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MCW student's Composition Performed by NY Philharmonic

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A huge congratulations to Benjamin Araujo, MCW piano student of Mikhail Zeiger on the performance of his original composition, "A Postcard from New York City" by The New York Philharmonic.


Benjamin, age 14, participates in the Very Young Composers program which enables students from diverse backgrounds to compose music to be performed by Philharmonic musicians through the Composer's Bridge program at David Geffen Hall.

For more information about the program visit Well done Benjamin, keep up the amazing work!

New York Classical Quartet Concert

Monday, January 23, 2017


THE NEW YORK CLASSICAL QUARTET, Judson Griffin, Margaret Ziemnicka, Marie Daniels and David Bakamjian, with guest artist Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord invites you to their concert "Origins of the String Quartet" which will take place on:

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3PM

The Church of The Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street (between Fifth and Madison Ave.) New York, NY 10016

Tickets $30/15 available at our website:

If the exact mechanism by which the string quartet emerged as a genre around 1760 remains controversial, even mysterious, a corpus of earlier 18th-century music for four strings — with or without keyboard continuo — can be seen as leading the way. There survive some two dozen excellent 4-part works — variously entitled concerto, sonata, quartetto, quadro, or divertimento — by Telemann, who lived and composed well into the 1760s; while sonatas by Fasch may recall the impassioned cantata writing of J. S. Bach. Richter's Opus 5 quartets, written as early as 5 or 6 years before their publication in 1757, are possibly the first true string quartets. They may predate and certainly cast an interesting light upon Haydn's ten early Divertimenti (Opp. 1 and 2.)


Learn from a Master!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Don't miss out on these two amazing opportunities to learn from Masters in their fields. Both classes are free and open to the public and will be held in the Conservatory Recital Hall. Click on photo to zoom in.



The Argus Quartet comes to the Conservatory

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Piano faculty Irena Portenko releases new CD

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Congratulations to MCW piano faculty Irena Portenko. Ms. Portenko will celebrate her “Versus” CD release of Tchaikovsky’s First and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerti with the Ukrainian National Orchestra, making musical offerings with her friends: Sergei Kvitko, Svetlana Gorokhovich, Elisabeth Halliday, Jordan Smith and Nargiza Yusupova.

The CD release will take place Saturday, 11/12/16, with a pre-concert at 7:00pm and Concert at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE for more info and tickets.



MCW Faculty Jaejin Lee will Perform in Hastings-on-Hudson

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 MCW faculty member Jaejin Lee will be performing Saturday, June 4th at the First Reformed Church in Hastings-On-Hudson at 6pm as part of the River Arts Music Tour.

She will be performing with tenor Juan Franco and playing two song cycles by Beethovan and Schumann. For more info click HERE.

Conservatory Student will Perform with Chappaqua Orchestra

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Sakurako Saimaru, winner of The Chappaqua Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra at their spring concert on Saturday, May 21st, 8:00 pm, at Wallance Auditorium, 480 Bedford Road in Chappaqua. 

The program will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Coriolan Overture. The Conservatory was a sponsor of the Concerto Competition this year.  Our newest faculty member Enid Press (clarinet) plays with the orchestra, and Conservatory student Joe Konno won second place in the competition. 

Tickets are available at or

Conservatory Student Performing at Carnegie Hall!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Congratulations to Sophia Wu, age 8, piano student of Jaejin Lee and MCW student since 2014. Sophia won Second Prize at the Little Mozart Competition!

She will be performing in the winners' concert at Carnegie Hall on May 8th. Well done Sophia!


Set Your Mother’s Day to Music

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Music Conservatory of Westchester is giving the gift of music this Mother’s Day with a free family concert! Suzuki violin and cello students will perform “A Musical Mother’s Day” – with Germanic folk songs from the Suzuki repertoire as well as tunes from the great Germanic composers. 

The students will be led by the Conservatory’s Suzuki Violin Coordinator Suzanne Wagor and Suzuki cello teacher Nelly Rocha.  Audiences will be introduced to the Suzuki method of instruction for young children pioneered by Japanese violinist and educator Sinichi Suzuki.  For more information, contact

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road in Elmsford
 Sunday, May 8th, 2:00pm


Alumnus Jun Luke Foster will perform at The Julliard School

Monday, April 04, 2016


Pianist Jun Luke Foster, a candidate for the Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School and a 2010 graduate of the Conservatory’s Honors Program, will perform his graduation recital at Juilliard’s Paul Hall on Wednesday, April 27th at 8:00 pm

Jun Luke, who earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University, was a student of Svetlana Gorokhovich during his nine years at the Conservatory.  The recital is free and open to the public.