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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.

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.


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 Well done Benjamin, keep up the amazing work!

Learn from a Master!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Don't miss out on these two amazing opportunities to learn from Masters in their fields. Both classes are free and open to the public and will be held in the Conservatory Recital Hall. Click on photo to zoom in.



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. 

“It takes a village...” 

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


Piano faculty Irena Portenko releases new CD

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Congratulations to MCW piano faculty Irena Portenko. Ms. Portenko will celebrate her “Versus” CD release of Tchaikovsky’s First and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerti with the Ukrainian National Orchestra, making musical offerings with her friends: Sergei Kvitko, Svetlana Gorokhovich, Elisabeth Halliday, Jordan Smith and Nargiza Yusupova.

The CD release will take place Saturday, 11/12/16, with a pre-concert at 7:00pm and Concert at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE for more info and tickets.



MCW Alumnus Jack Coen Composes a Musical!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alumnus Jack Coen, who graduated from the Conservatory 4 years ago, has already made his mark on the music world. For the past four years he has attended Blair School of Music on a full scholarship and graduated this past May.

Jack has accomplished much in his four years of college. Besides many solos and chamber music compositions, he completed a piano concerto, an orchestra piece and a musical. Jack also studied organ and continued piano lessons in college.  As a result, his piano professor, Mr. Craig Nies, has commissioned and premiered a number of Jack's original compositions.

Above is a video of Jack's original documentary and musical named "Folk & Flora." If you would like to read more about Jack's musical click here. Congratulations Jack on this wonderful accomplishment!


MCW Faculty Jaejin Lee will Perform in Hastings-on-Hudson

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 MCW faculty member Jaejin Lee will be performing Saturday, June 4th at the First Reformed Church in Hastings-On-Hudson at 6pm as part of the River Arts Music Tour.

She will be performing with tenor Juan Franco and playing two song cycles by Beethovan and Schumann. For more info click HERE.

MCW Piano students win Gold and Silver

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Students of MCW piano faculty Jaejin Lee performed beautifully in the recent New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) district 4 audition, which took place in May 1st.

Audrey Li, MCW student since 2014, won the Gold award. Anya Kar, MCW student since 2013, and Abigail Tsuji, MCW student since 2012, both won the Silver award. They played in the Winner's Award Recital on May 15 at the Music Conservatory. Take a bow!