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All New Music Theory Class for Adult Students

Friday, June 02, 2017
We are pleased to announce a NEW Music Theory Class for Adult Students starting Fall 2017

Mondays 7:30-8:25 with Dr. David Kim



For the first time in fall semester 2017, a special section of music theory will be offered exclusively for our adult students. Taught by the Conservatory’s esteemed faculty member Dr. David Kim, the class will take a non-traditional approach to the teaching of basic theoretical concepts, putting them in the context of historical developments in music and the world.

The objective of this course is to deepen each student’s fundamental understanding of music theory, essential harmonic principles, and compositional structure, referencing the masterworks of the great composers and ultimately enhancing both the quality of the students’ personal musical performance and their enjoyment and appreciation of music.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office (song@musiced.org) to register for the next school year.


Congratulations to our NYSSMA All-Stars!

Thursday, June 01, 2017


The following students all achieved a perfect score on their NYSSMA assessments. Congratulations to all our students and their teachers for doing an amazing job this year!

  • Ahonesty Nisbett, 7th grade, piano student of Juliet Gopoian
  • Adrian Pascual, 8th grade, cello student of Tatiana Longo
  • Kohko Kamimura, 6th grade, cello student of Nelly Rocha
  • Tiana Kaga, 3rd grade, voice student of Mary Elizabeth Poore
  • Elise Kang, 4th grade, and Ben Wien, 5th grade, French horn students of Amanda Tabor
  • Dylan Jansky, 9th grade, violin student of Tatiana Feigin
  • Luis-Joshua Casenas, 4th grade, Suzuki violin student of Kate Branch
  • Paul Gschneidner, 9th grade, voice student of Thomas Jamerson
  • Melody Yunong Wu, 1st grade, piano student of Haodong Wu, received a near perfect score
  • Amanda Crewey, 7th grade, cello student of Adriana Pera, received a near perfect score
  • Augustus Cai, 5th grade, trumpet student of David Hurd, received a near perfect score
We are so proud of you!

Enter to Win tickets to the Cliburn Piano Competition Live on the Big Screen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

 

June 10th at 1:00pm 

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS HERE 

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world's best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time in its history, the seventeen day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

The Boston Globe once called The Cliburn “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games, the Academy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.” 

Don't miss the stunning conclusion of this major American cultural event LIVE in select cinemas nationwide. Plus, catch an exclusive interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and other classical music VIPs

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

Conservatory to Celebrate its Own Along with Stars at Golf & Tennis Classic

Monday, May 22, 2017

On June 26, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold a star-studded awards dinner following its 16th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Darlene Love and Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri. Yet, it’s two members within the not-for-profit community music school’s community who arguably might be the biggest stars of the show.

 

Darlene Love

 

Gianna & Chazz Palminteri

Laurence Keiser, who joined the Conservatory’s board in 2000 and currently serves as its Vice President, will receive the White Plains’ organization’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his years of service. “He is incredibly generous in every way, supporting our mission, serving as Vice President, and connecting us to important community resources,” Jean Newton, the organization’s executive director, said.

“My philosophy may differ from that of some of my fellow board members, but we respect each other’s positions for the good of the Conservatory. I greatly respect the talents and dedication of those with whom I work,” Keiser said.

 

Laurence Keiser


And while he's “humbled” by receiving the honor, the White Plains resident stressed “I don’t do what I do for recognition. I do it out of love of music and this institution.”

Speaking of a love of music, Alice Cabral of Hawthorne will also have a big night on June 26. The 12-year-old voice student has shared her love of music with the Conservatory, and has honed her skills there since 2013. She will be the first recipient of the Darlene Love Vocal Scholarship that evening.

“Our Scholarship Program breaks down financial barriers, giving every student a chance to fulfill their musical dreams,” Newton said.  “Alice exemplifies this – she’s a dedicated, talented student and a wonderful young person.  We’re so proud of her.”

 

Alice Cabral


So is Alice’s mom Elsa Cabral.  “It is an honor and a privilege to receive this scholarship under the name of Darlene Love. Alice is a very capable girl, she is persistent and responsible. I always tell her that with hard work, she can make her dreams come true.”

She continued, “I extend my thanks to the Music Conservatory. Thank you very much for believing in her and giving her this great opportunity.”

Keiser and Cabral are part of a big evening for the Conservatory. Love will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her career in the arts. Chazz and wife Gianna will receive the Arts Achievement and Community Leadership Award for their extensive film and theatre credits, charitable work, and arts advocacy.

Performances by Tony-celebrated artists will follow the awards ceremony.  Two-time Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis will emcee and perform along with Tony nominees Robert Cuccioli and Mary Bridget Davies. Tony winner Adriane Lenox will also perform.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s Music Therapy Institute, which provides music programs for those with special needs, its Healing Our Heroes program which provides music therapy for returning military veterans, and its Scholarship program for low-income students.

To purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit www.mcwevents.org. For more information or to schedule an interview with any of the honorees or performers, please contact Jon Chattman at jonchattman@gmail.com.

 

Introducing an ALL NEW Hip-Hop Workshop

Thursday, May 04, 2017
The influence of hip-hop on today’s music is undeniable. Join the Hip-Hop Revolution this summer and learn to write your own music! Classes will include Beat Production, History of Hip-Hop, Lyrical Flow, Composition, Theory & Analysis and more.

This amazing week of Hip-Hop will take place August 14-18th, 9am to 3:30pm and is for middle and high school students. Call 914.761.3900 or email jake@musiced.org for more information.

Join Us for a Spectacular Week of Suzuki!

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Join us for a week of in-depth instruction on Violin, Cello or Guitar using the renowned Suzuki method. Classes include semi-private & group lessons, chamber ensembles, Baroque music, music theory, movement and more! This spectacular week will be from August 7-11th, 9am to 3:30pm and is for grades K – 8.

A Beginner Suzuki Special option is available for ages 4 and up, which will include a semi-private lesson and group class, and will take place between 11am – 12pm or 4pm – 5pm. Go to www.summeratmcw.org or contact Jake Robinson for more information, 914-761-3900 x143, jake@musiced.org.

Mother’s Day Piano Concert

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Join us for a musical Mother's Day. Make her feel special with a concert by the talented piano students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

This free family concert will take place Sunday, May 14th at 2pm at the Grinton Will Public Library, 1500 Central Park Ave in Yonkers. This concert is supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

 

Faculty Concert will be "A Celebration of the Piano"

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Celebrate the piano with our accomplished piano faculty here at the Conservatory at a special concert Friday, May 19th at 7pm.

The concert will feature Svetlana Gorokhovich, Irena Portenko, Mikhail Zeiger, David Kim, Jaejin Lee, and Ming Fong performing works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Haydn.

MCW Faculty John Lang Headlines at Local Restaurant

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


La Chinita Poblana of Irvington has spent its first year captivating the culinary senses - featuring the taste and smells of delicious traditional dishes and drinks prepared fresh by a world-class staff, alongside the sight of modern decor accented by classic paintings by native Mexican artists. It’s no wonder the New York Times and Westchester Magazine praise La Chinita as one of the best mexican restaurants in the region.

And now, Chef Juan Aguilar now sets a new standard in excellence for a different sense. Sound.

La Chinita is proud to present Wine and Jazz Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm, renowned bassist John Lang and some of New York City’s best known jazz musicians will perform perennial favorites from the great American songbook. Special musical guests will add an element of surprise making every Wednesday a unique experience!

Wine lovers will indulge in featured wine specials, music lovers will delight in classic swinging sounds, and everyone will do what they have always done at La Chinita - fall in love with fresh, creative Mexican regional cooking.

Join us every Wednesday to see old friends, make new ones, and indulge in the best food and music Westchester has to offer. Featured musicians, wines and more are online at http://www.chinitapoblanany.com/

You're Invited to Our "Inside the Studio" Week

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
All Music Conservatory Parents are invited to our "Inside the Studio" week, Monday May 8th - Saturday May 13th, during which parents can sit-in and observe their child's private lesson. Parents will also have a chance during the last five to ten minutes of the lesson to talk with the teacher and check-in on their child's progress.




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