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Special Music School Alumna Profile: Lily Holgate

“Music is about sharing with other people. It’s about giving something to someone else, something that you have to offer that is special to you and unique to you.” 

 
Violinist Lily Holgate attended Special Music School from Kindergarten through fourth grade, and her commitment to music endures. “I can’t envision my life without it,” she says. When she entered fifth...

VIEW PHOTOS from the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition!

Yali Levy Schwartz, piano student of Genya Paley
Nicole Razhanskiy, violin student of Viktor Basis
Lukas Sánchez, violin student of Julie Kurtzman
Bianna Bell, piano student of Irina Morozova
Isabel Kingston, violin student of Nurit Pacht
Julia Kingston, piano student of Genya...

Special Music School Alumnus Profile: Dwight Rivera

“Studying music made me really curious about everything. I love science and I love history. It gave me a curiosity about everything in the world that I don’t think anything else would have.”

Dwight Rivera doesn’t precisely remember beginning his piano studies as a Special Music School kindergartner back in 1996, the year the school first opened. But he knows this: “It...

Special Music School Alumna Profile: Chloe Holgate

“Music is a second language to me. It’s just so comfortable and such a fun challenge. That does give you a different perspective on life."

Chloe Holgate vividly remembers her first day at Special Music School, when she auditioned for a spot in the brand new school’s first grade. “I didn’t know it was an audition,” she recalls. “I thought we were just playing. I...

Special Music School Alumna Profile: Luiko Yoshimoto

“At SMS there was an amazing balance between academics and music, and I think that was possible because of the faculty and the community here. I strongly believe that you really can’t find a school like this anywhere else.”

When Luiko Yoshimoto first came to Special Music School as a kindergartener, she loved the small class size and supportive atmosphere, and...

View Photos of the First Ever Special Music School Homecoming

On January 8, Kaufman Music Center welcomed Special Music School alumni and more than 400 guests including current SMS students, parents, faculty, Board members donors and friends to a sold-out Homecoming Concert celebrating the school's 20th anniversary in Merkin Concert Hall.
 
The Homecoming performance featured SMS's Advance Women's Chorus, Vox Nova Boys Chorus...

Storm Closure Information - Feb 9

Kaufman Music Center will be OPEN on Fri, Feb 10.

Special Music School and Lucy Moses School will be in session, and the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office will be open from 12-4 pm.

Due to inclement weather, Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School and Lucy Moses School were closed on Thu, Feb 9. Lucy Moses School faculty will be in touch with students about...

NEW PHOTOS: Lucy Moses School Faculty in Concert

The talented faculty members at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School are amazing performers as well as some of NYC's best educators! View photos of the LMS Faculty in Concert performance on Feb 2, 2017 in Merkin Concert Hall. Click here for program details.

  

  

  

  

  

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Michelle David

“Maybe in the future we will be an inspiration to other women composers, who won’t be afraid of showing their music to the world.”               

Special Music School High School senior Michelle David vividly recalls the little toy keyboard that first sparked her love of music. “I just had fun with it,” she remembers. “I used to copy songs and improvise.” She soon...

Lucy Moses School’s Alicia Andrews in the New York Times

New York Times retirement columnist Joanne Kaufman's January 27 feature explored the "growing number of retirees who are returning to the instruments they played during childhood and then put aside, or who are taking up the piano, flute or horn for the first time." Click here to read the full article.

She asked Lucy Moses School Assistant Director and Adult Division...

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