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Announcing the 2014-15 Performers - “What Makes It Great?”

Kaufman Music Center announces a series of exceptional performers who will join What Makes It Great? host Rob Kapilow at Merkin Concert Hall this fall.

Kapilow – conductor, composer, author and NPR music commentator – unravels and explores great musical masterpieces with audiences and performers on stage, asking what makes great music great? He takes listeners inside...

LMS Faculty Member Svetlana Smolina Featured in Keyboard Magazine

Lucy Moses School piano faculty member Svetlana Smolina is featured in the August issue of Keyboard Magazine! Click below to read her interview.

Pianist Svetlana Smolina, a faculty member at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School, is featured in the August 2014 Keyboard Magazine.

NEW PHOTOS: Summer Musical Theater Workshop Performance

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Me!

For the last five weeks, the students in the 2014 Summer Musical Theater Workshop at Lucy Moses School have been hard at work with some of NYC's most creative theater writers and directors to develop seven original musicals about everyday heroes.

Here are some highlights from the exuberant final performances in Merkin Concert...

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...

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