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International Youth Piano Competition

Calling all young pianists!

The application deadline for the 2015 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition is March 1, 2015. Open to young pianists between 7 and 17, the competition awards cash prizes and the opportunity to perform at the Winners Showcase Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 23, 2015.

Above: 2013 Senior Division First Prize...

Summer String Fest Final Performance

The talented young participants in Lucy Moses School’s 2014 Summer String Fest will wrap up an intensive week of music-making with a FREE concert in Merkin Concert Hall on Friday, August 22 at 3 pm. The program includes works by Geminiani, Elgar and Strauss, plus a special performance by this year’s String Fest Quartet-in-Residence: the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet!...

Summer String Fest Performance

Special Events

Above at the 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala: Lydia Kontos, Kaufman Music Center Executive Director; Joy Wyatt, Trustee; Bethany Millard, Vice President, Kaufman Music Center Board of Trustees

There was a lot to celebrate at Kaufman Music Center this year! Our 2014 Gala held on May 29 at The Edison Ballroom was truly inspiring, with extraordinary performances by...

Behind the Notation: Musical Spelling for Composers

How is YOUR musical spelling? Composer and Lucy Moses School faculty member Robinson McClellan and student Zahra Partovi wrestled with a topic that has perplexed musicians for centuries in a recent article on Noteflight.com:

"Have you ever wondered: 'should this note really be a C-sharp, or would it look better as a D-flat? What’s the difference, anyway, and who’s...

Kaufman Campers Host Lemonade Stand to Fight Childhood Cancer

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, a group of 3rd and 4th graders in Kaufman Music Center’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop (SMTW) at Lucy Moses School will host a lemonade stand outside Kaufman Music Center on July 21, 22 and 23, 2014, from 4:30 to 5 pm (129 W. 67th St. between Broadway & Amsterdam). Proceeds will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand...

Jazz Is A Family Thing: Adult Players Find a Musical Home at Lucy Moses School

Ron Tikofsky hadn't played the clarinet or saxophone seriously for 35 years when he noticed a sign advertising Lucy Moses School's brand new Jazz Program. "I felt I had nothing to lose," he recalls. "Either I'll play so badly that they will throw me out and I’ll sell the horns sitting in my closet, or I’ll play well enough to join a group." Ron aced the audition that...

Recipe for Virtuosity: Profile of a Young Violinist

If you haven't heard of Alice Ivy-Pemberton yet, it’s only a matter of time. A student at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School since age 8, the 17-year-old violin virtuoso has more competition victories and performances at New York’s most prestigious concert halls under her belt than many successful musicians twice her age. At age 10 she played on NPR’s “From the...

Practice Tips from Violinist Joshua Bell

Violinist Joshua Bell dropped by Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School last fall for a very special performance and Q&A session. Here’s some advice he gave to the students, who you can be sure were paying close attention!

Practice often!

The more the better. Joshua practices wherever and whenever – at home, in hotels, even at airports between flights.


Kids Get Jazzed About the Great American Songbook

Move over, Cole Porter! This winter, third graders at P.S. 306 in the Bronx and schools across the city put their own distinctly NYC-centric stamp on classic Johnny Mercer songs like “Moon River,” “Blues in the Night” and “Accentuate the Positive” in songwriting workshops led by Kaufman Music Center teaching artists Jason Robinson, Martin Landry, Angie Gomez, Liz Crone...

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