We are thrilled to share with your our 2018-19 concert season. Scroll down for more information and to register. Click here for this season’s concert brochure.

Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert

The Gala celebrates the school’s remarkable achievements, while raising critical scholarship funds for children in our community who wish to study music, but whose families lack the financial resources. Join us as we celebrate 35 years of magnificent music education at the Thurnauer School of Music. This year's concert features cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Marika Bournaki and celebrated conductor, Gerard Schwarz, and will honor Karen Reisner and Craig Barnett. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nina Bachrach at 201-408-1406. 


Gerard Schwarz, Conductor


Internationally recognized American conductor Gerard Schwarz is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony and Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival and is currently the Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and Mozart Orchestra of New York. He is also the Music Director of The All-Star Orchestra featured in 16 television programs that have reached over 6 million students. He has had over 300 new works premiered, over 350 recordings in his discography, 14 GRAMMY nominations, 5 Emmy awards, 6 ASCAP Awards, and hundreds of other honors.


Julian Schwarz, Cello


Heralded from a young age as a cellist destined to rank among the greatest of the 21st century, Julian Schwarz’s powerful tone, effortless virtuosity, and extraordinarily large color palate are hallmarks of his style. Mr. Schwarz won first prize in the 2013 Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong and has performed as soloist and recitalist across the United States, China, Mexico, Australia, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. Mr. Schwarz studied at the Academy of Music Northwest, the Lakeside School, the Colburn School, and The Juilliard School of Music.


Marika Bournaki, Piano


Marika Bournaki has appeared as guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Montréal and St. Petersburg, among others, and has performed as solo recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and the world, including Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and South Korea. She tours internationally with duo partner cellist Julian Schwarz, and together won first prize in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo.” Ms. Bournaki is also a member of the Mile-End Trio with Mr. Schwarz and violinist Jeffrey Multer. Marika Bournaki holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School..


The concert will be held at the Bergen County Academy Auditorium in Hackensack.  General admission tickets are $50, Premier tickets are $90, and VIP tickets are $250.  Student tickets are $25.  More information and details regarding ordering tickets to follow. 


Sponsored by Drs. Joan and Alan Handler.


Sun, Feb 10
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Voice Department Winter Recital

Enjoy an evening of music for voice and piano featuring students of Emma Brondolo, Renata Kapilevich and Nadja Ramsay.

Thu, Jan 24
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Chamber Music Series: A Musical Celebration of Black History Month

The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series featuring artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman opens its 26th season with a program "A Musical Celebration of Black History Month" featuring music by Florence Price, Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de St. Georges, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Harry Burleigh, J. Rosamund Johnson, William Grant Still, George Walker, and Margaret Bonds and lyrics by Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson.   With guest artists Jasmine Wilson, mezzo-soprano; Doori Na, violin; Melissa Reardson, viola;Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Thomas Sauer, piano.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.  



Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The trio has performed across the United States, India, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and records for Bridge Records.  For eleven seasons, as a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, he performed around the world.  Mr. Ramakrishnan is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and is on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.


Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. As a member of the Ensō String Quartet since 2006, Melissa has toured both nationally and internationally.  (This is the final season for the quartet, with its last performances scheduled for the summer of 2018.) Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and is a sought-after collaborative musician. 


Jasmine Wilson is an American vocalist, poet, and educator based in New York.  She trained in classical vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also hosted and produced several Canadian radio programs. She has also taught music and English as a Second Language in France and Canada. Jasmine enjoys combining her international experience in music and media production into thoughtful educational exchanges in the arts.  In New York, Jasmine regularly performs classical works by underrepresented female composers and composers of color as a vocalist with The Dream Unfinished (TDU), an activist orchestra. Through TDU, she has collaborated with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the DiMenna Center. Internationally, Jasmine has appeared with Canadian funk/R&B bands What It Is, the Morphtet, Freak Motif, and Kalmunity.  While in Montreal, Jasmine hosted SOUL PERSPECTIVES on CKUT 90.3 FM, as well as produced multiple radio programs for CJAD 800 Radio and the Kelly Alexander Show. She currently is a Community Engagement Specialist at New York's PBS Station, WNET.


A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, violinist Doori Na has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, New Music Project of Argento Chamber Ensemble, New Chamber Ballet, and Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.


Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist and chamber musician in a wide range of repertoire. With his long-time duo partner Colin Carr, Mr. Sauer has appeared at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bargemusic (New York City), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and Princeton University, among many other venues. He has performed with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Library of Congress and given numerous concerts with the Brentano String Quartet. Mr. Sauer has performed at many of the leading festivals in the United States and abroad, including Marlboro, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Chamber MusicNorthwest, and Taos, as well as Lake District Summer Music (England), Agassiz (Canada), Festival des Consonances (France), and Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). Mr. Sauer serves on the faculties of Mannes and Vassar Colleges, and was the founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, a highly regarded summer program that ran for fifteen seasons.



3 Questions with Sharon Roffman

What inspired you to create a concert featuring Afro-American and Afro-European composers?

There are a lot of great composers out there who, historically, have not always gotten the recognition that they deserve. With this concert and our spring concert of all female composers, I wanted to shine a light and share some fantastic music written by people who reflect the diversity of the communities we live in.


How did choose the repertoire for the program?

Like always, I listened and listened and listened to lots of music and picked the pieces that I loved the most and would personally want to listen to. I had to make some really tough choices because there is so much interesting music out there!

What can you tell us about the pieces or composers featured?

Our singer Jasmine Wilson is singing two songs by two different composers based on texts by Langston Hughes, so it’s always interesting to see what choices composers make with their music to bring out the meaning of the texts. One of the pieces that I absolutely HAD to program was the Lyric for Strings by George Walker, who died only a few months ago, and was the first African American to win a Pulitzer prize for music. It is one of the most beautiful pieces you will ever hear. There is a piece by Harry Burleigh who worked closely with the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak when he lived in New York, and inspired Dvorak to use more African-American themes in his music. The piece we are playing for string quartet is based on songs he heard being sung in the plantations, in the era of slavery. And finally we will end the concert with a classic arrangement of Lift Every Voice and Sing by William Grant Still. When I ordered the music, I called the phone number of the publishing company and was excited to realize that I was speaking with William Grant Still’s daughter!

Series made possible by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund. Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.


Sat, Jan 26
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

String Camerata Winter Recital

The Thurnauer String Camerata performs, led by conductor Matthew Lucero.

Mon, Jan 28
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM
    
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Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am and 10:45 am. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Feb 3
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    
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Flute Groups Play-In

Enjoy an evening of music for flute ensembles led by Noelle Perrin. Taub Auditorium. Admission Free.

Tue, Feb 12
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
    
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Flute Solos - Students of Noelle Perrin

Enjoy an evening of flute solos featuring students of Noelle Perrin. Taub Auditorium. Admission Free.

Tue, Feb 12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    
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Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 12 pm. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Mar 3
9:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    
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Faculty Recital: Duo Trouvaille

Duo Trouvaille is Thurnauer faculty member, violinist Krzystof Kuznik and pianist Yulia Dusman. Click here to read more about Duo Trouvaille. Program to be announced.


Sun, Mar 3
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Admission Free
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Dr. Paul and Aranka Kaplan Honors Recital

This special annual concert features of our most advanced and accomplished students and is named in memory of Dr. Paul and Aranka Kaplan, parents of Thurnauer's founding director, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. Students selected to perform to be announced following auditions.


Sun, Mar 17
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    
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Guitar Students Solo and Graduation Recital

Thurnauer's classical guitar students perform as soloists. Students of Seth Himmelhoch and Jonathan Trotta. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Tue, Mar 19
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    
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Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am and 10:45 am. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Mar 24
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Flute Master Class with Jasmine Choi

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring flutist Jasmine Choi, international soloist and clinician and principal flute, The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.  Attendance to the class is open to all. Part of the Neus Family Flute Master Class series. To register to audition, click here.

To read more about Ms. Choi, click here.


Wed, Mar 27
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
50MCFL00W9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am, 10:45 am, and 12 pm . Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Mar 31
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Chamber Music Series: Celebrating Female Composers

The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series featuring artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman  and friends closes its 26th season with a program featuring music by female composers including Lili Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Ruth Crawford Seeger. With guest artists, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute and cellist Wendy Sutter.


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.  


Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has been described as ‘an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight’ (The New York Times). 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship recipient and 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition winner, Ieva has appeared in piano recitals and in chamber music concerts throught the United States and Europe. She regularly participates in international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music and Prussia Cove in England.


Cellist Wendy Sutter is a member of the New York Philharmonic and has appeared as soloist with the Dallas, Colorado, Tucson, Seattle, La Jolla, Shanghai, and North Netherlands symphony orchestras; Hong Kong, Brussels, and Hague Philharmonic orchestras; and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Ms. Sutter has also toured extensively throughout China and the United States with composer/conductor Tan Dun at the podium performing his works, including the Academy Award–winning Crouching Tiger Concerto, The Map Concerto, and as soloist in his Water Passion. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Sutter has performed in festivals worldwide including Marlboro, Aspen, Spoleto, and Ravinia; with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Ms. Sutter was the on-stage soloist with Mikhail Baryshnikov performing A Suite of Dances, a ballet for cello and dancer choreographed for Baryshnikov by Jerome Robbins. Wendy Sutter’s 2008 recording of Philip Glass’s Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written for her by the composer and has been performed more than 100 times worldwide, was voted best new CD of the year by National Public Radio listeners and was the second best–selling CD in the classical division on iTunes.

 
Series made possible by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund. Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.


Sun, Mar 31
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 10 am and 11:30 am. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Apr 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Cello Groups Concert

Admission Free.

Mon, Apr 15
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Violin Master Class with Daniel Phillips

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring violinist Daniel Phillips, founding member of the Orion String Quartet, member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and faculty member, The Juilliard School of Music. To learn more about Mr. Phillips, click here

Attendance to the class is open to all. Auditions for participation will be held Sun, Mar 24.  Nominations are due Feb 24.  Details regarding student requirements and to nominate a student to follow.


Part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series.

Thu, Apr 18
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
50MCVL00W9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Faculty Recital: Steven Masi and Friends "Celebrating Brahms"

Join Thurnauer faculty pianist, Steven Masi, in a special concert featuring great chamber music works by Johannes Brahms. Program to include Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Sonatensatz for Violin and Piano and the Quintet for Piano and Strings. With guest artists Samuel Katz, violin; Laura Goldberg, violin; Barbara Mallow, cello; and Diana Petrella, clarinet.  Advance registration via this link for express entry at the concert. Seats held for express entry will be held until 15 minutes before the concert.


About Steven Masi

Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  In 2017, Masi released his recording of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, on the Albany label.  Writing in Fanfare Magazine, Colin Clarke wrote, "Masi hardly seems to feel technical hurdles. It is as if everything is in the service of Beethoven."  As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chattauqua Festival, Park City International Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. He has been guest soloist with The Atlanta Symphony, American Symphony, and New Symphony Orchestra of London. In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records. He has toured the United States with the Bonn Woodwind Quintet, and as a member of the Odyssey Chamber Players and Leonore Trio.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Masi lives in Leonia, New Jersey with his wife, clarinetist Diana Petrella and son Aidan. Read more at www.StevenMasi.com.


Sun, Apr 28
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Admission Free
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am, 10:45 am, and 12 pm. The 12 pm recital will feature flute soloists. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, May 5
9:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Students Concert at Tenafly Public Library

An annual tradition, the Tenafly Library Friends presents a recital featuring students from the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Note: this concert will be held in the Edna Kawulitzki Gallery at the Tenafly Public Library, 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, NJ. Admission Free.

Sun, May 5
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Students Spring Concert at Tenafly Public Library

An annual tradition, the Tenafly Library Friends presents a recital featuring students from the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Note: this concert will be held in the Edna Kawulitzki Gallery at the Tenafly Public Library, 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, NJ. Admission Free.

Sun, May 5
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Piano Master Class with Peter Frankl

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring Peter Frankl, international soloist and Professor Emeritus, The Yale School of Music. Attendance to the class is open to all. Part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series. Nomination and audition details for participation to follow.

To read more about Mr. Frankl, click here.


Mon, May 6
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
50MCPF00W9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Guitar Spring Ensemble Concert

Thurnauer's Suzuki guitarists performing in ensembles led by Seth Himmelhoch and Jonathan Trotta. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Tue, May 14
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Violin Students of Dorothy Kaplan Roffman

Featuring violinists of Thurnauer's founding director, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. Admission Free.

Sun, May 19
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Spring Cello Solos Recital

Be inspired by Thurnauer's fine young cellists performing as soloists. Reception following the concert.  Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Mon, May 20
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer Spring Concert

Enjoy an evening of choral music featuring the combined choruses of the award-winning Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer, led by conductor and artistic director, Emma Brondolo.  The Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer is an affiliate of the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Repertoire ranges from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Tue, Jun 4
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Flute Picture Playdown

An annual tradition! Thurnauer's flutists perform to a backdrop of rotating photographs of their year of learning, performing and having fun together. Taub Auditorium. Led by Noelle Perrin and Wendy Stern.

Wed, Jun 5
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Guitar Spring Ensemble Concert

Thurnauer's Suzuki guitarists performing in ensembles led by Seth Himmelhoch and Jonathan Trotta. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Thu, Jun 6
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Spring Orchestra Concert

Enjoy an evening of music for orchestra performed by Thurnauer's two student orchestras: the Thurnauer String Camerata, led by Matthew Lucero, and the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, led by Diego Garcia. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Wed, Jun 12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Teen Town Jazz Spring Concert

Enjoy performances by Thurnauer's Teen Town Jazz Big Band and Combos, led by Debbie Keefe-Johns and Steven Johns. Reception to follow.

Sun, Jun 16
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Shirah Spring Concert: Annual Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l Memorial Concert

Join us for a delightful evening of song celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the SHIRAH Choir!

Founded in 1995, Shirah performs secular and sacred songs from across the spectrum of the Jewish musical tradition. Shirah performs regularly at the JCC, has been featured in many concerts in the US and Israel, including Avery Fisher Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center, and annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. Marsha Bryan Edelman, conductor. Matthew Lazar , founding director. Glenn Gordon, pianist.


Supported by founders Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l and their SHIRAH Fund in Tribute to Matthew Lazar, the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Fund for the SHIRAH Choir, and the Rhoda Toonkel Fund for the SHIRAH Choir.


Sun, Jun 16
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

20th Annual Sandra O. Gold Founder’s Day Concert

An annual sold-out, celebratory event featuring our incomparable student ensembles and honoring Dr. Sandra O. Gold, who had the vision to create a community music school at the JCC. The evening also includes recognition of the school’s volunteers and graduating seniors.

Supported by the Sandra O. Gold Founder's Fund, established by Russ and Angelica Berrie.


Mon, Jun 17
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Violin Family and Friends Spring Concert

Thurnauer student violinists of all ages performing with family and friends in a variety of instrumental combinations. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Wed, Jun 19
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Voice Department Spring Recital

Enjoy an evening of music for voice and piano featuring students of Emma Brondolo, Renata Kapilevich and Nadja Ramsay.

Thu, Jun 20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.



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