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SMS High School Senior Profile: Josh Kail

"Music has taught me to believe in myself.” Violist Josh Kail, a senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), doesn’t remember exactly what first inspired him to pick up the violin as a second grader. But he vividly recalls the camaraderie that he felt while making music with his fellow students at Central Park East II, a publ…

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Announcing the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

New Composition Mentorship Program for Teen Girls Addresses Gender Gap in the Field of Classical Music, Inspires Young Women to Compose Kaufman Music Center and Luna Composition Lab founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid announce the 2016-17 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. The three aspiring teen composers will be mentored by established women composers and have their works …

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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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PROFILE: Aurora Celestin, 2016 Lucy Moses School Graduate

This spring, Aurora Celestin had a problem most high school seniors would envy: Which college should she choose after receiving acceptance letters from Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, Smith, Wellesley, Swarthmore, Fordham, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, The New School and Hunter College? Like many of this year’s Lucy Moses School graduates, Aurora has more or less grown up at …

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Student, Faculty & Parent News - Summer 2016

LUCY MOSES SCHOOL Piano students of Catherine Fabian – Davin Khan (age 9), Aidan Khan (age 12), Chenghiz Chakmak (age 11) and Sean Zhang (age 15) – participated in the Long Island Music Teachers Association Music Festival on June 12. All four students scored 100% and were awarded gold medals. LMS students of Bonnie McAlvin (Theory) wrote and produced their own…

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New Videos & Recordings

Watch videos and listen to recordings of performances at Merkin Concert Hall and beyond, including student performances, the Ecstatic Music Festival, What Makes It Great? and Face the Music! Click to listen to a recording of the March 8, 2016 Henry Schneider Scholarship Concert, featuring outstanding performances by Lucy Moses School students Leah Amory, Ethan Brown, Grac…

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Rock n’ Shop Flea Market Comes to the Ecstatic Music Festival!

Wed, Mar 2 at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall Free and open to the public from 2 to 5:30 pm; Open to Ecstatic Music Festival ticketholders only from 6:45 to 9:30 pm. On Mar 2, Rock n' Shop, Bushwick’s first  pop up “alternative mall,” heads uptown to Kaufman Music Center, bringing its unique shopping, dining and entertainment exp…

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Meet the Special Music School PTA Leaders!

From fundraising to organizing activities to spreading the word about  wonderful performances and programs, the Special Music School PTA is an important part of the Kaufman Music Center community. In addition to the support they provide for SMS's amazing teachers, PTA members help restock their class library, pay for AP courses and help with the purchase of new c…

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Kaufman’s Lydia Kontos in the Huffington Post: Why Music Is a Necessary Subject in All Schools

The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is music to my ears. Indeed, for the first time, music is included in national legislation in the definition of what comprises a "well-rounded" education, thereby empowering every state to support music programs in public schools. If our public schools are going to truly help their students reach their full poten…

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