Mannes School of Music at The New School


Mannes was the first college in America to offer a guitar major (1956) and the first to appoint a guitar ensemble as Ensemble-in-Residence (1987).  Mannes guitar graduates have won top prizes in major international competitions, teach at America's leading universities and conservatories, record for major labels, and perform at the world's leading festivals and concert halls.  Mannes provides a well-rounded musical education for all ages and levels: college, graduate, continuing, and pre-college.

Programs at Mannes College combine rigorous classical music conservatory training with a liberal arts curriculum, supported by the resources of a full university. Mannes promotes creativity and entrepreneurship and encourages students to make a positive difference in the rapidly changing world of music. The school offers the BM, BS, and undergraduate diploma in Orchestral Instruments, Piano, Harpsichord, Voice, Classical Guitar, Orchestral Conducting, Composition, and Theory.

Mannes College The New School for Music is dedicated to advancing the creative role of music in all aspects of a rapidly changing society. Mannes seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice.


Nearing its 100th anniversary, Mannes College The New School for Music, is a music conservatory dedicated to providing a comprehensive, world-class education to aspiring musicians via its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Mannes Preparatory and Extension programs serve children and adults.

Career opportunities Include
Performance, Conducting, Composition, Musical Production, Teaching, Arts Administration

Mannes College Guitar Faculty


Michael Newman

Concerto soloist with Atlanta, Seattle, Rochester, Honolulu, and other symphony orchestras. Solo recitals at UCLA, Princeton University, and other venues. Prize winner, 1978 Toronto International Guitar Competition. Member, Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College The New School for Music since 1987. Recordings for MusicMasters/BMG and Shefield Audiophile. Master classes nationwide. Guitar faculty, Mannes College The New School for Music, since 1979; Chamber Music faculty, Mannes College, since 1994.



A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Frederic Hand was a Fulbright Scholar to England and a student of Julian Bream. Appointed the Metropolitan Opera’s guitarist and lutenist in 1986, his scores for television earned him an Emmy Award and his composition Prayer, received a Grammy Award nomination. His arrangement and performance of the theme for the film “Kramer vs. Kramer” led to his own best selling recording for Sony, “Baroque and On the Street.” He has also recorded for BMG and the Musical Heritage Society. His compositions have been published worldwide. Guest appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Marlboro Music Festival and the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Formally head of the guitar departments at SUNY Purchase and Bennington College, he serves on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music.


Ensemble in Residence
at Mannes

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown.

The Duo has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College The New School for Music since 1987. Michael and Laura are artistic advisors to the D’Addario Foundation Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and are Artistsin-Residence at Lafayette College for 2013-14. They are founders and artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Raritan River Music, and the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar in Italy.

Mannes guitar students outside the old 85th street campus

Mannes guitar students outside the old 85th street campus

Mannes Guitar Students

Each semester Mannes provides to all of its guitar students a number of great resources and opportunities:

  • Weekly private guitar lessons
  • Coaching in chamber music ensembles with other instrumentalists and singers. 
  • Performing in concert as soloists and in ensembles at venues throughout the New York City metropolitan area. 
  • Participate in guest master classes each year.  
  • Receive career guidance through Mannes entrepreneurship training courses.

Mannes Prep


Mannes Prep combines a warm and supportive atmosphere with thorough pre-professional training. Our personal, continuing interest in the musical growth of each student is central to the spirit of Mannes.

Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4-18 (pre-K through high school) at all levels, from absolute beginners through advanced students aspiring to professional careers. Each student's curriculum is individually tailored to include age- and level-appropriate class and ensemble assignments. Under the direction of a faculty dedicated to creating a feeling of community, students learn to encourage one another to reach their full potential.

Mannes Prep Guitar Faculty

Mariano Aguirre
Stanley Dorn
Joe Ravo
Francisco Roldán
Carlo Valte

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