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Remembering Harold Jones

Monday, January 11, 2016


The New York Flute Club will be remembering Harold Jones, a beloved faculty member we lost in January 2015. The club will be honoring him  with a memorial concert on Sunday, January 10 at 5:30pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, NY, New York.

 Many flute players will be performing including Hubert Laws, Mindy Kaufman, Linda Chesis, Pamela Vliek Martchev and more. Click here for more info.

Mikhail Zeiger Premiers his Christmas Composition

Monday, December 21, 2015



Pianist and composer Mikhail Zeiger’s composition “Christmas Song” will be premiered by the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York in Manhattan on Friday, January 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 10 at 4:00pm. For tickets and more information go to:

Cellist Nelly Rocha will Perform in New Year's Concert

Monday, December 21, 2015



Cellist Nelly Rocha will be performing in the "Salute to Vienna" New Year’s Concert at Lincoln Center on January 1 at 2:30pm. Check it out at:

Shop, Look and Listen! The Conservatory Provides Festive Tunes this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 10, 2015


It may have been nearly 60 degrees outside, but within The Westchester in White Plains, there was a clear sense of a winter wonderland. On Dec. 5, Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, provided holiday music on Level 2 overlooking Santa Claus (across from Tourneau and Louis Vuitton). The two-hour concert featured a Conservatory faculty jazz ensemble with Hastings-on-Hudson’s John Lang, New York City’s Nick Biello and White Plains’ Hiroshi Yamazaki. Boris Morocho, a senior at Ossining High School and a Conservatory Honors student who takes private voice lessons, songwriting, AP theory, and sings in the school’s Teen Vocal Ensemble, also performed. Together, the quartet played festive tunes for those shopping for holiday gifts.  

The Conservatory has been providing holiday music at The Westchester for the last three years. This year’s program debuted on Saturday, Nov. 28 with a brass quartet. A “holiday rock” theme will take place this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. featuring Jake Robinson, Dan Asher, Sarah Kervin and Jeremy Goldsmith. The series culminates with a Latin Jazz performance (2:30-4:30 p.m.) on Dec. 19 with faculty members Michael Pallas, Jake Robinson, John Lang and alumnus Zack Berro, along with the Conservatory’s Latin Jazz student ensemble.   For more details on the Conservatory, please visit or contact (914) 761-3900.

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!

          Check out John Lang's Jazz Trio Dec 12th

          Thursday, November 19, 2015


          Check out our very own John Lang on bass and his Jazz Trio featuring pianist Ray Gallon and drummer Thomas Melito. They will be performing on Saturday Dec. 12th at 2pm at the Warner Library for a Friends of the Library Concert.

          Come for a really fun hour of jazz and library books, and stay for the songs of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Lang himself! Click here for more info.

          Our Own Hiroshi Yamazaki Lights up Boscobel for the Holidays

          Wednesday, November 18, 2015

          Make the holidays musical and enjoy Hiroshi Yamazaki's jazz piano performance with The Libby Richman Trio at Boscobel's special event Sparkle, a celebration of the season.

          On Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19 the Libby Richman Jazz Trio will perform holiday classics as well as popular standards. Composer, alto saxophonist Libby Richman leads an ensemble that plays original contemporary jazz. Come and enjoy the music and festivities!

          Click here for tickets and more information

          Music Therapy Institute Recieves a Generous Gift from the ASCAP Foundation

          Wednesday, November 18, 2015

          Lisa Sandagata, the Music Therapy Institute’s Director of the Outreach will receive the ASCAP Foundation Award on December 9th in New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Our partnership with The ASCAP Foundation began 6 years ago. Since that time, they have provided a generous grant to support music therapy programs in Eastchester UFSD. This program enables over 100 students with special learning needs to receive quality music education annually.  Former ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento along with his wife Barbara provide funding for the program.  We are grateful to The ASCAP Foundation for their continued support and encouragement .  If you would like more information on The ASCAP Foundation please go to:

          Mary Lynn Marx Bianco Honors Irena Portenko

          Friday, November 13, 2015

          A generous gift from Mary Bianco, Music Conservatory Trustee, has enabled faculty member Irena Portenko’s students to participate in a series of harpsichord master classes taught by Executive Director Jean Newton, giving them the opportunity to experience the music of Bach and his contemporaries on the original instrument.  “The students are very excited. They are working on touch, technique, understanding the style and preparing assignments that teach them critical listening and creativity,” said Ms. Portenko. 

          Irena and her students are extremely grateful that Mary’s generosity and Jean’s skills and methods allow the students to expand their horizons in their general knowledge and performance practice. The students will perform their pieces on the harpsichord in Ms. Portenko’s class recital this winter.  Thank you so much Mary Bianco!