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Community Celebrates Music-Themed Mural at Conservatory Block Party

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

 Associate Director of Programs at ArtsWestchester Sue Abbott,  “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest judge Lynn Honeysett, Mayor of White Plains Thomas Roach, MCW Executive Director Jean Newton, MCW Board President Joel Breitkopf , New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch, student artist Mya Madison Davis of Pelham, student artist Emma Farley, and student artist Ciara Sergi celebrate the ribbon cutting for the music-themed mural painted on its building at the Mural Unveiling Party.

Sunday, September 30th was a beautiful, sunny day for music and art! The Music Conservatory of Westchester invited the entire Westchester County community to a Mural Unveiling Party to celebrate the painting of a music-themed mural on the nonprofit music school’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Live music, food trucks, and fun family activities drew more than 150 community members to the Music Conservatory’s campus throughout the exciting afternoon event. Click here to see all the photos!

This new public art collaboration between professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch and Westchester County high school students is made possible with support by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funds for the event were donated by TD Bank, with mobile stage equipment and services provided by the City of White Plains.

“Music and art bring people together like nothing else can,” Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton said during the mural presentation at the event. “We are really thrilled to have this opportunity to do this project and paint this beautiful design on our building.”

Fios 1 News Broadcasted the event!

With the painted mural as a bright and vibrant backdrop for the festive event, students of the Conservatory as well as a faculty band showcased their talents in live musical performances, food trucks from around Westchester County were on premises with diverse cuisine, and event attendees of all ages enjoyed free activities and outdoor games. The Music Conservatory also offered a booth for exploring a sample of instruments taught at the music school and event participant Faust Harrison Pianos was on site sharing information about their piano services.

Conservatory Board President Joel Breitkopf, professional artist Jonathan Villoch, City of White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, and New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin joined the Music Conservatory Executive Director in presenting the mural to the community with an address to the event attendees and ribbon cutting ceremony.

Breitkopf explained his initial idea to beautify the Conservatory’s building which started four years ago at a board meeting. “Now it will have an amazing physical presence in the community.”

MCW Board President Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale, professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch, Mayor of White Plains Thomas Roach, and New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin admire the detail in the collaborative mural design with Westchester County students and professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch.

The collaborative mural design was decided through the Conservatory’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest which called upon local Westchester County middle and high school students to submit their artistic vision of what the theme of “multicultural music” means to them. Art experts from Westchester and Manhattan voted to determine the winning design. Mural concepts by Pelham Memorial High School 10th grader Mya Madison Davis and White Plains High School 10th grader Ciara Sergi won the contest in a tie. Emma Farley of New Rochelle, 8th grader at Albert Leonard Middle School and Lucy Schwartzreich of Chappaqua, 12th grader at Horace Greely High School were finalists in the contest.

Student artists Mya Madison Davis, Emma Farley, and Ciara Sergi were in attendance at the Mural Unveiling Party as their talents and creative ideas were celebrated and appreciated by event attendees.

Over the summer, winning students Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi participated in a mural art workshop with professional artist Jonathan Villoch for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the final design together.

“We are very excited to share the mural with you,” Jonathan Villoch said at the mural presentation. “The students really gave it their all. They were here every day, created great ideas, and worked tremendously to complete this project.”

Painters from Mural Painter NYC continue progress on the music-themed mural at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Mayor Thomas Roach emphasized the importance of the arts as a critical element of education for youth in presenting the mural to the community. “I am particularly pleased that we got young people involved. I feel strongly that we need the arts. The arts bring the most out of young people,” he said. “This will not only brighten people’s day, but let people know the wonderful things that are happening inside this building every day.”

“It’s really a great day,” New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said, addressing the crowd, “When you think about the importance of art in all of our lives, it is so incredibly important for all of us. The Conservatory has been that presence in our community for a long time.”

Mural Painter NYC, a group of artists specializing in hand painted murals in the Tri-State area, is currently finishing painting the colorful design on the Music Conservatory of Westchester building’s south-facing wall.

Executive Director Newton added, “This is definitely something people will notice!”

Westchester Arts Organizations Share the Stage to Discuss the ART of College Planning

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Rye-based college planning and academic achievement company Novella Prep will hold a free workshop and Q&A for parents looking to maximize their child’s potential through the arts and get a head start on college planning.  At 6:00pm in the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Recital Hall in White Plains, representatives from several well-established arts organizations in Westchester County will share the stage to offer guidance to parents on how to take advantage of artistic and creative opportunities for their children from the middle school years through the college admissions process.

The program will also be livestreamed via Zoom on Thursday, September 20 starting at 6:30pm. Livestream link is available with digital RSVP to the event.

The focus of the discussion will be how various arts programming ranging from music and visual arts, to theatre and dance can positively impact a child’s development and enhance their college applications. Parents and students in grades 7-12 will gain and understanding of developmental and cognitive benefits of the arts that contribute to academic achievement. The workshop will also integrate insight on how arts participation and enrichment can benefit students applying as any college major.

Participating arts organizations and representatives in attendance will be:

  • Clay Art Center, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Executive Director
  • Music Conservatory of Westchester, Douglas E. Bish, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Faculty
  • Pelham Art Center, Charlotte Mouquin, Executive Director
  • Random Farms Kids’ Theater, Alexis Grausz, Artistic Director
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Shelley Grantham, Executive Director

During the workshop, Novella Prep founder F. Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D. will lead the discussion and Q&A session to follow. There will also be time to speak with representatives from the participating arts organizations one-on-one after the Q&A portion of the workshop. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in grades 7-12 to share and learn from the conversation.

The ART of College Planning: A Workshop and Q&A
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester, Recital Hal
216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
Time: 6:00pm (seating is open), 6:30pm start
Free Admission
RSVP at: goo.gl/forms/w2ca0NzOPsKTNSRu2
Broadcast on Zoom starting at 6:30pm
Questions: Tony DiGiacomo, 914-586-2800, events@novellaprep.com

Join Us for Some Free Family Fun at Our Mural Unveiling Party

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites the entire Westchester County community for a free outdoor Mural Unveiling Party on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1pm-4pm on the Conservatory’s campus at 216 Central Avenue in White Plains! The community music school is celebrating the unveiling of the full-scale painted mural designed by local Westchester County students in collaboration with professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch as part of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest. This will be a family-friendly afternoon event with food trucks, live music, face-painting, outdoor activities, and more!

“We are very excited to unveil the finished mural, celebrate and share it with the entire community,” Executive Director Jean Newton said. “It is a thrill to bring art and music together for such a festive event.”

The mural will be unveiled to the community at 2pm with community leaders in attendance and the support of local sponsors Faust Harrison Pianos and Thomson’s Art Supply. Cuisine from a variety of local mobile food vendors as well as live music performed by Conservatory students and faculty, outdoor games and fun activities will entertain attendees of all ages throughout the party.

The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artistic youth in Westchester County to create their vision of what the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music” means to them in a large-scale mural form. Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains.

“This mural project will reflect the Conservatory’s wonderful musical community, the rich diversity of our greater Westchester community, and the vital role music plays in all our lives,” Newton added.

Over the summer, the winning students participated in a week-long collaborative mural art workshop led by Cuban American artist and New York City-based art educator Jonathan Villoch, to develop the final design based on the students’ artwork. Elements of artwork submissions by the contest finalists will also be incorporated into the mural design. In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, two students were chosen as winners of the contest.


Winning students Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader from Pelham Memorial High School and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader from White Plains High School, collaborate with mural artist and workshop mentor, Jonathan Villoch, on the final mural design.

“I was happy to nurture the artwork that these students put so much effort into creating,” Jonathan Villoch said. “We will have to wait and see the final painted mural.”

Recently, the City of White Plains has embraced public art projects in the community representing the vibrant diversity of the city and Westchester County. White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach mentioned in a public statement that this community public art project will “not only beautify the city; it will also benefit an important community partner, which is the Conservatory.”

Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, September 30th for an exciting mural unveiling and fun outdoor community party to celebrate how art and music bring people together like nothing else! In the event of inclement weather, the Mural Unveiling Party will have a rain date on Sunday, October 7th from 1pm-4pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

Mural Unveiling Party
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018)
Time: 1-4pm
Free Admission
Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606


Suzuki Fall Open Houses - Registration is Open!

Monday, July 23, 2018


Discover your child’s musical potential this fall! The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites prospective students ages 4 and up, and their families to explore and learn about the comprehensive Suzuki music training philosophy at upcoming Saturday Open Houses on September 15th and 22nd.

Voted Best of Westchester’s ‘Best Music School’ for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), the Music Conservatory’s Suzuki Open Houses start at 9:30 AM with open parent education classes, include an open ‘play down’ with Suzuki students, and time for questions and answers.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Suzuki program offers instruction in violin, cello or piano for students ages 4 and up, focusing on the philosophy that “Every Child Can” learn to play an instrument. Suzuki approach is based on an equal triangle of support and cooperation between the student, teacher, and parents. Our highly qualified Suzuki teachers train young musicians to become skilled instrumentalists, performers and ensemble players, while developing their motor skills and focusing ability.

Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester at our 216 Central Avenue location in White Plains for Suzuki Open House events in September! Registration is open – enroll now!

Suzuki Open Houses on Saturday, September 15 and Saturday, September 22:

  • 9:30-10:15 AM Open Parent Education Class
  • 10:15-11:00 AM Open Parent Education Class
  • 10:15-11:00 AM Suzuki Student ‘Play Down’
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Open House

Fall Open Houses at the Best Music School in Westchester!

Friday, July 20, 2018


Music Conservatory of Westchester, voted Best of Westchester’s ‘Best Music School’ for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018), invites prospective students and their families to attend and participate in its Open Houses introducing its updated roster of classes in September! Explore music classes that appeal to toddlers, children, teens, and adults – open for Registration now!

The Conservatory is grounded in time-honored musical values with innovative programming for today’s students, including our very youngest. A new elementary Guitar Program for students as young as age 4 imparts the musical foundations to pursue more advanced studies in classical, rock, Latin, or jazz guitar, and prepares them to join a variety of bands and ensembles.

On Saturdays and Sundays, a new sequential First Notes curriculum will start musical exploration at age 3 months. Parents will see their children engaged in fun learning activities, gaining new skills at each level. The curriculum will seamlessly progress to our Music Skills and Theory classes.

Starting in the upper elementary grades, the Conservatory prepares students for NYSSMA auditions, music competitions, performing in school ensembles and productions, and gearing up for college. For advanced high school students, the Conservatory offers an Honors Program with a pre-college curriculum. Graduation from the Honors Program is a highly-regarded component of students’ college applications, regardless of their future career plans.

The Music Conservatory has also developed unique programming just for Adults ages 18 through 80+. Adult music theory classes are offered in sections for absolute beginners through experienced students using a flexible learning approach. In addition to private lessons, group piano and guitar classes, piano partners, women’s vocal ensemble and chamber ensembles create a fun, social atmosphere for adult music students to learn and master their instruments.

As part of our inclusive musical community, the Conservatory provides numerous performance opportunities throughout the year for students of all ages. With more than 80 expertly qualified faculty of professional musicians with exceptional academic and performance credentials in their specialized instruments, the Music Conservatory of Westchester truly offers the ‘Best of Westchester’!

Join us at Open Houses at our 216 Central Avenue location in White Plains on:
  • Tuesday, September 4 (6:00-7:30 PM) CANCELED
  • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
  • Monday, September 17 (5:00-7:00 PM)
See us on Saturday, September 15 and September 22 at 9:30 AM for our Suzuki Open Houses!

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606



Visualizing Music at the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest Press Conference

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Music Conservatory of Westchester celebrated the artistic talent in our community with the local press. Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School are the winners of the Conservatory’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest in which their artwork submissions will be adapted into a mural representing “Multi-Cultural Music” painted on the south-facing exterior wall of the Conservatory’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains.

In addition to the two winners, the following guests were also in attendance:
  • Jean Newton, Executive Director of the Music Conservatory of Westchester
  • Lynn Honeysett, former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Mayor Thomas Roach of White Plains
  • Kimberlyn McKoy, Gallery Associate at ArtsWestchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, New York State Assemblymember of the 88th District
  • Andrea Taber, Music Conservatory of Westchester Board Member
  • Jonathan Villoch, Professional Mural Artist

Jean Newton explained in her introduction that this mural project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“This project makes it able to visualize what we do within these walls every day at the Conservatory,” Newton said.

All of the art expert and community leader guests spoke about their appreciation for the arts and how as 9th graders, these winning artist students are already off to a great start.

Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi were awarded certificates of artistic achievement as well as art supplies packages as prizes from Thomson’s Art and Frame Inc. in White Plains. Contest finalists Emma Farley and Lucy Schwartzreich were unable to attend. All four students are invited to participate in a mural art workshop led by Jonathan Villoch to collaborate on the final mural design.

“This would be a taste of what it’s like to work in an artist’s studio,” he said of this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young artists.

Both winning students said they got help creating their artwork in different ways. Mya Madison Davis said that her art teacher at Pelham Memorial High School helped her figure out how to lay out her mural design and decide which materials to use. Ciara Sergi shared that she did a lot of online research about world music and musical instruments for inspiration in creating her contest artwork entry.

“These works of art can unify the community from the street,” former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center and contest judge, Lynn Honeysett, explained how the winning artwork truly represented the theme in unique ways as mural concepts that will be seen on a large scale.

Click to see the winning pieces of art!

The final mural will be unveiled on Sunday, September 30 in a block party celebration open to the public with live music, food trucks, and family activities on the Conservatory’s grounds.

As White Plains and Westchester County continue to industrialize, Mayor Thomas Roach said that he “love[s] to enjoy art, especially coming upon art.” Finding art in unexpected places, such as a public art mural on the side of the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on a busy street such as Central Avenue, is a special treat for the entire community.

New York State Assemblymember Amy Paulin shared her experience encouraging her daughter’s artistic career endeavors as a professional photographer. “Learn, grow, develop and take your talent to use in either a professional or recreational capacity.”

“I definitely plan on taking more art classes in high school,” contest winner Ciara Sergi said.

ArtsWestchester Gallery Associate, Kimberlyn McKoy expressed some words of advice to the winning students as they continue in their artistic journeys in life wherever that journey takes them. “Hone your skills. Ask questions. And don’t be afraid to be an artist.”

Click here to see more photos of the event!

Announing TWO "Colors of Music" Student Mural Contest Winners

Friday, June 15, 2018

Local Student Artwork to Be Painted As Community Mural in White Plains

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is proud to announce that both Mya Madison Davis, 9th grader at Pelham Memorial High School, and Ciara Sergi, 9th grader at White Plains High School, are winners of the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest!

Numerous entries were submitted by middle and high school students around Westchester County with the hope that their artwork would be chosen as the basis for a mural to be painted on the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Four finalists were selected by an adjudication panel of art experts and creative community leaders from New York City and Westchester County. (To view an album of all the contest entries click here)


"Rainbow Rhapsody" by Mya Madison Davis, Pelham Memorial High School

In a tie, based on scores from all eight members of the adjudication panel, both Mya Madison Davis and Ciara Sergi were chosen as winners of the contest. They will collaborate with professional mural artist, Jonathan Villoch, to adapt their winning designs as a large-scale mural representing the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music.” Runners-up in the contest, Emma Farley of New Rochelle, 7th grader at Albert Leonard Middle School and Lucy Schwartzreich, of Chappaqua, 11th grader at Horace Greely High School will attend a mural art workshop over the summer with all four finalists. A new mural will be developed based on the winners’ designs under Jonathan Villoch’s guidance.

“Giving and getting feedback is so important to collaboration and having an open dialogue is essential for artists to communicate productively on any project,” Mr. Villoch said of this once-in-a-lifetime artistic experience.

Finalists in the contest are (in alphabetical order by last name):
  • Mya Madison Davis, of Pelham, grade 9, Pelham Memorial High School
  • Emma Farley, of New Rochelle, grade 7, Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Lucy Schwartzreich, of Chappaqua, grade 11, Horace Greeley High School
  • Ciara Sergi, of White Plains, grade 9, White Plains High School

Mya Madison Davis described her winning contest submission titled “Rainbow Rhapsody” as, “The bright colors represent diversity of people. The instruments I used are from all over the world. For example, I included a Djembe which is a drum from Africa. I also included a pan flute which originates from Colombia. I also depicted instruments that would not usually go together like a piano and an electric guitar. An important part of my painting is the silhouette of the conductor's arms because it shows everyone from all different cultural backgrounds coming together, united in one harmony, all with a common goal.”

Ciara Sergi described her worldly entry titled “Musical Pangea”: I drew the characteristic instruments from each of the continents as a product of their traditional culture, and used their instruments to depict each continent.”

"Musical Pangea" by Ciara Sergi, White Plains High School

The Music Conservatory of Westchester thanks all of the talented student artist entrants in the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest for their exceptional creative ideas, colors, mediums, and musical and multi-cultural elements that were demonstrated to illustrate the theme.

“Each artist brought his or her creative point of view. Some artists were quite literal in their interpretation; others took the theme to another level of graphic abstraction and conceptualization,” Lynn Honeysett, former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center said of the art entries submitted by local students for the contest. “I appreciated that all the student artists brought heart and soul to their work.”

Submissions for the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, were judged in two rounds by eight panelists with art expertise as well as Westchester County community leaders:

  • Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, Katonah Museum of Art
  • Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Michael Dweck, Treasurer and Board Trustee, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Jimmy Fink, Radio Personality and Producer at 107.1 The Peak
  • Lynn Honeysett, Former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Kimberlyn V. McKoy, Gallery Associate, ArtsWestchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, Assemblymember for the 88th District
  • Jonathan Villoch, Professional Mural Artist, Collaborating Artist for “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest
Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton said, “We are very excited to unveil the finished mural, celebrate and share it with the entire community. Music and art brings people together in a way that nothing else can.”

The Music Conservatory of Westchester will celebrate the unveiling of the final mural on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 with a block party on the Conservatory’s grounds. The entire community is invited to enjoy live music, food trucks, and family fun! The Conservatory encourages all students who entered the contest to attend and share in recognizing their fellow students whose creative vision of the vibrant diversity of Westchester County and beyond will be featured as public art for the community.




Join us for an Immersive Suzuki Open House!

Thursday, May 17, 2018


On Saturday, June 2, the Conservatory will hold an immersive Open House for parents and their children to experience and understand the Suzuki philosophy of music education designed for young students ages 4 and up. The Open House will start at 9:30am with special musical performances from violin and cello Suzuki students on the front steps of the Conservatory, followed by open studio lessons at 11:00am, and a question and answer session at 1:00pm.

Students in the Conservatory’s Suzuki Program study music with the belief that “Every Child Can” encouraging every student’s innate musical talents at an early age. The Suzuki philosophy extends to all ages and abilities, and the Conservatory’s program welcomes students of violin, viola, cello, and piano.

Try the Suzuki Program during the regular school year or over the summer. This summer, the Conservatory is offering a Suzuki Beginner Special for introductory lessons for young beginner students starting at age 4 in sessions from August 6th-10th and/or August 13th-17th.

Come learn about the unique and proven Suzuki philosophy for learning to play a musical instrument on Saturday, June 2 at 9:30am. Give your children the best possible start with music at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, a musical community like no other. Visit musicconservatory.org/suzuki-program for more information.

Celebrating 5 Years of Healing Our Heroes and Honoring Tony Award Winners at 17th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Monday, May 14, 2018

 

For its 17th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will honor both Broadway and our nation’s heroes who have served to protect our freedoms.

On June 25 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY, the not-for-profit White Plains, NY community music school will follow up last year’s record-breaking fundraiser with a Broadway benefit event also celebrating the 5th anniversary of its Healing Our Heroes music therapy program for military veterans. After a day of golf and tennis, Tony Award winners Roger Bart and Randy Graff will represent Broadway’s best as special honorees for each of their 30 years of extensive and impressive work in the performing arts. Clearly, the Music Conservatory of Westchester knows how to organize a “Classic” event worthy of a standing ovation.

Conservatory Board President, founder of the Healing Our Heroes program, and Scarsdale resident Joel Breitkopf said, “We provide scholarships for youth and for military veterans who live and thrive in our community.”

The Music Conservatory of Westchester established the Healing Our Heroes program in 2013 to provide music therapy and related music instruction for U.S. military veterans who are dealing with combat-related injuries both physical and emotional. Veterans in the Healing Our Heroes program receive two years of individual music therapy services at no cost to them with scholarship aid, as well as participation in two weekly drop-in group sessions and Music Sharing Events, enabling veterans to share their music and experiences of life after their service and how music has helped them in the process.

Former Board President and Armonk resident Rodd Berro saw an opportunity to share the amazing proven success of Healing Our Heroes with a wider audience in the form of a documentary film. The Conservatory partnered with Ming Media and its principals, El Sawyer and Jon Kaufman to create feature-length cinematic experience about the program. As Executive Producer of “Healing Our Heroes: The Documentary,” Mr. Berro will present teaser footage from the documentary film to guests at the benefit event. This year, a portion of the proceeds to the Healing Our Heroes program will be dedicated to the documentary project.

“It is especially meaningful to me,” Mr. Berro said of being able to showcase the powerful footage from this film, “that is very close to my heart.”

In addition to celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Healing Our Heroes program, the Conservatory’s 17th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic will honor some Broadway luminaries for their impressive accomplishments in the performing arts, another important cause for the community music school.

Roger Bart will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award at the benefit event. He won the Tony award for his notable portrayal of Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Also known for his performances in The Producers as Carmen Ghia, for which he earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations, and played that role in both the stage and film productions. In his successful career on Broadway, he originated the roles of Harlequin in Triumph of Love, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein and Tony in Disaster!. He can currently be seen on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, opposite fellow Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, and on the new Epix series Graves, starring opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward.

Randy Graff, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for her performance in City of Angels, will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award from the Music Conservatory of Westchester. She received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for her role in A Class Act. Ms. Graff created the role of Fantine in Les Misérables with the original Broadway cast, a distinction of her extensive career. Her other Broadway credits include Fiddler On The Roof, Neil Simon’s Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo with Carol Burnett, Falsettos, High Society, and Grease. She has performed roles at Lincoln Center Theatre and in the renowned Sondheim Festival at The Kennedy Center. Currently on the Musical Theatre faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, she teaches vocal performance to the next generation of Broadway stars.

Unforgettable cabaret performances from three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber will entertain guests throughout the evening award ceremony and dinner. Host of Sirius XM Radio’s On Broadway channel, Christine Pedi, will emcee the event.

At the Annual Golf and Tennis Classic, guests will be serenaded not only by Tony Award-celebrated artists but also by special musical performances from veteran participants in the Healing Our Heroes program.

“Our event is truly a win-win for our guests,” Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton said of this year’s benefit. “They get a day of golf or tennis at a gorgeous club and a fabulous star-studded dinner, all to support a great cause.”

Mr. Breitkopf added, “It is an honor to support the Music Conservatory of Westchester as it touches the lives of thousands of folks in Westchester County every year.”

Proceeds from the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s 17th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic will support its Healing Our Heroes music therapy program benefiting military veterans with combat-related injuries, as well as the school’s Music Therapy Program improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities, and Scholarship Program providing students from financially-deserving families with access to quality music training. To purchase tickets, visit www.mcwevents.org.

Final Chance to Enter the "Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest

Monday, May 07, 2018

 

Art Experts and Prominent Westchester Community Leaders Judge Public Art Opportunity for Teen Students

It’s the final chance for Westchester County teen artists to enter the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest! The contest gives talented local students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with a professional mural artist to create a mural on a public canvas representing the theme of “Multi-Cultural Music.” Students also have the rare chance to have their artwork evaluated by an impressive group of art experts and community leaders from Westchester County and New York City. The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest is open now for submissions from students in grades 7-12 residing in Westchester County, NY through Friday, May 11, 2018.

The “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Conservatory is honored to be a recipient in this nationally competitive award program.

In addition to collaborating professional mural artist Jonathan Villoch, the contest adjudication panel includes:

  • Margaret Adasko, Curator of Education, Katonah Museum of Art
  • Samantha De Tillio, Assistant Curator, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Michael Dweck, Treasurer and Board Trustee, Museum of Arts and Design
  • Jimmy Fink, Radio Personality and Producer at 107.1 The Peak
  • Lynn Honeysett, Former Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center
  • Janet Langsam, CEO of Arts Westchester
  • Amy R. Paulin, Assemblymember for the 88th District

"I am happy to participate in the ‘Colors of Music’ Student Mural Contest to give aspiring artists in Westchester County the opportunity to showcase their talents," said Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale). "All great cultures have at their core a reverence for art in public spaces and the duty to foster the next generation as they explore their talents and means of expression. Westchester County will hopefully be enriched by these artists for a long time to come."

The winner and three runners up will collaborate with Mr. Villoch to create the final mural design. All four original designs will be incorporated into the mural to be painted on the south-facing exterior wall of the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s building on Central Avenue in White Plains. Reflecting the welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant essence of the community music school, the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest gives visual presence to the sounds of music, and encourages students of all backgrounds to share their creativity with the community.

“The contest will hopefully encourage young artists to consider ways that art can facilitate dialogues, and lend a voice to those not always at the center of dominant cultural conversations,” Samantha De Tillio, contest judge and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design said of the greater messages that student contestants can share with their artwork in the “Colors of Music” Student Mural Contest.

This opportunity is open to all eligible residents of Westchester County, and current students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester. Entrants must currently be in grades 7-12. Contest entries will be accepted until Friday, May 11, 2018. Original art submissions will show the student’s interpretation of “Multi-Cultural Music” using a variety of mixed media of the student’s choice. Copyrighted material or images of celebrities will not be allowed. The Conservatory asks that students limit artwork to images of family friendly subject matter.

Winners will be selected in two rounds of judging: Round 1 will be a digital submission round accepted via email. If chosen for Round 2, the original artwork must be mailed or dropped off at the Music Conservatory of Westchester to be considered for winning the contest.

Student entrants must complete and send a submission form signed by their parents and a digital copy of their artwork to ColorsOfMusicContest@gmail.com.

For more information about the contest guidelines and to complete the submission form, visit: www.musicconservatory.org/colorsofmusiccontest

Winners will be announced Friday, June 15, 2018. The finished mural will be unveiled at an outdoor community event on Sunday, September 30, 2018. All are invited to join the Conservatory for live music, food trucks, family fun, and celebrating a public exhibit of youth art reflecting the vibrant diversity of our community.

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