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Campaign Launch: 20th Anniversary Match Challenge

There's just one week left to help us meet our match challenge to raise $100,000!
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June 21, 2017 was an historic day for the Kaufman Music Center community. After starting Special Music School in 1996 with only 30 students, we watched our...

2017 International Youth Piano Competition Winners Concert - June 27

Tue, June 27, 2 pm
Merkin Concert Hall

Last week, 62 young piano virtuosos from 11 countries came to NYC to compete in the Semi-Final and Final rounds of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. See the thirteen extraordinarily talented winners perform!


Junior 1 Division (up to age 10)

Final Round Schedule

Final round schedule - junior 1 division 

Sunday, June 25
10 am  -  Jiahong "Ericsson"  Lin, West Vancouver, British Columbia
 10:20 am  -  Sophia Shao, New York, NY
 10:40 am  -  Aaron Wang, Mount Pleasant, MI
 11 am  -  Philina Zhang, New York, NY
 11:20 am  -  BREAK  
 11:35 am  -  Anna Bray, Sterling, VA
 11:55 am  -  Jerry Chang, Saint Louis, MO
 12:15 pm...

SMS High School Celebrates 100% Graduation & College Acceptance Rate

Congratulations to Special Music School High School's Class of 2017!

Click here or below to view photos from the June 21 Craduation Ceremony and reception.

Special Music School High School Graduation 2017

The first ever class of graduating seniors at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School had a 100% graduation rate. And 100% of the students have been accepted to the conservatories and colleges...

Watch SMS High School Students on CBS’s CityViews

Kaufman Music Center's Executive Director Lydia Kontos, the Special Music School High School Advanced Men's Chorus and SMS composer Zachary Detrick celebrated SMS High School's first ever graduation with CBS CityViews host Sharon Barnes-Waters.

Click here to watch.

Lydia Kontos in The Huffington Post: In 2017, to be a Musician is to be an Entrepreneur

Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos makes important connections between entrepreneurship and the arts. Click here to read the article.

Amy Roberts Frawley Named Managing Director of Merkin Concert Hall

Kaufman Music Center announced this week that Amy Roberts Frawley has joined the staff as Managing Director of Merkin Concert Hall. She steps into this role with experience in artist management, not-for-profit administration, development, marketing, curation and event production. Her most recent positions have been those as curator of performing arts at Wave Hill,...

Daily Schedule - 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition

The Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition as well as the Winners' Concert on June 27 are FREE and open to the public.

All performances take palce in Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall.

Tuesday, June 20

10 am–1:20 pm  -  Semi-Finals for Senior Division
3-7 pm  -  Semi-Finals for Senior Division


Special Music School Composer Featured on NY1 News & DNAInfo

18-year-old composer Michelle David, a Special Music School High School senior, Face the Music member and Luna Composition Lab Fellow, has been featured on NY1 News &  DNAInfo.

Click here to watch Michelle on NY1 News.


Click here to read the full DNAInfo article.

View Photos from Kaufman Music Center’s 2017 Gala

2017 Kaufman Music Center Gala

2017 Annual gala

Kaufman Music Center’s Annual Gala took place on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Guastavino's. This year, we were thrilled to celebrate Special Music School's 20th Anniversary and honor world-renowned violinist, and Special Music School Parent, Joshua Bell with the Creative Arts Award. Joshua performed with esteemed pianist Alessio Bax, as well as with...

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