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NEW VIDEO! Broadway Playhouse Brings Kids to Theater District

Broadway Playhouse brings kids from NYC public schools in underserved communities to the Theater District for an unforgettable theater experience!

The NY Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist is a Big Fan of Special Music School

Anthony McGill has been very busy lately. Fresh from performing and recording Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall last month, the New York Philharmonic’s new principal clarinetist was preparing for a much smaller – but very important – concert on February 3 in support of the music program at Special Music School, Kaufman Music Center’s public school...

December 2 is #GivingTuesday!

#Giving Tuesday

Kaufman Music Center is participating in the annual #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. You can participate by making a contribution to support Kaufman Music Center’s...

Special Music School Ranks #1 on State English Test

Kaufman Music School's Special Music School is #1!

Congratulations to Special Music School 4th graders, who ranked #1 in NYC on NY State English tests last spring! Every single 4th grader passed the test last spring compared with fewer than a third of student city-wide. Studying music is clearly linked to academic success!

Click here to read an article on SMS's...

Special Events

Above at the 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala: Lydia Kontos, Kaufman Music Center Executive Director; Joy Wyatt, Trustee; Bethany Millard, Vice President, Kaufman Music Center Board of Trustees

There was a lot to celebrate at Kaufman Music Center this year! Our 2014 Gala held on May 29 at The Edison Ballroom was truly inspiring, with extraordinary performances by...

View Photos from Kaufman Music Center’s 2014 Gala

View photos of the 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala, which took place on Thursday, May 29, at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square.


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This elegant and entertaining evening featured performances by the internationally renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, acclaimed violist Hsin-Yun Huang and  Kaufman Music Center students.

The 2014...

Kaufman Music Center Launches Music Front & Center Campaign

Kaufman Music Center is expanding the impact of its music education and performance programs in truly transformational ways. At a time when fewer and fewer children have access to quality arts education in schools, we have the opportunity to reach a wider audience than ever before.
Here’s what your support of the Music Front & Center Campaign
will help us to do:...

See Kaufman Music Center in The New Yorker!

"The future of the music business is in question, and institutions like City Opera have collapsed, but the Ecstatic Music Festival, started by Kaufman Music Center in 2011, is thriving, by encouraging contemporary classical artists to work with musicins from rock, hip-hop and other worlds," writes John Donohue in The New Yorker.

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Get the Ecstatic...

Special Music School Receives NEA Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 23 that Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Special Music School is recommended for a $65,000 grant to support the school’s music program.

A groundbreaking K-12 public school for musically...

The 2013 Special Music School Play-a-Thon is on May 4!

For information about how to sponsor an SMS student in this year’s Play-a-Thon, visit smsplayathon.com, call 212 501 3390, or inquire at the Play-a-thon table at Barnes & Noble on May 4.

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Parents’ Association of Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School/P.S. 859 will host the 13th annual concert and book fair at the Union Square Barnes &...

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