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Holocaust Remembrance Concert & Recording, "Cantata for the Children of Terezin"

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


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Music of hope and transformation for all. An album of empowerment.

Help us produce a live concert and recording of music that inspires and empowers even the most vulnerable among us. Support Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (composer) & the Music Conservatory of Westchester (presenter) in producing this event.

After traveling to the Czech Republic with a group of students in --- and seeing the artwork and poetry of children imprisoned in the World War II concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter knew she had to set some of these poems to music in order to share the transformative power of music, art and poetry.

Out of about 15,000 children sent to Terezin between 1942-1944, only about 100 and a suitcase filled with poems and artwork survived. Dedicated to all children who suffer and die too soon, this piece is a testament to hope and transformation for all. This powerfully moving piece was composed with the intent to evoke compassion and hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will never happen again.

WHEN:            4 pm, November 1, 2015

WHERE:         Rye, New York (Congregation Emanu-El, 2125 Westchester Ave.)

WHO:             Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (professor emeritus, Manhattanville College)

Music Director and Conductor: Eugene Sirotkine (Music Director, Hudson Valley Singers, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Metroplitan Opera 1999-2008)

Soloist: Jeanne Gerard (soprano)

Children’s Choir: Elm City Girls’ Choir (United Choir School, New Haven, CT)

Choir: Including members of Hudson Valley Singers, Music Conservatory of  Westchester’s Teen Vocal Ensemble and volunteers from throughout the community

Orchestra: New York Metamorphoses Orchestra

Music Conservatory Hits Home Run with its Golf & Tennis Classic

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

“Most Successful” Event Honored Mariano and Clara Rivera and Conservatory Veterans

Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, raised $150,000 with its 14th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic held Monday, June 29 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Overall, nearly 230 people attended at least one part of the event, which included a day of golf and tennis, and a celebratory awards dinner. Honored were future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera and his wife Clara Rivera, longtime Conservatory trustee Robert Heath of Armonk, and Conservatory faculty member Dorothy Jonas of White Plains.

“On so many levels, it was a once in a lifetime event,” said Rodd Berro, president of the board of trustees. Berro, a longtime Armonk resident added, “This was our most successful Golf and Tennis Classic ever.”

The Riveras received the Conservatory’s Community Vision Award for their outstanding philanthropic work - specifically for their rehabilitation and restoration of a New Rochelle church, which now houses a vibrant congregation where music plays an important role. Former teammate and previous Community Vision recipient Bernie Williams presented the award. The evening also introduced the first two children to receive the Clara and Mariano Rivera Music Scholarship: Refuge of Hope parishioners Dayna Taylor Garcia and Mia Sarai Suarez.  

“Helping people makes us happy, and we realize the importance of music. We’re thankful for this honor,” Mariano Rivera explained.  


View more photos from the event here

Robert Heath received the Distinguished Leadership Award. A successful entrepreneur, he is also a serious pianist who studies at the Conservatory with Svetlana Gorokovich of White Plains.

Dorothy Jonas was honored with the Conservatory’s Lifetime Achievement Award in celebration of her 50 years of teaching piano at the school. She joined the faculty in 1965 and additionally had a major international concert career.

Following the presentations, Broadway stars Lena Hall (2014 Tony Award Winner - Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Nick Cordero (2014 Tony Award Nominee – Bullets Over Broadway), and Constantine Maroulis (2009 Tony Award Nominee - Rock of Ages) paid tribute to the honorees with a musical revue.

Proceeds from the 2015 Classic raised funds for the Conservatory’s Scholarship Program, enabling deserving students to make their musical dreams come true. Your support will help provide need-based tuition  assistance for aspiring young students to enroll in the school’s comprehensive program of music instruction, and for special needs students to take music therapy or adapted instruction. Full scholarships are also provided for U.S. military veterans through our Healing Our Heroes program.

Attendee Portal: Meet and Greet Photos

Photos by Nina Kruse/Pinsky Studio


The La Vita Duo will Perform at Music and Film Festival

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The La Vita Duo (created by Jeanai and Giacomo La Vita) is currently performing in the Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival Baruch Performing Arts Center (Engelman Recital Hall) in Manhattan. The festival has an environmental theme and the duo will be performing before the screening of a film about the pollution and protection of the Amazon river in Ecuador: performing music in Portuguese (Vill-Lobos) and Spanish (De Falla.) The next performance is March 29th at 3pm for more information and tickets please visit:

Diana Golden Performing in "An Eclectic Journey" at Conservatory

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The Conservatory's Diana Golden will be among the performers in An Eclectic Journey from Bach to Piazzolla at the Music Conservatory's Recital Hall Saturday, September 27th at 3:30pm. The FREE concert will be repeated in New York City two days later.

For more information on Saturday's performance, click here. For more information on the NYC performance, click here.

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

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.

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

Tuesday, July 08, 2014