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Concordia Conservatory to Hold Annual 'Music-on-Parade for Scholarship' Saturday, April 16 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Apr. 13, 2016:  Concordia Conservatory will present its annual "Music-on-Parade for Scholarship" as part of the annual fundraising activities to benefit its scholarship fund and music outreach program on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College. The event is free and open to the public.

Music-on-Parade for Scholarship features conservatory faculty and student instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the day.

Faculty and students perform in five- and ten-minute intervals and collect sponsors of support for their performances. All funds go directly to the Conservatory Scholarship Fund and the outreach program. Concordia Conservatory has been holding annual student and faculty fundraising events since 2003.

The Music-on-Parade for Scholarship ensures scholarship funding to conservatory students with promising musical and visual arts talent but an inability to afford instruction at the conservatory. In addition to the conservatory's scholarship fund, the conservatory also offers tuition-free outreach at Project Music Achievement at Rosedale in the Bronx, the Andrus Early Learning Center, the Wartburg daycare programs, and area elementary, middle, and high schools in communities with "challenged" budgets for the arts.

The Scholarship Fund awards over 300 merit and need-based scholarships each academic year, and its outreach program reaches over 1,000 students annually.

Pictured here:  A student at Concordia Conservatory.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory Presents 'Tour de Force 2016' Featuring Two Student Bands Sunday, April 17 PDF Print Email

By Kathleen Suss, Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory

Apr. 13, 2016:  Concordia Conservatory presents Tour de Force, a concert featuring two student bands, Earthquake and Rocket Science, on Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 pm in the Schoenfeld Campus Center on the campus of Concordia College.

The bands comprise performers ages 10 to 17 from Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Pelham, Yonkers, and the Bronx. Tour de Force will feature varied pop and rock repertoire ranging from rock, British invasion, and funk rock to '90s alternative, punk, and modern pop.

The band members of Earthquake are Yasmine Arnwine, Daniel DeGenaro, Justin Laureano, Jack Ognibene, and Matthew Pytosh.

The band members of Rocket Science are Coleman Breining, Markus Calero, Jazmyn Gyapong, and Yega Tenzin.

The program at the conservatory was born eight years ago as part of the conservatory's chamber music program. Since then, the bands' activities have grown into a full year-round program coached by conservatory guitar faculty member Bob Gingery

The program is open to experienced vocalists and guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion, and woodwind players. The program runs throughout the academic year and the conservatory offers a four-week and two-week Camp Band Bash as part of its Summer at Concordia Program from June 27 to July 22 and July 25 to August 5. The camp program culminates with a concert and recording session.

Tickets are $5 for the concert and can be purchased by calling 914-395-4507 or online at

Pictured here:  Front porch of Concordia Conservatory. 

Photo by A. Warner 

New Steinway Piano to Be Dedicated with Piano Concert by Dr. Sándor Szabó at Reformed Church Sunday, April 24 PDF Print Email

By Staff

Apr. 6, 2016:  The music ministry of The Reformed Church of Bronxville recently acquired a Steinway Model D grand piano.

In celebration of this gift, Dr. Sándor Szabó will perform a dedicatory concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 24. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature two monuments of the piano literature, the B minor sonatas of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt.

Dr. Szabó is the music director and organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. He is actively engaged as pianist, conductor, harpsichordist, and organist throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. He has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America.

A reception will follow the concert.

Pictured here:  Dr. Sándor Szabó at the new piano.

Photo courtesy The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Concordia’s Sluberski Film Series to Feature Documentary 'Most Likely to Succeed' Saturday, April 16 PDF Print Email

By North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College 

Mar. 30, 2016:  Concordia College will host a screening of the new documentary film Most Likely to Succeed on Saturday, April 16, at 7:00 pm.

The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, examines the shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's changing world and features an exciting and revolutionary new educational approach that promotes so-called soft skills, which many believe are more important in today's workplace than the three Rs.

Once the envy of the world, the American educational system produced an unmatched workforce tailored for the 20th century. But as the global economy has shifted over the past 20 years, the United States has clung to an obsolete education model with an emphasis on teaching to the test, thus leaving our students woefully unprepared for 21st-century employment.

At a time when many recent college graduates find themselves underemployed, Most Likely to Succeed explores the causes of this phenomenon and offers up a possible solution. Interviews with education specialists, economists, business leaders, teachers, students, and parents shed light on the urgent need for a new kind of education that develops the uniquely human skills and capacities that cannot be replaced or made obsolete by a machine.

The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization.

Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth--and our nation--as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation, and growing levels of income inequality.

The screening will be featured in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College and will include a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the audience.

The film is free and open to the public.  Click here to reserve tickets:

Photo courtesy North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College

Author Colleen Oakes to Speak at Concordia's Books & Coffee Series April 7 PDF Print Email

By North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College

Mar. 23, 2016:  Noted author Colleen Oakes, a Concordia College graduate, will give a presentation titled "Imagination Rising" at Concordia's Books & Coffee event on April 7. Oakes will speak about her books, her unique publishing journey, and the role of imagination in an adult life. The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of the college.

Oakes is the author of best-selling books for both teens and adults, including the Elly in Bloom series, the Wendy Darling series, and the Queen of Hearts series, whose first novel will be released by Harper Collins in May of 2016 and has been optioned by Universal Studios for a major motion picture. She is currently at work on a stand-alone novel and another young adult fairy tale series. 

For more information and to RSVP for this free event, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  Author Colleen Oakes.

Photo courtesy North Callahan, Senior Director of Marketing, Concordia College

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