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Sondheim on the Record: Lecture with Producer Thomas Z. Shepard - Oct 22

The 12-Time Grammy-Winning Record Producer Thomas Z. Shepard Discusses his Collaborations with Stephen Sondheim Lecture/Demonstration Sun, Oct 22, 4:30-6 pm Kaufman Music Center's Ann Goodman Recital Hall Tickets: $20 Register by calling 212 501 3360 Thomas Z. Shepard won twelve Grammy awards for producing the original cast albums of shows like Victor/Victoria, Ain&rs…

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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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Kids & Musical Theater: The Off-Stage Impact

Click here to read the full article. Click here to browse theater classes for kids at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School.

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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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Amy Roberts Frawley Named Managing Director of Merkin Concert Hall

Kaufman Music Center announced this week that Amy Roberts Frawley has joined the staff as Managing Director of Merkin Concert Hall. She steps into this role with experience in artist management, not-for-profit administration, development, marketing, curation and event production. Her most recent positions have been those as curator of performing arts at Wave Hill, program …

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Special Music School Alumnus Profile: Dwight Rivera

“Studying music made me really curious about everything. I love science and I love history. It gave me a curiosity about everything in the world that I don’t think anything else would have.” Dwight Rivera doesn’t precisely remember beginning his piano studies as a Special Music School kindergartner back in 1996, the year the school first opened. Bu…

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Special Music School Alumna Profile: Chloe Holgate

“Music is a second language to me. It’s just so comfortable and such a fun challenge. That does give you a different perspective on life." Chloe Holgate vividly remembers her first day at Special Music School, when she auditioned for a spot in the brand new school’s first grade. “I didn’t know it was an audition,” she recalls. “I …

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Michelle David

“Maybe in the future we will be an inspiration to other women composers, who won’t be afraid of showing their music to the world.”                Special Music School High School senior Michelle David vividly recalls the little toy keyboard that first sparked her love of music. &l…

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Here’s Why Making Music as an Older Adult Is So Satisfying

Four LMS Adult Division musicians share their stories and explain why making music as an older adult is especially fulfilling. Many of the enthusiastic students filling the classrooms and hallways of Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School with music and song fit a slightly different profile than some might expect. Among the children heading to their lessons are many …

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SMS High School Senior Profile: Josh Kail

"Music has taught me to believe in myself.” Violist Josh Kail, a senior at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), doesn’t remember exactly what first inspired him to pick up the violin as a second grader. But he vividly recalls the camaraderie that he felt while making music with his fellow students at Central Park East II, a publ…

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