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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

Fall Open Houses at 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 Guitar Program 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) CANCELED
  • 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.

 


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