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Meet Elliott Bluestein - Composer, Pianist & 2018 Special Music School Graduate

Elliott Bluestein's life is strongly influenced by music. He started piano lessons when he was three, but knew he wanted to take music seriously when he began to compose at age seven. Elliott's favorite part of Special Music School is its community of supportive students and teachers, who surround him with rigor, positivity, and "inside jokes." The recent…

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Meet Carol Sifuentes, composer & 2018 Special Music School graduate

Carol Sifuentes is a recent graduate of Special Music School, where she majored in composition. She says: “SMS offers a one-of-a-kind education that creates a unique teen. We are performers, listeners, and open-minded community members. I’m glad I got to spend my youth in this environment." Carol began music lessons in the 3rd grade and started to compose soon…

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2019 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition Announced

The 2019 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition will be held from June 18-23, 2019 in New York City. The Winners Showcase Concert Concert takes place in Merkin Hall on June 25, 2019. Application info will be posted in fall 2018. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Open to young pianists up to age 18, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth…

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Meet Jay-Len McClean, Saxophonist & SMS 10th Grader

Jay-Len McLean is a 10th grade saxophonist from Bedford-Stuyvesant. Music became a special part of his life when he began lessons at 11 years old. When he entered Special Music School in 9th grade, he made a serious commitment to his musical studies. Jay-Len is greatly influenced by the community at Special Music School, where his peers and teachers give him the support…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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