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Orchestra

FACE THE MUSIC AUDITIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON!

Musicians age 12-18 are invited to audition for Face the Music. Fill out the online registration form HERE.
Re-register (current students) or schedule an audition (new students) to join KMC's dynamic teen new music program for the 2020-21 school year. For info, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 212 501 3360. Do you know teen musicians who may be interested? Download a printable flyer HERE.


All Face the Music members play in our Large Ensembles and perform roughly four times a year. Members may also perform in any number of smaller ensembles and also work on music created by their fellow student composer-performers. Face the Music’s ensembles include chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets and mixed chamber-groups.

Chamber orchestra

The chamber orchestra is a fundamental ensemble of Face the Music, undertaking large-scale works and headlining performances for Face the Music’s concert series in acclaimed modern music venues across New York City. Students in the 30-person chamber orchestra learn music at rapid pace as pieces are composed or arranged specifically for the ensemble. Performing works solely by living composers, the orchestra is joined frequently by guest artists in rehearsals and on-stage in concert. The group’s first performance of 2020 featured Grammy-nominated Haitian-American flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim performing selections from her Fanm d’Ayiti. Other recent performances include long-time NYC-based guitarist-composer John King’s String Vectors, Los Angeles composer Sean Friar’s “junk car percussion concerto” Clunker Concerto, and 2019 Rome Prize winning composer Courtney Bryan’s Yet Unheard featuring guest artist Helga Davis. The chamber orchestra is led by conductor David Bloom, founding Co-Artistic Director of Contemporaneous, a 22-member New York-based new music ensemble, and Co-Artistic Director Present Music, Milwaukee’s long-running new music ensemble.