MCW to Present College Prep Program Faculty Roundtable

Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) is preparing talented high school music students for college studies and future careers in music, in its MCW Prep Program launched in September, 2019. On Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6pm, the esteemed faculty of the Conservatory’s MCW Prep program will speak in a roundtable discussion and will be answering questions from prospective students and their parents. The conversation and Q&A will be recorded and shared on the Music Conservatory’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Learn About the Black Composers Featured in Our Faculty Concert

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MCW to Premiere Virtual Faculty Concert of Music by Black Composers

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will present a virtual faculty concert featuring music by Black composers on Wednesday, July 15 at 12pm on Facebook and YouTube.

“This concert will be a first step in highlighting the work of under-recognized composers and introducing our community to new musical treasures that will broaden their horizons,” says Conservatory Executive Director Jean Newton. “Over time, we aim to influence, through our music education programs, public perceptions of the wealth and diversity of great music.”

Virtual Summer Programs Now Open for Registration!

Summer is better with music! This summer, the Music Conservatory of Westchester is offering kids grades K-7 a new, online experience with fun, interactive classes to spark their interest in the visual and performing arts!

From the safety and comfort of their own homes, kids can experiment with music, learn to play instruments, write songs, create art, sing, dance, and perform musical theatre scenes and songs with the Conservatory’s expert, world-class faculty.

Suzuki Students Perform in Virtual Concert on Saturday, May 30!

Our talented Suzuki students will perform in a special virtual concert on Saturday, May 30 starting at 1pm. In solo performances, Suzuki students will play pieces on cello, piano, violin, and viola in video recordings from their homes.

Music Conservatory of Westchester to Present Virtual Concert for the Community

(White Plains, NY) While everyone is social distancing, music is more important than ever to bring hope, calm, and joy to our community. The Music Conservatory of Westchester will present Keep the Music Playing: A Virtual Concert for the Community to be streamed online on Friday, May 8 at noon.

Join Our Virtual Concert for the Community!

While everyone is social distancing, music is more important than ever to bring hope, calm, and joy to our community.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is planning a Virtual Concert for the Community featuring our students, faculty, and friends of the Conservatory to be streamed online publicly on Friday, May 8 at noon. This concert is a community-building event to share the joy of music with the public from their homes. We would love for our entire Conservatory community to be a part of the virtual concert. Think of it as Performathon from your living room on video!

Get Started with Virtual Lessons at MCW!

Our goal is to keep the music playing! Social distancing can’t keep musicians from making and sharing music – even from afar.

The Music Conservatory of Westchester is continuing everybody’s music study via virtual lessons with our world-class, accredited faculty. Many students have already started virtual lessons with their teacher.

MCW Closed Temporarily Due to COVID-19

Due to the increasing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Music Conservatory of Westchester has proactively decided to close through April 12, 2020, with plans to reopen on Monday, April 13, 2020. Our goal is to minimize the risk among our students, families, faculty, and staff.

Conservatory CLOSED March 9 through March 15

Due to the ongoing, escalated concern in our community regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Music Conservatory of Westchester is closing the school for two days (March 9 & 10, 2020) as a precautionary measure. At this time, the Conservatory does not have any confirmed cases among any of its students, parents, faculty or staff, and has made this decision out of caution and care for our musical community.

Spotlight on MTI

Since 1986, the Music Therapy Institute has been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the greater Westchester region, working individually and in small groups with over 2,000 children and adults each year.

“Participation in music therapy provides a range of benefits to people of all ages and abilities. The Music Therapy Institute faculty at MCW strive to support the specific needs of the individuals in our program….”

Support Our Legacy Project!

For 90 years, the Music Conservatory of Westchester has been building a legacy of providing the extraordinary benefits of music to all in our community. As we propel into building five new technology-based teaching spaces on our lower level this year, we need your help to make this possible! Share our Facebook fundraiser or donate to our Legacy Project, which will bring a Recording Studio, Digital Piano Lab, updated Percussion Studio, Multi-use Rehearsal Studio, and new Music Therapy Studio to our school. Through this endeavor, we will be able to offer more innovative classes for students of all ages, including the first a pre-college sound engineering program in Westchester County.

Conservatory Student and Faculty Take the Stage

Many congratulations to Conservatory student Benjamin Araujo and piano faculty Dr. Irena Portenko for their incredible performance at Carnegie Hall on January 8, 2020.


Our 2019 Performathon raffle was a great success thanks to our Conservatory students, families, friends, and community!

More than 65 people participated in this year’s raffle in support of our Scholarship Program and Legacy Project – building new digital technology teaching spaces, including a new Percussion Studio, Digital Piano Lab, Recording Studio, additional Music Therapy Studio, and a multi-use Rehearsal Studio.

Conservatory Piano Student Ellie Takaki Shows Excellence at Carnegie Hall

Congratulations to 9-year-old piano student Ellie Tataki for receiving State and Center Certificates of Excellence from the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program, level 2!

A Perfect Performathon 2019!

Saturday, December 7 was a perfect day for Performathon 2019! More than 250 Music Conservatory of Westchester students and their families enjoyed the full day of incredible recitals, delicious donated food, and fun family-friendly activities. Students performed on a variety of instruments, representing classical, rock, jazz, and musical theatre music styles.

Conservatory Student to Perform with Statewide Honor Concert Band

Conservatory Student Ben Wien Selected to Perform with Statewide Honor Concert Band

Congratulations to Conservatory French horn student Ben Wien, who will perform with the 2020 NYSBDA Statewide Middle School Honor Concert Band!

Caramoor’s Thalea String Quartet Teaches Masterclass

(White Plains, NY) On Saturday, November 16th, 2019 from 12-2pm, the Thalea String Quartet, Caramoor’s 2019–20 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, will hold an open Masterclass at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Conservatory Student Marina Varriano

Conservatory Piano Student Performs in Austria on Classical Music Immersion Tour

In August 2019, Music Conservatory of Westchester piano student Marina Varriano traveled to Vienna, Austria to perform in three concerts, take master classes, and participate in a week-long classical music immersion tour.

Conservatory Students Win at Carnegie Hall

On Saturday, October 26th, Music Conservatory of Westchester students Cathy Stanton, clarinet, and Tim Guida, piano, played as a duo in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winners of the American Fine Arts Festival’s 2019 Chamber Music Competition.

Music Conservatory of Westchester Celebrates 90 Years!

The Music Conservatory of Westchester invites the Westchester County community to a 90th Anniversary Kick-off and Open House at its White Plains location on Saturday, October 5 from 11am through 3pm.