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Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos Profiled in New York Press

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Rock n’ Shop Flea Market Comes to the Ecstatic Music Festival!

Wed, Feb 17 & Wed, Mar 2 at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall
Free and open to the public from 12 to 5:30 pm;
Open to Ecstatic Music Festival ticketholders only from 6:45 to 9:30 pm.

On Feb 17 and Mar 2, Rock n' Shop, Bushwick’s first  pop up “alternative mall,” heads uptown to Kaufman Music Center, bringing its unique shopping, dining and entertainment...

Upcoming Student & Faculty Performances

Mark your calendars for these performances featuring Kaufman Music Center students and faculty.

Sun, Jan 31, 4:30 pm
2016 Concerto Competition Winners' Concert
See extraordinary young artists from Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School and Young Artist Program perform at the Winners Concert in Merkin Concert Hall.
Get tickets (FREE for Kaufman Music Center...

Kaufman Music Center Welcomes New Director of Development

Kaufman Music Center is pleased to welcome Brooke Bryant as Director of Development. Previously, she served as Assistant Director, Strategic Partnerships and Major Gifts Officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Major Gifts Officer at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  Brooke is President of the New York Wellesley Club, and serves on the...

Meet the Special Music School PTA Leaders!

From fundraising to organizing activities to spreading the word about  wonderful performances and programs, the Special Music School PTA is an important part of the Kaufman Music Center community. In addition to the support they provide for SMS's amazing teachers, PTA members help restock their class library, pay for AP courses and help with the purchase of new...

Student & Faculty News - Winter 2016

Do you have news, photos or videos to share? Parents, we want music-related news about you as well! Please send an email to joan@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Why Is music a necessary subject in all schools?
Kaufman Music Center's Executive Director Lydia Kontos published an op ed in The Huffington Post about music education in the context of the new Every Student Succeeds...

Snow Closure Information

Merkin Concert Hall

The CAI Competition concert originally scheduled for Sat, Jan 23 has been re-scheduled for Mon, Jan 25 at 7 pm. General admission tickets will be available at the box office before the performance. The Jue Wang piano recital scheduled for Sun, 1/24 at 7 pm has been cancelled. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook and Twitter.

Lucy Moses...

Kaufman’s Lydia Kontos in the Huffington Post: Why Music Is a Necessary Subject in All Schools

The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is music to my ears.

Indeed, for the first time, music is included in national legislation in the definition of what comprises a "well-rounded" education, thereby empowering every state to support music programs in public schools.

If our public schools are going to truly help their students reach their...

Watch Special Music School Students Perform with Kirk Franklin on ABC’s The View

Vocal students at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School dazzled a national audience on January 18, when they performed with multiple Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin on ABC's The View. They performed "Amazing Grace" and Franklin's song "123 Victory" on this special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day episode. In addition to chatting with Whoopi Goldberg and other...

2016 Concerto Competition Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of Kaufman Music Center’s annual Concerto Competition!

You can see these extraordinary young artists, who are students at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School and Young Artist Program, perform at the Winners Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on Sun, Jan 31 at 4:30 pm. Get tickets.

Eleanor Bent, flute
Young Artist Program,...

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