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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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Five Things Young Musicians Should Know: Advice from Pianist Aaron Diehl

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 This season, you can catch Kaufman Music Center 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl in Merkin Hall, where the acclaimed pianist will perform preludes by Roland Hanna and J.S. Bach on November 18 and join violinist-composer Curtis Stewart along with Harlem Quartet and Mazz Swift for a premiere of new music on June 1 as part of the Ecstatic…

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Eleonore Oppenheim Joins Kaufman Music Center Team as Face the Music Program Manager

August 22, 2022 Kaufman Music Center welcomes artist and educator Eleonore Oppenheim as Program Manager of Face the Music, its new music program for teens dedicated to music by living composers at Lucy Moses School. As part of her new role, she’ll also help manage the Ensemble Program and coach the Face the Music Ensemble within Special Music School High School (M.…

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