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Kaufman Students Win Top Prizes at the 2024 Sphinx Competition

January 30, 2024 Kaufman Music Center students Ana Isabella España and Rebecca Beato won first and second prizes, respectively, in the Junior Division at the 2024 Sphinx Competition, one of the most prestigious national competitions for young musicians. Congratulations to these exceptional young violinists, who are both high school students at Kaufman’s…

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Adult Division Auditions, Placement Sessions, Open Classes & Concerts

See our adult musicians perform at FREE concerts, or reserve your spot in an audition, placement session or open class: 212 501 3360 or PLACEMENT SESSIONS Chamber Groups (Room 520) Mon, January 22, 6-8 pm & Wed, January 31, 6:15-8:15 pm Sight-Singing (Room 520) Tue, February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm AUDITIONS Nashir! The Rottenberg…

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New Faculty: Nuné Melik

October 20, 2023 Violinist Nuné Melik began her career as a child prodigy in Moscow, launching a remarkable musical journey that took the Siberian-born artist of Armenian origin from Russia to Montreal, and eventually New York. After earning her Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Montreal and McGill, she moved to NYC, where she taught and performed at…

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New Staff: Maya Fortune

October 20, 2023 Maya Fortune brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to her new role as Registrar and Music Program Coordinator. A classically-trained violinist with a B.A. in Music, Social Entrepreneurship and Medieval Studies from McGill University, she’s also an alumna of Kaufman’s Special Music School and Face the Music as well as a current Lucy Moses…

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Behind the Scenes at the Summer Musical Theater Workshop: Visit the Costume & Set Shops

July 25, 2023 During Kaufman Music Center's Summer Musical Theater Workshop each July, the spotlight is on the students as they rehearse and perform original musical plays in Merkin Hall. Together with a brilliant group of professional theater writers, directors, composers and choreographers, this year’s campers will stage five delightfully inventive…

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International Music Leaders Visit Kaufman Music Center

July 13, 2023 On June 27, Kaufman Music Center welcomed an enthusiastic group of musicians, educators and arts administrators from 19 countries to Merkin Hall, where they enjoyed a concert by Special Music School students and learned about Kaufman's programs at a panel discussion and Q&A with Executive Director Kate Sheeran, Lucy Moses School…

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A 16-Year-Old Flutist Rehearses for His Merkin Hall Debut

March 20, 2023 16-year-old flutist Will Garrity is looking forward to making his Merkin Hall debut at this year’s Henry Schneider Young Artists Concert on March 21 with a performance of movements from André Jolivet’s Flute Concerto No. A student of Mary Barto, he’s studied at Lucy Moses School since kindergarten. “It’s a place…

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There’s Lots to Love About the Trombone!

March 3, 2023 16-year-old trombonist Bugs Kelley can’t wait to return to the Merkin Hall stage at the 2023 Contemporary Festival this Sunday! A Lucy Moses School student of Matt Walley, he’ll perform David Uber’s “The Ballad of Enob Mort.” Get tickets What should we know about this piece? “’Enob Mort’ is trombone spelled…

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A Young Cellist Prepares for a Performance She’ll Remember for the Rest of Her Life

February 8, 2023 14-year-old cellist and 2023 Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition winner Margot Pantoga, a student of Yari Bond, has been busy preparing David Popper’s dazzling Romantic showpiece, Hungarian Rhapsody, for the Winners’ Concert in Merkin Hall on February 12. She can’t wait to perform as soloist with an orchestra for the first time! Get…

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Special Music School Pianist Anna Kesselman Shares Schumann’s “Abegg” Variations

December 20, 2022 Pianist and Special Music School 10th grader Anna Kesselman shares her experience with Robert Schumann’s “Abegg” Variations along with some fun facts about the composer’s first published work, which he composed at age 19. Anna first performed this piece when she was in 8th grade, and has since taken breaks and then returned to it.…

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