Ensembles Overview





The NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions Orchestra Program is comprised of the NYU Symphony, NYU Philharmonia, and all-University NYU Community Orchestra.

Contact: Meghan Todt, Orchestra Program General Manager, MPAP-Orchestras@nyu.edu

 NYU Symphony and Philharmonia:

The NYU Symphony and Philharmonia present concerts led by world-class conductors at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at off-campus venues, such as the Peter Norton Symphony Space on the Upper West Side and the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village. Membership in the Symphony or Philharmonia is mandatory for Instrumental Performance Majors; however, currently matriculating Non-Music Majors are eligible for membership based on audition and availability.


MPAGC-GE 2087.002 & MPAGC-UE 1087.002
Mondays, 12:30 PM-3:00 PM & Fridays, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM;
NYU Symphony String Sectionals (mandatory) Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm 
MPAGC-GE 1087/2087.007

Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor Grand Hall**

**Please note that some rehearsals will be held outside of class time, and some performances occur on weekends. For specifics, please reference the information on the online sign-up form.


MPAGC-GE 2087.003 & MPAGC-UE 1087.003
Mondays, 5:00 PM-7:30 PM & Thursdays, 5:00 PM-7:30 PM; Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor Grand Hall

NYU Community Orchestra:

The NYU Community Orchestra, an all-University ensemble directed and conducted by Prof. Roger Mahadeen, provides the opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to perform with a full symphony orchestra. The NYU Community Orchestra rehearses once a week and gives one concert per semester. Membership is determined by audition.

MPAGC-GE 2087.001 & MPAGC-UE 1087.001 (registration only after acceptance by audition)
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM; Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor Grand Hall   


Chamber music is essential to the curricula of NYU Steinhardt’s programs in Instrumental Performance. Chamber music ensembles are organized through each of the Instrumental Programs departments; contacts are listed below.

String and piano chamber music ensembles are reserved for Instrumental Performance Majors. Non-Performance and Non-Music Majors are invited to audition for woodwind and brass chamber ensembles, which include quintets and brass choirs.

Piano: Dr. Yoojung Kim, Piano Studies, Artist Faculty, Assistant to the Director, yjk238@nyu.edu

Strings: Prof. Stephanie Baer, Director of String Studies, stephanie.baer@nyu.edu

Woodwinds: Dr. Esther Lamneck, Director of Woodwind Studies, esther.lamneck@nyu.edu
                      Christopher Bush, Assistant Administrative Director of Woodwind Studies, ctb267@nyu.edu

Brass: Prof. John Rojak, Director of Brass Studies, jdr6@nyu.edu

These classes are ideal/designed for pianists in Music Education and pianists not pursuing a performance major in Piano Studies:

Four-Hand Piano Ensemble: for pianists (non-performance majors)
Jorge Parodi
Involves four-hand music, sometimes with the addition of other instruments and singers. In-class coachings culminate in an end-of-semester recital presentation.
MPAPE-GE 2034.007 (7541) Instrumental Techniques and Materials
MPAPE-UE 1080.007 (14067) NYU Chamber Ensembles
Vocal Chamber Music
Jorge Parodi
Features repertoire for voices and instruments from all musical periods and in several languages. Singers collaborate with pianists, and other instruments such as flute, clarinet, and violin.
MPAVP-GE 2181.001 (7182) Instrumental Techniques and Materials
MPAVP-UE 1181.001 (13546) NYU Chamber Ensembles

The percussion ensembles listed below are open solely to Instrumental Performance Majors.

Contact: Prof. Jonathan Haas, Director of Percussion Studies, jonathan.haas@nyu.edu

NYU Percussion Ensemble:

The NYU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Haas, studies and performs seminal works of percussion repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries.

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.001, Professor Jonathan Haas, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Wednesday from 7:00 - 10:00pm

NYU Marimba Ensemble:

The NYU Marimba Ensemble, under the direction of acclaimed percussionist Simon Boyar, is dedicated to preserving the seminal works of the past, while continuing to push the envelope and explore new and diverse literature. Each year the ensemble presents several unique performances, collaborating with composers from around the world, and continuing to enrich the marimba repertoire. Boyar and his ensemble constantly strive to breakdown boundaries between classical and popular music. The ensemble has performed at several reputable events including the 2010 and 2012 NYC/PAS Weekend of Percussion, and have collaborated with many well-known artists including: Javier Diaz, Daniel Levitan, Andy Thomas, Peter Fish, and Robert Miller.

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.002, Professor Simon Boyar, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Thursday from 7:00 - 10:00pm

NYU Steel:

Under the direction of Joshua Quillen, NYU Steel explores the world of steel pan music. The students of NYU Steel discover the rich cultural sounds of Trinidad, where steel pan was pioneered in the mid-1940s, while breaking boundaries with arrangements of works by contemporary composers such as Philip Glass and Jason Trueting.

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.003, Professor Josh Quillen, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00pm
Steinhardt Percussion Penthouse Suite, 35 West 4th St., 13th Floor 

NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble:

The NYU African Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live! and The Lion King), studies and performs traditional African music for percussion and voice.

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.004, Professor Valerie Naranjo, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Friday from 5:00 - 7:00pm
Steinhardt Percussion Penthouse Suite, 35 West 4th St., 13th Floor 


New Music Ensemble:

The NYU New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Esther Lamneck, is recognized for the promotion and performance of contemporary music, using electronic music genres, which include fixed media works to live processing and interactive computer works. Performers in the ensemble include musicians who play traditional, ethnic and electronic instruments.

Contact:  Dr. Esther Lamneck, Director, esther.lamneck@nyu.edu

MPAPS-GE 2034.015

Thursdays, 6:45-8:25 PM, Room 779

NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble:

The NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble was formed in 2011, under the direction of Jonathan Haas. With an instrumentation of Pierrot and percussion, the ensemble is dedicated to performing new and relevant works by contemporary composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Jacob Druckman, Philip Glass, and Julia Wolfe, as well as up-and-coming composers such as Andy Akiho and Timothy Andres. To date, the NYUCME has premiered nearly 25 new works by NYU graduate students of the NYU Program in Music Composition. The ensemble maintains the highest standards of excellence and sustains a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. The top NYU students are selected, based on audition, for participation in the ensemble.

Contact: Prof. Jonathan Haas, Director, jonathan.haas@nyu.edu

MPAPS-UE/GE 1090/2190.006, Professor Jonathan Haas, 0 - 3 Credits, Fall and Spring, Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:30pm; Steinhardt Percussion Penthouse Suite, 35 West 4th St., 13th Floor


The NYU Choral Arts Society is the official choral program of New York University. It consists of six choirs, each with a unique identity and style. The Society welcomes participation from the entire University and surrounding community. Concerts are performed on campus, as well as venues throughout the city. Auditions are held twice annually, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Descriptions of the choirs are below.

Contact:  Prof. Ira Shankman, Coordinator of Choral Groups: is37@nyu.edu

All choral rehearsals take place at the Education Building, 35 W. 4th St.

NYU Chorale:

NYU Chorale, directed by Deepak Marwah, is an all-University ensemble and the largest classical choral ensemble at NYU, offering singers an in-depth performance experience of large-scale choral works, with a special emphasis on works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Membership is open to any currently matriculating NYU student by audition.

MPAME-GE 2085.001 & MPAME-UE 1085.001

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM; Room 303 

University Singers:

A classically oriented choir, this ensemble is devoted to chamber repertoire from all periods. Enrollment is limited to 32 singers. The audition process includes performance of a solo song, language proficiency, tonal memory and sight-reading.

Madrigal Singers:

The Madrigal Singers, directed by Prof. Nancy Shankman, is a small, co-ed ensemble of 14-16 students dedicated to a capella singing. Challenging repertoire ranges from Renaissance to Rock—and everything in between.

MPAME-GE 2085.005 & MPAME-UE 1085.005

Mondays, 6:45 PM- 8:45 PM; Room 306 

Jazz Choir:

The Jazz Choir, directed by Ira Shankman, is an ensemble of 20 vocalists that studies and performs a wide range of jazz and contemporary repertoire, accompanied by a trio.

MPAME-GE 2085.004 & MPAME-UE 1085.004

Mondays, 6:45 PM-8:15 PM & Thursdays, 6:45 PM-8:15 PM; Room 307 

Women’s Choir:

The Women’s Choir, directed by Chantel Wright, is an ensemble of 60 voices devoted to the highest quality literature in a wide variety of musical styles.

MPAME-GE 2085.003 & MPAME-UE 1085.003

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM; Room 303

Men’s Glee Club:

The newest ensemble in the Choral Arts Society, directed by John Atorino, performs a wide variety of music specifically for male voices.

Contact:  nyumensglee@gmail.com

MPAME-GE 2085.006 & MPAME-UE 1085.006

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM; Room 303 

Children’s Chorus:

The NYU Children's Chorus, directed by Prof. Carol Beadle, is an outreach initiative of the University to the children and the parents of the community. The program is free of charge and is open to any young singer between the ages of six and twelve. In the chorus, the children will learn proper vocal techniques, musicianship, and quality repertoire. Please see the Children's Chorus website for details.

Fall 2016 NYU Children's Chorus registration form

Contact: Carol Beadle, carol.dory.beadle@gmail.com

Tuesday afternoons; Location: Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street.


Jazz Ensembles

There are over 30 ensembles in NYU’s prestigious Jazz Studies programs. Please see the NYU Jazz Ensembles webpage for details.

Contact: John Blevins, jb3666@nyu.edu


Contact: Prof. Michael Breaux, michael.breaux@nyu.edu

NYU Concert Band:

The NYU Concert Band is an all-University ensemble that performs varied literature from the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble genres. This ensemble performs traditional repertoire as well as contemporary works and commissioned compositions. Membership is open to any currently matriculating NYU student by audition.

MPAME-GE.2083.001 & MPAME-UE.1083.001

For non-Steinhardt undergraduates: MPAME-UE.0083.001

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 AM and Wednesdays, 12:40-1:40pm; Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor Grand Hall

Music Education Jazz Ensemble:

The Music Education Jazz Ensemble is an all-University ensemble, performing literature from the Big Band and modern Jazz Ensemble genres. The ensemble encourages members to compose and arrange new works for the ensemble. Membership is open to any currently matriculating NYU Student by audition.

MPAME-GE.2034.001 & MPAME-UE.1080.001

Mondays, 7:30-9:30 PM; Room TBA


Pipes and Drums

The NYU Pipes and Drums performs at various university and community functions throughout the year, including Commencement, graduation week ceremonies, and many other NYU-sponsored events. The Band recruits from the vast NYU community and welcomes all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become members.

Contacts:  Brian Meagher, brianmeagher@verizon.net
John Henderson, john.henderson@nyu.edu

MPAWW-UE 1080.008

Tuesdays, 8:00-10:30 PM, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 6th floor

Performances have included the President’s Welcome, various athletic events, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Tartan Day, and NYU’s Commencement ceremonies.


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