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Budget Eliminates National Endowment for the Arts - Here’s What You Can Do

Dear Friends of Kaufman Music Center,

Today it was announced that the President’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This would be a tremendous loss. I am reaching out to inform you about this issue and to share ways you can help.

Why is this important? For Kaufman Music Center, the NEA has been one of our longest...

Snow Closure Info

Kaufman Music Center is open on Wednesday, MArch 15.

Special Music School/P.S. 859
 is open on Wednesday, March 15.

Lucy Moses School is open on Wednesday, March 15. Teachers will be in touch with students about making up classes or lessons,

Merkin Concert Hall is open on Wednesday, March 15.

The New York Festival of Song: Four Islands
concert originally...

SMS High School Concerto Competition Winners Concert - March 25

Special Music School High School Concerto Competition
Winners Performance

Sat, March 25, 7 pm
MLK Educational Complex Auditorium
(Amsterdam Ave. btw, 65th & 66th Streets)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Special Music School High School Concerto Competition, and to everyone who auditioned!

The winners will perform  with Contemporaneous, conducted by...

ComposerCraft Teams up with Metropolis Ensemble for “Zodiac Composites”

What happens when teenage composers interact with the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the ideals of 20th-century Dadaist art? Kaufman Music Center’s ComposerCraft and Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble join hands to explore the mysteries of the zodiac.

Zodiac Composites: The Twelve Tones of the Zodiac

A Concert by ComposerCraft and Metropolis Ensemble

Piano Masterclass with Melvin Chen - April 9

The Kaufman Music Center community is invited to attend this event, whcih is FREE and open to the public.

Piano Masterclass with Melvin Chen

Sun, April 9, 10:30 am
Ann Goodman Recital Hall

Featuring talented LMS students Kyrie McIntosh, Sara Chough & Mia Bramel

Pianist Melvin Chen has performed to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist and...

Luna Composition Lab News


Luna Lab Fellows and mentors at the June 12 performance of their new works at Roulette with composer Julia Wolfe and Face the Music Director Vasu Panicker. Above, L to R: Reena Esmail, Violet Barnum, Sofia Belimova, Missy Mazzoli, Michelle David, Ellen Reid, Vasu Panicher and Julia Wolfe. Click here to see more photos.

Luna Lab Fellows, founders and supporters...

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...

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