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News Archive: Special Music School News

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Special Music School Ranked #1 in New York State

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (M. 859) has been ranked as the #1 elementary and middle school in New York State based on the 2017 state math and English test scores. Congratulations to SMS students, parents and faculty! Click here to see the rankings on Schooldigger.com.

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Special Music Students Achieve 100% Proficiency on State Tests

Congratulations to Special Music School Students, who are once again at the top of the list!   Read the article.

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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 Ar…

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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. 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 l…

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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 Dav…

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VIEW PHOTOS from the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition! Yali Levy Schwartz, piano student of Genya Paley Nicole Razhanskiy, violin student of Viktor Basis Lukas Sánchez, violin student of Julie Kurtzman Bianna Bell, piano student of Irina Morozova Isabel Kingston, violin student of Nurit Pacht Julia Kingston, piano student of Genya Pal…

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