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Join Us for Some Free Family Fun at Our Mural Unveiling Party

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites the entire Westchester County community for a free outdoor Mural Unveiling Party on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1pm-4pm on the Conservatory’s campus at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains! The community music school is celebrating the unveiling of the full-scale painted mural designed by local Westchester County students in collaboration with professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch as part of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest. This will be a family-friendly afternoon event with food trucks, live music, face-painting, outdoor activities, and more!

“We are very excited to unveil the finished mural, celebrate and share it with the entire community,” Executive Director Jean Newton said. “It is a thrill to bring art and music together for such a festive event.”

The mural will be unveiled to the community at 2pm with community leaders in attendance and the support of local sponsors Faust Harrison Pianos and Thomson’s Art Supply. Cuisine from a variety of local mobile food vendors as well as live music performed by Conservatory students and faculty, outdoor games and fun activities will entertain attendees of all ages throughout the party.

The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artistic youth in Westchester County to create their vision of what the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music” means to them in a large-scale mural form. Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains.

“This mural project will reflect the Conservatory’s wonderful musical community, the rich diversity of our greater Westchester community, and the vital role music plays in all our lives,” Newton added.

Over the summer, the winning students participated in a week-long collaborative mural art workshop led by Cuban American artist and New York City-based art educator Jonathan Villoch, to develop the final design based on the students’ artwork. Elements of artwork submissions by the contest finalists will also be incorporated into the mural design. In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, two students were chosen as winners of the contest.


Winning students Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader from Pelham Memorial High School and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader from White Plains High School, collaborate with mural artist and workshop mentor, Jonathan Villoch, on the final mural design.

“I was happy to nurture the artwork that these students put so much effort into creating,” Jonathan Villoch said. “We will have to wait and see the final painted mural.”

Recently, the City of White Plains has embraced public art projects in the community representing the vibrant diversity of the city and Westchester County. White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach mentioned in a public statement that this community public art project will “not only beautify the city; it will also benefit an important community partner, which is the Conservatory.”

Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, September 30th for an exciting mural unveiling and fun outdoor community party to celebrate how art and music bring people together like nothing else! In the event of inclement weather, the Mural Unveiling Party will have a rain date on Sunday, October 7th from 1pm-4pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Mural Unveiling Party
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018)
Time: 1-4pm
Free Admission
Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606


Suzuki Fall Open Houses - Registration is Open!

Monday, July 23, 2018


Discover your child’s musical potential this fall! The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites prospective students ages 4 and up, and their families to explore and learn about the comprehensive Suzuki music training philosophy at upcoming Saturday Open Houses on September 15th and 22nd.

Voted Best of Westchester’s ‘Best Music School’ for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), the Music Conservatory’s Suzuki Open Houses start at 9:30 AM with open parent education classes, include an open ‘play down’ with Suzuki students, and time for questions and answers.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Suzuki program offers instruction in violin, cello or piano for students ages 4 and up, focusing on the philosophy that “Every Child Can” learn to play an instrument. Suzuki approach is based on an equal triangle of support and cooperation between the student, teacher, and parents. Our highly qualified Suzuki teachers train young musicians to become skilled instrumentalists, performers and ensemble players, while developing their motor skills and focusing ability.

Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester at our 216 Central Avenue location in White Plains for Suzuki Open House events in September! Registration is open – enroll now!

Suzuki Open Houses on Saturday, September 15 and Saturday, September 22:

  • 9:30-10:15 AM Open Parent Education Class
  • 10:15-11:00 AM Open Parent Education Class
  • 10:15-11:00 AM Suzuki Student ‘Play Down’
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Open House

Back to School with the Best Music School in Westchester!

Friday, July 20, 2018


Music Conservatory of Westchester, voted Best of Westchester’s ‘Best Music School’ for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), invites prospective students and their families to attend and participate in its Open Houses introducing its updated roster of classes in September! Explore music classes that appeal to toddlers, children, teens, and adults – open for registration now!

The Conservatory is grounded in time-honored musical values with innovative programming for today’s students, including our very youngest. A new elementary group guitar curriculum for students as young as age 4 imparts the musical foundations to pursue more advanced studies in classical, rock, Latin, or jazz guitar, and prepares them to join a variety of bands and ensembles.

On Saturdays and Sundays, a new sequential First Notes curriculum will start musical exploration at age 3 months. Parents will see their children engaged in fun learning activities, gaining new skills at each level. The curriculum will seamlessly progress to our Music Skills and Theory classes.

Starting in the upper elementary grades, the Conservatory prepares students for NYSSMA auditions, music competitions, performing in school ensembles and productions, and gearing up for college. For advanced high school students, the Conservatory offers an Honors Program with a pre-college curriculum. Graduation from the Honors Program is a highly-regarded component of students’ college applications, regardless of their future career plans.

The Music Conservatory has also developed unique programming just for adults ages 18 through 80+. Adult music theory classes are offered in sections for absolute beginners through experienced students using a flexible learning approach. In addition to private lessons, group piano and guitar classes, piano partners, women’s vocal ensemble and chamber ensembles create a fun, social atmosphere for adult music students to learn and master their instruments.

As part of our inclusive musical community, the Conservatory provides numerous performance opportunities throughout the year for students of all ages. With more than 80 expertly qualified faculty of professional musicians with exceptional academic and performance credentials in their specialized instruments, the Music Conservatory of Westchester truly offers the ‘Best of Westchester’!

Join us at Open Houses at our 216 Central Avenue location in White Plains on:
  • Tuesday, September 4 (6:00-7:30 PM)
  • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
  • Monday, September 17 (5:00-7:00 PM)
See us on Saturday, September 15 and September 22 at 9:30 AM for our Suzuki Open Houses!

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606



Jump-Start Your Child's Success with Music!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

 

Voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), the nonprofit Music Conservatory of Westchester is dedicated to providing the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community, including all ages. The Conservatory offers a full spectrum of quality music instruction for students in the developing stages of growth, starting with its First Notes curriculum for babies and toddlers, and progressing with its Suzuki program and Guitar program for young musicians, all leading toward its Honors Program for high school students preparing for college.

“Music is all around us, virtually everywhere we go, yet most people listen to music without understanding what they are actually hearing,” Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty Dr. Douglas Bish explains. “Children who develop a strong sense of musical concepts from their earliest years have a better chance of growing up with confidence, self-motivation, creativity, and other essential skills.”

The Music Conservatory of Westchester prepares children as young as 3 months old for their future through its First Notes sequence, with three levels of classes to jumpstart your child’s musical understanding: Bravo Babies (3 – 18 months), Toddler Tunes (1 ½ - 2 ½ years), and Preschool Prodigies (3 – 4 years). Children explore musical sounds and rhythms, and learn songs from around the world, attending classes with a parent or caregiver.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Suzuki program offers instruction in violin, cello or piano for students ages 4 and up, focusing on the philosophy that “Every Child Can” learn to play an instrument. Our highly qualified Suzuki teachers train young musicians to become skilled instrumentalists, performers and ensemble players, while developing their motor skills and focusing ability. Our new Guitar Program offers a progressive curriculum on this popular instrument, preparing young students ages 4 and up to specialize in their favorite style of music, whether rock, jazz or classical, when they get to middle school.

Starting in the upper elementary grades, the Conservatory prepares students for NYSSMA auditions, music competitions, performing in school ensembles and productions, and gearing up for college. For high school students, the Conservatory offers an Honors Program with a pre-college curriculum that includes performance, theory, and ensemble participation in addition to instrumental or vocal study. Graduation from the Honors Program is a highly-regarded component of students’ college applications, regardless of their future career plans.

Visit our Fall Open Houses to Find out More!

  • Tuesday, September 4 (6:00-7:30 PM)
  • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
  • Saturday, September 15 (9:30AM - 12:00PM) Suzuki Open House
  • Monday, September 17 (5:00-7:00 PM)
  • Saturday, September 22 (9:30AM -12:00PM) Suzuki Open House
“Our faculty members are selected equally for their accomplishments as performers, and for their teaching expertise, to ensure the Conservatory maintains its reputation for the most nurturing environment for learning,” Dr. Bish says of the Conservatory’s opportunities for quality music training throughout students’ years of development.

Starting your child’s musical journey early is critical for their success as they grow up. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester, you and your child are a part of a musical community like no other. For more information on why studying music is a great choice for you child visit our Why Study Music page!

To enroll for the fall, schedule a meeting with us by completing the online Inquiry Form, Email us or call 914-761-3900.

 

Veterans and Broadway Stars Perform to Raise Funds at Music Conservatory of Westchester Benefit

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Broadway stars joined with Conservatory stars at the stunning, successful 17th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic benefit event for the Music Conservatory of Westchester on June 25th. Pictured from left to right: Board President Joel Breitkopf, performer Kevin Chamberlin, emcee Christine Pedi, honoree Randy Graff, Executive Director Jean Newton, honoree Roger Bart, and performer Christopher Sieber.

Dreams do come true! The Music Conservatory of Westchester raised more than $313,000 in gross proceeds from the White Plains nonprofit’s 17th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic at the Brae Burn Country Club! Monday, June 25 was a beautiful day for golf and tennis, and an incredible evening to honor Tony Award winners Roger Bart and Randy Graff, and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Conservatory’s Healing Our Heroes music therapy program for military veterans.

Conservatory Executive Director and Edgemont resident, Jean Newton said, “It was truly thrilling to see so many generous individuals, and Broadway stars, come out to support our mission of providing the extraordinary benefits of music to everyone in the community. Healing Our Heroes is just one example of how the power of music changes lives. These programs are the heart and soul of the Conservatory.”

 Healing Our Heroes veterans and music therapists rocked the ballroom at Brae Burn Country Club with incredible performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and original song “Pride of America.”

The dinner program began with a warm welcome by Executive Director Jean Newton and Board President, Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale in the country club’s grand ballroom. During this address, all veterans, active duty soldiers, and veteran families were asked to stand as they were thanked for their service. Subsequently, the Healing Our Heroes veterans band was introduced for their soaring performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and an original song, “Pride of America.” Guests were moved by the veterans’ music and a standing ovation honored their performances.

Emcee and host of Sirius XM Radio’s On Broadway station Christine Pedi kept the evening moving seamlessly with hilarious and shockingly accurate-sounding celebrity voice impersonations. She introduced entertaining musical performances by Broadway stars Christopher Sieber and Kevin Chamberlin in the voices of Joan Rivers and Liza Minnelli, respectively. Chamberlin presented long-time friend Roger Bart with the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, followed by a dynamic duet of “Henchmen Are Forgotten” from the musical Triumph of Love.

Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award honoree Roger Bart entertained nearly 300 guests with a dynamic duet of “Henchmen Are Forgotten” from Triumph of Love with friend and Broadway favorite Kevin Chamberlin.

“It was a magical evening,” said Ms. Randy Graff, who was honored with the award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre at the benefit event.

At the end of the evening, Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty, Dr. Douglas Bish introduced honoree Ms. Graff with a sincere speech about the power of music education, and his love of Broadway music. With a true finale, Ms. Graff performed a brilliant rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables, which ended the evening perfectly.

 Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award honoree Randy Graff ended the evening with to a standing ovation-worthy rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables.

Nearly 300 guests came together to support the Conservatory’s signature mission-based programs – Scholarships for financially deserving students, Music Therapy for children and adults with disabilities, and Healing Our Heroes.

Conservatory Students Pitch Perfect with NYSSMA Scores!

Monday, July 09, 2018
 

Practice makes for perfect NYSSMA scores! The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to share the news that more than 25 Conservatory students received perfect scores on their New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) evaluations this year.

Each year, NYSSMA conducts evaluations of student musical achievement from around the state. At the Conservatory, our esteemed faculty members prepare their students for these audition opportunities, which can qualify students for All-State and NYSSMA festival placements. For students entering or in high school, participation in NYSSMA festivals and the Conservatory’s Honors Program are impressive components of a student’s college applications, regardless of their future career plans.

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this highly-regarded musical distinction!

Amariah Leckie (age 12), student of Paula Chan Bing, flute

  • Amariah received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Amariah has been a student at the Conservatory since 2014.

Catherine Stanton (age 15), Patrick Stanton (age 13), and Agustin Otero (age 16), students of Douglas Bish, clarinet

  • Catherine received a score of A for NYSSMA.
  • Patrick received an excellent score for NYSSMA.
  • Agustin received a score of A+ for NYSSMA.
  • Catherine has been a student at the Conservatory since 2008.
  • Patrick has been a student at the Conservatory since 2012.
  • Agustin has been a student at the Conservatory since 2017.

Joshua Casenas (age 11), student of Kate Branch, Suzuki violin

  • Joshua received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Joshua has been a student at the Conservatory since 2014.

Gillian Ho (age 10), Serena Xu, (age 13), and Daniel Zhang (age 13), students of Tatiana Feigin, violin

  • Gillian received perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Gillian has been a student at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Serena received perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Daniel received a perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Serena has been a student at the Conservatory since 2017.
  • Daniel has been a student at the Conservatory since 2016.

Mason Chan (age 7), Benjamin Gutierrez (age 7), Kylee Zhang (age 6), and Aaron Zheng (age 6), students of Song Gonzalez, piano

  • Mason received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Benjamin received a perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Kylee received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Aaron received a perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Mason and Aaron have been students at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Benjamin and Kylee have been students at the Conservatory since 2017.

Kenny Poor, (age 15), student of Christina Khimm, violin

  • Kenny received a perfect score for NYSSMA All State Level 6.
  • Kenny has been a student at the Conservatory since 2013.

Timothy Guida (age 14), student of Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano

  • Timothy won 1st Prize at the Concert Festival International Competition in February and played at Lincoln Center on March 24th.
  • Timothy received a Gold Award at NYSMYA audition.
  • Timothy won 2nd prize and $100 cash award in NYSMTA district 4 Younger Pianists Competition (Senior Division), and played an award concert at Faust Harrison on May 18th.
  • Timothy also won 2nd place in 9-10 Grade Division at the 2018 Washington National Youth    Music Competition.
  • Timothy has been a student at the Conservatory since 2012.

Jad Benslimane (age 11), student of Adriana Pera, cello

  • Jad was accepted into the Advanced String Summer Program at Interlochen this upcoming summer.
  • Jad also received a perfect score for NYSSMA.
  • Jad has been a student at the Conservatory since 2010.

Melissa Wang (age 9), and Tiana Kaga (age 9), students of Mary Elizabeth Poore, voice

  • Both Melissa and Tiana received perfect scores for NYSSMA.
  • Tiana also received First Class Honors on her Royal Conservatory performance exam.
  • Melissa has been a student at the Conservatory since 2014.
  • Tiana has been a student at the Conservatory since 2015.

David Luebbert (age 15), and Ben Wien (age 11), student of Amanda Tabor, horn

  • David received an outstanding NYSSMA score.
  • Ben received First Class Honors with Distinction on his Royal Conservatory performance exam and perfect NYSSMA score.
  • David and Ben have been students at the Conservatory since 2016.

Lev Mizukovski (age 11) and Kevin Dong (age 10), students of Inna Sukonik, piano

  • Lev received special commendations in all areas of his performance exam for the National Guild of Piano Teachers and has been declared a National Winner in the Intermediate Class.
  • Lev has been a student at the Conservatory since 2016.
  • Kevin received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Kevin has been a student at the Conservatory since 2016.

Ramez Marjieh (age 13), student of Suzanne Wagor, Suzuki violin

  • Ramez received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Ramez has been a student at the Conservatory since 2012.

Mekhala Mantravadi (age 14), Meghana Mantravadi (age 10), Melody Wu (age 8), students of Haodong Wu, piano

  • Mekhala received a score of A+ for NYSSMA.
  • Meghana received an excellent score for NYSSMA.
  • Melody received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Mekhala and Meghana have been students at the Conservatory since 2015.
  • Melody has been a student at the Conservatory since 2014.

Tanisha Venkatapur (age 10), student of Renee Guerrero, piano

  • Tanisha received an outstanding score for NYSSMA.
  • Tanisha has been a student at the Conservatory since 2015.

 

Voted Best of Westchester's "Best Music School" AGAIN!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The votes are in! With many thanks to our musical community, the Music Conservatory of Westchester has been voted ‘Best Music School’ of 2018 in Westchester Magazine’s ‘Best of Westchester’ contest!

This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Conservatory has been honored with this title. The Conservatory is proud of its students, faculty, staff, leadership, and Conservatory families who continue to make our school the ‘Best of Westchester’ and we hope to continue that legacy for many years to come.

Thank you to everyone who voted for the Music Conservatory of Westchester and chooses to study music with us as we strive to provide the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community.


Visualizing Music at the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest Press Conference

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Music Conservatory of Westchester celebrated the artistic talent in our community with the local press. Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School are the winners of the Conservatory’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest in which their artwork submissions will be adapted into a mural representing “Multi-Cultural Music” painted on the south-facing exterior wall of the Conservatory’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains.

In addition to the two winners, the following guests were also in attendance:
  • Jean Newton, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester
  • Lynn Honeysett, former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Mayor Thomas Roach of White Plains
  • Kimberlyn McKoy, Gallery Associate at ArtsWestchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, New York State Assemblymember of the 88th District
  • Andrea Taber, Music Conservatory of Westchester Board Member
  • Jonathan Villoch, Professional Mural Artist

Jean Newton explained in her introduction that this mural project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“This project makes it able to visualize what we do within these walls every day at the Conservatory,” Newton said.

All of the art expert and community leader guests spoke about their appreciation for the arts and how as 9th graders, these winning artist students are already off to a great start.

Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi were awarded certificates of artistic achievement as well as art supplies packages as prizes from Thomson’s Art and Frame Inc. in White Plains. Contest finalists Emma Farley and Lucy Schwartzreich were unable to attend. All four students are invited to participate in a mural art workshop led by Jonathan Villoch to collaborate on the final mural design.

“This would be a taste of what it’s like to work in an artist’s studio,” he said of this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young artists.

Both winning students said they got help creating their artwork in different ways. Mya Madison Davis said that her art teacher at Pelham Memorial High School helped her figure out how to lay out her mural design and decide which materials to use. Ciara Sergi shared that she did a lot of online research about world music and musical instruments for inspiration in creating her contest artwork entry.

“These works of art can unify the community from the street,” former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center and contest judge, Lynn Honeysett, explained how the winning artwork truly represented the theme in unique ways as mural concepts that will be seen on a large scale.

Click to see the winning pieces of art!

The final mural will be unveiled on Sunday, September 30 in a block party celebration open to the public with live music, food trucks, and family activities on the Conservatory’s grounds.

As White Plains and Westchester County continue to industrialize, Mayor Thomas Roach said that he “love[s] to enjoy art, especially coming upon art.” Finding art in unexpected places, such as a public art mural on the side of the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on a busy street such as Central Avenue, is a special treat for the entire community.

New York State Assemblymember Amy Paulin shared her experience encouraging her daughter’s artistic career endeavors as a professional photographer. “Learn, grow, develop and take your talent to use in either a professional or recreational capacity.”

“I definitely plan on taking more art classes in high school,” contest winner Ciara Sergi said.

ArtsWestchester Gallery Associate, Kimberlyn McKoy expressed some words of advice to the winning students as they continue in their artistic journeys in life wherever that journey takes them. “Hone your skills. Ask questions. And don’t be afraid to be an artist.”

Click here to see more photos of the event!

Announing TWO "Colors of Music" Student Mural Contest Winners

Friday, June 15, 2018

Local Student Artwork to Be Painted As Community Mural in White Plains

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to announce that both Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School, and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School, are winners of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest!

Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Four finalists were selected by an adjudication panel of art experts and creative community leaders from New York City and Westchester County. (To view an album of all the contest entries click here)


"Rainbow Rhapsody" by Mya Madison Davis, Pelham Memorial High School

In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, both Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi were chosen as winners of the contest. They will collaborate with professional mural artist, Jonathan Villoch, to adapt their winning designs as a large-scale mural representing the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music.” Runners-up in the contest, Emma Farley of New Rochelle, 7th grader at Albert Leonard Middle School and Lucy Schwartzreich, of Chappaqua, 11th grader at Horace Greely High School will attend a mural art workshop over the summer with all four finalists. A new mural will be developed based on the winners’ designs under Jonathan Villoch’s guidance.

“Giving and getting feedback is so important to collaboration and having an open dialogue is essential for artists to communicate productively on any project,” Mr. Villoch said of this once-in-a-lifetime artistic experience.

Finalists in the contest are (in alphabetical order by last name):
  • Mya Madison Davis, of Pelham, grade 9, Pelham Memorial High School
  • Emma Farley, of New Rochelle, grade 7, Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Lucy Schwartzreich, of Chappaqua, grade 11, Horace Greeley High School
  • Ciara Sergi, of White Plains, grade 9, White Plains High School

Mya Madison Davis described her winning contest submission titled “Rainbow Rhapsody” as, “The bright colors represent diversity of people. The instruments I used are from all over the world. For example, I included a Djembe which is a drum from Africa. I also included a pan flute which originates from Colombia. I also depicted instruments that would not usually go together like a piano and an electric guitar. An important part of my painting is the silhouette of the conductor's arms because it shows everyone from all different cultural backgrounds coming together, united in one harmony, all with a common goal.”

Ciara Sergi described her worldly entry titled “Musical Pangea”: I drew the characteristic instruments from each of the continents as a product of their traditional culture, and used their instruments to depict each continent.”

"Musical Pangea" by Ciara Sergi, White Plains High School

The Music Conservatory of Westchester thanks all of the talented student artist entrants in the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest for their exceptional creative ideas, colors, mediums, and musical and multi-cultural elements that were demonstrated to illustrate the theme.

“Each artist brought his or her creative point of view. Some artists were quite literal in their interpretation; others took the theme to another level of graphic abstraction and conceptualization,” Lynn Honeysett, former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center said of the art entries submitted by local students for the contest. “I appreciated that all the student artists brought heart and soul to their work.”

Submissions for the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, were judged in two rounds by eight panelists with art expertise as well as Westchester County community leaders:

  • Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, Katonah Museum of Art
  • Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Michael Dweck, Treasurer and Board Trustee, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Jimmy Fink, Radio Personality and Producer at 107.1 The Peak
  • Lynn Honeysett, Former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Kimberlyn V. McKoy, Gallery Associate, ArtsWestchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, Assemblymember for the 88th District
  • Jonathan Villoch, Professional Mural Artist, Collaborating Artist for “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest
Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton said, “We are very excited to unveil the finished mural, celebrate and share it with the entire community. Music and art brings people together in a way that nothing else can.”

The Music Conservatory of Westchester will celebrate the unveiling of the final mural on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 with a block party on the Conservatory’s grounds. The entire community is invited to enjoy live music, food trucks, and family fun! The Conservatory encourages all students who entered the contest to attend and share in recognizing their fellow students whose creative vision of the vibrant diversity of Westchester County and beyond will be featured as public art for the community.




Conservatory Students Continute to Excel in May!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Thirteen-year-old Conservatory student Marina Varriano stuns the audience with her winning performance at Carnegie Hall on April 29, 2018 at the Golden Key International Music Festival.

May is a Musical Month for Conservatory Students! The Conservatory is proud of its students who have been recognized by the greater music community for their talents and hard work. Several students in our musical community received honors for their musical accomplishments and have had incredible performance opportunities during this month. Congratulations to all of our students who have proved that practice does pay off!

Jad Benslimane, 11 year old cello student of Adriana Pera since 2010, was accepted into the Advanced String Summer Program at Interlochen this upcoming summer and received a perfect score or NYSSMA.

Elizabeth Jones, 13 year old cello student of David Krieger, was awarded the esteemed Grand Prix at the Concert Festival Concerto Competition. A student of both David Krieger, cello, and Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano, since 2011, Elizabeth performed with the Concert Festival Orchestra on May 6, 2018.

Kenny Poor, 15 year old violin student since2013 of Christina Khimm, received a perfect score for NYSSMA All State Level 6.

Ellie Takaki (age 7), David Takaki (age 10), Audrey Li (age 10), and Abigail Tsuji (age 14), piano students of Jaejin Lee won first place by scoring over 95 for their NYSMTA District 4 auditions. They played in an award recital at 2pm on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the Conservatory Recital Hall. Ellie and David have been students at the Conservatory since 2015, Audrey has been a student since 2013, and Abigail since 2011.

Marina Varriano, 13 year old piano student of Laetitia Ruccolo at the Music Conservatory of Westchester since 2014, won at the Golden Key Music Festival and performed at Carnegie Hall on April 29, 2018.

Serena Xu, 13 year old violin student of Tatiana Feigin since 2017, received a perfect score for NYSSMA.

Daniel Zhang, 13 year old violin student of Tatiana Feigin since 2016, received a perfect score for NYSSMA.

Ruimin Zhang, 11 year old piano student of Marina Rozozhina since 2012, won second place in the 2018 New York Competition for Young Artists, and performed at the award recital at Carnegie Hall on May 10, 2018.

Congratulations to our many talented students!



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