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SMS High School Senior Profile: Josh Kail

"Music has taught me to believe in myself.”

Violist Josh Kail, a senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), doesn’t remember exactly what first inspired him to pick up the violin as a second grader. But he vividly recalls the camaraderie that he felt while making music with his fellow students at Central Park East II, a public school...

Announcing the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

New Composition Mentorship Program for Teen Girls Addresses Gender Gap in the Field of Classical Music, Inspires Young Women to Compose

Kaufman Music Center and Luna Composition Lab founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid announce the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. The three aspiring teen composers will be mentored by established women composers and have their...

Special Music School Alumni Profile: Max Newman

“SMS was truly what made me the musician that I am today.”

Max Newman vividly remembers his first impressions of Special Music School as a first grader in 1996, the school’s first year. He loved the small, tight-knit community, the welcoming and supportive vibe, and especially the field trips. “It was an extremely enriching environment,” he recalls. “I remember...

Ticket Discounts for Kaufman Music Center Students, Families & Faculty

Students, their families and faculty at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, Lucy Moses School and Face the Music get big discounts on tickets to concerts in selected series at Merkin Concert Hall.

To claim the Kaufman discount, purchase tickets in person (limit of 2 per concert) or by phone at 212 501 3330 and identify yourself as a student, family member of...

Student & Faculty News - Nov 2016

Special Music School


SMS is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! Click here for details.

On Nov 10, Special Music School High School vocal students opened for pop singer Daya at Lord & Taylor at an event celebrating the unveiling of the holiday window displays. (Photo above)

Special Music School High School students Maxx Adorno, Raimi Bactowal, Raymond...

Save the Date for #Giving Tuesday - Nov 29

Save the date!

Kaufman Music Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to your community. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries worldwide came together to celebrate generosity.

On November 29, you can make sure all students can access our outstanding music education programs, regardless of their...

Listen to Ecstatic Music Festival Performances On Demand

Launched in January 2011 with a seven-hour marathon featuring Buke and Gase, Missy Mazzoli, Nadia Sirota, Timo Andres and NOW Ensemble among many others, Kaufman Music Center's annual Ecstatic Music Festival has become known as “the alt-classical world’s main showcase” (The New York Times). Over the last seven years, artists from across the sonic spectrum - including...

Thank You for Helping Us Meet the $1 Million Challenge!

In April 2015, Elaine and Henry Kaufman challenged Kaufman Music Center to raise $1 million in new and increased gifts over the next two years. The Kaufman family made this groundbreaking commitment to help us complete the Music Front & Center Campaign, a capacity-building initiative designed to support the Center during a period of rapid growth, with the opening of...

October Holiday Closures

The Kaufman Music Center offices and the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office will be closed on the following days:

Mon, Oct 3 (Rosh Hashanah)
Tue, Oct 4 (Rosh Hashanah)
Wed, Oct 12 (Yom Kippur)
Mon, Oct 17 (Succoth)
Tue, Oct 18 (Succoth)
Mon, Oct 24 (Shemini Atzeret)
Tue, Oct 25 (Shemini Atzeret)

Lucy Moses School is not in session on the following days.
These...

Special Music School Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Did you know that Special Music School is celebrating its 20th anniversary? In September 1996, the School opened with 30 students in Kindergarten and first grade. Today, SMS educates over 300 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, and its first-ever senior class will graduate in June 2017.

Throughout two decades, Special Music School has maintained a commitment...

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