Founded just before the Roaring ‘20s began, the Manhattan School of Music has staked its reputation on its ability to produce musicians whose performances reflect active involvement in musical life both locally and abroad. Currently the largest private American conservatory with both classical and jazz offerings, the latter genre is a dominant export on full display in concert performances—most notably from the Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band, Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
In keeping with one its chief goals of encouraging “catalytic thinkers who will re-imagine the profession”, the Manhattan School also feature performing groups The Claremont Ensemble and TACTUS, which respectively focus on contemporary chamber music and new music written during our lifetime. Ensembles-in-residence include the American String Quartet, Windscape, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble
Manhattan School of Music Information
- Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by 1 subway at 116th Street and the M4, M60, and M104 buses)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Manhattan School has five orchestras: Symphony, Philharmonia, Chamber Sinfonia, Conductor’s, and Jazz Philharmonic. There are many other offerings in vocal, chamber music, and solo instrumental recitals, as well as selected master classes. There are multiple performances on just about any day, so it’s a good idea to check the event calendar listings to see what’s going on
- Ticket Prices: While most events are free, certain concerts require tickets depending on the venue. There’s usually a cost for events at Carnegie Hall, but events at the Manhattan School may be free. Average ticket price for orchestra concerts ranges from $10 to $20. Student tickets are offered from $5 to $10
- Subscriptions: Purchase advance tickets to three orchestra concerts and receive a fourth free, plus priority seating for up to four people at the MSM Chamber Sinfonia concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.