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Join Us for a Special Recital for Piano & Strings

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


Please join us for a special Recital for Piano and Strings, Saturday, April 22nd at 3pm in the Recital Hall. Recital is free and open to all!

It will feature music by Brahms, Mozart and Granados performed by Mansoon Han Kim, piano and Suzanne Wagor, viola. Special guests will be Kate Dreyfuss, violin and Nelly Rocha, cello.

Save the Date for an Amazing Night!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


We are thrilled to announce
that on June 26, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will hold a star-studded awards ceremony in which it will honor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Darlene Love, and Oscar-nominated star of screen and stage, Chazz Palminteri and his wife Gianna Palminteri. It will also award a longtime member of our board of trustees, Laurence Keiser, for his leadership.

Following the awards presentation, a cabaret performance of Tony Award - celebrated artists will light up the night. This is an event you won't want to miss!

MCW Students Do Amazing Things!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Here are a couple examples of Conservatory students doing amazing things! Congratulations to all!

MCW Student Elizabeth Jones (age 12, student of David Krieger, cello, and Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) has recently won American Fine Arts Festival Competition where she received 1st Prizes in cello and piano.

Elizabeth also became a Grand Prix winner in cello and received 1st Prize in piano at Concert Festival Competition. She will perform at winners concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center this spring. Elizabeth has been a student at MCW since 2011.



MCW Student Timothy Guida (age 13, student of Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano) was a Grand Prix winner of NY Concert Festival International competition and will be performing with other winners in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 19th. Timothy has been a student at MCW since 2012. Best of luck Timothy!

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MCW Student Jad Benslimane (age 10, student of Adriana Pera, cello) was accepted to the 4-week Advanced String Program at Interlochen this summer. Jad has been a student at MCW since 2010.

"Story of the Piano" Concert Series

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester! Hear pieces by the “rock star” composers of the 18th and 19th centuries - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and more - plus composers who wrote music especially for teaching children. Learn how the piano was invented, and how it became the most popular instrument of all time. Take a peek into the lives of the great piano composers and how they influenced piano builders to make it bigger and better.

Concerts will take place Sat, March 25th, 2:30pm at Ossining Library,  Sat, April 22nd, 2:00pm at New Rochelle Library and Sun, May 14th, 2:00pm (Mother’s Day) at Grinton Will Library in Yonkers. These concerts are supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, The Rudyard and Emanuella Reimss Fund.

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“School of Rock” Broadway Star chats with Port Chester Middle School Students

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

 

On Feb. 2, Port Chester Middle School welcomed Scarsdale resident Rachel Katzke for a Q&A following a 4 p.m. performance of School of Rock at the school’s Archie Jacobs Auditorium.  Katzke, a student at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, spoke to students about her current experience starring in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show. 

Port Chester Middle School is the first school production in the county to take on the Broadway offshoot of the 2003 Jack Black film . Students played electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer, and drum live on stage as well as sing and dance.  

 

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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 nyphil.org/vyc. 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

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Tickets $30/15 available at our website: nyclassicalquartet.org

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.)

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Keys to Success: Conservatory Student Sets Record at Fundraising Event

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ailey Ann Simon performed “Silent Night” at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Performathon, a biennial fundraising event in which students perform and compete for prizes by getting family and friends to sponsor them.  In the weeks leading up to the Dec. 10 fundraiser and marathon day of recitals, the nine-year-old piano student from Elmsford was quite vocal in trying to raise enough money to secure the event’s grand prize of a Petrof Upright Piano.

“It takes a village,” Hartsdale’s Marian Richardson said with a smile, noting that her granddaughter was relentless in approaching family members, friends, and parishioners at her church to sponsor her performance.  That hard work eventually paid off - literally. Ailey raised $1,260 – a record in Performathon’s ten year history – and the young girl took home her very first piano. 

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In total, the event, which featured over 200 students performing, netted $6,129. Funds raised will go to the Conservatory’s scholarship program as well as the launch of a new electronic keyboard classroom. Fittingly, young Ailey is a scholarship student. The Conservatory provides tuition assistance on a sliding scale for qualifying youth ages 18 and under. Scholarships are provided for up to 95 percent of tuition (the Conservatory does not provide full scholarships). All scholarship awards are based upon household income, family size, and special financial considerations. Scholarship applications are kept confidential and must be updated yearly.  Save

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Audition for the Westchester Choral Society

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

 

The Westchester Choral Society is performing Carmina Burana by Carl Orff as part of its Gala 75th Anniversary Concert. The performance will be Saturday, May 13, 2017,at White Plains Presbyterian Church.

The society is welcoming new members in all voice parts. To schedule an audition, call Numa Rousseve, at 914-285-9026. Rehearsals begin January 17, 2017. For more about the Westchester Choral Society, visit our web site at www.westchesterchoralsociety.org.

 

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Faculty Concert features a German Baroque Repertoire

Monday, November 14, 2016

 

There will be a faculty concert on Wednesday, 11/30 12:10pm at Grace Church (33 Church Street, White Plains).

Judson Griffin (violin, viola), Margaret Ziemnicka (violin, viola), and Jean Newton (harpsichord) will be performing 17th century German Baroque works by Biber, Furcheim, Buxtehude, and Pachelbel.

Fore more info visit: http://www.dtmusic.org/

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