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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 Fall Music Improvisation Workshop is an interactive exploration of improvisatory music making for teens who want to begin improvising or are ready to expand their improvisational voice by experimenting within a variety of musical frameworks. Each Workshop session will dive into a new context of improvisation including Braxton Language Music, Hindustani and Indian Music, Text-Based Scores, Graphic Interpretation, and Blues & Jazz Improvisation. Through a series of improvisation games, prompts, and challenges students will create music communally, gaining experience and confidence needed to improvise within an ensemble. 

This workshop is led by Face the Music Coach, composer, and saxophonist, Aakash Mittal. The group will meet in-person with masks and distancing protocols. Those interested in the Music Improvisation Workshop may email with questions! See more about Face the Music Workshops Online Here.

Dates: Saturdays 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, & 11/13
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