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News Archive: Special Music School News

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Upcoming Student & Faculty Performances

Mark your calendars for these performances featuring Kaufman Music Center students and faculty.   Tue, Aug 2 & Wed, Aug 3, 6:30 pm LMS Summer Musical Theater Workshop Final Performance Merkin Concert Hall Fri, Aug 25, 3 pm LMS Summer String Fest Final Performance Merkin Concert Hall

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Meet the Special Music School PTA Leaders!

From fundraising to organizing activities to spreading the word about  wonderful performances and programs, the Special Music School PTA is an important part of the Kaufman Music Center community. In addition to the support they provide for SMS's amazing teachers, PTA members help restock their class library, pay for AP courses and help with the purchase of new c…

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Watch Special Music School Students Perform with Kirk Franklin on ABC’s The View

Vocal students at Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School dazzled a national audience on January 18, when they performed with multiple Grammy-winner Kirk Franklin on ABC's The View. They performed "Amazing Grace" and Franklin's song "123 Victory" on this special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day episode. In addition to chatting with Whoopi Goldberg a…

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Special Music School Honored with Blackboard Award for Excellence in Education

Click here to watch principal Katrherine Banucci-Smith's acceptance speech and see SMS students perform at the awards ceremony on December 2.. Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School has been selected to receive a 2015 Blackboard Award as part of this year’s celebration of schools of excellence in NYC. The school, which will celebrate its 20th annivers…

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Advice from Virtuoso Violinist Joshua Bell

What would you ask virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell if you had the chance? Last spring, Special Music School students had an amazing opportunity to enjoy a special private performance at SMS High School and receive advice from one of the world’s greatest classical performers. Here are a few examples of what Joshua told them: “Classical music can be relaxing, but…

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ComposerCraft Students Premiere Vivaldi-Inspired Works at Poisson Rouge on Oct 11

Get tickets. On Sunday, October 11 at 6 pm, six middle school composers In Kaufman Music Center’s ComposerCraft program will premiere works inspired by one of the movements from Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto “La Notte” at (le) Poisson Rouge. The pieces were commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble along with four other works by adult composers Brad Balliet…

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NEW PHOTOS! Kaufman Music Center’s 2015 Gala

Kaufman Music Center held it's 2015 Gala on May 19 at The Edison Ballroom in Times Square. The evening included performances by students from Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School and Special Music School as well as Tony winner Jason Robert Brown. Photos by Monika Graff

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2015 Composer Festival: 500 Years of French Composers

Sunday, April 19, 3:30 pm Merkin Concert Hall FREE for Special Music School & Lucy Moses School students & faculty. $10 for the general public Bonjour from Kaufman Music Center! The 2015 Composer Festival will celebrate 500 years of French composers. The concert features nearly 30 extraordinary young performers from Lucy Moses School and Special Music School, who …

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SMS Receives Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award

Sandra Noreen, SMS Dean of Music, and Katie Banucci-Smith, SMS Principal, will attend the 2015 Symposium on Music in Schools at Yale University. Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School (SMS) has been awarded the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. SMS Dean of Music, Sandra Noreen and Principal Katie Banucci-Smith will attend the 2015 Symposium on Music in Sch…

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Remembering Friends of Kaufman Music Center

Veronica Pellitteri, a Special Music School alumna who joined the school in 1997, passed away in October of this year following a car accident. She was 23 years old. A gifted pianist and vocalist, Veronica attended LaGuardia High School and later studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Veronica moved to Italy, where she was born, in 2010. She began attending medical sc…

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