Faculty Spotlight: Jacob Pleakis

Jacob Pleakis teaches piano and coaches ensembles in Church Street’s Rock the House program. Energetic and always in demand, Jacob has been on the CSSMA faculty since 2008. For our first interview in a new series with CSSMA teaching artists and faculty, Jacob was interviewed by Director of Music Toby Wine.

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TW: So, you went to Purchase College, is that right?
JP: Yes, I did an undergrad in jazz studies there. I graduated in 2006 and then I went right to NYU where I did a graduate degree in composition and film scoring. I studied with a lot of different teachers, including Justin Dello Joio, who is a very good composer and orchestrator, and Ira Newborn, who did a lot of movies in the 80’s and 90’s, things like The Naked Gun and the Ace Ventura movies, the John Hughes movies – a lot of comedies.

TW: You’re originally from the Buffalo area?
JP: I am, I’m from Olean, about an hour and a half south of Buffalo. Read more

Virtual High Five To Our Supporters

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Our Office Recovery campaign was a success!  We surpassed our goal and raised over $30,000 to repair the flood damages to Church Street Schools Offices. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have made this all possible with their generous donations.   Read more

Open Art in the Park

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Saturdays through the end of June, 11am to 2pm

Join Church Street School teachers for a FREE art project at the picnic tables in Washington Market Park every Saturday until the end of June. All ages welcome, parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the project. In case of bad weather join us at Church Street School, 74 Warren St. We look forward to seeing you there!

Office Recovery Fund

In March 2014 a fire broke out in the apartment directly above our school at 72 Warren Street. It triggered the fire sprinklers and flooded all of the floors below, including our administrative offices and performance space! Luckily no one was hurt in the fire and most of our classroom space was spared. However, parts of our school sustained significant water damage and must be completely renovated before we can inhabit them again.

Good news:
We have insurance!

Bad news:
Parts of our school are unusable and insurance will only cover a portion of what was destroyed.

Please show your support by donating to our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign, or by spreading the word that Church Street School needs your help!

 

Spring Benefit Concert

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Postponed! We will update with new time and date soon!

Join us for a very special spring benefit concert featuring Church Street’s masterful pop/rock singer-songwriters, Abby Payne, Danielle Schwob, and Jacob Pleakis with his band Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! These artists are making waves and getting noticed in the New York and nationwide music scenes and are playing a very special and rare all-ages show to benefit Church Street and its mission of non-profit arts and music education. Tickets are 25.00/adult, 15.00/child, 10.00 each additional child, and are available by calling 212-571-7290 or purchasing below. Seating is extremely limited!

Support Church Street School in Style

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Dress your kids for success with the best in Swedish children’s wear, Polar O Pyret. From April 21st to April 27th Church Street School will receive 15% of all sales when you shop in store or online. Enter the code DFS2021 on check out and the code DFSSHIPPOP to receive free shipping.

Its easy, fun and supports what’s important. Here’s how it works

Shop and save at PolarnOPyretUSA.com or any of their stores from April 21-27. All Participants receive 10% off full price items and free shipping on orders over $25.

Tell them Church Street School’s code DFS2021 on check.

Celebrate when Church Street School receives a donation from PO.P equal to 15% of the sales. The more your school’s community shops , the bigger the donation.

The Happening 2014

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Sunday, May 18th, 1 – 4pm

Support Church Street School at our third annual Family Fundraising Event!

Musical performances by CSS faculty and students including Richard Younger & Abby Levin (1pm) and The Church Street School Choristers (3pm)

Life size collaborative art projects! Create a water world, micro world, space world, dessert world, forrest world and your own world

Raffles! Win and adventure with a Church Street School teacher in our teacher raffle or win a scooter, a basket of children’s books, a class at Church Street School and more in our Happening raffle. Click here for more raffle information.

face painting, tattoos and more! Check out pictures from last years event

 

CSS Artist in the News

What do Church Street School teaching artists do when they aren’t at the school? Make art and show in exhibitions of course! Be sure to check out the work of artist Z Behl, Alexis Kandra and Azikiwe Mohammed as they exhibit around NYC.

Z Behl and Alexis Kandra exhibit in Bruce High Quality Foundation’s Brucennial group show. Read the Gallerist write-up of the event which happens to hold the Guiness Book of World Records record for largest show featuring only women artists.

Be sure to check out Alexis’s work hanging in the Church Street School lobby and music room through the end of March.

Azikiwe Mohammed is showing in the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, check out his interview with Complex and his write-up on The Source. Need more Z, Alexis and Azikiwe? Stop in at the school and take a class with them.