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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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Meet Eve Schwartz, A Vocalist at Lucy Moses School

A professional singer eager to expand her knowledge of Yiddish music, Eve Schwartz first came to Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School in 1981. At that time she studied with two of the foremost authorities in Yiddish repertoire, Misha Alexandrovich and Mascha Benya. Since then she’s sung in various LMS choruses, and today you can find her singing Jewish chor…

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Meet Andrew Chung, Lucy Moses School’s Youngest Student

Lucy Moses School’s youngest student will turn two this spring. Andrew Chung loves his Music for Toddlers class, especially the welcome song when the teacher sings his name. A huge fan of M&Ms, Andrew is partial to toy cars and trucks with flashing lights and sirens. It’s never too early to introduce children to music! “I just want him to have a love …

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Q&A with Taj Graves-Parker, Trombonist and Kaufman Music Center Student

“When I was in 3rd grade I knew I wanted to do music for the rest of my life.” At age 17, Taj Graves-Parker is already a seasoned musician who first took up the trombone in third grade. A lifelong Bronx resident and a student at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) since 6th grade, she’s now a high school senior juggling homework a…

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Q&A with Adrianna Mateo, Singer-Songwriter, Actress & Educator

Solo violinist, alt-pop artist, singer-songwriter and actress Adrianna Mateo (New Amsterdam Records) has worked with Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music teen new music ensemble as a coach, conductor and concertmaster. This fall, she led Face the Music’s first four-week songwriting masterclass. She shared her thoughts on teaching songwriting, mentorship, and w…

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