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. 859), a NYC public school that provides an intensive music program during the school day at no cost to students.
“I am excited about this role because it enables me to interact with students, faculty and the greater community all at once,” says Eleonore. “At Kaufman Music Center, the breadth of programming and variety of options for young music students is unmatched. There is something for every kind of kid, particularly the ones (like me!) who don’t want to, and shouldn’t have to, do only one kind of thing or play one kind of style in perpetuity. I love that they can experiment and develop into well-rounded musicians in a supportive and nurturing environment.”
Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Kate Sheeran says, “A force in the music world as well as a distinguished educator who has already spent time performing, teaching and coaching in many Kaufman Music Center programs, Eleonore Oppenheim is well-equipped to bring Face the Music into the next season and beyond. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team.”
Eleonore Oppenheim is a genre-surfing musical polyglot. Her current projects include big dog little dog (a duo with composer/violinist Jessie Montgomery), an acoustic trio with art-pop auteur Glasser and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Lee, and the avant folk-jazz supergroup the Hands Free (with James Moore, Caroline Shaw and Nathan Koci), among others. Eleonore has an exciting repertoire of commissioned solo pieces and has also worked with established composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Meredith Monk, in composer-led ensembles like Missy Mazzoli’s all-star band Victoire and Florent Ghys’s low strings and drums powerhouse Bonjour, and with many other artists from the indie rock, jazz, and folk worlds. She writes and arranges for all of the aforementioned groups and has established herself as a go-to chamber musician, soloist, improviser, recording artist and large ensemble player. She was also a member of Daniel Fish’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! off- and on Broadway. Eleonore is an alumna of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and Stony Brook University.