Kaufman Music Center is New York’s go-to place for music education and performance.
It's where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is one of the city’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining world-class teaching with electrifying performances featuring rising young classical stars, Broadway icons and cutting-edge performer/composers who are re-defining contemporary music.
Kaufman Music Center is made up of four unique divisions:
Merkin Concert Hall
Merkin Concert Hall’s innovative programming, intimate scale and near perfect acoustics have earned it a reputation as one of New York City’s finest concert venues. Noted in the New York Times for its “reputation for avant-gardism of a cool and cerebral nature,” Merkin presents adventurous work—including many world premieres—by contemporary composers and some of today’s most acclaimed and inspiring performers. In addition to cutting-edge new music, Merkin Concert Hall presents some of the best new talents in the classical world, celebrations of musical theater with Broadway’s top professionals and lively musical reviews for children and families. Signature series include Broadway Close Up, Tuesday Matinees, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the New York Guitar Festival, Broadway Playhouse, Poppy Seed Players, New York Festival of Song and New Sounds Live hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer.
Lucy Moses School
New York’s largest community arts school and one of the country’s finest, Lucy Moses School (LMS) offers classes and lessons in music, dance and theater for children and adults at all levels of skill and experience. For nearly 60 years, the school has been giving thousands of people the opportunity to make music and the performing arts a part of their lives, embracing students from age 18 months up to 90+. More than just a school, LMS feels like a community, specializing in making the arts fun and accessible with a wide range of classes, performance opportunities and private lessons. The breadth and quality of its offerings distinguish LMS from the many arts education institutions in New York City’s vibrant cultural landscape. Watch a video about LMS's Young People's Division and get a behind-the-scenes look at our creative community.
Special Music School
Special Music School (P.S. 859) is the only K-12 public school in New York for musically-gifted children—and a leading music education innovator. A unique public/private partnership between Kaufman Center and the New York City Department of Education, the school combines intensive instrumental instruction with a rigorous academic program. Special Music School will expand into the high school grades beginning in the fall of 2013.
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. 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.