• Voice and Opera


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    Admission Contact
    College of Performing Arts
    Office of Admission
    55 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
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  • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is at the crossroads of American music, and the faculty who teach at Mannes are active participants in the evolution of the future of music. At Mannes you will find a mentor who will not only help you develop the advanced technique on your instrument necessary to compete in any setting, but will also nurture your creative self in a way that will help you to chart your own path as a 21st-century artist.

    Mannes is a unique place, one where you will find the flexibility and freedom to direct your development as a singer. Get rigorous classical training from a faculty of renowned and revolutionary performers, who will also help you find your place in the landscape of contemporary music in New York City.

    You'll receive highly focused technical training in weekly private voice lessons, as well as opera coaching, language and diction classes, and vocal repertory electives on subjects such as American, Spanish, and Russian art song; German lieder; French chansons; and Italian arias. You'll also benefit from master classes with visiting artists and music professionals, who support you as you polish your technique and make essential career connections.

    Our Voice faculty includes a preeminent collection of musicians. You'll study with artists like Arthur Levy, Beth Roberts, Amy Burton, Bill Burden, Bonnie Hamilton, and Stephen Powell, who go to great lengths to support the growth of every young artist. The same can be said for the vocal coaching faculty, including Ted Taylor, Susan Caldwell, Susan Woodruff Versage, Glenn Morton, and Joshua Greene. And you'll draw inspiration from star alums like international opera singers Frederica von Stade, Danielle de Niese, Yonghoon Lee, and Nadine Sierra.

    With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. A remarkable range of performance opportunities awaits you. Opera productions run the gamut from standard works of Mozart and Verdi—performed with The Mannes Orchestra—to contemporary and experimental works such as Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher and Robert Ashley's Dust.

    You may find yourself performing chamber music as part of the Mannes Sounds Festival or contemporary works with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble. Musical theater flourishes at the College of Performing Arts, offering wonderful opportunities to collaborate with students from the School of Drama and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, either in fully staged productions or as a member of the student-founded musical theater group 13th and Broadway. Explore, discover, choose, experiment, and define yourself as an artist. Throughout New York City, find new and inspired ways to expand who you are as an artist and performer, getting the chance to learn and perform with some of the world's leading musicians.

  • Degrees

    Mannes School of Music offers an academic experience that pairs artistic foundations with a rich variety of entrepreneurial and experiential opportunities. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Mannes students engage in unique performance experiences, collaborating with students across The New School and partner organizations like the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Perform at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, apprentice with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, join the Martha Graham Dance Company in riveting productions, and take the stage with The Mannes Opera. Experience firsthand what it's like to be a working musician in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world.

    Experiment. Collaborate. Perform.

    Don't just learn how to play your instrument; learn how to perform. Develop your artistry alongside peers from the College of Performing Arts, Parsons, and across The New School by creating multidisciplinary projects with theater directors, designers, and media students. Record an album with jazz students. Make new work with actors, writers, and directors. You'll never run out of opportunities to grow and showcase your talent in new and original ways.

    Chart Your Own Course.

    Today's artists are makers and doers. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, musicians are changemakers. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes far beyond that of the traditional conservatory. In courses like The Stone Workshops, Improv Artists Lab, and The Digital Revolution, you'll have the opportunity to play alongside boundary-breaking artists and award-winning faculty members. Take courses that will challenge you to make music in new and inspired ways.

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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.


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