Student & Faculty News
Congratulations to Special Music School High School Seniors!
So far, SMS seniors have been accepted to the New England Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, The Juilliard School, Bard College, the School of Jazz at The New School, Mannes School of Music, McGill University, New York University, Berklee College of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and so many more.
Special Music School
SMS is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! Click here for details.
Special Music School Student News
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Special Music School High School Concerto Competition, and to everyone who auditioned!
The winners performed on Saturday, March 25 in the MLK Auditorium with Contemporaneous, conducted by David Bloom.
Winds/Brass: Deandre Desir, tuba (student of Andrew Bove)
Strings: Boubacar Diallo, cello (student of Alex Croxton)
Piano: Henry Tang (student of Igal Kesselman)
Voice: Sophia Chesler, soprano (student of Cynthia Sanner)
Wildcard:Jason Applebaum, piano (student of Rafael Cortes)
Honorable Mentions to Azalea Kelly, piano (student of Emily White); Reina Hondo, violin (student of Anna Elashvili) and Alessia Cipollone, voice (student of Lisa Tamagini).
On March 31, SMS High School’s Advanced Women's Choir gave an informal performance with the Wellesley College Choir. The Wellesley students also met with SMS seniors for a Q&A on things to consider regarding going to college.
On March 10, the SMS Middle School Vox Nova Chorus and students from SMS High School's Baroque Ensemble and Piano Quintet performed of Henry Purcell’s St. Cecilia’s Day Ode "Welcome to all the Pleasures," conducted by Emily John.
Congratulations the Special Music School Piano Trio - Victoria Wen (11th grade), piano, Joshua Kail (12th grade), violin, and Boubacar Diallo (12th grade), cello - on being selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to participate in the 34th annual Young Musicians Concert on April 27 at 11 am at Alice Tully Hall. They will perform Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B major. The Chamber Music Society will provide two coaching sessions with CMS artists prior to the concert.
Claudius Betz (8th grade, piano student of Irina Nuzova) won 1st prize at the Rondo Vanguard Competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Eliot Flowers (3rd grade, cello student of Yari Bond) won Second Prize at the New York Music Competition in the youngest age group (9-10) and will be presented in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 23. Get info and tickets.
Ari Freed (6th grade, cello student of Yari Bond) won First Prize at the New York Music Competition in the 11-12- year-old age category and will be presented in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 23. Get info and tickets.
Yusei Hata (9th grade, composition student of Daniel Felsenfeld and Robinson McClellan, violin student of Julie Kurtzman, and member of Face the Music) wrote a piano piece for “THE NEW SONG” Volume I, a project by vocalist Daniel Neer, that was performed on February 28 at Scorca Recital Hall, The National Opera Center.
Zen Hung (1st grade, piano student of Genia Betman) was a Grand Prix Winner of the Concert Festival International Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on March 19. She was awarded a $1500 scholarship toward a 2017 summer tour to Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Elisha Jimenez (8th grade, percussion student of Chris Graham) performed at the Necessary Noise Festival hosted by Mantra Percussion in New Jersey from April 1-3. Click here to watch Elisha perform J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite #1 at the festival.
Azalea Kelley (9th grade, student of Emily White) has won Second Prize, the highest prize awarded, in the 13-15 category of the New York Music Competition. She will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on May 23. Get info and tickets.
Charles Koder (12 grade, piano student of Emily White) will perform Debussy's "L'Isle Joyeuse" at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on May 14 in the AMTL Young Musicians Concert. Get info & tickets.
Catherine Michetti (10th grade, bass student of Rebekah Griffin Greene) was accepted into the Carnegie Hall Honors Orchestra, which will perform in Sydney, Australia.
Julian Mitchell-Israel (12th grade, vocal student of Mary Nessigner) is one of only 25 students in New York State to be nominated for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Daniel Mori (8th grade, piano students of Irina Morozova) was a First Prize winner at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7.
Jesse Schopflocher (5th grade, viola student of Yi-Fang Huang) performed in the Met's production of “La Boheme” and covered for their production of “The Magic Flute.”
Tiffany Tsui (5th grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) performed in the New York City Ballet's production of "The Sleeping Beauty" this winter.
Philina Zhang (4th grade, piano student of Irina Morozova) won First Prize in the New York Music Competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She was also a First Prize winner at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7. In March Philina also won Second Prize in the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, CT. Her composition “Twilight Concertino for Violin & Piano” was awarded Emerging Composer status at the 2017 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition.
Lucy Moses School
Analise Chen (age 9, violin student of Olga Popova) performed at the Winners’ Concert of the American Fine Arts International Festival on March 4 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She performed F. Seitz’s Concerto in G minor.
Grace Gu (age 15) & Annaliese Wee (age 16) (piano students of Irina Morozova) were First Prize winners at the Rondo Young Artist competition in March and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 7.
Emily Huang (LMS Adult Division violin student of Olga Popova) has been accepted to Curtis Summerfest, the Curtis Institute of Music’s Chamber Music and Orchestra program for adults.
Rachel Joo (age 15, Young Artist Program, cello student of Vladimir Panteleyev) won a Gold Medal and the Best String Technique award at the Forte International Music Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on Feb 4. She also won Second prize at The Rondo Vanguard Competition and will perform at Scandinavia House’s Victor Borge Hall on April 22.
Nicole Kennedy (age 12, piano student of Genia Betman) and Katherine Kennedy (age 14, piano student of Genia Betman) were both Grand Prix Winners of the Concert Festival International Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on March 19. They were also awarded the competition's Special Award in Chamber Music. They received $1500 scholarships toward a 2017 summer tour to Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Isabel Coco Mavrides (age 11, violin student of Olga Popova) won First Place and the Judges' Distinction Award in the American Protegé International Competition and performed the first movement of Ch. de Beriot’s Concerto No.9 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on April 16.
Taysiya Pokrovskaya (age 12, piano student of Irina Nuzova) won 2nd Prize at the Rondo Vanguard Competition and will perform at Scandinavian House.
Olga Popova's violin students Daniel Lee (age 10), Vivian Lee (age 13), Micha Hughes (age 12) and Isabel Coco Mavrides (age 11) will perform at the Winners Concert of the American Fine Arts International Festival at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on June 17.
Face the Music
Six Face the Music string quartets were coached by Kronos Quartet this season. Two of the FTM quartets perform with Kronos Quartet at WNYC's The Greene Space on March 7 at a sold out Ecstatic Music Festival performance. Watch the video.
Face the Music will participate in the 2017 Teens Take the Met on May 12 at The Metropolitan Museum from 5-8 pm. They will perform in the Balcony Bar on a series curated by ETHEL.
This spring, Face the Music will perform at Queens Museum (April 30), Roulette (June 12) and Merkin Concert Hall (June 18) among other venues. Get the full schedule.
More than 25 of Lucy Moses School faculty members performed chamber works in Merkin Concert Hall on Feb 2. Click here to view photos.
David Bloom (Face the Music & SMS High School conductor) and his ensemble, Contemporaneous, will present the sweeping, ambitious program Transcendental Geometry on April 11 in NYC and on April 15 in Tivoli, NY. They have commissioned three new works by composers Kyle Gann, Shawn Jaeger and Kristopher Svensson and will also present a work by Katherine Balch. Get info. On April 6, Contemporaneous performed in the debut concert of the New York composer collective Iceberg New Music. Get info. David will conduct Experiments in Opera's next show, Flash Operas, at Symphony Space on May 5 and 6. Get info.
Whitney George (Face the Music Conductor) had her piece "To Hold My Head High Above the Water" performed by the SoundMind woodwind quintet in February at their NY debut concert. The Curiosity Cabinet, in collaboration with Opera on Tap, presented and premiered "One Night of Excess" conducted and composed by Whitney at National Sawdust in March. Also in March, she guest conducted Fresh Squeezed Opera for their production of "Nano Operas." Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music premiered her “Petite Symphony” at the DiMenna Center on February 16. Whitney has recently started a position as a Teaching Artist through the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) for Baruch College High School.
Sean Hartley (Theater@Kaufman Director) will give audiences a first look at his musical "Love and Real Estate," currently in development and written with Sam Davis, at Symphony Space on March 31. Get details.
Igal Kesselman (LMS Director & Piano Faculty Member) performed Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 with the Harlem Quartet as part of the “What Makes It Great?” series hosted by Rob Kapilow at Merkin Concert Hall on February 6.
Whitney Lee (Violin, Suzuki) will play several roles in the musical Attack of the Elvis Impersonators at the Lion Theatre this summer. Get more info.
Loren Loiacono (Theory & Composition) one of six emerging composers commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their 2017-2018 season. Get more info.
Bonnie McAlvin (Theory) has been invited to give a recital and class on flute multiphonics at Hands On Flute Research, an international conference supported by Initiatives, Meetings and Publications on Artistic Research and hosted by the University of Aveiro, in Aveiro, Portugal.
Irina Nuzova (Piano, Chamber Music) will teach and perform this summer at the International Music Festival in Prague and the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY.
Cheryl Seltzer (Piano) was named an officer of the newly-established Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation. The foundation, based in Germany, honors the German-Jewish composer, who spent most of her life in New York City and was a major figure in the new-music world. A champion of Mamlok’s music, Cheryl performed a concert at Simon’s Rock/Bard College in Massachusetts on April 2 with violist Stephanie Griffin that included a composition written by Mamlok for them.
Morrie Sherry (Clarinet, Chamber Music) performed in a concert of works for clarinet and string quartet with her group, NoMa NYC Ensemble, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on February 18. The program included Bernard Herrmann’s "Souvenirs de Voyage," Mozart’s Quintet K.581 and "Starry Night" by David Amram.
Svetlana Smolina (Piano) performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with Gabrielle Armenier and Pablo Rapado on Feb 8. From February 18-23 she toured with the South Florida Symphony. Click here to watch Svetlana perform with the Dublin Philharmonic at the opening of the New Concert Hall in Changsha, China.
Leslie Upchurch (Dalcroze, Group Piano) has passed her third exam toward the Dalcroze Diplôme Supérieur. The Diplôme Supérieur is the terminal degree in Dalcroze study, and it is only offered through the Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplômés are representatives of the Dalcroze Method; they grant Dalcroze Certificate and License credentials. Get Dalcroze Program info.
Milena Zhivotovskaya (Piano) performed on February 5 in a concert series at Park Avenue Christian church, where she was featured as soloist and chamber musician with cellist Xue Yang Liu and soprano Joyce Bing Xiu Wang. She also performed as a soloist in a concert dedicated to the 125th Birth Anniversary of Sergey Prokofiev at NYU Steinhardt, Frederick Loewe Theater, NYU.
Kaufman Music Center Alumni News
Lily Holgate (Special Music School, 1997-2002) has been performing with her string quartet, the Puck Quartet. Click here to watch them perform.
Alice Ivy-Pemberton (Lucy Moses School 2016 graduate, former violin student of Nurit Pacht), was featured in an April 3 Wall Street Journal photo shoot of Juilliard School students. Click here to see the article.
Max Newman (Special Music School, 1996-2001) will perform with his band, The Main Squeeze, all over the US this spring, with gigs in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and other cities. You can catch them in Brooklyn on May 20. Click here to watch their music video "Shot."
Mack Rosenberg (Special Music School, 1998-1999) is currently working towards a career goal of becoming a sports broadcaster. He is an assignment editor at Verizon FiOS 1 News, and fills in doing sports reporting. He has also grown into a love for singing and is the lead singer in an NYC-based rock cover band called Minor Issues.