The Event 2016 Highlights

Our Annual Benefit 2016, The Event, was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, and donors. You helped raise crucial funds to support scholarships and music and art education for thousands of students in NYC.

It was a magical evening reaffirming the importance of the arts in the Downtown Community, with a special guest performance by JOHNNYSWIM and the honoring of longtime supporter Michael Connolly, Manhattan Community Board 1. See below for photo highlights and join us next year!

 

All photos by Ana Schechter.

 

Memorial / Benefit Concert for Edith Hirshtal

Please join us for a memorial concert in honor of our friend and esteemed colleague, Edith Hirshtal. As a dedicated teacher and gifted pianist, Edith touched us deeply with her passion, beauty, and musicianship.

When:

Saturday, February 27th

Doors will open at 2:30pm, performances at 3pm

Reception to follow

Tickets:

$25.00 per person, seating is limited.

We urge guests to reserve a seat as soon as possible. RSVP to Toby Wine, Director of Music, tobywine@churchstreetschool.org.

Donations:

All proceeds will establish a new scholarship in Edith’s name for an especially promising student of classical piano. To make a separate donation to the scholarship fund, click here.

Share your memories:

We hope guests will share their personal stories and memories of Edith and contribute photographs and other keepsakes for display. Individuals are also welcome to contribute food and refreshments for the reception. Please contact Tereza Lee at trizali@yahoo.com regarding such contributions.

 

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Support Your Music and Art School

For over 26 years, Church Street School has been a vibrant and vital center for the arts downtown. Serving 15,000 families since our inception, Church Street School for Music and Art is an anchor in a neighborhood with deep roots.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our school today.

Your donation will help us preserve this extraordinary center for creativity.

You can donate online below, call us at (212) 571-7290, or make a donation in person at the school!


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Director & Co-Founder, Lisa  Ecklund-Flores, teaching in the original location on Church Street circa 1990

 

 

 

Faculty Spotlight: Abby Payne

Abby Payne is an active musician and performer around NYC, and 2015 marks her tenth year teaching at Church Street School.  This fall, you will find her teaching private piano and voice lessons. In the following interview, she discusses her training, unique projects, and her approach to teaching. Also, check out her videos below!

954770_10151593762948155_734406791_nGrace Rezendes (GR): What was your early experience with music? How did you start playing/singing?

Abby Payne (AP): I grew up in a very musical household, where music was part of our daily lives.  There was always someone singing, playing piano, or practicing some other instrument.  My older sister and I would harmonize on old hymns and pop tunes just for fun, and plinking around on our old upright piano was always a source of amusement.  We also often sang as a family at church events or at special holiday programs.  I played flute in school and sang in chorus, and our seasonal concerts were always an exciting highlight for me.

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Student Spotlight: Rosa Burke

Rosa Burke is 17 years old and studies piano at Church Street School with Tereza Lee Kirkhum. She recently sat down with Director of Music Toby Wine for an informal interview.

TW: Tell me about your earliest musical experiences.

RB: My father always played Irish music in the house, and his brother gave me an Irish flute, so that was the first instrument I picked up, when I was seven. My father played lots of records but also played the guitar. His whole side of the family makes it their purpose to be musical.

TW: Were you taking lessons or just playing informally?

RB: No – the first time I took music lessons was about six months later, when I started playing violin, which I studied for about three years. Ultimately I just wanted to focus on piano. I had studied with (current Church Street School violin instructor) Rosi Hertlein when she was at the JCC (Jewish Community Center) on Staten Island. I also studied piano at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alexis Kandra

Alexis Kandra has been a beloved and talented art teacher at Church Street School since 2013. This fall, you will find her teaching Afterschool Creative Arts Club and Toddler Visual Art. In the following interview, she discusses her unique training, exciting upcoming projects, and how her students inspire her.

Kandra-HeadshotGrace Rezendes (GR): When did you first get interested in art? Were you influenced by a certain person or experience?

Alexis Kandra (AK): I was first interested in art- well I guess it was for as long as I can remember. My mom says that when I was two years old, I was drawing, and I could understand the concept of layering things, like where you draw something behind another object. So because I was interested so early, I took a lot of art classes when I was little and continued to stay interested in it.

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Thank You for a Wonderful Year!

Thank you for learning with us and supporting Church Street School this year. View photos from our 25th Anniversary below! And support your community school for the arts by making a tax deductible donation today.


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Highlights from Our 25th Anniversary Year