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Mannes College The New School for Music Concert Operations programs

Identifier: MA-05-04-03

Online Access

The complete contents of this collection are available in the New School Archives Digital Collections database. Available digital items:


Collection consists of Mannes College The New School for Music (now, Mannes School of Music) concert program text covering four consecutive academic years.


  • 2008-2012



0.035 Gigabytes (4 PDF files)

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Scope and Contents

Collection consists of PDF files containing concert program text. Filenames typically include the date of the concert followed by the name of the event or the primary performer, either last name only or occasionally first and last name.

Each academic year contains several hundred individual programs, resulting in cumulative files of over 1000 pages for each year.

This collection describes student and faculty recitals and masterclasses not duplicated in other program collections in The New School Archives. However, this collection does not include Lincoln Center Mannes Orchestra concert programs, which are present in analog collections in The New School Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Historical note

Mannes School of Music was established in 1916 by David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes, professional musicians and educators. Prior to establishing Mannes, David founded one of the first music schools for Black children, the Music School Settlement for Colored People in Harlem.

In 1940, David and Clara's son Leopold, a pianist who was also one of the inventors of Kodachrome film, became first the director and then president of the school. In 1953, the school was granted a charter from the State of New York and became a degree-granting college. The name of the institution was changed to the Mannes College of Music.

In the 1950s and '60s, Mannes became known for its signature curriculum, the "Techniques of Music." During this time, many eminent faculty and students passed through the school's doors. In the 1970s, the school suffered a financial crisis that brought it to the brink of collapse. Under the leadership of Charles Kaufman, the school survived this crisis. In 1989, Kaufman negotiated the merger of Mannes with The New School. Kaufman served as dean until 1996.

In 2005, the school was renamed Mannes College The New School for Music. In 2015, as part of a university-wide reorganization, Mannes became a division of The New School's College of Performing Arts and the name changed to Mannes School of Music. From 1996-2011, Mannes was led by Joel Lester. As of 2023, the dean of Mannes is Richard Kessler, who has served in that role since 2011.


Grimes, William. "Mannes School Says Thank You." The New York Times, April 17, 1995.

The New School. "History." Mannes. Accessed October 25, 2018.

The New School. "Richard Kessler." Accessed February 1, 2023.


Arranged in four chronological series by academic year. Arrangement of files within series may not be strictly chronological. Notably, within each academic year, the latter half of the academic year appears before the earlier half in the collection inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Files transferred to The New School Archives by Erik Bestmann, Director of Concert Operations, Mannes College The New School for Music via Dropbox, 2013.

Related Materials

There is some overlap between the digital files in this collection and two other analog collections in The New School Archives containing Mannes School of Music concert programs: Mannes College of Music Concert Office collection (MA.05.04.01) and Mannes College Chamber Music and Orchestra concert programs (MA.05.04.02).

When there is overlap, the PDF programs in this collection contain all of the text of the printed programs, but the physical, analog programs were printed on stationery containing graphic elements not present in the PDF file. Only the text specific to the individual concert is stored in PDF format.

Processing Information

The Mannes Concert Operations Office transferred these files to The New School Archives as PDF "portfolios," in which many individual files were bundled together, and the collection only appeared as four large PDF files comprised of numerous pages. New School Archives staff normalized filenames and extracted access files from the original porfolios, which have been retained as preservation files. The series in this finding aid retain the filenames of the original portfolios.

Guide to the Mannes College The New School for Music Concert Operations programs
Jason Adamo and The New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
February 14, 2023
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