Special Music School News

John Glover Named Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center

The accomplished composer, producer, curator and arts administrator John Glover has been named Director of Artistic Planning at NYC’s Kaufman Music Center. Vice President and Director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's DiMenna Center for Classical Music since 2013, Glover is Artistic Director of the Look+Listen Festival and has produced numerous new music festivals…

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Kaufman Music Center Announces 2019-20 Artists-in-Residence

2019-20 Artists-in-Residence: JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim and Rob Kapilow New Residency Program Puts Acclaimed Artists on Stage and in the Classroom at Kaufman Music Center This fall, Kaufman Music Center will launch a new Artist-in-Residence program that embeds acclaimed, multi-faceted artists who are transforming the music world within a broad range of KMC programs…

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Congratulations to Our Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the young virtuosos at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School who have been winning competitions this spring! And kudos to their wonderful teachers and parents who nurture and support young talent. Pictured above: Sophia Shao. 2019 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION Ana Isabella Espana (grade 7, violin), Honorable Mention Serin Park,…

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Meet Vocalist & Special Music School High School Senior Rehanna Bertram!

As we prepare for our annual Gala, we are proud to share the story of one of the amazing young people who is studying at Kaufman Music Center, thanks to friends like you. Rehanna Bertram is a senior at Special Music School. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, she was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Every day, she commutes two hours each way for…

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Q&A with Caroline Shaw

This spring, the vocalist, violinist, producer and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw is getting to know some of the young musicians at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School (SMS), a New York City public school that teaches music as a core subject. On April 3 she joined students Ciana Meyers and Christina Nelson (pictured with Caroline…

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Jerome L. Greene Foundation Awards $300K Grant to Special Music School High School

The grant will support groundbreaking music programs for teens at a high school offering a new model for 21st century music education. Mentorship & Faculty Entrepreneurship & Leadership Community Engagement Music Technology Private Lessons & Chamber Ensembles Performance Opportunities Kaufman Music Center is pleased to announce that the Jerome L. Greene…

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Q&A with Taj Graves-Parker, Trombonist and Kaufman Music Center Student

“When I was in 3rd grade I knew I wanted to do music for the rest of my life.” At age 17, Taj Graves-Parker is already a seasoned musician who first took up the trombone in third grade. A lifelong Bronx resident and a student at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School (P.S. 859) since 6th grade, she’s now a high school senior juggling homework…

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