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

Advancing its commitment to promoting the work of living composers, Face the Music studies and performs music written by its own members. Any young composers between eight and 18 may submit their music through Face the Music’s Call for Scores! Pieces are considered for coaching sessions and performances or reading sessions. To submit a piece, please email your score to facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Face the Music is a unique youth orchestra: An ensemble and collective music-making program where young and committed musicians use the music of today as a vehicle to explore collaborative decision-making and develop leadership skills. With two orchestras, a jazz big band, an experimental-improvisation collective, string quartets, a composer program, and many chamber music ensembles, Face the Music encourages and empowers young musicians to contribute to the vibrant texture of today's contemporary music scene.

This season Face the Music will perform at Merkin Concert Hall, WNYC's Greene Space, Queens Museum, Roulette and more. Click here for the full concert schedule.

2016-17 Performance Highlights Include:

  • Face the Music will pay tribute to new-music pioneers Bang On A Can during their 30th anniversary year by performing pieces by founding Artistic Directors Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and David Lang.
  • A performance with the celebrated Kronos Quartet at WNYC's Greene Space on March 7.
  • Luna Composition Lab, a new mentorship program for young women composers in partnership with composers Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail and Kristen Kuster.
  • Collaborations with composers and performers including Angélica Negrón & Balún, David Bloom & Contemporaneous, Du Yun, Sam Pluta, Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, four-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, Argento New Music Project and Kronos Quartet.
  • Music by Snarky Puppy, David Lang, Darcy James Argue, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli and John Adams.
  • Real-world performance experience in professional NYC venues including Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Roulette, The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn Raga Massive and Ecstatic Music Festival and others in Brooklyn's DIY community.
  • A  team of coaches and conductors who are active NYC performers, composers and conductors: Aakash Mittal, Adrianna Mateo, David Bloom, Whitney George, and many more.

Vasudevan Panicker, Face the Music Director

BE A PART OF FACE THE MUSIC! Registration for the 2016-17 season is now open to young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18. To register, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or contact the Lucy Moses School Registrar at 212 501 3360. Tuition for the Performance Program is $360 for the entire season.

Support Face the Music! Call 212 501 3350 or donate online.

Face the Music is a presenter/partner of Composers Now.

Face the Music

Tel: 917 441 3692, ext. 5

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