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CoPA Remote

Your Fall 2020 Curriculum

Before now there have never been so many questions about a fall semester.

It’s not that college hasn’t always been a big deal loaded with important decisions including choice of school, teachers, location, housing, and financial aid. But today the questions are more complex than ever, with answers that can sometimes be vague because they are dependent upon a changing environment that is unpredictable and not in our control.

At the College of Performing Arts, we have been working hard to adapt our programs to the puzzles created by COVID-19. While we expect that the majority of the fall semester will occur remotely, we are also preparing to gradually incorporate in-person instruction and performance as allowed by the government and where safe. What is more, as we return to campus, it is likely that social distancing measures will reduce the amount of space available and that the need for the wearing of masks and other precautions will necessitate some percentage of remote instruction even when we are allowed to return to campus. In light of all of these variables, we have rethought our fundamental structure across all three schools of the College of Performing Arts in order to allow for the greatest flexibility.

While much about the fall will be different than ever before, some things will remain the same: our unique core philosophy will be evident in what we offer this fall and throughout the rest of the next year. Our college and schools are devoted to developing creative artists with the highest skills in their craft, who are entrepreneurial, technologically savvy, highly collaborative, capable of and interested in working across styles and genres, all while being socially and community conscious. What is more, we are placing extra emphasis this coming year on supporting the healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual practice of all of our students and faculty.

We believe that The College of Performing Arts did remarkably well last semester moving all of our programs online in just a few short weeks. From Richard III and Appalachian Spring, to guest lectures by Sonny Rollins, Bill Irwin, Frederica Von Stade, and others, to a whole array of professional-level recordings produced by ensembles across Jazz and Mannes: a lot of inspiring work was created. What we are now doing is taking the very best of the work that emerged in the spring semester and using it as the foundation for the work to come. We know that the fall will be significant, transformative, and meaningful for each and every student at the college.

What you will explore on this site will give you more detailed information regarding each course of study and what your experience will look like this coming fall semester. Click here to read more about the coming semester at the College of Performing Arts. We hope that this will inspire and excite you for all that is planned for the fall.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Richard Kessler

Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts
Dean, Mannes School of Music

Keller Coker

Dean, School of Jazz

Pippin Parker

Dean, School of Drama


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Virtual Events

COPA Events


Committed to amplifying diverse voices, The New School offers more than a thousand public programs and events each year, providing fresh perspectives and unique learning opportunities. These lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and performances feature prominent and emerging artists, activists, and thought leaders. Click here for the current schedule of online events.

COPA Community Streaming Events

Jennifer Koh: Alone Together!

Mannes faculty member Jennifer Koh premieres new Commissions via Live Stream Every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET, via Instagram TV and Facebook Live, and subsequently made available on demand via YouTube.

illy B's Quarantine Video Gallery

Jazz faculty member Billy Martin aka illy B has compiled a free streaming gallery of various experimental performances, short film exhibitions and an anti-instructional documentary he has produced for a limited time during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine.

Stream on demand
Ben Platt’s Live From Radio City Music Hall ft. Nir Felder
School of Jazz and Contemporary Music faculty member Nir Felder performs with Ben Platt in the Live From Radio City Music Hall concert which streams now on Netflix.
Lisa Bielawa’s Broadcast from Home

A new work in response to the coronavirus crisis featuring contributions from the public on lisabielawa.net

If you know of a streaming event you’d like included or if you are streaming a performance online, please let us know by filling in this form so we can highlight them here and via social media.

Free Public Streaming Events

Check out the following websites for great streaming resources:

Bachtrack.com features a very comprehensive list of worldwide classical concert, opera and theater. 

WBGO’s Community Calendar features a comprehensive Jazz Livestream listing from the New York/New Jersey region

Jazz.org‘s guide on where to watch free Jazz concert livestreams.

Lincoln Center at Home: Lincoln Center’s new streaming portal.

Curtain Times has compiled a robust guide of online theater-centric performances, concerts, and discussions. 

[email protected] is the online home of the music, art, and community of Brooklyn venue National Sawdust, an innovative leader in changing the landscape of contemporary music, by bringing all voices to the stage and beyond — artistic representation that reflects the ever-evolving multicultural society in which we live.

TNS Library Free Streaming Resources

  • Met Opera HD Content – You can access all Met Opera HD Content (700 full-length Met performances) from anywhere. But you must connect via the the library’s website to be under the umbrella of the subscription.
  • Medici.tv – live streamed and archived performances and master classes from around the world
  • Digital Theatre Plus – video streaming of hundreds of full-length productions, plus a nice stable of educational resources
  • National Theatre Collection  – productions of the U.K.’s National Theatre Company, along with supporting documents.


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We’ve curated a few CoPA backgrounds that you may wish to use. Here’s a link to the Zoom tutorial on how to update backgrounds. Click here to download all images at once. Or download only the image you want below: Step 1 – Click an image to enlarge it. Step 2 – Right click and save as.

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