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Face the Music

Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music is a dynamic youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers.

Registration is always open to young musicians age 12-18!
For info, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 917 441 3692, ext. 5.

Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers, and the country’s only youth orchestra dedicated to post-genre music by living composers. Praised for “stunning performances” by the New York Times, Face the Music features a collection of ensembles including a chamber orchestra, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets and mixed chamber-ensembles, all dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz & avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers.

Face the Music also offers mentorship, support and unique promotional opportunities to developing young performers and composers through its unparalleled network of professional contemporary musicians, organizations, media and venues. In partnership with Luna Composition Lab, Face the Music mentors young female composers.

Every Sunday, more than 100 students from the New York City tristate area come together to work with a team of coaches and conductors, to explore and study the music of today as a vehicle to learn collaborative decision-making, gain leadership skills and produce performances of music composed by its own members. Each year, Face the Music presents more than 20 concerts at some of New York’s best concert venues, experimental performance spaces, as well as schools and educational institutions.

Rehearsal Schedules for Face the Music’s Ensembles

Rehearsals take place on Sundays during the school year.

Seating auditions for the 2018-19 year: Sun, Sep 9, 16 & 23, 2018
Rehearsals begin Sun, Sep 23, 2018.
Register by calling 212 501 3360.

String Quartets – four intermediate/advanced string quartets 
Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm

Samurai Mama Big Band – intermediate/advanced jazz big band: 21 students
Sundays, 3:15-4:45 pm

Sound Bite Orchestra  – beginner/intermediate open-instrumentation improvisation ensemble: 15 students
Sundays, 5-6:30 pm

HarmonicsLab – beginner open-instrumentation composition workshop: 12 to 15 students
Sundays, 5-6:30 pm

Face the Music

Tel: 917 441 3692, ext. 5

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