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Enter to Win tickets to the Cliburn Piano Competition Live on the Big Screen

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition


June 10th at 1:00pm 


Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world's best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time in its history, the seventeen day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

The Boston Globe once called The Cliburn “a cross between the Miss America Pageant, the Olympic Games, the Academy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.” 

Don't miss the stunning conclusion of this major American cultural event LIVE in select cinemas nationwide. Plus, catch an exclusive interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and other classical music VIPs


Jazz Jam and Workshop

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 22nd 6:30pm - Thursday will be a jazz workshop and presentation at the Conservatory, followed by a jam session for any interested players.

Hosted by the MCW Faculty Quartet in the conservatory’s Stadther Recital Hall, the workshop will discuss improvisation and the impact of Michael Brecker on jazz and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.



Healing our Heroes Holiday Music Sharing Event

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Save the date for a special Holiday performance from the military veterans of our Healing our Heroes Music Therapy program. It will be held Saturday, Dec 5th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in room 200 (upstairs from lobby). Make the holidays memorable and support our veterans with this festive event!

Music Conservatory Continues to Honor Our Heroes

Monday, November 09, 2015


Photo by Nina Kruse/Pinsky Photo

 82-year-old US Army veteran, Samuel Wansley performed at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s recent Jazz Brunch at Larchmont Shore Club. Samuel, who served as a combat engineer in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, is one of the recipients of the Conservatory’s “Healing Our Heroes” Scholarships for veterans. The program was instituted in 2013, by Board Member Joel Breitkopf, to provide US veterans with a full scholarship for two years to receive music therapy at the not-for-profit White Plains music school.

Samuel also participates in a weekly group session where he plays music with other veterans in the program.  Since its inception, the “Healing Our Heroes” program has served 22 veterans in total providing 860 music therapy sessions to four women and 18 men who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan, receiving support for traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain from physical injuries and stress related anxiety.

The program currently has a waiting list of veterans who would like to participate in the program. Last summer, the program was honored by Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett and the Director of Veteran’s Services for Westchester County, Ron Tocci, who proclaimed July 11, 2015 as “Healing Our Heroes” Day. 

For more information on the program, please contact or (914) 761-3900. You may also visit

Not Just For Kids! Conservatory Announces New Adult Scholarship Opportunities

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Hard Rock Café’s motto is “love all, serve all.” Perhaps, the Music Conservatory of Westchester could have the same catchphrase. Expanding on their long-standing “all ages” approach, the White Plains-based not-for-profit community music school recently announced a new adult scholarship program, which will allow tuition assistance to those learners who wanted to fulfill their dreams of playing music but are financially limited. The new scholarships, will be available for all instruments at the start of the Conservatory’s fall semester on Sept. 8, 2015. The scholarships are named after two long-time board members and adult students who initiated the program: Mary L. Bianco of California and Robert Heath of Armonk, NY Scholarships will be offered on a sliding scale of up to 25 percent of tuition to qualifying adult students age 18 to 90. The amount of each scholarship will be based upon individual financial circumstances.

“We want all individuals to learn and enjoy the pleasures of creating music,” said Bianco, an adult learner herself. “This scholarship is for adults who toyed with playing the guitar or piano or other musical instrument when they were a youngster and now want to come back to it or simply take a fresh look at the fun of playing. Come and indulge in your love of music!” On a personal note, Heath offered, “I took piano lessons from the age of six until I was 18. Although I continued my interest in music, I didn’t have time to practice the piano. Thirty years later, I was taking my son for lessons at the Conservatory and realized that I could start taking piano lessons again. I have taken lessons now for 24 years from some amazing teachers.” For more information on our Scholarship programs, visit, call 914 761-3900 or contact “Healing Our Heroes” Music Therapy for Veteran’s at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Stanley Jordan Performs with "Healing our Heroes" Veterans

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The healing power of music was on display at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY on June 25 when four-time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan performed for and jammed with military veterans currently enrolled in the not-for-profit community music school’s Healing Our Heroes program.  The program, which launched in September, provides music therapy and music instruction for veterans in the Tri-state area who have a variety of physical and psychological injuries sustained while on active duty. Scarsdale resident Joel Breitkopf, who was in attendance at the event, is a founding sponsor of the program and was recently elected Vice President of the Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Jordan, who for over a decade has studied and been involved with the practice of music therapy, joined the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute faculty by improvising music and playing songs selected by the veterans enrolled in the program. The jam session took place one day prior to a benefit performance Jordan gave at the Iridium Club in Manhattan alongside Charnett Moffett and Kenwood Dennard who make up the Stanley Jordan Trio. The June 25 event, which took place in the Conservatory’s recital hall, was a private event attended by the veterans and their families. To donate to Healing Our Heroes or for more information, contact us.