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Congratulations to the Special Music School Class of 2018!

Congratulations to the Special Music School P.S. 859 Class of 2018 on a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate! 2018 Graduates will attend conservatories and universities including The Juilliard School, Columbia University, the New England Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Smith College, Cleveland Institute of Music, Brandeis University, McGill Univ…

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Kate Sheeran to Succeed Lydia Kontos as Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center

Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I am writing to announce that my successor has been appointed by Kaufman Music Center’s Board of Trustees. I am honored to have the opportunity to share this news with you. The Board has appointed Kate Sheeran as Kaufman Music Center’s new Executive Director. As an accomplished educator and arts administrator, a cham…

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Kate Sheeran Selected as New Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center

KATE SHEERAN, PROVOST AND DEAN OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, SELECTED AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER IN NEW YORK Professional Hornist and Former Assistant Dean of Mannes School of Music Succeeding Lydia Kontos, Who Led One of City’s Most Acclaimed Cultural and Educational Organizations for Four Decades Following a nationwide search, K…

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Meet Sirena Beard-Galati, composer & Special Music School 11th grader

Sirena Beard-Galati is an 11th grader at Special Music School, where she studies composition. She says: “Through practicing your craft you start to discover your voice. It’s very important for children and growing teenagers to be surrounded by music.” At a young age, Sirena was diagnosed with dyslexia. Through learning to become a songwriter, she has fou…

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New York Times Features Kaufman’s Youth New Music Ensemble Face the Music

Read about Kaufman Music Center's acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music in the New York Times! View the full article. Adventurous young musicians age 12-18 are invited to be part of Face the Music! Get registration info.

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Q&A with 2018 Luna Composition Lab Fellow Helen Lyons

Composer, pianist and violinist Helen Lyons, age 15, lives in New York City. Her Luna Lab mentor is composer Tamar Muskal. You can hear Face the Music perform Helen's work in NYC this month! Mon, June 4, 7 pm - Roulette Wed, June 6, 7 pm - National Sawdust Sun, June 24, 4 pm - National Sawdust "I can’t imagine a life without writing music. It’s the first t…

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Q&A with 2018 Luna Composition Lab Fellow Maya Miro Johnson

Composer, conductor, and violinist Maya Miro Johnson, age 17, lives in Salt Lake City. Maya’s Luna Lab mentor is composer Kristin Kuster. You can hear Face the Music perform Maya's work in NYC this month! Mon, June 4, 7 pm - Roulette Wed, June 6, 7 pm - National Sawdust Sun, June 24, 4 pm - National Sawdust "My hope is that one day we can simply call ourselves &…

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View Photos from Kaufman Music Center’s 2018 Gala

Kaufman Music Center’s 2018 Gala honored the legacy of long-time Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos and raised a record-breaking $1 million in support of Kaufman’s music education programs. The event, which took place on Monday, May 14, at Guastavino's in New York City, featured performances by flute legends Sir James Galway & Lady Je…

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Sneak Peek - Ailyn Pérez’s Gala Performance

With only a few days left until our annual Gala, the Kaufman Music Center community is eagerly preparing for what is sure to be a very memorable evening. This year, we are excited to be honoring our Executive Director, Lydia Kontos, who has worked tirelessly for 40 years to help this institution thrive! In addition to celebrating Lydia, the Gala will feature performances …

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Discovery Day 2018 - June 6

DISCOVERY DAY: AN INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO Sample a menagerie of musical instruments with expert faculty at NYC's largest community music school! Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 3:30-6:30 pm, FREE Ages 4 and up Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center 129 West 67th St. on NYC's Upper West Side Reserve a spot today by calling 212 501 3360. Try Out Lots of Different Instrum…

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