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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


Free Conservatory Faculty Performance!

Monday, April 04, 2016


A special Conservatory Faculty Recital will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful showroom of Faust Harrison Pianos, right next door to the Conservatory. 

Faculty pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko will perform two piano/four hands works by Bach, Schumann and Strauss. The Classical Quartet, featuring faculty violinists Judson Griffin and Margaret Ziemnicka, will perform works by Haydn. This fabulous concert is free and open to the public – so invite your friends!

This concert is supported by a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, through the Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.


Cindi Hsu's Original Composition featured in Concert Series

Thursday, March 03, 2016


Congratulations to Cindi Hsu (piano and composition) – Ms. Hsu’s original composition, “Three Flower Poems”, for flute and piano will be featured at the Composer’s Voice concert series

  • 3/17 @ 7:30pm, Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Three Flower Poems is inspired by Emily Dickson and William Black’s poems, which reflect Ms. Hsu’s deep appreciation and admiration of both poets’ remarkable understanding of human emotions and feelings
  • More info HERE

Haedong Wu Performs in Free Concert with Yonkers Philharmonic

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Haodong Wu (Piano Faculty) in Concert with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra – Sunday, 2/28 @ 3pm

  • Saunders Trade and Technical High School (183 Palmer Road, Yonkers)
  • Program including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Symphony No. 2, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
  • FREE Concert, Go to for more info.

Performance, Exhibit and Screening, all in one night!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

(Billy Strayhorn)

Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio performs with vocalist Glenda Deavenport – Sunday, 2/21 @ 5pm

  • Piano faculty Hiroshi Yamazaki and his trio will be performing a reception at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of their Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life exhibit.
  • Reception will be preceded by a screening of the documentary Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life @ 3pm. Strayhorn was a composer, arranger and pianist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from the 1940s – 60s.
  • For more information see this article in the New Rochelle Talk.

Heartwarming Dedication and Memory Sharing of Harold Jones

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Yesterday the Music Conservatory had a beautiful dedication ceremony in memory of Harold Jones, a much loved faculty member that passed away last year. A group of our wonderful faculty came together and shared their memories of Harold. Do you have any memories of Harold you would like to share?  

Like Jazz? Then go see John Lang!

Saturday, February 13, 2016


First Name Basis at Bar Thalia - Bassist John Lang hosts some of NYC's best vocalists in a set of swing jazz. Second set is an open session for singers and instrumentalists. 2537 Broadway at 95th St, Thursdays at 9pm. Go stretch your jazz muscles!

Conservatory Students Meet Renowned Violinist

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Music Conservatory of Westchester students were thrilled to meet internationally renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman following his performance at the Westchester County Center on Jan. 30. Pictured behind Mr. Perlman (left to right): cello student Kaseme Leckie, viola student Cen Chen, Executive Director Jean Newton, and adult violin student Harry Bright.  Photo/Kate Koenig

Faculty Performs in Concert for Piano Four-Hands

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Wednesday, February 3, 12:10pm

On Feb 3, our very own faculty members and critically acclaimed pianists Svetlana Gorokhovich and Irena Portenko return with a program of virtuosic works for piano four-hands, including the Ravel Rhapsodie Espagnole, Three Slavonic Dances of Dvorak, and a concert fantasy on the Blue Danube Waltzes. The concert has free admission and will be held at the Grace Church, Downtown Music Program in White Plains, NY. Click here for more info.

This concert is made possible with the generous support of Renate and Cormac Daly in recognition of contributions made to the White Plains community by Roland Barnes and Charlotte Szabo.

A Special time to Honor the Late Harold Jones

Thursday, January 28, 2016


The Music Conservatory of Westchester will honor beloved flute teacher Harold Jones, who passed away last year, with a special dedication and brief performance outside his studio. Harold joined the Conservatory faculty in 1966. His impact as a performer, teacher, colleague, and friend has been wide reaching and unparalleled.

When: Friday, Feb. 12 at noon outside room 204 at the Conservatory, 216 Central Ave. in White Plains, NY