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New Partnership with Opus 118 Benefits East Harlem Children

This fall, New York City music education nonprofits Kaufman Music Center and Opus 118 Harlem School of Music launched a new partnership ensuring the continuation of Opus 118’s music education programs for children in East Harlem. Kaufman Music Center, New York City's premier pre-college music education institution, will lend its management expertise and other re…

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Young String Players Inspire Each Other at String Fest

Every August, talented and enthusiastic young violinists, violists and cellists come together at Kaufman Music Center for an intensive week of lessons, sectionals and chamber orchestra instruction that culminates in a final performance in Merkin Concert Hall. Lynelle Smith, the program’s Artistic Coordinator, explains that for her, the music drives the whole process…

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A New High School for 21st Century Musicians

Fall is a busy season for New York City eighth graders and their families, who must navigate an intimidating list of high schools, complex admissions procedures and intense competition for spots in the city’s top high schools. Starting this year, teens who are serious about studying music have a new option: In the fall of 2013, Kaufman Music Center’s Special M…

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Face the Music Takes NYC

Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music youth ensemble has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.” Founded in 2005 by Dr. Jenny Undercofler with eight students with unique passion for…

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2013 Ecstatic Music Festival Lineup Announced

Kaufman Center's Ecstatic Music Festival® returns this winter with more than 120 composers and performers from diverse musical backgrounds coming together for 11 utterly unique and highly original collaborative performances. The festival's musicians – soloists, bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and everything in between – hail from diverse music…

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Hurricane Sandy School Makeup Days

STATEMENT BY CHANCELLOR DENNIS M. WALCOTT, CSA PRESIDENT ERNEST LOGAN, AND UFT PRESIDENT MICHAEL MULGREW "We are pleased that the City, the CSA and the UFT reached an agreement on making up school days lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Teachers, principals, and the school community made an extraordinary effort to get our schools back online after the storm, and by work…

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Forget Black Friday - November 27 is Giving Tuesday!

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? Kaufman Center is participating in the first annual #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2012. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. You c…

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SMS High School Application Deadline Extended to Nov 29

Because of Hurricane Sandy, the deadline for applications for Special Music School High School has been extended from November 15 to November 29. For more information about the high school, please click here, call 212 501 3395 or email SMSHighSchool@kaufman-center.org. Download the application forms.

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New York Virtuoso Singers Praised in the New York Times

"Now this is the way for an ensemble to celebrate an anniversary," Writes Anthony Tommasini in a New York Times review of the first of two 25th anniversary concerts New York Virtuoso Singers will perform in Merkin Concert Hall this season. "It takes confidence for an ensemble to put the word 'virtuoso' in its name," Tommasini concludes." The New York Virtuoso Sing…

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Read About Kaufman Center’s Partnership with Opus 118 in the Daily News!

"Opus 118 will continue to make sweet music in East Harlem — with a helping hand from The Kaufman Center," writes Clem Richardson in The Daily News. "But Opus 118 Harlem School of Music is still looking for a home. "Founded by famed violin teacher Roberta Guaspari and the subject of two films — the 1996 documentary “Small Wonders” and 1999’s …

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