your relevance.

Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship The MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship is the first graduate program designed specifically to help performers gain the critical skill set needed to become recognized artistic leaders—onstage and beyond.

This innovative new program is designed for

students who are just graduating from performing arts undergraduate programs as well as performing artists out in the world. The program is designed to empower musicians, composers, actors, directors, writers and other performing artists to advance their established performance practice while acquiring the competencies needed to excel as independent artists, reinvent existing cultural organizations, and launch their own arts-related enterprises.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual-Degree Option The Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship is available as a dual degree for current students in BFA or BM programs at The New School’s College of Performing Arts. The bachelor’s/master’s program allows students who apply and are accepted into the program during their sophomore year to complete both their current undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in just five years. The dual nature of this program is designed to help students refine their craft while expanding their


entrepreneurial skills.


Guitarist and School of Jazz and Contemporary Music instructor Mary Halvorson works together with College of Performing Arts students in a session of The Stone Workshops at The New School, Curated by John Zorn.

The Stone Workshops at The New School In 2005, avant-garde American composer-performer John Zorn founded The Stone, an intimate venue where musicians could collaborate, take risks, and share their boundary-breaking compositions. Over time, The Stone grew into a hub for visionaries from New York’s music scene. Taking the stage were a diverse array of performers including Eyal Maoz, Ben Goldberg, Sylvie Courvoisier, Wu Fei, Timba Harris, Brad Barrett, Eric Stilwell, and Kris Davis. Guitarist and School of Jazz and Contemporary Music alumna Mary Halvorson remembers the early days of the venue, attending more than a hundred performances and later performing there almost as many times. “You’d get to hear things that were brand-new,” recalls Halvorson, who now teaches at the College of Performing Arts. “You could almost be part of somebody’s process, watching them experiment.” Six years ago, The Stone joined forces with The New School to host a series of workshops for students, which continue today as a popular College of Performing Arts class: The Stone Workshops at The New School, Curated by John Zorn. During each workshop, a special guest artist works with CoPA students, playing music with them and sharing wisdom and expertise acquired during his or her career. Through this rare opportunity to interact with today’s most renowned innovative artists, Performing Arts students gain support and inspiration in developing their own artistry. Pat Metheny, Terry Riley, Mary Halvorson, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Wadada Leo Smith are just a few of the many who have taken their turn as Stone Workshop leaders. Inspired by the success of this ongoing collaboration, Zorn permanently moved The Stone itself to the College of Performing Arts; it is now housed in the Glass Box Theater at Arnhold Hall. The relocation, a monumental shift for many in the scene, was covered by publications including the New York Times, Time Out, and the Village Voice. Five nights a week, The Stone brings groundbreaking musicians to perform live at the university’s performance space in 33

the heart of Greenwich Village.



nnes train— to be a 21st-century artist

in state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms

to change the world around you

under GRAMMY winners

without restraint

to run an orchestra

by taking risks


alongside Mannes’ 450 students

Imagine training for the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Since 1916, Mannes has been training artists to engage


with the world around them through music. By practicing—day in and day out—with a faculty of revolutionary musicians, Mannes students have become world-renowned masters of their craft and the canon.

Today Mannes has transformed traditional conservatory

education by integrating our rigorous classical training with new music, improvisation, real-world experiences, and cross-disciplinary projects. Our students perform at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They expand their horizons through an enormous range of courses and minors across the university. They partner with world-class designers at Parsons School of Design to create innovative opera productions. They invent new performance opportunities that combine film with classical music. They work together as performers and composers in laboratory classes, exploring canonical pieces and creating new ones with groundbreaking artist faculty members Jennifer Koh and Matt Haimovitz. They become creative entrepreneurs by learning about funding, intellectual property, labor negotiations, arts administration, and more.

At Mannes, you’ll receive the training you need to

become first chair in the best orchestras in the world, as well as the skills necessary for starting your own label, managing your own publicity, and creating your own groundbreaking opportunities and collaborations.


The Mannes Opera performs Flight by Jonathan Dove. Mannes School of Music collaborated with Parsons School of Design on sets, props, and costumes.




Degrees at Mannes Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Professional Studies Diploma A BM/MA dual degree in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship is

Majors at Mannes Piano

The following concentrations are available for Orchestral Instruments majors:



Orchestral Instruments





Double Bass

Orchestral Conducting






Collaborative Piano


(graduate level only)



also available (see page 31).

Bassoon Horn Trumpet Trombone Tuba Percussion

Matthew Stewart ’15 did just that when he

Design students to apply a range of musical,

took The Multimedia Musician: Developing

artistic, and technological techniques that

Multimedia in Live Music Performance.

enrich musical performances with novel

While majoring in trombone, he participated

visual stimuli. He is currently working with

in this independent study, which brings

a professional symphony on a multimedia

together Mannes and Parsons School of

project for this course.


Imagine reframing the visual perception of classical and contemporary music performance.

FACULTY who HELP YOU DESIGN YOUR OWN PATH Unlike most conservatories, Mannes offers students the flexibility to direct their own development and work with faculty of varied backgrounds in the same instrument or major. You can work on your classical repertoire with one teacher while taking lessons in a different genre or style with another. We have a wide array of faculty with many different styles and backgrounds. Access to our diverse faculty helps students redefine and design their own education and future. Here are some of the outstanding professionals teaching at Mannes:




William Burden

Jeremy Denk

Shmuel Ashkenasi

Ruth Falcon

Simone Dinnerstein

David Chan

Arthur Levy

Pavlina Dokovska

Miranda Cuckson

Diana Soviero

Richard Goode

Timothy Eddy

Blair McMillen

Ralph Evans


Ursula Oppens

David Grossman

Anna Clyne

Ann Schein

Matt Haimovitz

David T. Little


Michelle Kim

Missy Mazzoli

Alan Baer

Jennifer Koh

Huang Ruo

Mark Gould

Orin O’Brien

Erik Ralske

Cynthia Phelps



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Lowell Liebermann


Weston Sprott

Elaine Douvas

Dave Taylor

Jon Manasse Judith Mendenhall


Monica Ellis, co-founder of Imani Winds, leads Mannes students in rehearsal.

Student Performance Opportunities Mannes Orchestra Mannes Opera New School Chorus at Mannes NewMusicMannes Guitar Ensemble Percussion Ensemble Mannes Chamber Music Series Chamber Music Concerts Baroque Chamber Players Collaborative Piano Department “Evenings of Song” MACE—Mannes American Composers Ensemble New School Studio Orchestra


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a look at the diverse paths of our alumni Burt Bacharach, Pianist, Singer, and Songwrite Semyon Bychkov, Music Director and chief conductor, czech philharmonic Cat Cantrell, Oboe/English Horn, Tucson Symphony Valerie Coleman, Flutist and co-founder of Imani Winds Bill Evans, Gramm Award–Winning Jazz Pianist and Composer JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Richard Goode, Grammy-Winning Pianist and International Recording Artist Tim Page, Music Critic Myung-Whun Chung, Music Director, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Yonghoon Lee, Tenor, Metropolitan Opera Sarah Skuster, Principal Oboe, San Diego Symphony Laura Metcalf, cellist of Sybarite5 Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director and conductor, Eugene Symphony; Music Director, Santa Rosa Symphony Danielle de Niese, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera Murray Perahia, Grammy-Winning Pianist and International Recording Artist Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize–Winning Composer Julius Rudel, Conductor, New York City Opera and Buffalo Philharmonic Nadine Sierra, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera Lara St. John, solo violinist Frederica Von Stade, Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano, New York City Opera Dan Zhu, Violinist, Recording Artist

“Mannes uniquely combines classical conservatory training with progressive, creative approaches to music. At Mannes, I challenged and broadened my practice while finding my own voice as an artist and aware citizen.”


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—Alexandria Smith (Trumpet, BM ’15)




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drama learn from— working and training with more

collaborating with artists,

than 250 extraordinary drama

musicians, designers, and



w orld-famous actors, writers,

engaging beyond the walls

and directors

of the classroom

addressing social change

the silences

immersing yourself in the

the stage

creative world of New York City

Founded in 1940 by revolutionary theater director Erwin Piscator, the School of Drama (formerly called the Dramatic Workshop) offers rigorous, innovative training that fosters authenticity of expression and creative experimentation. Working collaboratively within and across disciplines, students confront the challenges of being engaged artists and citizens through the making of theater, film, and emerging media powered by imagination and social consciousness. We draw our winning actors, playwrights, directors, and creative technologists. We take inspiration from the greats who walked these halls before us, including Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Judith Malina, and Tennessee Williams,


faculty from New York’s contemporary legends—award-

as well as our alumni in the field now, such as Adrienne C. Moore and Jason Kim. Every day our fearless community brings new meaning to great theater.



Imagine creating change both onstage and off.


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School of Drama actors in a Butoh-inspired student adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy.

BFA in dramatic Arts The four-year BFA program in Dramatic Arts prepares students to be 21st-century artists, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens. Professionalism and community are at the core of the program, which provides a rich multidisciplinary, project-based investigation of theater arts and focuses on the development of critical thinking and collaborative skills.

Our innovative studio-based BFA is designed for

students who wish to pursue their artistry through a single discipline as well as those who identify as artists working in multiple creative fields. The degree includes both theater and academic requirements, allowing students to chart their unique educational experience.

All students take foundation classes in acting,

directing, playwriting, and creative technologies. After these required courses, students can choose a series of theater electives on the basis of their interests. Students can also choose to broaden their horizons by selecting as electives a variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts in any undergraduate college of The New School.

We encourage our students to gain professional work

experience alongside their education. We offer workshop and networking opportunities through partnerships with organizations like Naked Angels, The 24 Hour Play Company, The New Dance Theater Project, the Creative CafÊ, and Diversity Works, as well as study abroad options. In 2015–2016, Drama students attended Regents University, London (screen and playwriting, creative industries, acting); Norsk Skuespillerinstitutt, Oslo (acting for stage and screen); and the British American Drama Academy, London (classical acting and contemporary criticism). A BFA/MA dual degree in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship is also available, offering students an option in which they refine their craft while expanding their


entrepreneurial skills (see page 31).

MFA degree programs The School of Drama is a selective, intensive three-year program dedicated to the training of actors, dramatic writers, and directors for stage and camera. Our program is highly collaborative and ensemble driven, with a focus on the creation of new works and relevant reinterpretation of existing plays.

Throughout their three years at the School of Drama, MFA students

make and present work in studios, main stage productions, nontraditional performance spaces, and film. Guided by a faculty of working professionals and international guests, they collaborate with design students from Parsons School of Design, musicians from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and composers from Mannes School of Music. Student work is

MFA Acting

MFA Directing

MFA Playwriting

The School of Drama’s three-year

The selective MFA Directing

The Playwriting department

MFA program in Acting provides

program is a rigorous and

brings together a selective cohort

rigorous training for students

immersive experience designed

of passionate students to work

who want to enter the profession

to transform students from

in traditional and experimental

as unique and adaptive artists

promising artists into emerging

forms and explore the

onstage and on camera. Honing

professionals. Working with

intersections between dramatic

their technique and artistry,

outstanding faculty, guest artists,

writing, acting, and directing.

students build their creative

and professional mentors, MFA

In the course of three years,

intelligence through collaborative

students sharpen their directorial

students build portfolios

exploration of texts—classic,

abilities while expanding their

of produced pieces, including

contemporary, and devised—

experiential knowledge of

ten-minute, one-act, and

individualized guidance by award-

making and analyzing theater.

full-length plays. For the MFA

winning faculty, and a rich array

As members of an ensemble

program, students are required to

of performance opportunities.

of actors and writers, students

complete a screenplay, an original

Professional development is a

experience firsthand the intricacies

television pilot, and a short film

focus of the third year of training,

and demands of developing new

that is produced during their final

when students participate in a

work, from creating an organic


culminating industry showcase

and efficient rehearsal process to

and draw on the School of

staging a full production. Directing

Drama’s network of contacts and

students benefit from access

alumni to secure performance

to innovative courses in design,


creative technology, and film that


presented in showcases and industry events during the final year of study.

help prepare them for 21st-century careers. Our graduates apply their skills beyond the traditional boundaries of the stage, producing work in a variety


of forms and media.


Jeremy Irons and actor and faculty member Karen Ludwig in an intimate conversation with the School of Drama community.

department leadership Stephen Brown-Fried Directing, Co-Department Head

Tea Alagic Directing, Co-Department Head

Peter Jay Fernandez Acting, Co-Department Head

Acting, Co-Department Head


Scott Whitehurst

Lucy Thurber Playwriting, Co-Department Head

Todd London Playwriting, Co-Department Head

William Cusick Creative Technologies, Department Head

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BFA Program Director

Partnerships The School of Drama has established creative partnerships with renowned organizations and groundbreaking performers across New York City. Access to real-world industry experience and training enables students to acquire the skills they need to develop successful careers in theater and beyond. Capes Coaching

Ping Chong & Company

BFA juniors and seniors work with

BFA juniors work with the Teaching

professionals from Capes Coaching, a

Artists program of Ping Chong—a

Brooklyn-based creative development

multidisciplinary performance group

firm, to reflect on their artistic practice

that engages with timely issues—

and gain industry skills.

to create original ensemble-based community theater projects.

Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project The professional actors and directors

Tectonic Theater Project

of this venerable downtown theater

First-year MFA students create

give third-year MFA writers a public

original work in collaboration with

reading of original full-length plays.

artists from Tectonic Theater Project, a socially engaged company

Cry Havoc

dedicated to exploring theatrical

BFA juniors and seniors work with

language and form.

artists from Cry Havoc, a local nonprofit theater company, to hone

Waterwell Theater

their craft onstage and develop their

BFA juniors create an original

professional skill set.

ensemble-based theater project with


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Waterwell Teaching Artists, a nonprofit Lark Play Development Center

offering theater education to middle

At this theater lab, third-year MFA

and high school students.

writers are given a professional roundtable reading of their original

Writopia Lab

full-length plays, followed by

BFA juniors work with Writopia, a

discussion and feedback.

literacy nonprofit supporting youth who create theater for their peers in

Urban Bush Women First- and third-year BFA students work with artists from Urban Bush Women, a theater company that empowers minority voices to explore the meaning and function of community in theater.

an ensemble process.



Professional development The School of Drama is a direct channel to New York City’s industry professionals. Students participate in intimate seminars, intensive workshops, and conferences that enrich their training and provide the valuable networking opportunities and professional introductions that emerging theater artists need. In addition to building relationships with our experienced faculty artists and School of Drama alumni, students acquire the skills needed to succeed professionally, learning directly from industry leaders including agents, managers, artistic directors, casting agents, publishers, and world-class


working playwrights, directors, and actors.



the accomplishments of our alumni Marlon Brando, academy award–winning actor Tennessee williams, pulitzer prize–winning playwright harry belafonte, tony award–winning actor, singer & activist bea arthur, emmy award– winning actor walter matthau, academy award–winning actor elaine stritch, emmy award–winning comedian lorraine hansberry, new york drama critics’ circle award–winning playwright JASON KIM, writer, HBO’s Girls NICK GANDIELLO, Playwriting Fellow, Page 73 Productions BEKAH BRUNSTETTER, Writer, fat kids on fire, abc family’s switched at birth ADRIENNE C. MOORE, Actor, Orange is the New Black DANIEL PEARLE, laurents/ hatcher playwriting award recipient for a kid like jake andreas damm, actor, cbs person of interest JANINE NABERS, NY theatre workshop playwriting fellow, yale drama series prize winner MASHUQ DEEN, playwriting fellow at new dramatists SHERRI EDEN BARBER, artistic director of ricochet collective, drama league directors project fellow KIRYA TRABER, Lincoln Center Education Artist Fellow ELIZABETH CARLSON, Artistic Director, Naked Angels theater company Tony curtis, golden globe award–winning actor Rod steiger, academy award–winning actor

“ Through my involvement with The New School’s Growing Up Locked Down conference—which focuses on the adverse effects of incarceration on American youth—I had the opportunity to facilitate theater workshops for the Justice League of New York City. And The New School recently hosted the Legislative Theatre Festival for NYC’s Theatre of the Oppressed, an organization where I work with the homeless community, creating plays that shed light on systemic issues related to homelessness.”


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—Stevie Walker webb (Directing, MFA ’16)




jazz break— tradition alongside 250 jazz students

between sets at New York’s greatest jazz clubs

down convention

toward finding your unique voice

through your barriers

into the scene


away from the pack


Above and following pages: Jazz students play at Jazz Standard in NYC.

Imagine being mentored by the musicians who inspired you to become one. Founded in 1986 by Arnie Lawrence, David Levy, and Paul Weinstein, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music is renowned across the globe as a center for progressive, inventive artists. Considered the most innovative school of its kind, it offers students an artist-as-mentor approach to learning. That means the world’s leading contemporary and jazz musicians— Joanne Brackeen, Ingrid Jensen, Matt Wilson, Jane Ira Bloom, and more—work one-on-one with you to produce groundbreaking sounds and music. This is a rare place where you can pursue what makes you a unique contemporary musician. Explore your own talents, create from scratch, and reach across disciplines to construct new rhythms, inventive compositions, and original means of expression.

With nearly 80 ensembles, you play in clubs,

concert halls, and venues throughout New York and in festivals and exchange programs around the world. Start your professional performance career now through our Gig Office. We have the largest music internship editors, and recording artists of the highest caliber. You can gain experience at Blue Note Records, WNYC Radio, Lincoln Center, and more. You will be constantly


program in New York. You can work with producers,

immersed in not only the newest music but also the nuances of how the music industry runs.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with

classical musicians and drama students within the College of Performing Arts as well as liberal arts scholars


and designers across the university.




Degrees at jazz All students at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (four-year BFA) degree, the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts (five-year BA/BFA dual degree offered with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts), or the BFA/MA dual degree in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship.

Areas of Study


In applying for admission, each student

Elective ensembles include

chooses Instrumental Performance or Vocal Performance as a concentration.


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Applicants commonly audition for

Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Brazilian Jazz Ensemble

Acoustic Bass

Carla Bley Ensemble

Electric Bass

Chick Corea Ensemble


Coltrane Ensemble


Cross-Cultural Improvisation

Bass Clarinet

Cross-Genre Improvisation Ensemble


Electric Miles Ensemble


Herbie Hancock Ensemble


Indian Ensemble


Live Electronica Orchestra


M-BASE Ensemble

Alto Saxophone

Monk Ensemble

Tenor Saxophone

New School Studio Orchestra

Bari Saxophone

Ornette Coleman Ensemble

Soprano Saxophone

Progressive Rock Ensemble


R&B Ensemble


Sonny Rollins Ensemble


Super Trios


Wayne Shorter Ensemble

Voice One Musician’s Journey Mariel Bildstein ’16 BFA Trombone Student

PHASE 1 Major in Trombone Take— Ear-Training Brass Sight-Reading Improv Ensemble Private lessons with Wycliffe Gordon Jazz History Narratives of Black Women (Liberal Arts)


Start playing— Brazilian music Latin music Funk Classical World music

jazz Perform at— Jazz Gallery Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing 46 Smalls Zinc Bar

PHASE 4 Gig more and more Create groups Create your own production company




Before there were jazz degree programs, required courses, music concentrations, and suggested electives, aspiring jazz musicians honed their craft by learning directly from the masters. One of the main reasons students choose our school over other music conservatories is our artist-as-mentor pedagogy. We attract top-ranked musicians, including Reggie Workman and Mary Halvorson, to our faculty. While other teachers might put you on a strict course of study, these legendary musicians become your mentors. They help you develop the confidence and knowledge to experiment, take risks, fail, take more risks, and find your own authentic style of self-expression. They work with students one-on-one, invite them to sit in on sets, and offer invaluable insight and inspiration. Students also have the opportunity to be mentored by a musician of their choice throughout the city. Here are some of the artists associated with the School of Jazz: Jane Ira Bloom,1 saxophone Nir Felder,1 guitar Joel Frahm, saxophone Dave Glasser,1 saxophone Aaron Goldberg, piano Wycliffe Gordon, trombone La Tanya Hall,1 voice Mary Halvorson,1, 2 guitar


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Billy Harper,1 saxophone Richard Harper,1 voice, trombone Ari Hoenig, drums Ingrid Jensen,1 trumpet Vic Juris,1 guitar Linda Oh,1 bass Jimmy Owens,1 trumpet Matt Wilson,1 drums Reggie Workman,1 bass Rachel Z,1 piano 1

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Legendary double bassist and faculty member Reggie Workman working with Yonatan Volchok.

Student Performance Opportunities Our students perform at more than 200 events every year. They play jazz clubs like Joe’s Pub, Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at cultural hotspots like The Morgan Library, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Live Arts, and the Highline. They’re in Union Square Park, Madison Square Park, and Hudson River Park. They perform on live radio at WBGO 88.3 FM and WBAI 99.5 FM. And every spring, six selected quartets go to the Bern international jazz festival in Switzerland. Our popular Gig Office manages the huge number of


paying gigs available to our students.



A few examples of our talented alumni Kenyatta Beasley, Trumpet Miri Ben-Ari, Violin Lakecia Benjamin, Saxophone Peter Bernstein, Guitar Jesse boykins iii, voice and songwriter Otis Brown III, Drums Sharel Cassity, Saxophone Sarah Elizabeth Charles, voice Avishai Cohen, Bass Jonathan Finlayson, Trumpet James Francis, Piano Tomas Fujiwara, Drums Robert Glasper, Piano Larry Goldings, Composer and Songwriter Tatum Greenblatt, Trumpet Mary Halvorson, Guitar Alan Hampton, Bass Keyon Harrold, Trumpet Gilad Hekselman, Guitar Carlos Henriquez, Bass Ali Jackson Drums JosĂŠ James, voice Matt Jorgensen, Drums Michael Kammers, Saxophone Ori Kaplan, Saxophone Greg Kurstin, Songwrit Anthony LaMarca, Guitar GrĂŠgoire Maret Harmonica Brad Mehldau, Piano Camila Meza, Guitar Mike Moreno, Guitar Bilal Oliver, Voice John Popper, Voice Logan Richardson, Saxophone Jaz Sawyer, Drums Alex Skolnick, Guitar Becca Stevens, Voice Loren Stillman, Saxophone E.J. Strickland Drums Marcus Strickland, Saxophone Brianna Thomas, voice Chris Tordini, Bass Manuel Valera Jr., Piano and Composer Yonatan Volchok, Trombone Chris Walker, Bass and producer Jamire Williams, Drums Spike Wilner, Piano Sam Yahel, Piano

“At The New School, I got more than a solid foundation in jazz—I had the chance to design exactly the education I wanted. Having the support of esteemed classroom faculty, the freedom to study with musicians throughout New York City, and the resources of a progressive research university, I had many opportunities to pursue my interests and study with my favorite living drummers. That doesn’t happen anywhere else.”


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—Christopher Copland (Drums, BFA ’15)





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(Un)Silent Film Night featured Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, accompanied by ensembles from Mannes School of Music and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.


Orchestra. The recital shown above reached out to new audiences through a combination of music, digital animation, and innovative performance wear.


The Future of Orchestral Garments was a collaboration between Mannes School of Music, Parsons School of Design, and the Baltimore Symphony



School of Drama students perform in Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle.


John L. Tishman Auditorium in The New School’s University Center.


Parsons School of Design Bachelor’s Programs Architectural Design BFA Communication Design BFA Design and Technology BFA Fashion Design BFA

Strategic Design and Management MS 1

Psychology BA

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History of Design and

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Voice MM, PDPL2

Curatorial Studies MA

Interdisciplinary Science BA

Industrial Design MFA

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Creative Writing BA

Master’s Programs Acting MFA Directing MFA Playwriting MFA

School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Bachelor’s Program

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BA concentration in Urban Ecosystems and Public Policy; BS concentration in Urban Ecosystem Design Food Studies BA, BS Global Studies BA Liberal Arts BA, BS Self-designed program

School of Media Studies Graduate Programs Documentary Media Studies graduate certificate Media Management MS, graduate certificate Media Studies MA

Jazz and Contemporary Music BFA

Media Studies BA, BS

Concentrations in Composition,

Musical Theater BFA

Teaching English

Psychology BA

to Speakers of

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Other Languages

Associate’s Program


Graduate Programs

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Teaching English to Speakers of

in Instrumental, and in Vocal

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The Professional Studies Diploma (PDPL) is an advanced certificate program open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree.

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A Few Facts that Set Us Apart

Founded in 1919.

#1 for small classes Among national universities, The New School has

Located in Greenwich Village, in the heart of NYC, with a branch campus in Paris.

the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.1

#1 art and design school Parsons School of Design is the top art and design

Houses five schools and colleges.

school in the nation.2

Offers more than 130 degree and diploma programs and majors and more than 50 minors. Has more than 10,000 degree-seeking students. Students come from all 50 states and 116 countries.

#1 most international university We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university with more than 10,000 students.3

#1 for sustainable building The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States—and it’s the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold–certified urban university building.

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opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration,

excellence, the College of Performing Arts creates

With each school contributing its unique culture of

innovative and groundbreaking School of Drama.

School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the

iconic 100-year-old conservatory; the legendary

2015, brings together Mannes School of Music, the

College of Performing Arts, formed in the fall of

become a force of new artistry. The New School’s

performing arts students work across disciplines to

center at the heart of The New School. Here,

music come together to form a progressive creative

renowned schools of drama, jazz, and classical

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Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4–18, from absolute

beginners through advanced students aspiring to professional

careers. Each student’s curriculum is individually tailored to

age and level.

to the social sciences, to public policy and advocacy,

disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design,

to collaborate with colleagues in a wide array of

rigorous environment with enhanced opportunities

of Performing Arts experience a supportive and

New School, students and faculty across the College

the School of Drama’s BFA program. As a part of The

housed in Arnhold Hall are The School of Jazz and

designed especially for the performing arts. Also

in Greenwich Village, a state-of-the-art facility

has moved into the newly renovated Arnhold Hall

As part of the formation of The College, Mannes

to the cross-disciplinary culture of the school.

Entrepreneurship MA at the College level adds

A new and innovative Arts Management and

innovative education, and world-class performances.

Experience the life of a Performing Arts student—tomorrow. Visit and see it all for yourself.

The New School—a university where world-renowned colleges come together to seek out new ways to create a more just, more beautiful, and better-designed world. Learn more about our colleges and programs: Parsons School of Design Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts College of Performing Arts The New School for Social Research Schools of Public Engagement Parsons Paris

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