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At Thurnauer, we offer a wealth of opportunities to connect with music through recitals, concerts, master classes and special performances, during the school year. Be inspired by the music of students and the artistry of renowned musicians.

Upcoming Events

Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert Featuring Violinist Philippe Quint

Sun, May 1, 4 pm  

The 2022 Gift of Music Benefit Concert will be a celebration of music, learning and creativity. Our students are proud to perform alongside a renowned group of artists, including violinist Philippe Quint, pianist Jun Cho, and composer and bassist Pedro Giraudo.

Join us on May 1 for this inspiring event as our students and guest artists share with us the powerful impact of musical excellence. Your support will provide opportunities for our students to reach their full potential as we strive, through our music, to improve life for everyone in our world.

For details about tickets and supporting the gala, visit

Guitar Master Class Featuring Gohar Vardanyan 

Tue, May 10, 4 pm, Admission Free 

Watch the magic of artistry being passed from master artist to student musicians. In this public coaching, soloist Gohar Vardanyan will work with guitarists selected by tri-state-wide auditions, benefiting the students as well as the audience.  

Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City. She has appeared on National Public Radio and Radio Nacional in Argentina. She has also been a guest artist at International Guitar Festivals in Sweden, Italy, Panama, Canada, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”  Read more about Gohar Vardanyan here

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Eric Brown Theater or via live streaming.  

This master class is part of the Beverly and Lewis Lauring Master Class series sponsored by Heidi Chen-Lauring and Dr. Brett Lauring. 

Sunday Student Recitals 

Sun, May 15, 10 am and 11:30 am 

Lolita Mayadas Piano Honors Recital 

Sun, May 15, 3 pm, Admission Free

This annual concert, named in honor of longtime faculty member and piano department chair, Lolita Mayadas, features Thurnuaer’s leading student pianists, selected by audition.  

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Eric Brown Theater or via live streaming.

Voice Students Recital

Wed, May 18, 5pm, Admission Free 

Thurnauer Talks with Guest, Pianist Steven Masi 

Thur, May 19, 7:30 pm 

Part of our ongoing series of in-depth virtual discussions with some of the fascinating people in our musical community.  

Saxophone Students of Zach Herchen 

Sun, May 22, 10:45 am, Admission Free 

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Eric Brown Theater or via live streaming.

Flute Students of Noelle Perrin-Bryson 

Sun, May 22, Time TBA, Admission Free 

Cello Solos Spring Concert

Mon, May 23, 5 pm and 6:30 pm, Admission Free

Students of Sarah Bish, Madeleine Golz, and Jared Blajian.

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Eric Brown Theater or via live streaming. Return here for Zoom registration link.

Night of Chopin Preludes, Op. 28

Tue, May 24, 7 pm, Admission Free

An evening celebrating one of the great masterpieces for solo piano. Students of Steven Masi will perform all 24 of Frederic Chopin’s Preludes, Op 28. 

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Eric Brown Theater or via live streaming.

An Evening of Chopin Featuring Pianist Steven Masi

Thur, May 26, 7pm, Ticket details to follow
Program to inlcude Frederic Chopin’s Impromptu No. 3, Scherzo No. 4, Berceuse, Ballade No. 4 and Sonata No. 3.

Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, Thurnauer faculty member pianist Steven Masi has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and India. His recent performances and recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas have been praised in the press. Fanfare Magazine has written, “It is not exaggerating to suggest that Masi belongs with the elite in the late sonatas, providing as satisfying an experience as the likes of Solomon, Kempff, and Pollini. Each texture, the place of every note, is carefully considered, yet the sense of exploratory, transcendent journey is profound indeed. Masi hardly seems to feel technical hurdles. It is as if everything is in the service of Beethoven.”

Student Recital: Cello Students of Madeleine Golz 

Sun, Jun 12, Time TBA, Admission Free 

Student Recital: Violin and Piano Family & Friends Recital 

Sun, Jun 12, 3:30 pm, Admission Free 

SHIRAH Choir Spring Concert 

Sun, Jun 12, 7 pm 

Marsha Bryan Edelman, conductor 

Ticket details to follow

Annual Flute Picture Playdown 

Tue, Jun 14, 6:45 pm  

A delightful annual tradition led by Noelle Perrin Bryson featuring Thurnauer flutists performing solos and in groups to a photo montage of the year’s musical highlights. 

Orchestra Spring Concert 

Wed, Jun 15, 7 pm, Admission Free 
Featuring the Thurnauer String Camerata, led by conductor, Nurkit Lucksom, and the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, led by music director, Diego Garcia. 

Join us in-person in the Taub Auditorium or via live streaming.

Annual Dr. Sandra O. Gold Founder’s Day Concert 

Thur, June 16, 6:30 pm, Admission Free 

Celebrating Dr. Sandra O. Gold who had the wisdom to create a music school at the JCC, this concert features various Thurnuaer student ensembles and soloists and celebrates our graduating seniors and volunteers. 

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Taub Auditorium or via live streaming.

Guitar Students of Seth Himmelhoch and Jonathan Trotta

Sun, Jun 19, Time TBA, Admission Free 

Piano Students of Steven Masi 

Sun, Jun 19, Time TBA, Admission Free 

Percussion Students of Jeff Kraus 

Sun, Jun 19, Time TBA, Admission Free 

Chorus Spring Concert 

Tues, Jun 21, 7pm, Admission Free 
Featuring the Young People’s Chorus at Thurnauer, Emma Brondolo, artistic director 

Join us in-person in the JCC’s Taub Auditorium or via live streaming. Return here for Zoom registration link.