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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, Special Music School & Face the Music Alumnus
 

Luis Diaz first picked up the recorder in fourth...

Student, Faculty & Parent News - Summer 2016

LUCY MOSES SCHOOL

Piano students of Catherine FabianDavin 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...

Flute Masterclass with Sir James Galway - April 11

The globally renowned performer and educator Sir James Galway will give a flute masterclass with students from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School on Monday, April 11 from 3 - 5:15 pm in the Ackman Space (Merkin Concert Hall Balcony Lobby).

Featuring flutists Tamar Benami, Olive Glass, Thomas Lei and Sophia Reyes.

This event is FREE and...

Upcoming Student & Faculty Performances

Mark your calendars for these performances featuring Kaufman Music Center students and faculty.

 
Tue, Aug 2 & Wed, Aug 3, 6:30 pm
LMS Summer Musical Theater Workshop Final Performance
Merkin Concert Hall

Fri, Aug 25, 3 pm
LMS Summer String Fest Final Performance
Merkin Concert Hall

Watch Special Music School Students Perform with Kirk Franklin on ABC’s The View

Vocal students at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School dazzled a national audience on January 18, when they performed with multiple Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin on ABC's The View. They performed "Amazing Grace" and Franklin's song "123 Victory" on this special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day episode. In addition to chatting with Whoopi Goldberg and other...

Student, Faculty, Parent & Alumni News FALL 2015

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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.

SPECIAL MUSIC SCHOOL (K-8)

SMS was selected to receive a 2015 Blackboard Award as part of...

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!

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

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...

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