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Five Things Young Musicians Should Know: Advice from Pianist Aaron Diehl

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 This season, you can catch Kaufman Music Center 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl in Merkin Hall, where the acclaimed pianist will perform preludes by Roland Hanna and J.S. Bach on November 18 and join violinist-composer Curtis Stewart along with Harlem Quartet and Mazz Swift for a premiere of new music on June 1 as part of the Ecstatic…

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Eleonore Oppenheim Joins Kaufman Music Center Team as Face the Music Program Manager

August 22, 2022 Kaufman Music Center welcomes artist and educator Eleonore Oppenheim as Program Manager of Face the Music, its new music program for teens dedicated to music by living composers at Lucy Moses School. As part of her new role, she’ll also help manage the Ensemble Program and coach the Face the Music Ensemble within Special Music School High School (M.…

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$5 Million Gift from the Henry & Elaine Kaufman Foundation Launches Campaign to Double Kaufman Music Center Endowment

June 8, 2022 Key friends have already contributed an additional $2.5 million towards the endowment goal. Make a Gift Today View 2022 Gala photos At its 2022 Spring Gala on June 7, Kaufman Music Center announced a $5 million endowment gift from the Henry and Elaine Kaufman Foundation and launched a campaign to double its current endowment to $20 million. The gift…

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Kaufman Music Center welcomes Dr. Roz Lasker to its Board of Trustees

June 28, 2022 Kaufman Music Center Trustee Dr. Roz Lasker reflects on her new role, and why music is relevant to every sphere in life. “Kaufman Music Center is a place that makes music relevant and meaningful to virtually anyone in New York City.” Dr. Roz Lasker first came to Kaufman Music Center in the early 1950s at the age of three or four. Known then as the…

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Special Music School Middle Schoolers Publish Children’s Book on Composer Florence Price

October 4, 2021 New Children’s Book Tells the Story of Florence Price, the First Black Woman Composer to Have Her Music Performed by a Major American Orchestra The book is featured by NPR, GMA3 and the Kelly Clarkson Show!                    Watch the November 18 Book Launch & Concert HERE!…

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Special Music School High School Musicians Win State Debate Championships

April 22, 2021 There’s no debating that studying music leads to success in many areas! Special Music School High School’s Debate Team shone this month at the 2021 Urban Debate League’s State Championships, where the skills they’ve honed as musicians helped the 2-year-old team defeat more experienced and well-established opponents from across the…

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Meet Sophia Shao, Composer & Special Music School 7th Grader

January 5, 2021 You'll definitely be hearing more about this young songwriter in years to come! Watch composer and Special Music School 7th grader Sophia Shao perform her new song, "Friend," and learn about her inspiring artistic journey so far. Hi! I’m Sophia, and I’m in seventh grade at Special Music School. I’ve been studying piano at SMS since…

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Composer Portrait: Isabella Carucci

“A live performance is so magical – it gives audiences a safe space for digesting emotions and grief, inspiring empathy and motivation.” 17-year-old flutist, composer and Face the Music member Isabella Carucci shares her composition process, her inspiration for writing music, and what she hopes we’ll take away from her new piece, which will be…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces New Board of Trustees Leadership

The Board Elects Orli Shaham, Chair & Shahriar Rafimayeri, President New Trustees Nikki Renée Daniels, Nathalie Joachim and Daniel Kaufman are welcomed to the Board.         Above: Orli Shaham, Shahriar Rafimayeri, Nikki Renée Daniels and Nathalie Joachim On November 11, the Kaufman Music Center (KMC) Board of Trustees voted to elect…

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Announcing the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows

Luna Composition Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming composers” – The New Yorker Meet the Fellows The six teens selected as the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows range in age from 14 to 17 and hail from New York City, Los Angeles and Harrisonburg, VA. They…

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