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December Student Performances at Kaufman Music Center

Mark your calendars! Students from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School, Special Music School and Face the Music youth new music ensemble are performing at Kaufman and all over NYC!

Concerts are in Ann Goodman Recital Hall and FREE unless otherwise noted.

Mon, Nov 30

Winter’s Eve Upper West Side Holiday Festival, 5:30-9 pm
Kaufman Music Center students...

Blood Orange Performs Sold-Out Benefit Concert for Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

On December 12, the performer Blood Orange – aka Devonté Hynes – will give two benefit performances at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for Kaufman Music Center's partner Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. The proceeds from both concerts, which sold out in record time, will support music education programs that transform the lives of students and their famililes...

Special Music School Honored with Blackboard Award for Excellence in Education

Above: Special Music School students with principal Katherine Banucci-Smith

Kaufman Music Center
’s Special Music School has been selected to receive a 2015 Blackboard Award as part of this year’s celebration of schools of excellence in NYC. The school, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016, is New York City's only K-12 public school for musically gifted...

Please Join Us in Giving Back

December 1 is Giving Tuesday. Please join us in giving back.

We are told that the climate for supporting music education – the kinds of things we do at Kaufman Music Center – is great. To support our music education projects, click here.

Some of our the students in our Face The Music teen new music ensemble are traveling to Paris to participate in the United Nations...

Student, Faculty, Parent & Alumni News FALL 2015

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Please send an email to joan@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Photo above: SMS student Vian Wagatsuma performing in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Winners Showcase Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in June.


SMS Test Scores Rank #1 in NYC!
The test results are in! SMS 4th...

Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos Receives National Guild Award

Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos Receives 2015 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation

Certificate honors long-standing commitment to ensuring equitable access to quality arts education

Kaufman Music Center’s Executive Director Lydia Kontos will be honored with the 2015 National Guild Milestone Certificate of Appreciation for her...

NEW VIDEO! Watch Tony Arnold at the Resonant Bodies Festival at Merkin Concert Hall

Watch soprano Tony Arnold perform Beat Furrer's "Lotófagos" and Thomas Adès's "Life Story" at the sold-out opening night of the 2015 Resonant Bodies Festival.

Read a New York Times review of this concert, which took place at Merkin Concert Hall on Sep 9, 2015.

Tony Arnold

Jacob Greenberg, piano
Randall Zigler, double bass
Gleb Kanasevich, bass clarinet...

Creating a New Culture for Classical Music: Teen Ensemble Face the Music Launches 10th Season

“There’s only one rule: Face the Music only performs work by living composers. The result is a subculture where Radiohead and Portishead cross-pollinate with Bartók and Dvořák, where orchestral music feels newly relevant as a medium of self-expression.”


Advice from Virtuoso Violinist Joshua Bell

What would you ask virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell if you had the chance? Last spring, Special Music School students had an amazing opportunity to enjoy a special private performance at SMS High School and receive advice from one of the world’s greatest classical performers.

Here are a few examples of what Joshua told them:

“Classical music can be relaxing, but it’s...

A Note from The Executive Director, Lydia Kontos

Dear Friends,

The stage is set for a wonderful new season at Kaufman Music Center! The fall concerts at Merkin Concert Hall have gotten under way, and it has been thrilling to see audiences joyfully connect with artists like Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Carol Burnett and Tyne Daly. Our hallways are bustling with musicians of all ages – from Special Music School...

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