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Fred Draper Performing at Hastings' Station Cafe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Conservatory's Fred Draper will be playing at the Hastings' Station Cafe (at the Hastings-on-Hudson train station) Friday, September 19, 7:30-10:30pm. For more details, contact

Piano Faculty Svetlana Gorokhovic releases New CD

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Piano faculty member Svetlana Gorokhovic has just released a new recording, Tempo Trapezio, with cellist Misha Quint on the Blue Griffin label.  The CD features works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Thomas Fortmann, Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert.  New York Concert Review’s Anthony Aibel writes, “Misha Quint has recorded a wonderfully diverse array of works on his new CD, Tempo Trapezio. His pianist, Svetlana Gorokhovich, provides much more than accompaniment, as she interweaves her intermittent solo passages with subtlety and—when called for—real virtuosity. Together, they make an impressive pair.”

Harold Jones to Perform in An Evening of Chamber Music

Friday, September 12, 2014


The Conservatory's Harold Jones will be playing at Saint Peter's Church in NYC on Tuesday, September 16th at 8pm.  For more details on An Evening of Chamber Music, call (212) 866-2545.

Conservatory Starts Off 85th Year With New Programming

Monday, September 01, 2014





Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, will kick off its 85th year on Friday, Sept. 5 with exciting new offerings.  “First Notes” (Primeras Notas) classes, offered in both English and Spanish, give babies and toddlers a wonderful introduction to the world of music with parents accompanying their child as they explore sounds, rhythm and movement in a nurturing environment.   The Conservatory is also introducing a Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by new faculty member and noted jazz artist Ed Fast. Ensemble members will play Rhumba, mambo, Afro Cuban 6/8 and other Latin jazz forms. They will also work with traditional instruments like conga, bongo, timbale, and clave, and explore the concepts of Latin jazz harmony, voicing, bass function, and improvisation. 

A new Songwriting Workshop will be offered for aspiring singer/songwriters, guitarists, pianists or any instrumentalist interested in composing songs.  Group guitar and keyboard classes will be offered for teens and adults. Their Saturday Musical Theatre class for youth will present two full-length productions of musicals for the very first time, and there will be a new Acting for Singers class for teens and adults.  All are welcome daily from Sept. 6-13 for community open house, where prospective students can tour the facility, observe classes and meet faculty.  To learn more about the open house, the fall semester, or to visit the Conservatory at its 216 Central Avenue, White Plains location, contact or call (914) 761-3900. You may also visit them on their new website –

Summer Music & Arts Program

Friday, August 15, 2014


This summer the Conservatory was filled with the sounds of 125 kids ages 4 – 12 having fun with music, art, and theatre in the Summer Music & Arts program.  Each day was filled with instrument classes (strings, winds, piano, guitar), composing original music, singing, arts & crafts, and acting, giving kids a great learning and joyful summer experience.  
All classes were taught by the Music Conservatory’s fabulous faculty, and all the counselors were enthusiastic Conservatory alumni heading to or already in college.  Small instrument classes (no more than 8 kids per teacher) ensured lots of individual attention, and the results were evident in the wonderful performances at the end of each of the three two-week sessions.  Parents proudly gathered to watch their children demonstrate their accomplishments, and each performance was recorded using the video system in the Conservatory’s beautiful Recital Hall.
All in all, it was a summer for kids to gain new skills, make new friends, and simply have a great time.  Everyone agrees they can’t wait for summer 2015!

Friends of Danielle Organization Helps Student Receive Music Therapy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Friends of Danielle, Ltd. is proud to partner with the Music Conservatory of Westchester for the third year in a row to support the Daneille Rinaldi Music Therapy Scholarship Fund in the amount of $2,500. The purpose of the program is to honor the spirit and legacy of Daneille Rinaldi by providing funds for individuals with disabilities and/or catastrophic illness, to receive the benefits of music therapy.  Danielle who valiantly fought Leukemia for seven years, surviving two bone marrow transplants died in 2008.  Matthew, who also survived two bone marrow transplants, is one of the recipients of this generous support.

(Pictured Left-to-Right) Daniel Chillemi from the Friends of Danielle visits with eight-year-old student Matthew Welling, and Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT, director of Onsite Services at the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute.

Music Conservatory of Westchester Receives $6,075 Grant From The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


WHITE PLAINS, NY – (July 22, 2014) – Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, is proud to announce that it has received a $6,075 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 73 grants totaling over $537,550 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,380 grants totaling over $17.6 million since 1999.  

The Conservatory will use the grant for its Music Therapy Institute, which reaches nearly 2,000 children and adults with disabilities each year. Specifically, the school’s licensed therapists will utilize the power of music in working with children with disabilities, including those with paralysis-causing conditions, to help alleviate pain and stress, improve communication and language development, enhance social interaction and emotional expression, and accomplish growth, learning, healing and change.  

 “We are thrilled and honored to be the recipient of a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” said Jean Newton, Executive Director.  “Dana Reeve grew up in Westchester and had a close connection to our community.  In fact, she attended high school in Edgemont where I live and raised my family.  This grant will allow us to bring the joy of music to children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disabilities starting this fall.  Our programs will enrich their lives with music activities that are therapeutic, motivating and educational.”

Donna Valente, Quality of Life Grants Director, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, said, “Giving the gift of independence for individuals living with paralysis is why the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center was created. We are honored to provide these organizations with Quality of Life grants to help make this vision come true for the paralysis community nationwide.”

“The organizations receiving these grants will offer much needed services that will bolster their communities and strengthen the lives of those accessing these critical programs and resources."
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #U59DD000838).  

Broadway Stars Help Conservatory Raise Over $110,000 at Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Tuesday, July 08, 2014