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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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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. Bu…

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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 …

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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 atmospher…

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Face the Music Alumna Profile: Camille Dietrich

Face the Music alumna Camille Dietrich was interviewed by Special Music School and Face the Music alumna Emma Ike. Meet Camille Dietrich: She is currently enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music, and her affinity for contemporary music continues to grow. She has appeared as a soloist with the North New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Rockland Symphony and has performe…

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Special Music School Alumnus Profle: Luis Diaz

“What I gained and what I felt at Special Music School—that wonder, that desire, that curiosity, and that sense of abandon and childlike passion—has acted as the catalyst for everything that I’ve become today.”   Luis Diaz first picked up the recorder in fourth grade at his elementary school in Upper Manhattan and soon earned a scholarsh…

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Student, Faculty, Parent & Alumni News FALL 2015

Do you have news, photos or videos to share? Please send an email to joan@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. Photo above: SMS student Vian Wagatsuma performing in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Winners Showcase Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in June. SPECIAL MUSIC SCHOOL (K-8) SMS was selected to receive a 2015 Blackboard Award as part of this year&rs…

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