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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...

Campaign Launch: 20th Anniversary Match Challenge

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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...

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,...

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.

SMS High School Concerto Competition Winners Concert - March 25

Special Music School High School Concerto Competition
Winners Performance

Sat, March 25, 7 pm
MLK Educational Complex Auditorium
(Amsterdam Ave. btw, 65th & 66th Streets)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Special Music School High School Concerto Competition, and to everyone who auditioned!

The winners will perform  with Contemporaneous, conducted by...

ComposerCraft Teams up with Metropolis Ensemble for “Zodiac Composites”

What happens when teenage composers interact with the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the ideals of 20th-century Dadaist art? Kaufman Music Center’s ComposerCraft and Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble join hands to explore the mysteries of the zodiac.
 

Zodiac Composites: The Twelve Tones of the Zodiac

A Concert by ComposerCraft and Metropolis Ensemble
Mon,...

Piano Masterclass with Melvin Chen - April 9

The Kaufman Music Center community is invited to attend this event, whcih is FREE and open to the public.

Piano Masterclass with Melvin Chen

Sun, April 9, 10:30 am
Ann Goodman Recital Hall

Featuring talented LMS students Kyrie McIntosh, Sara Chough & Mia Bramel

Pianist Melvin Chen has performed to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist and...

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