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Audition for the Westchester Choral Society!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


The Westchester Choral Society—the longest continuously performing chorus in Westchester County—proudly serves as the chorus-in-residence for the Music Conservatory of Westchester. They partner with the Conservatory and rehearse there every week.

The Choral Society is welcoming singers in all voice sections. To schedule a singer-friendly audition, please see Numa Rousseve at one of their Tuesday evening rehearsals or contact him directly at (914) 285–9026.

If you’d prefer to experience the music from the audience, join the Choral Society for their spring concert Sunday, May 19, at the Chapel at Maryknoll in Ossining, New York. The performance will include music of Schubert and Brahms, including Schubert’s Miriam's Song of Triumph and Brahms’ Nänie.

Visit www.westchesterchoralsociety.org for additional information about the Westchester Choral Socity, the concert and how you can be a part of either or both.

Musical Masters Lecture Series for Adult Music Lovers Announced

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 

The Music Conservatory of Westchester announces four in-depth musical experiences as its new Musical Masters lecture series begins on Sundays at 2pm during spring 2019. Open to the public, the Conservatory’s lecture series will include insight from experts Michael Boriskin, Mark Morganelli, Andrew Armstrong, and Elliott Forrest on the topics of Chamber Music, Brazilian Jazz, Musical Storytelling, and Film Music, respectively.

All Musical Masters lecture series events will take place at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606. Tickets for individual lectures are $25 each, available for purchase online. Purchase Tickets

“The Conservatory is really thrilled to offer a different kind of musical opportunity – one that will provide interest and enjoyment for everyone, regardless of whether you’ve ever played an instrument,” Executive Director Jean Newton said.

On Sunday, March 3rd at 2pm, the first of the four lecture presentations, “The World of Chamber Music: Rational (and Irrational) Conversations,” will be led by Michael Boriskin, Artistic & Executive Director of Copland House. An internationally-acclaimed pianist and expert on chamber music, Boriskin will dive into the concept of this genre he describes as “rational people conversing.” He will share his take on the provocative, innovative, and intensely moving musical works written for small instrumental ensembles that inspire these dialogues. With live and recorded performances, his presentation will sample revered classics, lesser-known masterworks, intriguing rarities, and works mixing unusual instrumental combinations, as well as recent pieces that are new benchmarks for coming generations. In a musical adventure, the lecture will explore the span of nearly 250 years of chamber music compositions from Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Messiaen, and much more, discussing the mastery within these conversations both rational and irrational.



Take a musical voyage on Sunday, March 31st to enjoy “Brazilian Jazz: From Samba to American Standards” presented by Artistic Director of Tarrytown’s Jazz Forum and Brazilian Jazz expert Mark Morganelli. Discover the cross-fertilization between Brazilian music, illustrating the genres of bossa nova, samba, and toada, and American Jazz influences, accompanied by Morganelli’s latest recorded work, Brasil! Lecture attendees will also be treated to a live musical performance by trumpeter/flugelhornist Morganelli demonstrating the unconventional, “new wave” rhythms that continue to move music lovers around the world. Compositions by Brazilian Jazz greats Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Claudio Roditi, and Marcos Valle will be played and woven into the vibrant discussion. With more than 30 years of masterful experience with Brazilian Jazz bands, recordings, and performances with international jazz legends, Morganelli’s passion for this unique musical sound extends into this exclusive presentation.

Following those exhilarating experiences will be “Musical Storytelling: The Poetry behind Piano Masterpieces” with acclaimed concert pianist Andrew Armstrong on April 28th, and “Film Music: Groundbreaking Director/Composer Collaborations” with Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster & Producer and WQXR radio host Elliott Forrest on May 19th. Learn more about all four lecture series presentations at www.musicconservatory.org/musical-masters-lecture-series. These exclusive events are not to be missed!


Adult Student Performance Hour & Holiday Party

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Come join us at the Adult Student Performance Hour & Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 4th at 7 PM. Award-winning author Amy Nathan will be joining us for the concert to share her newest book, Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity! You can find out more about Amy Nathan’s books at http://www.amynathanbooks.com/.

Please inquire with your teacher about performing in the concert. All students are invited to attend and support their fellow adult students. Family and friends are invited as well for the concert and the holiday party following the performance. Festivities will include food, drinks, and even a hot chocolate bar!



Inside the Studio Week - Fall Edition

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

We invite and encourage all parents/guardians during Inside the Studio Week to sit-in and observe their student’s private lesson. Parents will also have a chance during the last five to ten minutes of the lesson to talk with the teacher and check-in on their child's progress.

This special week also includes a fall social for Adult Students, and coffee and bagel meetup for parents and families. Come and participate in a week of music!

MON, OCTOBER 22ND - SUN, OCTOBER, 28TH

Parent Coffee & Bagel Social
Saturday, October 27th
Recital Hall, 10am-12pm

Feldenkrais Workshop for Musicians Coming to the Conservatory!

Friday, February 16, 2018

 Feldenkrais for Musicians Workshop

Tuesday, March 13th 4:30-7:30pm

with Dr. Lisa M. Burrell 

(Free and Open to the Public)

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® is a movement-based educational modality created by the late Ukranian-born physicist and Judo master Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais. Musicians, dancers, athletes and other high-level performers have turned to Feldenkrais® in recent years to learn ease and fluidity in refined skills. Smooth, efficient movement yields healthier technique that can help overcome and avoid injury.

In Feldenkrais® lessons we explore patterns of movement that are often unfamiliar and puzzling in order to expand our awareness throughout ourselves, stimulate the development of new neural connections in the brain and allow us to expand our choices for how we think, feel and move. With more options, we can become free of the repetitive patterns that inhibit and injure us.

This freedom often allows people to not only feel better, stronger and more productive, but also can allow for enhanced expressivity, creativity, and communication.

Schedule:

Developmental Moves Workshop (ages 3-5) 4:30-5:00pm
We will explore movement of animals in contra and ipsilateral walking and crawling patterns, games with cross-body patterns, balance, and other age-appropriate movement puzzles. Mini-musicians are in various stages of development of handedness and coordination. This workshop provides a developmental boost for little musicians to explore some of the necessary connections useful in the finer motor skill and rhythmic challenges of playing an instrument. Parents are encouraged to attend!

Coordinating Our Bodies for Instrumental Success (ages 6-8) 5:00-5:45pm
In this workshop we will more advanced movement activities helpful in refining coordination, rhythm, articulation, balance, and posture. We will explore some contralateral and ipsilateral patterns of movement, tongue twisters, and differentiated movements of the eyes, jaw, arms, legs, head, and torso. We will explore activities in sitting, standing, and lying on the floor, so comfortable clothing for easy movement is important. Parents are welcome to attend!

Group Awareness Through Movement Lesson (ages 9 - adults) 5:45-6:30pm
Following a brief description of the Feldenkrais Method and it’s relevance with musicians, we will engage in one of Moshe Feldenkrais’s original Awareness Through Movement sequences. The lesson will be about 35 minutes long and involve lying and sitting on the floor. Please wear comfortable clothing for easy movement and bring a TOWEL or YOGA MAT to lie on.

Feldenkrais Masterclass (all ages) 6:30-7:30
Invited students will perform on their instruments. We will look at ways to apply ideas from the Feldenkrais Method directly to learning and practice with instrument in hand. Work with each student will also allow opportunities for audience participation and questions.

Dr. Lisa Burrell is a violinist, violist, string clinician, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®. She is on the faculty of Lone Star College in Houston, TX, and the summer faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. In addition to performing, she is a regular clinician in the Houston public schools, giving an average of 60 clinics yearly, emphasizing pedagogy that promotes healthy playing through movement-based learning. She sees professional musician clients to prevent and overcome injuries/difficulties associated with neurological issues, repetitive strain, and performance anxiety.

Join Us for a Livestream Masterclass with PubliQuartet

Monday, January 22, 2018


On Saturday, February 10, Associated Chamber Music Players will be holding a Live Stream Chamber Music Masterclass featuring PUBLIQuartet, recipient of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming. The free two-hour masterclass will be held at the National Opera Center in NYC with a multi-camera crew where award-winning, PUBLIQuartet, will be conducting sessions on Astor Piazzola's Oblivion and Prokofiev's Quartet No. 2 (2nd movt). Attendance for the live event in NYC is free, click here to register!

Join your fellow students and musicians at the Music Conservatory of Westchester and experience this unique event together! The Conservatory is inviting anyone interested to view the live stream on Feb 10th from 2:30 - 4:30pm in Rm 203. Participants will be able to submit questions or comments through a live chat feed. Those unable to make it Saturday can still tune into the live stream at home. To find out more information about PUBLIQuartet, how to view and downloading scores go to: prod.acmp.net/acmp.net/live.

Livestream Masterclass Facebook Event

Come Join Chamber Starters for Adult Students!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Interested in playing chamber music with other adult students? Want to expand your musical experience and improve your skills? Are you ready to take on a new challenge and have some fun? Join Chamber Starters for Adult Students!

Starting fall 2017, intermediate to advanced level adult students can sign-up to participate in short-term ensembles of 4-6 weeks. You’ll play alongside other adult instrumental and/or vocal students, matched up for similar musical ability and interests, with coaching from one of our esteemed faculty members. Of course, you are welcome to work with your ensembles on your own as well. An optional performance in one of our Adult Student Performance Hours will cap off your experience.

For questions and more information, please contact Amanda Tabor at Amanda@musiced.org or 914-761-3900 ext. 114.

Adult Student Fall Social

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome (And Welcome Back!) to a brand new school year at the Music Conservatory of Westchester! To kick off the semester, please come join the Adult Student Association on Friday, October 6th at 6:00 PM in Room 200 for an evening of socializing, fun, and best of all, music! Meet up with new and familiar faces at our first adult student event of the year. Please click here to visit our online potluck sign-up if you would like to bring food!

Tango Band Abaddón to Perform at the Conservatory

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Brush up on your tango dance steps! On Friday, October 27, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will host tango band Abaddón for a tango concert at 7:30PM in the Conservatory’s Recital Hall. The event will offer the option to dance or sit while enjoying the live tango music. Refreshments will be included with admission. Tickets are available for purchase online at mcwevents.org for $20 and available at the door for $25.



Abaddón is a sextet of New York City-based musicians with members hailing from Colombia, Argentina, Korea, Guatemala, and the U.S.A., comprised of two bandoneons, two violins, piano, and bass. Band members Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon), David Hodges (bandoneon), Sergio Reyes (violin), Sara Silva (violin), Antonio Boyadjian (piano), and Pablo Lanouguere (bass) play music by well-known tango musicians such as Astor Piazzolla, Raul Garello, Sexteto Mayor, as well as original compositions. Abaddón’s debut album will be released in 2017, featuring six pieces intended to make a statement in the contemporary tango scene. The group performed at the Bronx World Film Festival in 2016, and individually, group members have performed in orchestras and tango groups both domestically and internationally. Abaddón violinist Sara Silva is also on the faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

For more information about this event, contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at adriana@musiced.org or 914-761-3900.

All New Music Theory Class for Adult Students

Friday, June 02, 2017
We are pleased to announce a NEW Music Theory Class for Adult Students starting Fall 2017

Mondays 7:30-8:25 with Dr. David Kim



For the first time in fall semester 2017, a special section of music theory will be offered exclusively for our adult students. Taught by the Conservatory’s esteemed faculty member Dr. David Kim, the class will take a non-traditional approach to the teaching of basic theoretical concepts, putting them in the context of historical developments in music and the world.

The objective of this course is to deepen each student’s fundamental understanding of music theory, essential harmonic principles, and compositional structure, referencing the masterworks of the great composers and ultimately enhancing both the quality of the students’ personal musical performance and their enjoyment and appreciation of music.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office (song@musiced.org) to register for the next school year.



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