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Student Achievements

SMS 10th grade students' new album with Grammy nominee Nathalie Joachim was featured by the BBC's Bill McKenna!

Special Music School 9th grader Ana Isabella España was featured on NPR's From the Top in a performance filmed in Merkin Hall. Watch the episode beginning October 26, 2020.

2020 Special Music School High School Valedictorian Jonah Sposito was featured in the New York Daily News on June 27, 2020. Read the article.

Congratulations to SMS sophomore Serin Park, who was featured on NPR's From the Top on February 10, 2020.

Congratulations to Special Music School High School YoungArts winners!

William Chen (Classical Music/Piano)
Johnathan Orion Miller (Classical Music/Double Bass)
Ana Maria Griffin Morimoto (Writing/Creative Nonfiction)
Benjamin Rubie (Jazz/Violin)

YoungArts' winners are the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Selected from a competitive pool of applications and representing artists from across the country, YoungArts winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for emerging artists in the United States, offering financial, professional and artistic development opportunities over the course of their careers. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. Learn more.


Congratulations to the SMS High School students who were accepted to the 2019 NYSSMA All-State Festival in Rochester, NY on December 3-5!

Johnathan Orion Miller (Double Bass)
Leif Pedersen (Voice)
David Hovanisyan (Tenor Saxophone)
Elisha Jimenez (Mallet Percussion, Alternate)


SMS sophomore Ciana Meyers received Merit Recognition in Poetry in the international writing and art competition, the Book of Kells Creative Competition. At the awards ceremony in the Old Dining Hall of Trinity College Dublin, Ciana's poem was presented and Special Music School was recognized.


SMS junior William Chen won the Music Teachers National Association state competiton (senior group).


SMS senior Satchel Peterson received recognition in Jazz/Guitar from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.