The Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Philharmonia, and Chamber Sinfonia provide orchestral instrumentalists with the opportunity to participate in three separate series of concerts which are open to the public. The orchestral program is enriched by selected guest conductors for concerts and readings. Our orchestras have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. Student participation in chamber music and small ensembles is determined by the manager of Chamber Music and Ensembles.

Jazz ensembles also present numerous concerts and often feature jazz greats as guest soloists. The Jazz Orchestra, one of the School's three large jazz ensembles, has appeared at festivals and conventions throughout the country. All jazz students participate in small combos each semester.

Large Student Ensembles


Symphony Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Chamber Sinfonia


Symphonic Chorus
Chamber Chorus
Opera Theater
Opera Scenes
Opera Repertoire Ensemble
Contemporary Opera Ensemble
Baroque Aria Ensemble
American Musical Theater Ensemble


Percussion Ensemble


Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra
Jazz Orchestra
Concert Jazz Band
Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra


Brass Orchestra
Chamber Winds

"Every young string player should receive the essential training in ensemble playing that Manhattan offers. It will broaden their horizons and make them more complete musicians."

–Glenn Dicterow,
Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic