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The Evolution of Kaufman Music Center Under Executive Director Lydia Kontos

In January of 1979, Lydia Kontos, then a public relations consultant with a background in concert management, joined the staff of The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance as a member of the administrative team of the brand-new concert hall at the Abraham Goodman House. In 1982, she was named director of the hall – now called Merkin Concert Hall, one of New York Cit…

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Lucy Moses School Instrument Petting Zoo - Oct 28 at the Dimenna Center

Instrument Petting Zoo with Lucy Moses School Faculty Members Following “Halloween from the InsideOut” with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Sat, Oct 28 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music 2 pm - Concert 3-4 pm – Instrument Petting Zoo Details & Tickets Petting Zoo Info Kids can sample a menagerie of string and wind instruments with faculty mem…

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Sondheim on the Record: Lecture with Producer Thomas Z. Shepard - Oct 22

The 12-Time Grammy-Winning Record Producer Thomas Z. Shepard Discusses his Collaborations with Stephen Sondheim Lecture/Demonstration Sun, Oct 22, 4:30-6 pm Kaufman Music Center's Ann Goodman Recital Hall Tickets: $20 Register by calling 212 501 3360 Thomas Z. Shepard won twelve Grammy awards for producing the original cast albums of shows like Victor/Victoria, Ain&rs…

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A Letter from Executive Director Lydia Kontos

A Letter from Lydia Kontos   Dear Friends, It is with joy and excitement – and a touch of the bittersweet – that I announce my plan to retire as Executive Director of Kaufman Music Center in September 2018. I joined the staff of Kaufman Music Center (then called The Hebrew Arts School for Music and Dance) in January 1979, and officially became Executive D…

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Special Music School Ranked #1 in New York State

Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (M. 859) has been ranked as the #1 elementary and middle school in New York State based on the 2017 state math and English test scores. Congratulations to SMS students, parents and faculty! Click here to see the rankings on

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Special Music Students Achieve 100% Proficiency on State Tests

Congratulations to Special Music School Students, who are once again at the top of the list!   Read the article.

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NEW VIDEOS: 2017 Summer Musical Theater Workshop

Watch campers at the 2017 Summer Musical Theater Workshop perform seven original musicals inspired by science fiction stories from "Spaceballs" to "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

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Andrew Copper Named Dean of Music at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School

Kaufman Music Center announced this week that Andrew Copper has joined the staff as Dean of Music at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School. Currently the Principal Horn of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, his most recent position has been Associate Executive Director at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In this role he served as Ar…

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