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Valhalla Fifth Grader Receives The James Ranti Trumpet Scholarship

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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.


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.



Music Conservatory Musicians will Perform at The Westchester this Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


While you're shopping this holiday season make sure to stop and appreciate the live music our conservatory musicians will be bringing to you this holiday season at The Westchester in White Plains. Our students and faculty will be performing for the next four Saturdays following Thanksgiving on Level 2 overlooking Santa  across from Tourneau and Louis Vuitton.

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30PM

Brass Quartet: Michael Pallas, John Hasselback, Kate Amrine and Patricia Schmitt

    Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Jazz Ensemble: John Lang, Hiroshi Yamazaki and Nick Biello

      From 2:00 – 2:30PM Student Boris Morocho will sing Spanish Holiday songs

      Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00PM

      Holiday Rock: Jake Robinson, Dan Asher, Sarah Kervin and Jeremy Goldsmith

        Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30PM

        Latin Jazz: Music Conservatory Latin Jazz Students, Michael Pallas, Jake Robinson, John Lang and Zack Berro

        Happy Holidays!

          Meet the New Assistant Dean!

          Saturday, November 21, 2015


          We would like to introduce Amanda Tabor, our new Assistant Dean here at the Music Conservatory. Amanda has taught French horn, Music Theory and Wind Ensemble at the Conservatory since 2013. At the age of 6 she started taking piano lessons and then at 12 years old she began giving private lessons to the children in her neighborhood. In school she started learning the flute but when she graduated to Junior High she switched to the French horn and for her, “that was the instrument that really stuck.” She earned her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, her MA at the University of California, San Diego and then her DMA at SUNY Stony Brook.

          When asked what her favorite part of being the Assistant Dean is she said, “The best part is seeing the students grow as both musicians and people. It’s so great the watch a student perform a piece that would have been beyond their reach last year.” Her favorite piece of music to play is György Ligeti’s Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano. Why? “It was written in 1982 and really pushes the technical limits and capabilities of all the players. There is so much going on in the piece that even though I’ve performed it several times there’s always something more to work on, study and learn.” 

          Come in and congratulate Amanda on her new position as Assistant Dean and perhaps give French horn a try!

          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.