mannes school of music announces the appointment of bryan wagorn to the major lesson faculty

Bryan Wagorn

New York, September 5, 2019 – The New School's Mannes School of Music announced today that acclaimed pianist and vocal coach, Bryan Wagorn, will join the faculty of Mannes School of Music.

Canadian pianist and vocal coach Bryan Wagorn serves as Assistant Conductor at The Metropolitan Opera and regularly performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as soloist, chamber musician, and recital accompanist to the world's leading singers and instrumentalists. He is an alumni of Mannes School of Music.

"My studies at Mannes were some of the most inspiring times of my life as a young musician, during which I made many close friends and learned important lessons about music and life. My mentors were crucial in guiding me through the post-degree steps of my career and in helping me find my place in this competitive field. I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful faculty to give back to the next generation of musicians,” said Wagorn.

At Mannes, Wagorn will serve on the major lesson faculty in the Collaborative Piano Department, chaired by Cristina Stanescu. He will also collaborate with students and faculty across the college in a wide range of special projects, productions, and courses.

In the 2013-2014 season, Wagorn made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Assistant Conductor in their new production of Falstaff. He has appeared on major television and radio stations including Good Morning America, WQXR and CBC Radio, has performed in recital for the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Richard Tucker Foundation, and with artists such as Nadine Sierra, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Karita Mattila, Joyce DiDonato, Pinchas Zukerman, Carol Wincenc, and the New York Woodwind Quintet. A participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, and music staff at the Glyndebourne Festival, Wagorn has also been engaged as Staff Coach at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and served on the faculty of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute and Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra. He has been a guest coach at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at the Glyndebourne Festival’s Jerwood Young Artist Program. He made his solo recital debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2009, and has performed two extensive tours with Jeunesses Musicales de Canada, and performed chamber music with members of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony. Wagorn is also on the advisory board of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation and the Time In Children's Arts Initiative.

Wagorn holds degrees in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, the University of Ottawa, the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Now in its second century as a dynamic musical center, Mannes School of Music is a standard bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music. Through its undergraduate, graduate, professional studies, and preparatory programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by a world-class faculty and visiting artists. As part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, together with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama, Mannes makes its home on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus in a state-of-the-art facility at the newly renovated Arnhold Hall.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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