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August 2017

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Special Music School Student News

Special Music School was ranked as NYC's  #1 elementary and middle school based on state test scores. Get details in Schooldigger.

Congratulations to SMS for being one of three NYC schools with 100% proficiency in English and one of four with 100% proficiency in math! Click here for the details in Chalkbeat.

Audrey Ang (third grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) won Second Prize in the Junior Group of the Cremona Academy International String competition this summer.

Rebecca Beato (6th grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) performed Bach’s Concerto in A minor with the Cremona International Music Academy Orchestra in Italy this summer.

Michelle David (2017 SMS High School Graduate, Luna Composition Lab Fellow and Face the Music composer-performer) was featured of NY1 News on June 9. Click here to watch. This June she was also featured in DNAInfo and Queens Gazette.



Zachary Detrick (2017 SMS High School graduate, composition student of Kyle Blaha) performed on CBS's CityViews hosted by Sharon Barnes-Waters on June 20. The interviews were also aired on 1010 Wins Radio. Click here to watch.

Eliot Flowers (4th grade, cello student of Yari Bond) was cast in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera for five shows beginning in September. He will sing the role of spirit boy, and have will his name in the program as part of the cast.

Charles Koder (2017 SMS High School graduate, piano student of Emily White) performed Preludes and Fugues from J. S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" at Make Music New York's “WTC at WTC” Festival, held downtown at the 9-11 Memorial Plaza on June 21.

Jesse Schopflocher (6th grade, viola student of Yi-Fang Huang) was cast in The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera for five shows beginning in September. He will sing the role of spirit boy, and have will his name in the program as part of the cast.

Sophia Shao (4th grade, piano student of Natela Mchedlishvili) was awarded First Prize in the Junior 1 Division and Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of a Romantic Piece at the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. Click here to watch her perform Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Op. 10, No. 3 and Villa Lobos’s “O polichinello” at the Winners’ Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 27. On July 23, Sophia won First Prize at the 2017 Cremona International Piano Competition in the Junior Category and Special Prizes for Best Romantic Work and Best Bach.

Tiffany Tsui (6th grade, violin student of Viktor Basis) won first prize at the American Protegé International Competition for Piano and Strings and recently performed at Carnegie Hall. She was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2017 Cremona International Competition for Strings and Piano and received the award for Best Sonata.


The SMS Vox Nova Girls Choir, directed by Emily John, will perform as part of the Canterbury Choral Society’s performance of Mahler 8 at Carnegie Hall in November.

Philina Zhang (5th grade, piano student of Irina Morozova) was awarded Second Prize and Special Award for the Best Performance of a Virtuoso Étude in the Junior I Division at the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. Click here to watch her perform Moszkowski’s “Étude de Virtuosité,” Op. 72, No. 11 and S. Bernstein’s “Birds,” Book I at the Winners’ Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 27. In July, Philina performed the C Minor Concerto by C.P.E. Bach with the orchestra of the International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy.


Lucy Moses School student news

Austin Celestin (age 15, piano student of Emily White) performed Preludes and Fugues from J. S. Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavier” at Make Music New York's “WTC at WTC” Festival, held downtown at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on June 21.

Anton Everts (age 11, piano student of Irina Nuzova) participated in the Prague Summer Festival in the Czech Republic.

Ariel Gurevich (age 13, piano student of Irina Nuzova) made his orchestral debut with the Marinsky Lazne Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, performing Bach’s D minor piano concerto.

Micha Hughes (age 12, violin student of Olga Popova) will play Monti’s “Chardash” at the American Fine Art Festival International Competition Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on October 7.

Julia Jones (age 13, violin student of Viktor Basis) has recently been awarded the following prizes: Second Prize at the New York International Music Competition, with a performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Concert Hall; First Prize at the Great Composers Series Competition, The Music of 19th Century; First Prize at the Great Composers Competition, Best Wieniawski; and Grand Prize at the Enkor International Competition. Julia attended the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Carfagnana, Italy, where she studied with Dmitri Berlinsky, and attended Concertato Masterclasses in Anacapri, Italy. She was selected to participate in Crans-Montana Masterclasses directed by Shlomo Mintz, where she had lessons and masterclasses with Shlomo Mintz, Sonig Tchakerian, Cihat Askin and Sungsic Yang.

Azalea Kelley (age 15, piano student of Emily White) performed Preludes and Fugues from J.S. Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavier” at Make Music New York's “WTC at WTC” Festival, held downtown at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on June 21. Azalea performed as a finalist at the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. in June and received Honorable Mention in the13-14 age group.

Daniel Lee (age 10, violin student of Olga Popova) performed Ch. De Beriot’s Concerto No. 7, 1st mov. and Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 2 for two violins in A minor (with Isabel Coco Mavrides) at the American Fine Art Festival International Competition Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on June 17.

Vivian Lee (age 13, violin student of Olga Popova) performed Komarovskiy’s Tarantellla and J.S Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor, 1st mov. at the American Fine Art Festival International Competition Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on June 17.

Kingsley Matthew (LMS Adult Division, piano student of Emily White) performed Preludes and Fugues from J. S. Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavier” at Make Music New York's “WTC at WTC” Festival, held downtown at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on June 21.

Isabelle Coco Mavrides (age 12, violin student of Olga Popova) performed Ch. De Beriot’s Concerto No. 9, 1st mov. and Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 2 for two violins in A minor (with Daniel Lee) at the American Fine Art Festival International Competition Winners’ Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on June 17.

Click here for a playlist of Bonnie McAlvin’s theory class group compositions during the 2016-17 year.

Taysia Pokrovskaya (age 12, piano student of Irina Nuzova) participated in the Prague Summer Festival in the Czech Republic.

Henry Tang (age 15, piano student of Igal Kesselman) participated in the Cooper Piano Festival at Oberlin Conservatory this summer, and won First Prize at Festival’s Competition.

Irene Tse (LMS Adult Division, piano students of Emily White) performed Preludes and Fugues from J.S. Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavier” at Make Music New York's “WTC at WTC” Festival, held downtown at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on June 21.

Connor Tsui (age 14, cello student of Vladimir Panteleyev) was awarded Third prize in the Senior section of the 2017 Cremona International Competition for Strings and Piano and performed in the winner's concert at the Museo del Violino.

Audrey Young (age 10, piano student of Emily White) performed as a finalist at the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. in June and received Honorable Mention in the 9-10 group.
 

FACULTY

 Re'ut Ben Ze’ev (Voice) sang with members of the New York Philharmonic in June and performed with Grammy-winning composer Sir Frank London in his “Folk Oratorio - A Night in the Old Marketplace” (based on the Y. L. Perez play). In October she will rediscover the music of film, opera and song composer Henkh Kon in a lecture concert with with Zalmen Mlotek and Dr. Diana Matut at the Center for Jewish History.

Tardo Hammer’s (Jazz, Trio) latest trio CD, “Swinging on a Star,” has moved rapidly toward the top of the national airplay charts and is currently at #13. He will perform with his trio at Small’s Jazz Club on Sep 29. Click here to hear music from Tardo’s album.

Bonnie McAlvin (Theory) had a new work for chamber orchestra premiered by The Chamber Orchestra of the Hamptons this summer. Bonnie is now in the midst of a commission for “The Bridge Project,” an international film/music festival in Japan. Click here for a playlist of Bonnie’s theory class group compositions during the 2016-17 year.

Irina Nuzova (Piano, Chamber Music) taught and performed at the Summer Music Festival in Prague and at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY. In August she will perform with cellist Borislav Strulev at the Shandelee Music Festival and give solo recitals at the An Die Musik in Baltimore and Downtown Piano Works in Frederick, MD.

Morrie Sherry (Clarinet, Chamber Music) performed with the St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble on June 11 at Christ & St. Stephen's Church. On July 15, she performed the Mozart Quintet and music of Piazzolla with strings on the Rangeley Friends of the Arts summer concert series in Rangeley Maine.

Golda Tatz (Piano) gave masterclasses at the Morning Side Music Festival at the New England Conservatory in Boston in July. She gave a recital and masterclasses at the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival in July and gave solo recitals on a tour in Lithuania in August.

Clay Zambo (Theater) was very busy writing and rehearsing this summer: In June his musical “Vows” was featured in Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Page to Stage festival, and he wrote a mini-musical for the Bridgeport Playathon, an event where five plays and two musicals were written, rehearsed and performed in 26.2 hours. He composed a science fiction musical inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for Lucy Moses School’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop (his 19th!). Click here to watch that musical. Also this summer, Clay composed and music-directed “The Emperor’s New Clothes” for Bridgeport Summer Stage, a new youth theater program at University of Bridgeport. He is currently in rehearsal for the New England premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which opens on September 22 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.

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