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Manhattan School of Music


Manhattan School of Music is a preeminent international conservatory of music, granting bachelor of music, master of music, and doctor of musical arts degrees. Founded in 1918, the School is one of the largest private conservatories in the United States. Manhattan School of Music is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of musical and educational training for exceptional student musicians, producing mature, responsible young adults who are committed to using the power of music to improve the quality of life in contemporary society. The School trains students in performance and composition and provides a broad-based education in music theory, history, and humanities. In addition to the more than 800 students who come from 45 countries in the College Division, Manhattan School of Music serves some 450 New York-area students, ages 5 to 18, in the Precollege Division, and nearly 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Summer Music Camp and arts-in-education programs. The School employs an artist-teacher faculty of 250 professional musicians and is also an active presenter of more than 400 public performances. Manhattan School of Music’s more than 10,000 alumni are active in every aspect of American musical life, and many are among the most distinguished artists today performing in opera houses, concert halls, and on jazz stages throughout the world.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/9/2016: Conservatory Project: Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir

Students from the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir perform a diverse repertoire, including compositions from Byrd, Haydn, and Stephen Sondheim. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/18/2015: The Manhattan School of Music

The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including “Caravan,” “Through the Night,” “Daydream,” and more.

Video 2/17/2015: Manhattan School of Music

Students from the Chamber Choir perform Gregg Smith’s On the Beach at Night, two Whitman songs, and David Lang’s the little match girl passion. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/25/2014: Manhattan School of Music

The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia plays works by Gabrieli, Rossini, and Mozart. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/19/2014: Organ Showcase

Students from participating Conservatory Project schools play selections from works by Widor, Schumann, Buxtehude, Smetana, Shostakovich, Demessieux, Litaize, Albright, Dupre, Ellington, Bach, Cochereau, and others on the Rubenstein Family Organ. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/4/2012: Manhattan School of Music

The school’s Percussion Ensemble plays a program featuring works by Steve Reich. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Manhattan School of Music