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Registration & FAQs

Registration is always open to young musicians age 10 to 18.
Registration is always open to young musicians age 10 to 18.

To register, call 212 501 3360.

Face the Music inspires “a sub-culture where Radiohead and Portishead cross-pollinate with Bartók and Dvorák, where orchestral music feels newly relevant as a medium of self-expression”
- New York Magazine

What is Face the Music?
Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music is the country's only youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers, including student composer-performers. A fixture in NYC's new music world, Face the Music includes large ensembles, advanced projects and string quartets. Students collaborate with established composers and performers and have multiple performance opportunities throughout the season.

face the music programs

Performance Program - $400

The core experience at Face the Music. All members participate in this and play in our Large Ensembles and perform roughly four times a year. Members may also perform in any number of smaller ensembles like our Advanced Projects and also work on music created by their fellow student composer-performers. Special Music School High School students receive a 25% discount and pay only $300 plus the $40 registration fee. SMS K-8 students pay the $400 tuition, plus the $40 registration fee.

Call for Scores! - $160

Face the Music is committed to studying and performing music written by its own student composer-performers! Students applying to the Call for Scores program should also participate in the Performance Program.

Kronos Quartet Program (String Quartets) - $900

In partnership with the celebrated, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, qualified students participate in string quartet ensembles and are coached weekly by an NYC professional and collaborate with Kronos Quartet throughout the season. Get more info.

All prices above do not include a non-refundable $40 registration fee. Current students may register for the 2017-18 school year before May 1, 2017 to lock in last year's tuition rate.

How to Be A Part of Face the Music:
Face the Music is a deeply scholarship'd program with 150 seats available to students from all over the NYC tri-state area. Registration is open, and placement auditions are held in September. Students are placed within the program based on interest, enthusiasm, commitment and skill. Annual tuition covers a third of the cost of participation.  Financial Aid applications are due Monday August 14 and Tuition is due Tuesday September 5.

How to register: Call the Registrar's Office at 212 501 3360 or 212 501 3364.
For more info:  Email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 917 441 3692, ext. 5.

Registration Form
Financial Aid Form

Face the Music

Tel: 917 441 3692, ext. 5

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