Student Ensembles and Artists in Residence

  • Student Ensembles and Artists in Residence
  • Student Ensembles

  • The Mannes Orchestra

    David Hayes, Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies

    The Mannes Orchestra performs a variety of concerts each season in venues including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and Tishman Hall at The New School.

    In addition, the Orchestra produces a fully staged production with The Mannes Opera each December and May at The Silvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.

    Unless otherwise noted, all performances by The Mannes Orchestra are free and open to the public. Certain concerts require tickets. Consult the calendar for details.


    The Mannes Opera

    Joseph Colaneri, Artistic Director

    The Mannes Opera presents two productions each year.  Held in December and May, both fully staged productions are presented at the Kaye Playhouse in collaboration with The Mannes Orchestra.

    In addition, The Mannes Opera presents two evenings of Conversations on Opera featuring students and Maestro Colaneri in a captivating scene-study setting.


    The Mannes Baroque Chamber Players

    Nancy Wilson, Director

    The Mannes Baroque Chamber Players presents two concerts each year featuring student ensembles performing music from the baroque era on modern instruments with period bows in historically informed performances evoking the spirit of the baroque period through ornamentation, improvisation, and idiomatic conventions of notation and rhythm.

    The Mannes Percussion Ensemble

    James Baker, Director

    Dedicated to performing new and classic solo and ensemble works the Mannes Percussion Ensemble presents two concerts a year. One concert is apart of the Mannes Contemporary Music Festival.

    New Music Mannes

    Madeleine Shapiro, Director

    New Music Mannes presents two concerts a year featuring solo and chamber works, one of which is part of the Mannes Contemporary Music Festival.

    The Mannes Guitar Ensemble

    Terry Champlin, Director

    The Mannes Guitar Ensemble presents two concerts each year in which Mannes guitar students explore small and large ensemble works, sometimes in combination with other instruments or voice.

    The Brass Ensemble

    Ray Riccomini, Director

    The Brass Ensemble annual concert explores chamber repertoire for brass from all periods. The performance features trios, quartets, quintets, and brass choir.

    The Mannes Chorus

    Frank Nemhauser, Director

    The Mannes Chorus performs choral literature from the 15th century to the present in its annual concert.

    Guitar Soloists

    Featuring the students of Michael Newman and Fred Hand, these concerts include works by Renaissance masters, new music, and everything in between.

    MACE-Mannes American Composers Ensemble

    Founded in 2012 by Mannes faculty composer Lowell Liebermann, MACE (The Mannes American Composers Ensemble) is a large ensemble which focuses on the music of living American composers. MACE presents not only works by established American masters such as John Adams and Elliott Carter but also cutting-edge works by up-and-coming composers. The ensemble aims to embrace as broad a view possible of the incredibly diverse and vital landscape of contemporary American music.

  • Artists in Residence

  • Orion String Quartet

    Daniel and Todd Phillips, violin
    Steven Tenenbom, viola
    Timothy Eddy, violoncello

    One of the most popular ensembles in the United States, the Orion String Quartet presents four annual concerts at Mannes. Its members, violinists Daniel and Todd Phillips, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy, work with students in a series of chamber music master classes.

    To be admitted to quartet concerts, pick up a free ticket at the Mannes security desk at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. performance time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

    The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

    Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, guitars.

    Hailed by the New York Times as “fresh, hot and headed for fame,” the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo continues to fulfill that promise with 30 years of international touring, 12 critically acclaimed recordings, and development of new works for the ensemble. The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo presents one concert and one master class during the year. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

    Imani Winds

    Valerie Coleman, flute/composer
    Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
    Mariam Adam, clarinet
    Jeff Scott, French horn/composer
    Monica Ellis, bassoon

    More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

     As part of their residency, the Imani Winds Ensemble offers two free concerts each year at Mannes and teaches Mannes students through a variety of chamber music master classes.