For the latest information regarding health and safety, please visit The New School’s Covid-19 Community Guide.
All community members must participate in The New School’s ongoing testing program. Note the university offers binx self-collection nasal swab test kits from several campus locations including the lobby of Arnhold Hall.
Check your clearance status BEFORE coming to campus. Log into shsportal.newschool.edu and click the red “Show Badge” button on the home screen to display your clearance badge. If you see a green screen that reads, “Campus Access Granted” you are cleared for access. If your badge is red, check the Medical Clearances section on the SHS Portal to see what is causing the red badge.
The university has created a data dashboard that will provide direct and valuable updates about the vaccination, testing, and positivity rates on our campus.
Wear a mask at all times while inside campus buildings. There are designated areas across campus for eating and drinking.
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:
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.
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.
Spring semester building hours are in effect from Monday, January 24, to Friday, May 20, 2022.
Additional notes about our spring schedule:
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.
Tip: It may be hiding in your Google Inbox Promotions Tab. Drag it into your Primary Inbox a couple of times and it will start coming into that.
If you have any content to share with the community, you can do it by submitting it here.
Individuals may remove their masks to eat in designated common areas, including the dining hall, outdoor spaces, and the designated eating areas listed below. Masks should be worn before and after you finish eating.
66 W. 12th Street: Building A
– First Floor: 102 Student Lounge
65 W. 11th Street: Building B
– 100 Café/ Student Lounge
– 300 Waiting Area
– C402A Student Lounge
6 E. 16th Street: Building D Student entrance
– C700 Lobby
– 800 Lounge
– 801 Café
– C909 Lounge
– Seating area in corridor C907 across from 907
– C1009 Lounge
– C1109 Lounge
– C1201 Gallery/ Lounge
– 1212 Café
79 Fifth Ave: Building D Admin entrance
– 1633 Collaborative Work
– 1639 Pantry
– 1704 open lounge area
– 1730 open lounge area
25 E. 13th Street: Building E
– 200 only seating area near help desk
72 Fifth Avenue: Building H
– 200 Waiting Area
– 400 Lobby/ Reception
– 500 Lobby/ Reception
– 600 Lobby/ Reception
– 700 Lobby/ Reception
55 W. 13th Street: Building I
– 201 Tishman Gallery
– C400A Lounge
– C400B Lounge
– C507A Lounge
39 W. 13th Street: Building J
– 303 Student Lounge
113 University Place: Building K
– 610 Open Collaborative Workspace
2 W. 13th Street: Building L
– C100A Critique Area
– 406 Collaborative Workspace
– C800 Lobby
– C900 Lobby
– C1000 Lobby
– C1100 Lobby
– 1202A Kitchen
63 Fifth Avenue UC: Building U
– 206 Cafeteria/ Schwartz Commons
– 308E Pantry
– 309 Bloom Student Lounge
– 505 Schwartz Concourse Student Lounge
– 700 Faculty Staff Lounge
151 Bank Street: Building Z
– 105 Performance Classroom
If you wish to reserve a space for DIY recordings, please email [email protected]. DIY recordings will take place in 350, 450, 750, and the Glassbox Theater. There will be no DIY recordings in Stiefel Hall.
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 Hall. If you have questions about specialized CoPA equipment please contact your program administration.
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected] and [email protected] as requests are processed.
AccompanistsFor 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:
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 [email protected] for an updated list of approved accompanists.
Graduating Masters StudentsGraduating 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 StudentsGraduating 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.
ComposersGraduating 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 InformationStudents 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 SupportInquiries about potential audio visual or technology support can be submitted via email to [email protected].
Cancellations/ReschedulingStudents 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 [email protected].
HarpsichordsMannes owns 2 harpsichords. The Dowd is kept in room 410 and is used for performances in Stiefel Concert Hall. The Fisk is kept in room 450 and is used for early music classes and rehearsals. If you intend to program ET music for harpsichord, please schedule your event in Stiefel Concert Hall as we do not move our harpsichords off the 4th floor. If you would like to use the harpsichord for your recital, please notify the Concert Office (no later than 3 weeks in advance), so that we can arrange for a harpsichord tuner.
Length of PerformanceRecitals 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 RecitalsGraduation 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.
PianosThere 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: [email protected]. 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 [email protected] and [email protected]. The piano technician must approve all preparations — objects placed inside the piano, on dampers or strings — in advance. Please contact Lou Tasciotti at: [email protected] for prior approval and instructions to prevent damage.
ProgramsMannes 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.
ReceptionsMannes 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 RecordingStudents 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.
StaffingMannes 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 [email protected]
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] for a list of acceptable accompanists.
Repertory Guidelines by MajorDownload a repertory form. Piano and voice majors must present six copies of this form to the Jury. All other majors must present four copies.
CelloCollaborative PianoCompositionDouble BassHarp – GuitarPercussionPianoViolaViolinVoiceWind – Brass
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:
-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 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 [email protected].
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.
If you do not already have access to Soundtrap through CoPA, follow the steps below to create your student account:
-Sign-up for Soundtrap by going to https://www.soundtrap.com/invite/47MN6JF
-Select Log in then Log in with Google
-Select your @newschool.edu user account
-If it does not appear: click ‘Use another account’
-Enter your full new school email [email protected] to be redirected to The New School Single Sign-On page where you can sign-in using your New School credentials
-Add your First and Last Name by clicking on the three dots on the top left side of the window and then clicking ‘Settings’. (Additional instructions here)
* Please note that Soundtrap is designed to work with the Google Chrome internet browser. You may encounter difficulties if you attempt to use a different browser.
** If you are having trouble accessing your account, please email [email protected]
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)
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 General Manager of the School of Drama 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.