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Kaufman Music Center Welcomes Imani Winds & Conductor Kyle Ritenauer Will Join the Face the Music Team

This season, Face the Music’s Chamber Orchestra will begin rehearsals in person for the first time in 18 months! The orchestra will collaborate with the Grammy-nominated quintet and Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence Imani Winds for Face the Music’s season opening concert on December 7 in Merkin Hall. Plus, Face the Music is thrilled to welcome a new member of the coaching team, the acclaimed conductor and Uptown Philharmonic founder and artistic director Kyle Ritenauer. He’ll bring a wealth of creativity and new-music experience along with him as he leads the orchestra this year!



Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music program for teens, dedicated to studying and performing music by living composers. Musicians ages 12 -18 may apply today Online Here! Auditions will be considered on a rolling basis and are still encouraged for teens looking to join the 2021-22 Season. Ensembles are meeting in-person on Saturdays, and Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols can be reviewed Online Here. Please see full program, timeline, tuition, and audition information in the 2021-22 Program Brochure Online Here. 


Face the Music's Songwriting Workshop is a contemporary artist workshop that develops young songwriters and performing artists, taking notes from the best of Top 40, Broadway, international trends and popular music from recent decades. Led by Face the Music Coach Adrianna Mateo, the program builds on three intertwined artistic aspects: songcraft (how to write a song), performance art (stage presence) and aesthetic (musical and visual style). Songwriters at all levels, including complete beginners and instrumentalists who have never written a song, are welcome to enroll. Students are not required to perform at the conclusion of the workshop but will have the opportunity to perform in a Face the Music concert or showcase.

This workshop is led by Face the Music Coach, violinist, alt-pop singer-songwriter, and actress Adrianna Mateo with guest co-coach, Andre Catrini. Plus, visiting artists for this year's workshop include Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence Charles Yang and Peter Dugan! The group will meet in-person with masks and distancing protocols. Those interested in the Songwriting Workshop may email with questions and to sign up!

Dates: Saturdays, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, & 2/12
Time: 3:15 - 4:30pm
Location: In-Person at Kaufman Music Center (129 W. 67th St.)
Ages: Teens ages 12-18yrs
Tuition: $125 Add-on Tuition for Face the Music Members; $250 Tuition for Non-Members