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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, a place where people of all ages have been enjoying exciting musical experiences for close to thirty years. Through instrumental lessons, classes, ensembles, a series of major concert presentations and master classes, and an extensive public and private school arts education partnership program, the Thurnauer School offers an opportunity for everyone in our community, from infants to senior citizens, to connect with the world of music.

As a Music School student, you will meet special friends with whom you can share the pleasures of making music. There are performing opportunities for you every month at the JCC and outside the School. Our students have performed in Disney Land, with Whoopi Goldberg and Bob McGrath on Sesame Street and at Bergen PAC in Englewood and Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York City. There are opportunities for you to meet, talk with, and even make music with world-renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Goode, Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, Paquito D’Rivera, and Joshua Bell.

For concertgoers, the Music School is a place where you can hear extraordinary performances from many of the greatest musicians in the world. The Thurnauer Chamber Music Society shares its love of music with you throughout the year through their subscription concerts, presented in the intimacy of our beautiful Eric Brown Theater. Our talented faculty enriches our lives with a marvelous annual recital series and each year the Gift of Music scholarship benefit concert brings a star of the international concert stage to our school.

At the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, our goal is to make music come alive for everyone in our community. It is all part of an environment in which we love to make music, to listen to music, and to be involved in music in every way. Exciting and important new initiatives are being born, growing and developing each year. As we embark on our fourth decade, there is much to look forward to – I hope that you and your family will join us in this inspiring and stimulating adventure.

Dorothy Kaplan Roffman
Founding director