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Faculty Member Dorothy Jonas Releases New CD

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Jonas CD

The Piano Duo of Joshua Pierce and long-time Conservatory faculty member, Dorothy Jonas, have just released a new CD of 20th Century Masterpieces for 2 pianos and orchestra.

The two CD set includes world premiere recordings of Poulenc, Starer, Creston, Berezovsky, Lopatnikoff, Malipiero and Tansman. Distributed by MSR Classics the album can be purchased HERE.

Holocaust Remembrance Concert & Recording, "Cantata for the Children of Terezin"

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


Your donations will help cover the cost of recording fees, hall rental, conductor, orchestra, soloists, Kickstarter fees, etc.

Music of hope and transformation for all. An album of empowerment.

Help us produce a live concert and recording of music that inspires and empowers even the most vulnerable among us. Support Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (composer) & the Music Conservatory of Westchester (presenter) in producing this event.

After traveling to the Czech Republic with a group of students in --- and seeing the artwork and poetry of children imprisoned in the World War II concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter knew she had to set some of these poems to music in order to share the transformative power of music, art and poetry.

Out of about 15,000 children sent to Terezin between 1942-1944, only about 100 and a suitcase filled with poems and artwork survived. Dedicated to all children who suffer and die too soon, this piece is a testament to hope and transformation for all. This powerfully moving piece was composed with the intent to evoke compassion and hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will never happen again.

WHEN:            4 pm, November 1, 2015

WHERE:         Rye, New York (Congregation Emanu-El, 2125 Westchester Ave.)

WHO:             Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (professor emeritus, Manhattanville College)

Music Director and Conductor: Eugene Sirotkine (Music Director, Hudson Valley Singers, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Metroplitan Opera 1999-2008)

Soloist: Jeanne Gerard (soprano)

Children’s Choir: Elm City Girls’ Choir (United Choir School, New Haven, CT)

Choir: Including members of Hudson Valley Singers, Music Conservatory of  Westchester’s Teen Vocal Ensemble and volunteers from throughout the community

Orchestra: New York Metamorphoses Orchestra

Thomas Flippin's Guitar Ensemble "Duo Noire" Featured on cover of Soundboard

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Thomas Flippin’s classical guitar ensemble, Duo Noire, is currently on the cover of the most important classical guitar publication in the world, "Soundboard" and they will be touring China this May. The duo’s newest CD, "Figments," was given a great review on the popular new music blog "I Care if You Listen" See link:

On March 6th the no.1 classical guitar podcast on iTunes, "Classical Guitar Insider with Bret Williams" interviewed Flippin and he will also be giving a featured performance for the President of Julliard this April at an event in NYC. 

Piano Faculty Svetlana Gorokhovic releases New CD

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Piano faculty member Svetlana Gorokhovic has just released a new recording, Tempo Trapezio, with cellist Misha Quint on the Blue Griffin label.  The CD features works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Thomas Fortmann, Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert.  New York Concert Review’s Anthony Aibel writes, “Misha Quint has recorded a wonderfully diverse array of works on his new CD, Tempo Trapezio. His pianist, Svetlana Gorokhovich, provides much more than accompaniment, as she interweaves her intermittent solo passages with subtlety and—when called for—real virtuosity. Together, they make an impressive pair.”