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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 D…

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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.

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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!   Read the article.

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NEW VIDEOS: 2017 Summer Musical Theater Workshop

Watch campers at the 2017 Summer Musical Theater Workshop perform seven original musicals inspired by science fiction stories from "Spaceballs" to "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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Andrew Copper Named Dean of Music at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School

Kaufman Music Center announced this week that Andrew Copper has joined the staff as Dean of Music at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School. Currently the Principal Horn of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, his most recent position has been Associate Executive Director at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In this role he served as Ar…

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Kids & Musical Theater: The Off-Stage Impact

Click here to read the full article. Click here to browse theater classes for kids at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School.

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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! Give before Aug 31 to have your gift DOUBLED! We're 89% there! Click here to unlock an extra $100,000 for Kaufman Music Center! 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 …

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2017 International Youth Piano Competition Winners Concert - June 27

Tue, June 27, 2 pm Merkin Concert Hall FREE ADMISSION 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! FEATURING: Junior 1 Division (up to age 10) FIRST PRIZE: Split between Jiahon…

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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 …

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