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Use the interactive campus map to find the exact locations of our academic and residential buildings and nearby places for food, drink, and cultural attractions.

Fall semester building hours are in effect from Monday, August 15, to Sunday, December 18, 2022.

The CoPA Bulletin is our virtual community bulletin board. It is emailed weekly during the academic year. Check it out to learn about news, opportunities, events and more.

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If you wish to reserve a space for DIY recordings, please email DIY recordings will take place in 350, 450, or 750. There will be no DIY recordings in the Glassbox Theater or Stiefel Hall. 

For reservations of audio or video suites located on the 8th floor of Arnhold Hall, please visit the
Suite Reservations IT Website to reserve these spaces.

Students and Faculty may reserve and checkout audio and video production equipment from The New School’s Equipment Center (EQC) located on the ninth floor of Arnhold HallIf you have questions about specialized CoPA equipment please contact your program administration.

At Arnhold Hall, Gender Inclusive restrooms are located on the following floors: 1 and 9
At Bank Street, Gender Inclusive restrooms are located on the following floor: 2

The Gig Office is the College of Performing Arts’ hire-a-musician service. The office receives requests for musicians to play at functions on and off-campus. In the past, venues have included festivals, clubs, award ceremonies, cultural institutions, public parks, fundraisers, private parties, and civic and political events. Our mission is to help students acquire paid performance experience as they move closer to their professional lives as working musicians. Gig Office Inquiries should be sent to

In accordance with its mission, The New School strives to prepare students to be active and participatory members in a diverse and global society. This requires New School students to intentionally cultivate, through words and actions, a learning environment that is dynamic and inclusive. These principles will guide the ways our community works with, cares for, and engages members from diverging backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. 

To support our educational community, students who have chosen to join The New School agree to abide by the following principles: 

  • Dignity: We affirm that recognizing the inherent dignity of all students is necessary  to maintain a climate of justice and safety. 
  • Empowerment: We strive to consciously create empowered spaces both inside and  outside of the classroom for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic statuses, ages, abilities, and beliefs. 
  • Anti-Discrimination: We agree that discrimination of any kind has no place at The New School. 
  • Expression: We acknowledge that each member of our community has the right to freely express their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs with an understanding that  disagreement and unpopular or controversial opinions are a part of an enriching  learning experience. 
  • Responsibility: We understand that each of us is accountable for our words, choices, and actions and the impact they may have on the large community. 


The responsibility for upholding the above principles, as well as abiding by existing policies, rules, and procedures, is shared by all members of the campus community. Students may contact the Office of Student Advocacy for more information.

For the latest information regarding health and safety, please visit The New School’s Covid-19 Community Guide

The university has created a data dashboard that will provide direct and valuable updates about the vaccination, testing, and positivity rates on our campus.

Voluntary Maskless Practice at the College of Performing Arts is still in effect. Those eligible can choose to remove their masks with additional testing. Learn more about the Voluntary Maskless Practice program including eligibility, requirements, and how to participate.

Any registered student of the College of Performing Arts can request the use of a locker at 55 W 13th St (Arnhold Hall) or 151 Bank St (Bank Street).

If you are a new student, transfer student, or a returning student who did not have a locker assignment prior to the pandemic, please fill out the Locker Request Form to request the use of a locker in Arnhold Hall or Bank Street. 

Prior to filling out the form, be sure to read the usage policies and procedures at the top of the form. By submitting the form, you agree to adhere to the locker usage policies and procedures. 

Students will hear from and as requests are processed. 

For student recitals and recording sessions, students are responsible for negotiating fees and paying their accompanists.

The school covers the cost of an approved accompanist for the following circumstances:

  • Public masterclasses: Accompanists are paid by the school for the time of the masterclass.
  • Annual Juries: Each student gets one hour rehearsal for a 10′ jury and one hour and half for a 20′ jury, including the jury time. 
  • Annual Concerto competition: Each student gets one hour with the pianist per round, including the competition time.
  • Major Lessons
  • Performance electives for vocal classes
  • Entrance Auditions: Accompanists are hired by the admission office.


Any additional rehearsal time beyond what it outlined above will be at the student’s expense. Accompanists must be selected from an approved list in order to be paid by the school. Please contact for an updated list of approved accompanists.


Graduating Masters Students
Graduating MM students are required to perform a recital (except for composers, conductors, theory majors, and Arts Management students who are NOT required). A minimum of 60-75 minutes of music should be programmed and the event must take place in New York city. 

Graduating Undergraduate and Professional Studies Diploma Students
Graduating Undergraduate and Professional Studies Diploma students are required to perform a recital (except for composers, conductors, theory majors, and Arts Management students who are NOT required). Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Harpsichord, Collaborative Piano, and Guitar majors must perform a full recital with a minimum of 60 minutes of music.  Wind, Brass, Percussion, Voice, Harp, and Double-bass majors must perform a full recital program.

Graduating Undergraduate and Masters Degree composers must have at least one work performed per year of residency on campus. Off-campus performances may fulfill this requirement with the prior approval (in writing) of both their major teacher and the department head. There is no performance requirement for Professional Studies Diploma composers, but they may sign up to be included on composition department recitals as desired. 

Additional Information
Students who are required to present a graduation recital are not required to give their graduation recital on campus. If a student elects to use an off-campus venue, the venue must be in New York City, and the recital must occur between the first day of the fall semester and the last day of the spring semester. Note: There is no fee for students to book a concert at The New School, however, Mannes will not cover rental expenses for off-site venues. Any accompanist fees are the responsibility of the student. 


Audio Visual/Technology Support
Inquiries about potential audio visual or technology support can be submitted via email to

Students are required to make this performance a top priority and perform on the recital date they select. Cancelling or rescheduling a recital is only allowed in the case of events outside a student’s control, examples include Illness/injury (must provide a doctor’s note) or family emergency. 

The following are a few examples of unacceptable reasons for cancellation or rescheduling:

-Repertoire not prepared
-Teacher or family can’t attend
-Issues with collaborating artists
-Conflicts with other performances (including other Mannes performances)

If a student cancels their recital, they may not give the date to another student. To request approval for cancellation, please contact

Mannes owns 2 harpsichords.  The harpsichords are located in room 450 and room 644. If you intend to program ET music for harpsichord, please schedule your event in Stiefel Concert Hall as we do not move our harpsichords between floors. If you would like to use the harpsichord for your recital, please notify (no later than 3 weeks in advance), so that we can arrange for a harpsichord tuner. 

Length of Performance
Recitals should be programmed with no more than 90 minutes of music to allow for a 15-minute intermission and time in between pieces. On Sundays, when recitals are presented at 12:30-2:00pm ET, 3:00-4:30pm, 5:30-7:00pm, and 8:00pm, it is particularly important for recitals to end as scheduled to allow time for the audience to clear and the next performer to prepare. 

Off-Campus Recitals
Graduation recitals are not required to be performed at Mannes. However, an off-campus graduation recital must take place in New York City between the first day of the fall semester and the last day of the spring semester. Any off-campus hall rental expenses or accompanist fees are the responsibility of the student. To receive credit for performing an off campus recital, keep a program from your event and turn in to your adviser at the end of the academic year. If a student holds a recital off-campus, all current New School Covid-19 safety policies must still be followed with regard to masks.

There are two pianos in the Stiefel Concert Hall: #567991 New York Steinway “D” and #531365 New York Steinway “D”. The #567991 piano will be used for your recital unless you notify the Concert Office otherwise. The Glassbox also has a New York Steinway “D” piano.

Please do not place food or drinks, water bottles, instrument cases or heavy objects on the pianos. Tuning or repair requests, or reporting broken strings, can be made at: To avoid injury to yourself or the pianos, please do not attempt to remove piano lids. Requests to remove lids should be made by email to The piano technician must approve all preparations — objects placed inside the piano, on dampers or strings — in advance. Please contact Lou Tasciotti at: for prior approval and instructions to prevent damage.

Mannes students are required to produce their own programs. Templates for vocal and instrumental recital programs can be downloaded from the Recital Program Templates folder. You are not required to use the Mannes template, but it is available should you wish to do so. On the day of performance, students should bring printed programs and give them to the usher or house manager for distribution.

Mannes does not allow receptions (or any food/drink) in connection to concerts. There are many nice restaurants nearby which are appropriate for a post-concert gathering. 

In accordance with The New School’s policy on alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, alcohol is prohibited in all spaces being used for academic activity including, but not limited to, classrooms, studios, offices, lounges, and computer labs. This policy applies to faculty, staff, and students. Events where students are present and where alcoholic beverages will be served are subject to approval by the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Life, regardless of the age of the students. Alcohol is not to be served during classes including end-of-semester parties. Students cannot be required to attend events where alcohol will be served. 

Audio/Video Recording
Students are responsible for making their own recording arrangements if they wish to document their recital. CoPA is currently unable to accommodate requests for recording personnel at this time. If a student requires recording equipment, they may check out audio and video equipment from the Equipment Center on the 9th floor of Arnhold Hall. 

Mannes will provide student ushers to help manage your event. Ushers will operate the lights, manage the door, distribute programs, handle stage changes, and interact with the audience.  

Every student takes a jury in each year of study. Graduate students entering in January are required to take a first-year jury in April of their first semester of study, as well as a graduation jury in December of their fourth semester, except where noted in the guidelines.

Classes WILL be in session. Juries cannot be postponed except in situations of serious illness or family emergency, and only in advance with prior documentation submitted to

A preliminary schedule, listing dates for each major area, will be sent to you via email. Students should keep clear the entire period of time for their major. The final schedule, with assigned times for each student, will be posted no later than the first week of April, 2022. We regret that requests for specific times/days cannot be honored. If the scheduled time is simply not possible, students are welcome to switch times with colleagues in their major with same performance timings. Once both parties agree on the new times, students MUST send the confirmation with both parties in the email to at least one week prior to their original scheduled time.

Timings for Juries in all programs will be as follows:

Annual Juries
-15 minutes: Piano, Percussion, Composition, Collaborative Piano
-10 minutes: All other instruments and Voice

Graduation Juries
-15 minutes: Winds/Brass, Strings, Guitar, Collaborative Piano, Percussion, Composition
-10 minutes: MM Voice

Current repertory guidelines for each major are available below. Please consult these as you prepare your jury programs. Works performed for previous juries or for admission to the school are not allowed.

Please contact for a list of acceptable accompanists.

Repertory Guidelines by Major
Download a repertory form. Piano and voice majors must present six copies of this form to the Jury. All other majors must present four copies.

Collaborative Piano
Double Bass
Harp – Guitar
Wind – Brass

While many ensembles require auditions to ensure appropriate placement, all CoPA students are eligible to audition for all CoPA ensembles, and all students who successfully audition are eligible to participate in any ensemble (pending seat availability) regardless of their program or major. When there are fewer seats available than eligible students, priority will be given to students who require an ensemble for degree completion.

Mannes Large Instrumental Ensembles: (open to all CoPA students)

All students interested in participating in the following ensembles must first pass a required placement audition. Please contact Orchestra Manager Geoff Devereux ( for information about seating auditions.

Students who are not Mannes instrumental performance majors who are interested in being placed in a large ensemble should contact Geoff Devereux no later than August 15.

For students who do not have a large ensemble requirement in their degree, these courses will count as studio electives (for SJCM students) or general electives (for Drama or MMPC students).  Large Ensembles may be used to fulfill MAAME APR requirements.

Mannes Small Ensembles: (open to all CoPA students)

Mannes small ensembles rehearse beginning in week 5 of each semester. Small Ensemble classes will receive 15 hours of class time, chamber groups will receive ten hours of coaching, and duos will receive five hours of coaching.

Students interested in small ensemble opportunities must submit a request through the Small Ensemble Request Form in May for Fall Ensembles/December for Spring Ensembles. As the nature of these ensembles varies across a wide spectrum of chamber formats and genres, please specify as much information as possible when submitting your request. Experiences include Coached Chamber Groups,Small Ensemble Classes, Jazz Ensembles, and various special projects each semester.

*Students interested in participating in courses and ensembles associated with the Philip Glass Institute, JACK Quartet, The Westerlies, or other ensembles-in-residence should use the above Small Ensemble Request Form to indicate interest.

A Mannes Small Ensemble will count towards the ensemble requirement for MMPC students, as an elective ensemble for SJCM students, and as a general elective for Drama students. Small Ensembles may be used to fulfill MAAME APR requirements.

For more specific details, please contact Performance and Ensemble Manager Grace Park ( and/or

Mannes Opera:

Vocalists seeking opera performance opportunities must participate in season auditions. Please contact to schedule an audition. Please also visit the Mannes Opera Website for more comprehensive information about the 22/23 opera season, auditions, shows, etc. Mannes Opera will always work to incorporate CoPA students into its process, so students interested in being involved in a project in a non-performance role should directly email opera director Emma Griffin.

Mannes Opera will count as a general elective for MMPC students, as a studio elective for SJCM students, and as a guided theatre elective for Drama students. Mannes Opera may be used to fulfill MAAME APR requirements.

School of Jazz & Contemporary Music Ensembles:
Improv Ensembles: (open to all CoPA students)

Continuing students are able to request specific Improv Ensembles. Any incoming Fall 2022 students looking to participate in those groups will be cast at the discretion of the CoPA Academics team. Continuing MMPC students wishing to participate in Improv Ensembles must fill out and submit a request form shared via email by Amanda Ekery in March (for Fall Improv Ensembles)/October (for Spring Improv Ensembles) (, Assistant Director of Academics for the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. For more specific details on that process, please contact Amanda and/or Improv Ensembles may be used to fulfill MAAME APR requirements.

Elective Ensembles: (open to all CoPA students)

All JCM ensemble requests must be submitted through the CoPA Course Permission Request Form. Elective Ensembles are auditioned ensembles. Students must be registered to audition for the course and auditions happen during the first class meeting date. Elective Ensembles may be used to fulfill MAAME APR requirements.

John Zorn’s Cobra
Indian Ensemble
Blue Note Ensemble
Afro Cuban Orchestra
Abbey Road Ensemble
Vocal Blues Ensemble
Explorations In Swing
R&B Ensemble
Herbie Hancock Ensemble
Wayne Shorter Ensemble
Cross Genre Improvisation Workshop
Joe Henderson Ensemble
Super Trios
Live Electronica Orchestra
Coltrane Ensemble
Sonny Rollins Ensemble
Mingus Ensemble
Electric Miles Ensemble
New York City Composers
Gospel Chorus
Americana Ensemble
Vocal Performance: Rhythm Section
New School Studio Orchestra

For the safety of the entire community, the following are specific practices that must be followed in relation to classroom/studio related activities. 

-No open or enclosed flame (matches, lighters, candles, lanterns, etc.) permitted in any space. This includes all public areas of the building, especially classrooms, rehearsal/practice rooms, and theater spaces. Open flame is only permitted during Mainstage performances with prior written approval of the Production Department, in accordance with New York City Fire Regulations.

-No combustibles permitted. Contained gases, liquids, and solids are not permitted in New School buildings. This includes items such as butane, gasoline/kerosene, and ethanol or methanol alcohols. These items are not permitted to be stored on site including lockers, studios/classrooms, storage rooms, hallways, and offices.

-The use of prop weapons is taken very seriously. NO weapons of any kind may be used in class scene work or performances without the prior approval of the Academic Leadership or the Production Office. “Prop weapons” include replicas, toys, rubber training weapons and “stage safe” weapons. Weapons from prop storage will only be used for mainstage productions and studio projects under the supervision of the Props Master, Stage Manager and Production Manager. Any other use requires prior permission and supervision from the Production Office or Dean’s Office. Weapon examples include edge weapons such as swords, knives, axes, hatchets, razors, pocket knives, whips etc. Firearms examples include pistols, rifles, shotguns, muskets, assault weapons, grenades, explosive devices, etc.

-No food or beverages permitted in our theater spaces.  Water is permitted in a closed container. All spills should be cleaned up immediately.

-No use of theater equipment permitted. No student, faculty, or staff member is permitted to use theater related equipment without prior written permission and training from the Production Department. This includes Genie lift, ladders, lighting equipment, sound equipment, power tools, etc. All persons granted use of these and similar items must be trained on the use and safety practices of these items prior to using them and in accordance with The New School University Policy.

-No access to restricted areas. No student, faculty, or staff member is permitted in the following areas without prior written permission from the Production Department: 

  • Arnhold Hall– Glassbox storage closet, Stiefel storage closet and booth, Jazz Performance Space storage closet and booth
  • Bank Street– Roof, Mechanical Rooms, Backstage Storage Loft, Control Booth, Props Storage, Scene Shop, Costume Shop, and Dressing Rooms.


-Glitter, sand, confetti, paint, real plants (live or dead), mud, dirt, water (other than drinking water in bottles), stage blood, live animals, and food props are strictly prohibited.

-Do NOT impede emergency exits. No items including furniture, set pieces, props tables, clothing, chairs, etc., are to be placed in the pathway to the emergency exits in the hallways, studios, or theater.

-Emergency Exit signs must remain visible and unaltered. It is illegal to tamper with an emergency exit sign in any way.

-No items should be stored in hallways with the exception of classroom props and costumes in approved storage boxes or in assigned lockers. No items should be stored above lockers or in mechanical areas.       

-No flyers, playbills, posters, etc. are allowed to be posted in stairwells. Bulletin boards are provided at Arnhold Hall and Bank Street for student postings.  Flyers posted in unapproved locations will be discarded.

-Outside furniture, set pieces, and other larger properties may not be brought into the building without the prior written permission of the Production Office or Administration.

-No studio items are to be removed, altered, or relocated without written permission from administration.  Any item brought into a CoPA space for rehearsal or production must meet general flame-proofing criteria and is subject to inspection by the Production Department prior to arrival in the space.

-Props, costumes, set pieces, etc. associated with a production may not be used for classroom activities. Classes will be supplied with necessary classroom furniture as with all studio/classrooms.

-Nothing may be drilled, hammered, or inserted into the floor, ceiling, pillars, soft goods, etc. Nothing may be attached to or hung from the HVAC system, vents, lighting fixtures, or piping. Nothing may be taped (without permission), glued, or otherwise attached to any walls.  Operation of, or interference with, the air conditioning or hanging heating units is prohibited.

-You are responsible for the room, its contents, and its cleanliness. Restore the room to its neutral setting and vacate the room by your scheduled end time. Fold and stack all chairs, push all furniture to the wall, and throw away all trash.  There is a photo in each room indicating the “Neutral State” of the room and a list of the equipment that is held in that space.

-Do not remove pianos, furniture, or props from any room.  Please do not move ANY pianos (including Electric Pianos) without prior permission from Administration.  Report any broken or missing items to Administration immediately. (SPECIAL NOTE: Bank Street Room 109 can never accommodate a piano as it will damage the sprung floor.)

The SJCM Senior Recital Fall 2022 guide is intended to give students a clear understanding of the policies and procedures for successfully presenting their senior recitals. Following the guidelines in this manual will ensure that your performance goes smoothly, and you pass the Senior Recital requirement.

The SHS counseling groups are a great way for students to create community, meet other students, reduce isolation, and get support. They are completely confidential. No judgment—just sharing and connection.

Log in to NarwhalNation for current group descriptions and to RSVP.

Please email if you have any questions. 

All Groups Fall 2022

Group Flyers 2022

Students may begin to request reservations for the Fall 2022 semester beginning on Monday, August 22, 2022. Please note that the process differs for students in different schools/programs. See the space requests and policy page for specific protocols for each school/program.

The College of Performing Arts often receives free or discounted tickets to performing arts events across New York City. Notices about these offers are provided through the CoPA Bulletin or via email from

The New School’s Office of Student Leadership and Involvement offers a limited number of discount tickets to sporting events, Broadway plays, and other shows and performances. Check the online store regularly to see what tickets are currently available.

There are many other opportunities for students to receive discounted tickets to performances in New York City. See the list below for more information. 

Soundtrap is a cross-platform digital audio workstation for browsers that allows users to create music or podcasts. All students have access to Soundtrap for the Fall 2022 semester. Follow these instructions to sign up.

The University Learning Center (ULC) is dedicated to providing academic support to The New School’s diverse student population through one-on-one tutoring sessions, workshops, and more. Our primary goal is to help students become stronger and more independent learners, so that they may be successful in achieving their academic goals.

Individual tutoring sessions are offered in the following areas: general and graduate-level writing, computer programming and software, math and economics, ESL services, oral presentations, and time management.

Students book their appointments on our scheduling platform, WCONLINE. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making an appointment.

See the performance calendar for a list of upcoming performances at the College of Performing Arts-including Mannes School of Music, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and School of Drama.

Specific production resources will be made available for supported programming as described in this section.  Production resources include scenery, furniture props, hand props, costumes, lighting, microphones, etc. as well as time and labor.  For projects associated with classwork, faculty may request Production Office support on behalf of students through a google form.  Please speak with your faculty before contacting the Production Department. 

All CoPA Mainstage productions (Theatrical and Opera productions) are fully supported by the College of Performing Arts Production Department.  This includes all performances happening in the Bank Street Theater and specific special projects happening in other University or off-campus spaces.  If you have any questions regarding your upcoming Mainstage production, please contact the Production Management team.

DRAMA CURRICULAR STUDIO PRESENTATIONS: (*This excludes all Creative Cafe and Directed Research)

  • Scenery: No scenery will be provided by the Production Department.  Please refer back to the Safety and General Policies section of this document before involving scenery in your studio presentation.
  • Furniture Props: Minimal furniture will be available based on what is located within the Bank St Building. No additional furniture may be used, including student or faculty supplied furniture.  Please speak with the Production Office prior to moving furniture from one studio (classroom) to another.
  • Properties: Prop Shop inventory is only available for general class-work presentations when requested 4 weeks in advance via the available Google form.  It is limited to available stock.  Students may contribute personal hand props to the presentation. However, all personal properties brought in must follow all rules laid out in the Safety Rules and General Policies section of this document. 
  • Lighting: No lighting other than general overhead illumination unless prior permission is granted.  If using clip lighting within studio spaces, please be careful to not block fire egress and walk-ways.  Please be diligent about placement of lighting units so as to not cause a safety hazard.
  • Audio: There is no access to the in-house audio system unless otherwise discussed and approved by the Production Department.  However, a portable system is available for use as requested.
  • Costumes: There is no access to the Costume Shop inventory without prior approval from program administration. Costumes will be limited to personal items brought in by students. Any personal costumes brought in must follow all rules laid out in the Safety and General Policies section of this document. 
  • Presentations: Curricular presentations are NOT public performances.  Those invited to attend should be limited to The New School community.  For any questions, please contact the relevant Program Administrator or the Production Department. 

The College of Performing Arts employs professional directors, designers, and playwrights for its productions (mainstage, opera, etc.) and pays all appropriate royalties for using established works. Therefore, photographing, video recording, or audio recording of productions inside any theater or place of performance occupied by the school without prior written permission by the School or College, is prohibited by law.

Violators may be ejected and violations may render the offender liable for monetary damages incurred. For questions regarding this policy and if it applies to a specific performance, please contact your project manager or school administration.

The College of Performing Arts is required by copyright law to obtain professional rights for use in productions (mainstage, opera, etc.). 

Theatrical Productions: The Producer, Theater and Opera is the University’s liaison for all contracts related to theatrical copyright and professional use. This includes paying all royalties and fulfilling all contractual obligations for published work. For questions regarding this policy and if it applies to a specific performance, particularly student produced projects, please contact your program administrator.

Water bottle filling stations are located at Arnhold Hall on floors 1, 4, 9 and at Bank Street on floors 1 and 2.