The Official Blog of the Music Conservatory of Westchester
We are thrilled to announce that on June 26, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold a star-studded awards ceremony in which it will honor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Darlene Love, and Oscar-nominated star of screen and stage, Chazz Palminteri and his wife Gianna Palminteri. It will also award a longtime member of our board of trustees, Laurence Keiser, for his leadership.
Following the awards presentation, a cabaret performance of Tony Award - celebrated artists will light up the night. This is an event you won't want to miss!
Here are a couple examples of Conservatory students doing amazing things! Congratulations to all!
MCW Student Elizabeth Jones (age 12, student of David Krieger, cello, and Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) has recently won American Fine Arts Festival Competition where she received 1st Prizes in cello and piano.
Elizabeth also became a Grand Prix winner in cello and received 1st Prize in piano at Concert Festival Competition. She will perform at winners concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center this spring. Elizabeth has been a student at MCW since 2011.
MCW Student Timothy Guida (age 13, student of Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) was a Grand Prix winner of NY Concert Festival International competition and will be performing with other winners in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 19th. Timothy has been a student at MCW since 2012. Best of luck Timothy!
MCW Student Jad Benslimane (age 10, student of Adriana Pera, cello) was accepted to the 4-week Advanced String Program at Interlochen this summer. Jad has been a student at MCW since 2010.
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.
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 --- CANCELED
- Tuesday, March 28 from 6 - 8 pm
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.)
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!
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.
- Save the Date for an Amazing Night!
- MCW Students Do Amazing Things!
- Conservatory Included in Westchester Toyota's 22nd Give Back Campaign
- "Story of the Piano" Concert Series
- Music Conservatory to Hold Early Open Houses
- “School of Rock” Broadway Star chats with Port Chester Middle School Students
- Valhalla Fifth Grader Receives The James Ranti Trumpet Scholarship
- MCW student's Composition Performed by NY Philharmonic
- New York Classical Quartet Concert
- Vote the Conservatory the "Best Music School" in Westchester