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Meet the New Dean!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Douglas Bish, our new Dean of Students & Faculty, will begin at the Conservatory this Saturday, April 30. He looks forward to meeting our students and families from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm in the main lobby - feel free to stop by to say a quick “hello,” share your Conservatory experience, and ask him about his previous experience and future plans for our institution.

If you’re not here on Saturday, stop by for any of these Meet the Dean opportunities:

Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, Wednesday May 4: 4:30-6:00 pm
Thursday, May 12: 4:30-6:00 pm

Dr. Bish returns to the Conservatory after serving on our faculty from 2006-2011, and has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an academic leader, conductor, clarinetist, educator, author, lecturer, and music clinician. Most recently, he was Dean of the School of Fine, Applied and Communications Arts at the City College of San Francisco. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Music for the Nyack Public Schools. He has conducted professional, amateur, and student orchestras and wind ensembles around the world.

Second Conservatory Student Accepted to Interlochen Arts Camp

Thursday, April 14, 2016


We are pleased to announce that yet another MCW student, Jad Benslimane has been accepted to the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

Jad, age 9, is cello student of Adriana Pera and has been a student at the Conservatory since 2010. Congratulations Jad, have a wonderfully musical summer!

Conservatory Student Performing at Carnegie Hall!

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Congratulations to Sophia Wu, age 8, piano student of Jaejin Lee and MCW student since 2014. Sophia won Second Prize at the Little Mozart Competition!

She will be performing in the winners' concert at Carnegie Hall on May 8th. Well done Sophia!


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


April Suzuki Talks with Suzanne Wagor

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Come join Suzanne Wagor in a series of talks for parents in the Suzuki program (guitar, violin and cello) or any parent considering Suzuki. Topics will include Suzuki philosophy, home practice ideas, the “mother tongue” method of learning music, how to manage the Parent-Teacher-Student triangle.

  • Saturdays in April (except 4/23)
  • Room 218
  • 9:00-10:00am

Honors Student, Boris Morocho, Excels in Singing Competition

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Boris Morocho, voice student in the Conservatory’s Honors Program and a graduating senior this year, placed third in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual competition, Upper High School Men’s Musical Theatre division.  Boris is a voice student of Jeanai LaVita and sings in the Teen Vocal Ensemble directed by Thomas Jamerson.

Morocho was competing with hundreds of students from PA, NJ, DE, WV, Quebec and NY and is now eligible to compete in the national conference this summer. Congratulations Boris!

Join Us for a Free Concert and Hear about the "Story Behind the Music"

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Where: North Castle Public Library
19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk, NY

When: Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm

Listen and learn about famous themes by the great Germanic composers as performed by the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s students and faculty.

Widely recognized pieces by famous German composers, such as Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven, will be performed live along with short presentations discussing the composers, their works, and their far-reaching contributions to art and culture.


Matthew Welling to Perform in "Garden of Dreams" Talent Show

Monday, March 21, 2016


Music Therapy Institute student Matthew Welling has been asked to perform again at this year's Garden of Dreams Talent show at Radio City Musical Hall on Monday April 11th. He will be part of the Alumni Choir that will open the show and perform a song midway through the show, during which he will sing a solo.

This will be an amazing evening and an inspirational experience. There is no cost to attend and you don't even need a ticket, just show up! Congratulations Matthew, break a leg! Click HERE for more info.

Video from Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley

Conservatory to Host Congressional Art Competition

Friday, March 11, 2016


Attention high school students! The Conservatory is hosting Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s Annual Art Competition. The art will be judged at the Conservatory, and the winners will be announced on Monday April 25th at a reception in the Recital Hall.

Submit your work to show off your skills! Click HERE for more info.

Conservatory Suzuki Violin & Cello Students will perform

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


 Suzuki violin and cello students will perform together in a free concert Sunday, March 20th at 3pm at the North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk, NY. Come support our students!