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Announcing our Annual Gala - May 14, 2018

On Monday, May 14, 2018, Kaufman Music Center will present longtime Executive Director Lydia Kontos with the Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2018 Gala.

Lydia will be recognized for her distinguished career at Kaufman Music Center, which has spanned nearly 40 years, on the occasion of her retirement (planned for fall 2018). The Gala is part of our “Year of Thanks” to...

Assurant Issues Challenge Match for Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon

Assurant Issues Challenge Match for Play-a-thon at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School

We are thrilled to announce that the Assurant Foundation, one of Kaufman Music Center’s generous corporate partners, has issued a challenge match for the Lucy Moses School Play-a-thon. The first $10,000 raised by parents, families and students will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Lucy Moses School proudly offers scholarships to more than a hundred students every...

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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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...

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.

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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.

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...

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 atmosphere, and...

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