Mannes is a unique place, one where you will receive deep technical training on your instrument 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 woodwind faculty includes a preeminent cohort of musicians and active performers on the New York music scene. They hold chairs in top ensembles, including American Ballet Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, Mostly Mozart, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Ensemble, New York Chamber Symphony and many others. Bassoonist Kim Laskowski and Oboist Sherry Sylar play for the New York Philharmonic; Elaine Douvas is principal oboe for the Met, Judith Mendenhall is principal flautist for ABT; Clarinetist David Krakauer, in addition to enjoying a distinguished chamber music career, plays klezmer music all over the world.
With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. Play at landmark venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Collaborate in cutting-edge performances as a part of our many ensembles, including Mannes American Composers Ensemble, the College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra, and the New School Studio Orchestra. Train to win a position in the best orchestras in the world, as you gain the skills needed to start your own label, manage your own publicity, and create your own
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.