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LMS Suzuki Program Helps Harlem Students Excel

Lucy Moses School Suzuki students Lizbeth Trinidad (above left) and Mia Moreno enjoy their viola lesson with at P.S. 161 in Harlem. Lizbeth began studying the violin five years ago and has recently fallen in love with the viola. A Suzuki student since first grade, Mia is also a skilled member of P.S. 161’s debate team. Studying music really builds their confidence and...

Young SMS Composer Gets Inspired by Space, Scales - and Especially His Classmates

Above: Henry Alonso (left) discusses John Cage’s "Living Room Music" with SMS Faculty Member Vasu Panicker and fellow ensemble members Alejandro Vilarrasa-Corriero (seated) and Darrius Rankin.

Before he arrived at the newly-opened Special Music School High School in the fall of 2013, Henry Alonso was already a prolific composer who produced electronic music on his...

Face the Music Thrives in a Fertile New Music Scene

This season you’ll find NYC's favorite teen new music ensemble all over NYC and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, Queens Museum, Roulette and the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. They will premiere works by composers Carlos Carrillo, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Asha Srinivasan as well as 17 new pieces by Face...

A Message from the Executive Director

Happy 2015! I wish you a joyful new year filled with music.

This is a wonderful time of the year at Kaufman Music Center. Our halls and classrooms crackle with the energy of our students young and, well, not so young. It is always a delight to see the results of our students’ hard work at the many recitals coming up in Ann Goodman Recital Hall as well as on stage at...

International Youth Piano Competition

Calling all young pianists!

The application deadline for the 2015 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition is March 1, 2015. Open to young pianists between 7 and 17, the competition awards cash prizes and the opportunity to perform at the Winners Showcase Concert in Merkin Concert Hall on June 23, 2015.

Above: 2013 Senior Division First Prize...

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...

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Roni Ben-Hur and Amy London (Jazz Program) presented “Adventures in Jazz” workshops in Puerto Rico last spring and in Istanbul and Schroon Lake, NY this summer. The program was recently featured in DownBeat Magazine. Read the article.


Making New Music

In an open rehearsal in Harlem, the bespectacled composer sat listening intently as the string quartet rehearsed his new piece. He made comments and asked the quartet to play certain sections more slowly. The players asked questions and plunged into the piece once again. Focusing on the music, it was easy to forget that these serious musicians were at an age when you...

Finalists Announced for Kaufman Music Center’s International Piano Competition

Congratulations to the five Junior 1 finalists: Daniel Mori, Connor Sung, Leon Zimmermann, Richard Gao & Yali Levy-Schwartz. These contestants will perform in the final round of the competition on Sunday, June 23.

Congratulations to the seven Junior 2 finalists: Mayuki Miyashita, Daniel Oslin, Jens Scheuerbrandt, Elliot Wuu, William Chen, Raymond Feng, Ruo Xi Jin....

2013 LMS Discovery Day is June 11


Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4-7 pm

Children Are Invited Try Different Musical Instruments at this FREE Annual Event
at New York City’s Largest Community Arts School

At this FREE event, children ages four and up can try out a wide range of instruments under the guidance of Lucy Moses School’s dedicated and...

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