Performance OpportunitiesMusic-making is fun, and even more rewarding when it is shared. HBMS faculty members encourage their students to perform in Informals, Teenage Workshops and Musicianship classes at least twice each semester, in preparation for Student Recitals.
Participation in ensembles is included in the rate for HBMS students enrolled in private lessons.
Solo Performance Opportunities
- Informals and Teenage Workshops
Workshops which offer a positive classroom setting, without an audience. Students develop confidence in abilities and take pleasure in achievements while improving performance skills under the guidance of an HB faculty member. A welcome music-making and learning opportunity for all those who participate.
- Student Recitals... for all ages and instruments
Numerous student recitals are scheduled each month. All students who are performance ready and wish to play are offered the opportunity to perform on these recitals.
- Repertoire Recitals
- Graduation Recitals
Presented by high school seniors who are completing requirements for the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Graduation Certificate.
- Honors Program Recitals
Recitals presented twice a year. Faculty evaluations at the fall and spring semester recitals.
- R.I.N.G. Concerts (Repertory in Neighborhood Groups)
Sponsored by the Friends of Hoff-Barthelson, this series of student concerts is presented in nearby nursing homes, children's hospitals and retirement facilities. R.I.N.G. gives our students the unique opportunity to perform for people who might not otherwise have the pleasure of hearing music or seeing young people perform.
Solo & Ensemble Performance Opportunities
Judy Kaye Master Class
- HBMS Festivals in Style
An annual series of recitals and concerts that explore specific periods of music. In alternating years, the Baroque and Beyond Festival and Classics in Concert Festivals focus on the Baroque and Classical eras. The Celebration Series: Music of Our Time highlights the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. A showcase for the Music School.
Performances by the Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Young People's Symphonette, choral groups, smaller ensembles, student soloists and renowned guest artists. Solo performances by audition.
- Master Classes
Sessions presented with individual student participants recommended by their teachers, and conducted by renowned guest artist performers and teachers. Sixteen chamber ensembles receive coaching from New York Philharmonic members during the annual Elaine Stamas New York Philharmonic Educational Residency.
- Family Concerts
Presented by families who play together in various combinations.
Ensemble Performance OpportunitiesThe joy of making music with friends, and making friends through music, is one of the most thrilling elements of the extensive HBMS ensembles program. From the earliest stages of proficiency, students are encouraged to join one of the many performing groups at the School. Ensembles are designed to enhance the private lesson and provide the unique pleasure of performing with one's peers. Students explore music literature appropriate for the level of each ensemble.
Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the only community music school in Westchester with a four-tiered Orchestra Pyramid. String, brass and wind players hone their technical skills and musical sensibilities in Young People's Symphonettte, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble in preparation for membership in the audition-only Festival Orchestra.
Young People's Symphonette: for string players in the elementary grades.
Chamber Orchestra: for string players in Junior High School.
Wind Ensemble: For wind and brass players in Junior and Senior High School.
Festival Orchestra: for High School, by audition.
- Small Ensembles
Mixed Small Ensembles: String, wind, and piano duos, trios, quartets and quintets.
Chamber Choir: An opportunity for High School students to enjoy and perform
a wide variety of vocal ensemble repertoire. By audition.
Jazz ensembles: Improvisation performance techniques for all ages and technical levels.
Brass Club, Cello Club, Viola Club, Flute Club, Junior Flutes:
Instrumental clubs for students of these disciplines.