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Kaufman Music Center Founder Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger Z"L Dies at 96

Kaufman Music Center mourns the passing of Dr. Tzipora H. Jochsberger Z"L, founder of The Hebrew Arts School (now called Kaufman Music Center), on October 29 at age 96 in Jerusalem. May her memory be a blessing. Read Dr. Jochsberger's obituary in the New York Times.

A celebration of Dr. Jochsberger's life was held at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall on Wed,...

Lydia Kontos to Retire in Fall 2018

Next year, Kaufman Music Center will say goodbye to one of the longest-serving professional leaders of an arts center in NYC history. Lydia Kontos has announced that she is retiring as executive director after nearly 40 years of service to the center, with a target date of September 2018. The Center’s Board of Trustees will shorlty embark on a national search for a new...

The Evolution of Kaufman Music Center Under Executive Director Lydia Kontos

In January of 1979, Lydia Kontos, then a public relations consultant with a background in concert management, joined the staff of The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance as a member of the administrative team of the brand-new concert hall at the Abraham Goodman House. In 1982, she was named director of the hall – now called Merkin Concert Hall, one of New York City’s...

Music Matters: Impact Report 2016-17

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Kaufman Music Center, thank you for your support during the 2016-17 year. We truly appreciate your steadfast friendship and investment in our programs!

Reflecting on the past year, I am extremely proud of all that you have helped us accomplish. Sustaining our music education and performance programs requires a strong community effort – and...

Lucy Moses School Instrument Petting Zoo - Oct 28 at the Dimenna Center

Instrument Petting Zoo with Lucy Moses School Faculty Members
Following “Halloween from the InsideOut” with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

Sat, Oct 28 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music

2 pm - Concert
3-4 pm – Instrument Petting Zoo

Details & Tickets

Petting Zoo Info
Kids can sample a menagerie of string and wind instruments with faculty members from...

Sondheim on the Record: Lecture with Producer Thomas Z. Shepard - Oct 22

The 12-Time Grammy-Winning Record Producer Thomas Z. Shepard Discusses his Collaborations with Stephen Sondheim

Sun, Oct 22, 4:30-6 pm
Kaufman Music Center's Ann Goodman Recital Hall

Tickets: $20
Register by calling 212 501 3360

Thomas Z. Shepard won twelve Grammy awards for producing the original cast albums of shows like Victor/Victoria...

A Letter from Executive Director Lydia Kontos

A Letter from Lydia Kontos

Dear Friends,

It is with joy and excitement – and a touch of the bittersweet – that I announce my plan to retire as Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center in September 2018.

I joined the staff of Kaufman Music Center (then called The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance) in January 1979, and officially became Executive...

DNA Info Profiles SMS High School’s New Dean of Music

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Special Music School Ranked #1 in New York State

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (M. 859) has been ranked as the #1 elementary and middle school in New York State based on the 2017 state math and English test scores. Congratulations to SMS students, parents and faculty!

Click here to see the rankings on Schooldigger.com.

Special Music Students Achieve 100% Proficiency on State Tests

Congratulations to Special Music School Students, who are once again at the top of the list!


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