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Photo above: SMS student Vian Wagatsuma performing in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Winners Showcase Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in June.


SMS Test Scores Rank #1 in NYC!
The test results are in! SMS 4th...

ComposerCraft Students Premiere Vivaldi-Inspired Works at Poisson Rouge on Oct 11

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On Sunday, October 11 at 6 pm, six middle school composers In Kaufman Music Center’s ComposerCraft program will premiere works inspired by one of the movements from Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto “La Notte” at (le) Poisson Rouge. The pieces were commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble along with four other works by adult composers Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett,...

Remembering Friends of Kaufman Music Center

Veronica Pellitteri, a Special Music School alumna who joined the school in 1997, passed away in October of this year following a car accident. She was 23 years old. A gifted pianist and vocalist, Veronica attended LaGuardia High School and later studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Veronica moved to Italy, where she was born, in 2010. She began attending medical...

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!

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NEW RECORDING: SMS High School students premiere new work by Martha Mooke

NEW RECORDING! Listen to Special Music School High School students giving the world premiere of Martha Mooke's (S)hort (M)essage (S)ervice: (H)idden (S)igns.

The inaugural concert by students at Kaufman Music Center's new Special Music School High School on November 21, 2013 included world premieres of works by Martha Mooke, commissioned by Composers & Schools in...

SMS High School Teens Premiere New Work by Martha Mooke

World Premiere of (S)hort (M)essage (S)ervice: (H)idden (S)igns
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7 pm concert, 8 pm reception

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Special Music School High School
at Kaufman Music Center

Auditorium of Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex
122 Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street

On Thursday, November...

See Photos of Kaufman Music Center Students in Action!

Spring is always a busy time at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School, with end-of-year concerts and recitals both at the Center and other locations around town. Here are photos from some of our favorite annual events: SMS Spring Choral Concert, Suzuki Spring Festival, Suzuki Recital at P.S. 161 in Harlem, ChamberFest, LMS Discovery Day and...

See photos from the May 2 Spring Showcase


Kaufman Music Center’s 2013 Spring Showcase concert in Merkin Concert Hall on May 2 at 7:30 pm features solo performances by Special Music School 8th graders and graduating seniors in the Center’s Young Artist Program as well as a collaborative performance of Corigliano’s Fern Hill by SMS’s Vox Nova Chorus and the Queens College Choir.

The SMS 8th graders...

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 &...

Special Music School Chorus Performs at Presidential Inauguration

The crowds lining the Mall at the Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 21 were treated to a special performance, via video, of the Special Music School Elementary Chorus performing the song "We Have the Power" by Sean Hartley, Director of Kaufman Music Center's Theater Wing, and Jihwan Kim. Congratulations to Sean, Jihwan and the children!

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