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Music Conservatory to Hold Early Open Houses

Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold four open houses for its Summer Music & Arts program on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 pm
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 6 - 8 pm
The program features a variety of offerings from songwriting to theatre to arts & crafts to dance. This year, the program will add several new components including Blues, Improvisation and Salsa as well as special weeklong workshops in Suzuki violin, cello or guitar and Hip-Hop Composition.

At the respective open house events, parents and their children can meet with staff, discuss their interests, and register before April 19 at an "early bird" rate. This fun program consists of four two-week sessions (parents can choose all or some) with half, full, and extended day options available. For more details, visit www.summeratmcw.org or call (914) 761-3900.

 

"Story of the Piano" Concert Series

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester! Hear pieces by the “rock star” composers of the 18th and 19th centuries - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and more - plus composers who wrote music especially for teaching children. Learn how the piano was invented, and how it became the most popular instrument of all time. Take a peek into the lives of the great piano composers and how they influenced piano builders to make it bigger and better.

Concerts will take place Sat, March 25th, 2:30pm at Ossining Library,  Sat, April 22nd, 2:00pm at New Rochelle Library and Sun, May 14th, 2:00pm (Mother’s Day) at Grinton Will Library in Yonkers. These concerts are supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

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“School of Rock” Broadway Star chats with Port Chester Middle School Students

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

 

On Feb. 2, Port Chester Middle School welcomed Scarsdale resident Rachel Katzke for a Q&A following a 4 p.m. performance of School of Rock at the school’s Archie Jacobs Auditorium.  Katzke, a student at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, spoke to students about her current experience starring in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show. 

Port Chester Middle School is the first school production in the county to take on the Broadway offshoot of the 2003 Jack Black film . Students played electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer, and drum live on stage as well as sing and dance.  

 

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Valhalla Fifth Grader Receives The James Ranti Trumpet Scholarship

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


Trumpet teacher James Ranti was a fixture at the Music Conservatory of Westchester from September, 2002 until his passing this past December. At a memorial service held in January, many former students recounted the dedication and inspiration he gave to countless students over a lifetime of teaching. To celebrate this legacy, the Conservatory has named a scholarship in his honor.

Andrew Paucar, who began studying trumpet at the Conservatory in November, has been named the recipient of The James Ranti Trumpet Scholarship. The Valhalla fifth grader currently takes trumpet lessons with Conservatory faculty member David Hurd. He also takes Elementary Theory, and plays in the Latin Jazz band with his older brother Pablo, a saxophone student.  Andrew attends fifth grade at the Kensico Elementary School in Valhalla.  He is one of more than 80 dedicated students who receive need-based tuition assistance through the Conservatory’s Scholarship Program .  

Caption: (Left) Andrew Paucar stands under a picture of James Ranti (Right) James Ranti of Hartsdale was a fixture at the Conservatory for 15 years.  His wife Juliet Gopoian teaches piano at the organization.

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MCW student's Composition Performed by NY Philharmonic

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A huge congratulations to Benjamin Araujo, MCW piano student of Mikhail Zeiger on the performance of his original composition, "A Postcard from New York City" by The New York Philharmonic.

 

Benjamin, age 14, participates in the Very Young Composers program which enables students from diverse backgrounds to compose music to be performed by Philharmonic musicians through the Composer's Bridge program at David Geffen Hall.

For more information about the program visit nyphil.org/vyc. Well done Benjamin, keep up the amazing work!

New York Classical Quartet Concert

Monday, January 23, 2017

 

THE NEW YORK CLASSICAL QUARTET, Judson Griffin, Margaret Ziemnicka, Marie Daniels and David Bakamjian, with guest artist Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord invites you to their concert "Origins of the String Quartet" which will take place on:

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3PM

The Church of The Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street (between Fifth and Madison Ave.) New York, NY 10016

littlechurch.org

Tickets $30/15 available at our website: nyclassicalquartet.org

If the exact mechanism by which the string quartet emerged as a genre around 1760 remains controversial, even mysterious, a corpus of earlier 18th-century music for four strings — with or without keyboard continuo — can be seen as leading the way. There survive some two dozen excellent 4-part works — variously entitled concerto, sonata, quartetto, quadro, or divertimento — by Telemann, who lived and composed well into the 1760s; while sonatas by Fasch may recall the impassioned cantata writing of J. S. Bach. Richter's Opus 5 quartets, written as early as 5 or 6 years before their publication in 1757, are possibly the first true string quartets. They may predate and certainly cast an interesting light upon Haydn's ten early Divertimenti (Opp. 1 and 2.)

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Vote the Conservatory the "Best Music School" in Westchester

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Here’s an easy election! When you take your time to fill out your picks for Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” poll, please consider us as the best Music School. Your support means everything to us!

Click here: www.westchestermagazine.com

Directions:
1. Go to Westchester Magazine’s “Best of Westchester” site
2. Click on Health/Fun/Services Category
3. Scroll down to “Kids” section
4. Under the “Music School” category fill in for:
Name: “Music Conservatory of Westchester” Town: “White Plains, NY”
5. REMEMBER, you can only submit your ballot once so make sure to fill in any other categories you would like *you are not required to vote in any other categories*
6. Enter email address at bottom of page and click submit
Ballots are live until January 25th at 5pm,
results will be published in the July 2017 issue
of Westchester Magazine.

Learn from a Master!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Don't miss out on these two amazing opportunities to learn from Masters in their fields. Both classes are free and open to the public and will be held in the Conservatory Recital Hall. Click on photo to zoom in.

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Conservatory to Close 2pm Sat. Jan. 7

Saturday, January 07, 2017
Due to the change in the weather forecast, please be advised the Conservatory will close today at 2 p.m. All classes and events after that time will be rescheduled.

Keys to Success: Conservatory Student Sets Record at Fundraising Event

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ailey Ann Simon performed “Silent Night” at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Performathon, a biennial fundraising event in which students perform and compete for prizes by getting family and friends to sponsor them.  In the weeks leading up to the Dec. 10 fundraiser and marathon day of recitals, the nine-year-old piano student from Elmsford was quite vocal in trying to raise enough money to secure the event’s grand prize of a Petrof Upright Piano.

“It takes a village,” Hartsdale’s Marian Richardson said with a smile, noting that her granddaughter was relentless in approaching family members, friends, and parishioners at her church to sponsor her performance.  That hard work eventually paid off - literally. Ailey raised $1,260 – a record in Performathon’s ten year history – and the young girl took home her very first piano. 

“It takes a village...” 

In total, the event, which featured over 200 students performing, netted $6,129. Funds raised will go to the Conservatory’s scholarship program as well as the launch of a new electronic keyboard classroom. Fittingly, young Ailey is a scholarship student. The Conservatory provides tuition assistance on a sliding scale for qualifying youth ages 18 and under. Scholarships are provided for up to 95 percent of tuition (the Conservatory does not provide full scholarships). All scholarship awards are based upon household income, family size, and special financial considerations. Scholarship applications are kept confidential and must be updated yearly.  Save

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