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Meet Cathy White O’Rourke, 2019 Gala Honoree

On Monday, June 3, Kaufman Music Center is proud to celebrate Cathy White O'Rourke, President of the Board of Trustees at our 2019 Gala. We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to honor The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.     With only four weeks left before the Gala, we are delighted to tell you more about Cathy and the impact she has made at t…

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Meet Vocalist & Special Music School High School Senior Rehanna Bertram!

As we prepare for our annual Gala, we are proud to share the story of one of the amazing young people who is studying at Kaufman Music Center, thanks to friends like you. Rehanna Bertram is a senior at Special Music School. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, she was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Every day, she commutes two hours each way for scho…

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Meet 2019 Luna Composition Lab Fellow Yuri Lee

Luna Composition Lab is a mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary and gender non-conforming composers founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center. Yuri and the other 2019 Luna Lab Fellows will premiere their new works on May 8 at Merkin Hall. Get concert details. Yuri Lee premiered her first musical piece, a one-minute c…

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Meet 2019 Luna Composition Lab Fellow Charlie Meenaghan

Luna Composition Lab is a mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary and gender non-conforming composers founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center. Charlie and the other 2019 Luna Lab Fellows will premiere their new works on May 8 at Merkin Hall. Get concert details. Los Angeles native Charlie Meenaghan began composing a …

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Meet Johanna Roman, Kaufman Music Center Supporter & Board Member

Advisory Board Member Johanna Roman has been connected with Kaufman Music Center since 1996. A New York Times announcement earlier that year spurred her to sending her credentials to Lydia Kontos, then Executive Director of the Center, to offer her services to the newly-established Special Music School. Her dream of a full-time school that teaches music as a core subject h…

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Q&A with Caroline Shaw

This spring, the vocalist, violinist, producer and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw is getting to know some of the young musicians at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), a New York City public school that teaches music as a core subject. On April 3 she joined students Ciana Meyers and Christina Nelson (pictured with Caroline ab…

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Jerome L. Greene Foundation Awards $300K Grant to Special Music School High School

The grant will support groundbreaking music programs for teens at a high school offering a new model for 21st century music education. Mentorship & Faculty Entrepreneurship & Leadership Community Engagement Music Technology Private Lessons & Chamber Ensembles Performance Opportunities Kaufman Music Center is pleased to announce that the Jerome L. Greene Foundat…

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Read a Review of Face the Music’s Feb 11 concert in the National Sawdust Log

Read the full review in the National Sawdust Log. A classically-trained musician’s education usually proceeds like a history class, in which old comes before new. Most musicians will make first brush with recently composed music in college, if they do at all; a few will discover that it exists while in high school, but may lack the infrastructure to be able to perfor…

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Lucy Moses Students Raise More than $43K for their Peers in Need

This year, Lucy Moses School will award scholarships to more than 200 young people, who could not otherwise afford to take classes and lessons. To help make this possible, on Sunday, February 10, Lucy Moses School hosted its third-annual Play-a-thon Scholarship Drive. More than 80 musicians of all banded together for an all-day music marathon, which raised over $43,611 for…

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Face the Music Awarded a Challenge Grant

It's a great time to support Face the Music! The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust recognizes the importance of new music with a challenge: All new and increased donations to Kaufman Music Center's Face the Music youth new music program before March 31 will be doubled up to $10,000. This funding will go directly towards hiring coaches, conductors and collaborat…

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